The Cleveland Foundation Scholarships
Managed by College Now Greater Cleveland
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Location or High School: Florida A&M University
Field of Study: Public Service
Deadline: May 15, 2023
Application Type: Other
The Judge Leo A. & Mrs. Gilberta A. Jackson Justice and Integrity Community Service Scholarship
Purpose: The Judge Leo A. and Mrs. Gilberta Jackson Justice and Integrity Community Service Scholarship is an annual award that rotates between Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Florida A&M University (only applicants who attend Florida A&M University will be considered for the 2023-2024 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.
• Minimum 2.5 GPA
• Primary residence in Greater Cleveland OR the state of Georgia or Florida
• Enrolled full-time at Florida A&M University
• 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
• A copy of your most recent academic transcript
• 2023/2024 Student Aid Report (from fafsa.gov)
• Two nominations from University faculty or staff (one nomination may be from a community organization that has benefitted from applicant service involvement)
• Nomination forms can be accessed here
• Essay (see application page for prompt)
• A document detailing your community service experiences and any leadership positions held while in college
• Financial aid award letter from your university
Selection Process: Selections will be based on the completed application and adherence to the eligibility criteria. Financial need will be used only as a tie breaker in the case of two otherwise equal applicants.
Award Info: The annual award amount will be determined by the available funds and the number of applicants selected. Award will be for a minimum of $1,000. Formal notification of award will be made by College Now to the selected recipient(s). Awards 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 during the award year
2. Maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA
Renewal: Eligible universities rotate between Morehouse and Spelman Colleges and Florida A&M University. Scholarship recipients may reapply should their College be an eligible institution during both their junior and senior years.