Scholarship Eligibility

Candidates for 

  1. Have earned or be a candidate to earn a certificate or degree from an LACCD campus summer 2019, fall 2019, or spring 2020.
  2. Complete the online LACCD Black Graduation Celebration Registration by the due date.
  3. Participate in the LACCD Black Graduation Celebration (winners must be present to receive scholarship).
  4. Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 from home campus.

Essay Criteria

Essay Must:

  1. Adhere to the theme.
  2. Be solely the student’s original work. Plagiarism will result in disqualification.
  3. Interpret the theme Connect the theme with a current event or a personal experience.
  4. Include a minimum of at least 1 significant African American historical reference.
  5. Have a relevant and accurate statistic and its source.
  6. Contain at least 1 relevant quote from an influential African American figure.
  7. Reflect the student’s point of view.

Winners will be selected based on the above-referenced criteria as well as the quality of their narrative, originality of the essay, and the proper use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Applications will be scored by the LACCD BFSA Student Scholarship Committee based on the above-referenced criteria.
  2. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on the 2nd Friday of March.
  3. Submissions that do not adhere to all of the essay criteria will not be eligible.
  4. For more information, contact Dr. Thomas Dawkins at

Finalists will be notified no later than 5:00 pm on the 4th Friday of March.