Generational Leaders Scholarship Project seeks to create awareness of the financial burdens and lack of equitable opportunities that students of color experience when it comes to pursuing higher education. We pride ourselves on tackling these issues with an equity lens, and provide students an inclusive opportunity to apply to scholarships. Our goal is to enhance the scholarship application experience for students of color who have long been marginalized and shut out of funding towards their higher education.
We aim to target students who are much more than their GPA. In fact, data from the U.S. Department of Education shows a wide racial disparity in the grade point averages of bachelor’s degree recipients. Overall, just 4% of students of color have a 3.5 to 4 GPA. (Scholarship Statistics 2022 - US and Worldwide Data [updated] (thinkimpact.com) We’re looking for students that are leaders in their communities and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment by giving back to their communities. The Generational Leaders Project will award two scholarships in the value of $3,000 per year for two years.
To target and embolden students of color by closing the access gap and providing them with an equitable opportunity for success that they wouldn’t receive otherwise.
To empower students of color by providing them with the confidence and tools necessary to become powerful leaders in society, thereby creating individuals whose legacies will leave a profound impact for generations to come.
Issue Being Addressed:
Black and Hispanic students encounter access gaps in higher education. White students have a 14.2% chance of getting a scholarship, while minority students have 11.2%. Getting into college is no longer enough, they are also less likely to graduate (Washington: The Education Trust, 2017). These startling gaps show that true equity for students of color in higher education means more than getting students to and through college; it also means providing equitable access to programs and scholarships that support their education.
Edosa Osemwegie, a recent college graduate of Umass Amherst, imagined this scholarship after experiencing first hand the impact of being awarded a scholarship in high school. He is passionate about working with his community to give back and make a profound impact in the lives of other Black and Hispanic students. If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far go together.”- African Proverb.
The GLP Scholarship is managed by KPA, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that looks to create opportunities for connecting, improving, and giving back.