Talented high school seniors can earn monetary awards to help cover academic expenses

QUEENS, NY – Borough President Melinda Katz today announced she is inviting talented Queens high school seniors who are interested in pursuing post-secondary education to apply for the African American Heritage Scholarships that will be awarded early next year by the Borough President’s African American Heritage Committee.

“With Black History Month coming this February, it is appropriate to provide support to a new generation of students who will soon be making history thanks to what are sure to be their many outstanding future accomplishments,” Borough President Katz said. “I encourage Queens high school seniors who want to further their studies to apply for an African American Heritage Scholarship without delay. Education is the key to success.”

All of the scholarship winners will receive monetary awards they can use to cover expenses related to their post-secondary studies. Last year seven award winners each received an $850 scholarship.

Applicants will be judged on their academic and civic achievement and on the quality of their written submissions as to what Black History Month means to them. Only Queens residents are eligible for the scholarships.

Any Queens high school senior seeking to apply for an African American Heritage Scholarship must submit a completed application and an official school transcript by 5 p.m. on January 13, 2015. Those who win the scholarships will be notified on February 3, 2015 and will be recognized during Borough President Katz’s African American Heritage Celebration on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6 p.m. at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center

The online application for the scholarship program can be found on Borough President Katz’s website at www.QueensBP.org/AAHCScholarshipApp.