Since its inception, the BFSA has been invested in supporting not only faculty and staff, but also students as well. In a May 1975 article in the Los Angeles City College Collegian newspaper, it says that “BFSA seeks to act as a catalyst in establishing optimum learning conditions, as well as increasing Blacks’ representation in all facets of the college, including [decision-making].” Two years later, the Black Faculty & Staff Association raised money from bake and rummage sales to award its first student scholarships.
Today, we continue that practice of providing students with financial support. BFSA has been awarding scholarships to students participating in the Black Graduation Celebration sponsored by the African American Outreach Initiative and the Chancellor’s Office for 7 years. This year, 2021, BFSA will award 2 students with a $500 scholarship.
To honor the research and work of Carter G. Woodson’s national organization, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASALH), BFSA utilizes the Black History Month theme for the entire year, and when appropriate, develops a metaphoric adaptation.
This year, we return to our roots with a focus on black family ties. The theme for 2021, “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity,” explores the wide-ranging diversity of black family life. To read more about the theme, download and read the executive summary here: 2021 Black History National Theme.
Candidates must write a 200-word essay on the theme, complete the online LACCD Black Graduation Celebration Registration, and adhere to the criteria below.
- Have earned or be a candidate to earn a certificate or degree from an LACCD campus summer 2020, fall 2020, or spring 2021.
- Participate in the 2021 LACCD Black Graduation Celebration (winners must be present to receive scholarship).
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 from home campus.
- Be involved in at least 1 campus group, club, or program.
- Be solely the student’s original work.
- Connect the theme with a current event, a personal experience or an educational topic.
- Include a minimum of at least 1 significant African American historical reference.
- Contain at least 1 relevant quote from an influential African American figure.
- Applications will be scored by the LACCD BFSA Student Scholarship Committee based on essay (60%), community or campus involvement (20%), and GPA (20%).
- Applications must be received by April 30, 2021.
- Submissions that do not adhere to all of the essay criteria will not be eligible.
For more information, contact Linda Cole at (213) 763-7109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.