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The Cleveland Foundation Scholarships

Managed by College Now Greater Cleveland

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Location or High School: Morehouse College

Field of Study: Public Service

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Application Type: Other

The Judge Leo A. & Mrs. Gilberta Jackson Justice and Integrity Public Service Scholarship

Purpose: The Judge Leo A. and Mrs. Gilberta Jackson Justice and Integrity Public Service Scholarship is an annual award that rotates between Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Florida A&M University (only applicants who attend Morehouse College will be considered for the 2022-2023 Scholarship award). It was created to acknowledge outstanding undergraduate students who excel academically and demonstrate significant involvement in public service and/or community service pursuits that will likely inform their careers, future interests and their personal lives.

The interest is to identify and encourage such individuals who are also known to conduct themselves according to a high standard of personal integrity. This is in keeping with the values of the Scholarship namesakes and the belief that how college students conduct themselves already counts.

This award, established by Linda Jackson Sowell in her parents' honor, supports students entering their junior or senior year at her parents' alma maters--Morehouse College and Spelman College (Atlanta, Georgia) and Florida A&M University where Judge Jackson briefly taught in his home State of Florida. Financial need will only be a selection criteria should the need arise to select the Scholarship recipient from among otherwise equal Scholarship applicant finalists.

Judge Leo Jackson (1920-1996) was an alumnus of Morehouse College, BA 1943, Atlanta University, MBA, and Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, JD 1950. Born in Lake City and raised in Orlando, Florida as the youngest of 15 children, he was a fervent public servant who used his legal and business skills to benefit the Greater Cleveland community with special focus upon voting rights and the promotion of equal justice under the law.

He served as Cleveland City Councilman (1957-1970) and Judge, Eighth Appellate District of Ohio (1970-1986), often taking principled public stands while shunning personal gains and despite risks to his life and career.

Born in Statham and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Gilberta A. Jackson (1924-1991) was an alumna of Spelman College, BA 1945. She paused her career to facilitate her husband's demanding career and to focus upon the well-rounded education of her children including the arts. She returned to pursuing substitute teaching in the Cleveland Municipal Schools when the children were older. Throughout her life in Cleveland, she was actively involved in community service activities, including membership on several boards of trustees.

The Judge Leo A. & Mrs. Gilberta Jackson Justice and Integrity Public Service Scholarship

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Location or High School: Morehouse College

Field of Study: Public Service

Deadline: March 15, 2022

Application Type: Other

Purpose: The Judge Leo A. and Mrs. Gilberta Jackson Justice and Integrity Public Service Scholarship is an annual award that rotates between Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Florida A&M University (only applicants who attend Morehouse College will be considered for the 2022-2023 Scholarship award). It was created to acknowledge outstanding undergraduate students who excel academically and demonstrate significant involvement in public service and/or community service pursuits that will likely inform their careers, future interests and their personal lives.

The interest is to identify and encourage such individuals who are also known to conduct themselves according to a high standard of personal integrity. This is in keeping with the values of the Scholarship namesakes and the belief that how college students conduct themselves already counts.

This award, established by Linda Jackson Sowell in her parents' honor, supports students entering their junior or senior year at her parents' alma maters--Morehouse College and Spelman College (Atlanta, Georgia) and Florida A&M University where Judge Jackson briefly taught in his home State of Florida. Financial need will only be a selection criteria should the need arise to select the Scholarship recipient from among otherwise equal Scholarship applicant finalists.

Judge Leo Jackson (1920-1996) was an alumnus of Morehouse College, BA 1943, Atlanta University, MBA, and Cleveland Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, JD 1950. Born in Lake City and raised in Orlando, Florida as the youngest of 15 children, he was a fervent public servant who used his legal and business skills to benefit the Greater Cleveland community with special focus upon voting rights and the promotion of equal justice under the law.

He served as Cleveland City Councilman (1957-1970) and Judge, Eighth Appellate District of Ohio (1970-1986), often taking principled public stands while shunning personal gains and despite risks to his life and career.

Born in Statham and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Gilberta A. Jackson (1924-1991) was an alumna of Spelman College, BA 1945. She paused her career to facilitate her husband's demanding career and to focus upon the well-rounded education of her children including the arts. She returned to pursuing substitute teaching in the Cleveland Municipal Schools when the children were older. Throughout her life in Cleveland, she was actively involved in community service activities, including membership on several boards of trustees.

Eligibility:
• Minimum 2.5 GPA

• Primary residence in Greater Cleveland OR the state of Georgia or Florida

• Enrolled full-time at Morehouse College

• Rising junior or senior

• Pursuing a career/vocation in public or community service

• Able to demonstrate through college activities a lifetime passion for community service and principled leadership in life and career

• Adhere to a high standard of personal integrity

Application Method: Submit a Jackson Scholarship Application here

Selection Process: Selections will be based on the completed application and degree of adherence to the eligibility criteria. Evidence of significant community/public service involvement during college will be strongly considered. Financial need will be used only as a tie-breaker.

Award Info: The award amount will be based on the performance of the fund and number of applicants selected. Past awards have been for $2,000. Formal notification of award will be made by College Now to the selected recipients. Award will be paid directly to the institution and must be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and/or equipment required for coursework.

Awarded Student Requirements:
1. Maintain full-time enrollment status

2. Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA

Renewal: Students may reapply for this award if they are still eligible, but qualifying schools and states of residence may change based on the year.

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