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Scholarship Application

Eligibility Requirements


The eligibility requirements, outlined by Dr. Gerald and Gwen Dawkins provide that the applicant:

  • Must be a Michigan Residents
  • Must be a 2022 High School Graduate
  • Must be enroll in college August or September of 2022
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher over seven semesters
  • Must be African American
  • Must be a student of Grand Rapids Public Schools
  • Must possess good communication skills proven by submitting a typed, one page (no more than two page), double-spaced, 12 point font essay describing 1. What should our country do to foster Unity and 2. Why is it important to vote in all elections?
  • Must be pursuing a primary college or university degree (bachelor's or associate's) or vocational education from and accredited college. (Scholarship can be used outside the state of Michigan)
  • Applicant must be of good character, with two (2) letters of recommendation from members of the community (teacher, counselor, religious leader, etc.)

The deadline for your completed packet is March 11, 2022 midnight. The committee will review all timely applications received and select the scholarship winner. Scholarship winner will be notified by April 1, 2022. While reviewing applications, please note that the Scholarship Committee considers the following when making selections:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (over seven semesters)
  • Communication Skills/Grammar
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Community Service


The amount of the scholarship is $1,000.00 and can be used for any of the following:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Fees
  • Room and Board


Please either complete the online form below OR mail or email your completed packet, containing the following: application, original official high school transcript with school seal and Counselor\Registrar Signature, a copy of your collegiate acceptance letter, Essay and two letters of recommendation must be mailed or emailed to:


Dr. Gerald & Gwen Dawkins First Chance Scholarship
P.O. Box 8006 Grand Rapids, MI 49518



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