Scholarships Available for African-American Students
TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger is seeking applicants for five $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to African-American students enrolled in Kansas universities, colleges or community colleges during the 2013 spring semester.
These African-American Monumental Life Settlement Scholarships came from a nationwide legal settlement regarding premiums charged by Monumental Life Insurance Company to African-Americans. Commissioner Praeger advocated for establishing a scholarship program for Kansas African-American college students with the state’s share of the settlement. The Kansas Legislature passed a law designating the funds for these scholarships.
The deadline for spring semester 2013 applications is Oct. 1, 2012. A scholarship committee of community volunteers and department staff members will award the scholarships, which are renewable.
An applicant for the scholarship must meet these requirements:
- The applicant must be an African-American student.
- The applicant must be enrolled as a student at a Kansas accredited institution of higher learning during the 2012-2013 school year.
- The applicant must indicate on the application that his/her designated major is in one of the following: mathematics, computer science, business, accounting, economics, finance or investments.
- The applicant must have a cumulative college grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
- The applicant must supply an academic reference letter from a teacher or administrator at his/her higher learning institute, as well as a one-page essay describing career goals.
- The applicant must be available to be interviewed.
Eligible students can contact the office of minority affairs or student financial aid at their colleges or universities for more information, or they can download the information and application online at the Kansas Insurance Department’s website, www.ksinsurance.org/gpa/scholarship.htm, or on the department’s Facebook page.
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