Annual Scholarship Applications Open
February 4, 2019 - May 1, 2019

PUSH Excel Scholarship Program

The PUSH Excel Scholarship Program was created to assist young people who are qualified but lack the financial resources to attend college. The goal of the program is to develop servant leadership potential in the scholarship students and encourage a spirit of social justice and social change.

College is the key to economic freedom for all Americans, yet a college degree is becoming less and less affordable for the average student in the U.S. Over the past several years, PUSH Excel has awarded over three million dollars to deserving students enrolled in colleges and universities across the country. PUSH Excel Scholars attend a variety of institutions and we take pride in the fact that ninety percent of PUSH Excel Scholars graduate from college.

PUSH Excel makes a number of awards each year through three named scholarships: Jesse Jackson Fellows (scholarship applications returns 2021), Ora Lee Sanders, and Cirilo McSween. Scholarship recipients will be selected from the pool of applicants who apply for a particular scholarship and meet the minimum criteria provided in the guidelines. There are no geographical limitations–applicants are selected from across the nation.

Applicants should apply for the scholarship that best fits their particular situation. You may apply for only one scholarship in a particular year and, if awarded a renewable scholarship, may not apply for a different scholarship in subsequent years. Applications will be evaluated by a committee of educators and corporate executives.

Staff or board members of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition or its affiliates and children or immediate family members of staff or board members are not eligible to participate in the PUSH Excel Scholarship Program.

Scholarship recipients are required to participate in the scholarship event at the Rainbow PUSH annual conference and will agree to cooperate with the scholarship committee to promote the PUSH Excel Scholarship Program by participating in various events and public relations activities. There are also a number of additional requirements PUSH Excel asks scholarship recipients to agree to regarding their involvement with the organization that will be explained when a scholarship offer is made.

Cirilo McSween Scholarship Sponsored by New York Life

NOTE: Must be Incoming Freshman and Business or Accounting Majors.

The Cirilo McSween (New York Life) Scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in business or accounting, achieve academic success, and play an active role in their communities. Scholarships are given in honor of New York Life’s first African American agent, Cirilo A. McSween, who became an agent in 1957. Mr. McSween, who passed away in 2008, was a member of Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s board of directors, a renowned civil rights activist who worked closely with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a noted businessperson. The Cirilo McSween (New York Life) Scholarship is a $5,000.00 award and may be renewed depending on the student’s ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA and depending on the student’s undergraduate status (not including a collegiate status of 5 years or more). The award will be paid directly to the college or university the student will be attending.

Application and supporting documents (excluding official transcript) must be submitted online.  Official transcript may be mailed by applicant or school to:

PUSH Excel
ATTN: Jason Robinson
930 E. 50th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60615

on or by 5p.m. CST, May 1, 2019

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Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited, four-year-degree, undergraduate program at a college or university in the U.S. by August 2019.
  • Please Note: Must be entering freshman year.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Must demonstrate academic preparation to attend college and succeed.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals.

Requirements:

  • Must become a Student Member of RainbowPUSH if selected as a scholarship recipient.
  • Official transcript. (May be mailed by applicant or school)
  • Two letters of recommendation (cannot include a family member).
  • Proof of current enrollment or acceptance to accredited college/university in the United States (course schedule/admission letter, if applicable).
  • Evidence of service learning (Must indicate any school-based extracurricular involvement and/or community-service involvement).
  • Must submit a minimum 500-word essay. The required essay must address the following:
    • Identify five (5) prerequisites for success and explain in detail your personal philosophy for the pursuit of excellence.
    • Explain the obstacles or hardships you had to overcome on your journey to achieve academic success.
    • Finally, explain how you will use your college education to achieve your personal goals and pursue excellence.

Renewal:
The Cirilo McSween (New York Life) Scholarship is renewable depending on the student’s ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA and depending on the student’s undergraduate status (not including a collegiate status of 5 years or more).

Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship Sponsored through PUSH Excel by various sponsors

The Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in any college-approved major, achieve academic success, and play an active role in their communities. Scholarships are given in honor of Ms. Ora Lee Sanders, an educator who believed that all children should have the opportunity to attend college regardless of having a high grade point average and/or test scores. The Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship is a $2,500.00 award and may be renewed depending on the student’s ability to maintain a 2.5 GPA and depending on the student’s undergraduate status (not including a collegiate status of 5 years or more). The award will be paid directly to the college or university the student will be attending.

Application and supporting documents (excluding official transcript) must be submitted online. Official transcript may be mailed by applicant or school to:

PUSH Excel
ATTN: Jason Robinson
930 E. 50th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60615

on or by 5p.m. CST, May 1, 2019.

 

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited, four-year-degree, undergraduate program at a college or university in the U.S. by August 2019.
  • Must be entering freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year (but not 5th year or greater).
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
  • Must demonstrate academic preparation to attend college and succeed.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals.

Requirements:

  • Must become a Student Member of RainbowPUSH if selected as a scholarship recipient. (Click here to Become A Member)
  • Official transcript. (May be mailed by applicant or school)
  • Two letters of recommendation (cannot include a family member).
  • Proof of current enrollment or acceptance to accredited college/university in the United States (course schedule/admission letter, if applicable).
  • Evidence of service learning (Must indicate any school-based extracurricular involvement and/or community-service involvement).
  • Must submit a minimum 500-word essay. The required essay must address the following:
    • Identify five (5) prerequisites for success and explain in detail your personal philosophy for the pursuit of excellence.
    • Explain the obstacles or hardships you had to overcome on your journey to achieve academic success.
    • Finally, explain how you will use your college education to achieve your personal goals and pursue excellence.

Renewal:
The Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship is renewable depending on the student’s ability to maintain a 2.5 GPA and depending on the student’s undergraduate status (not including a collegiate status of 5 years or more). Complete the Online application to renew each year.