NAACP Scholarship Information

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Bloomington-Normal Branch  l  P.O. Box 925 l Normal, IL 61761-0925 l 1.866.881.9848


NAACP Scholarship Information

The NAACP Bloomington/Normal Branch is accepting applications for the Mr. Henry Gay Sr. Scholarship from minority high school seniors in the Bloomington/Normal area who plan to attend a community college or four-year college or university for the 2017-2018 academic terms. Each spring the NAACP Bloomington/Normal Branch awards scholarships in honor of Mr. Henry Gay Sr., former president for the local branch and longtime civil rights activist in the Bloomington/Normal community. The scholarships will be presented at an award ceremony in June and funds distributed upon proof of enrollment at the recipient’s choice of college.

We invite any Bloomington/Normal resident who is a minority high school senior and interested in being considered for this scholarship to apply. The completed application and all requested information must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 5, 2017.

The scholarships are awarded to qualified applicants based on the following criteria:

  • A graduating minority high school student who has been accepted to attend a community college or four-year college or university
  • Scholastic achievement – minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.125 on a 5.0 scale
  • High school extracurricular activities and service
  • Community involvement and service
  • Communication skills (oral and written)

A completed application must contain the items listed below.  Applicants will not be considered if any materials listed below are incomplete or missing.

  1. Completed scholarship application.
  2. An official high school transcript
  3. Three letters of recommendation
    1. teacher or school counselor who can speak to your scholastic achievement
    2. coach or organization advisor who can speak to extracurricular activities and service
    3. community leader who can speak to your community involvement and service
  4. A copy of the acceptance letter from the accredited community college or four-year college or university you plan to attend
  5. An essay on the subject of “How has the NAACP benefited you and members of the current generation?” (not to exceed two typed pages).

All application materials should be mailed to the following address no later than May 5, 2017:

Bloomington/Normal NAACP
ATTN: Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 0925
Normal, IL 61761-0925

Checks will be awarded upon receipt of proof of enrollment (i.e., class schedule, dorm room assignment, payment receipt, etc.) to the college or university of the recipient’s choice.

Mr. Henry Gay Sr. Scholarship Application

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ben Ryburn at

Ben Ryburn, Chair
Scholarship Committee
Quincy Cummings, President
Bloomington/Normal Branch NAACP
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