West Indian Foundation Announces Scholarship Deadline of August First for Seniors

West Indian Foundation Announces Scholarship Deadline of August First for Seniors

Fitzroy and Mildred Parkinson Memorial Scholarship

Background

The late Fitzroy N. Parkinson was one of the founding members of both the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc. in 1950 and later in 1978, the West Indian Foundation, Inc. and served for many years as Treasurer for both organizations. He demonstrated a steadfast belief in the commitment to education and community service. Mr. Parkinson worked for many years as the Food Service manager of the O.J. Thrall tobacco farm and was instrumental in launching the West Indian Migrant Scholarship program, assisted by His Excellency Howard Felix Cooke, the then Governor General of Jamaica.

The late Mildred (Derr) Parkinson, wife of Fitzroy H. Parkinson, a resident of Hartford for over 50years, retired from Mount Sinai Hospital, Hartford after many years of service as a Registered Nurse.  She was a graduate of Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina, a graduate of the Hartford Seminary Black Ministers Program and had attended the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Parkinson fully supported her husband in his efforts, playing a pivotal role in encouraging, promoting and assisting him in his endeavors.

Program Objective

The West Indian Foundation, Inc with support from Carlton N. Parkinson (son of Fitzroy and Mildred Parkinson) is pleased to establish the Fitzroy and Mildred Parkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of two impassioned advocates for education.

Program Benefits

Scholarship will be presented to a graduating high school student of West Indian Heritage to help foster, support and assist in fulfilling advanced educational goals.

Selection Criteria

  • Must be a graduating high school student
  • GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Demonstration of community service
  •  Two(2) letters of recommendation from teacher/guidance counselor/professor
  • A Formatted Essay of up to 300 words describing why you should be selected as the recipient of the scholarship award.
  • A recent copy of high school transcript

Applications must be submitted by August 1st of each year to be considered.

Application forms may be obtained from participating organizations, by downloading from the website at www.westindianfoundation.org or by emailing info@westindianfoundation.org

Applicants must be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.

Learn more at http://www.westindianfoundation.org/scholarships.html

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