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Center for Citizenship & Social Justice

Scholarships & Grants

The Center for Citizenship & Social Justice strives to support public engagement efforts at WKU by awarding scholarships and grants to students, faculty and staff. Campus members who have an interest in partnering with the community to address social challenges can apply for funding to carry out a scholarly projects aimed at solving public problems. 

Students can access scholarships through the Scholars in Service program to support a multitude of public engagement opportunities. Students, faculty and staff can also become trained in The $100 Solution™ and apply for funding to address a social issue utilizing $100 or less. In the spring of 2017, CCSJ launches Public Impact Funds intended to support service-learning and applied or community-based research. For more information, contact Leah Ashwill at 


Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named in memory of Ella Baker to commemorate her contribution to the grassroots organizing tradition of the civil rights movement and her belief that the voice of students is essential to effecting positive social change in society. 

This scholarship is open to majors and minors in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. For the next 2018-2019 academic year, the scholarship is for $500 for any DCS major or AFAM, CSJ, GWS minor.

Nomination & Requirements
Any student who has a declared Diversity & Community Studies major and/or declared a related minor (African American Studies; Gender & Women’s Studies; and/or Citizenship & Social Justice) is eligible for nomination.

Students should ask their faculty mentor to nominate them. If she or he agrees, the student may proceed by sending an email to their professor with the subject line “Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship,” and include the following information in the body of the e-mail:

$500.00 Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship application requirements:

  1. Student Name:
  2. State Clearly that it is the Application for $500.00 Scholarship
  3. Major:
  4. Minor:
  5. Statement of Interest: Provide a statement (200-500) describing why you are interested in the Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship and how this opportunity is related to your academic goals and commitments.

Supporting faculty members should forward the student’s original e-mail with the faculty member’s own Statement of Support in the body of the e-mail and use the subject line “Ella Baker Memorial Scholarship,” addressing academic competence and other relevant considerations for the award.

Deadline: Nominations are due by Friday, April 6, 2018.  Nominations must be submitted to Dr. Jane Olmsted by e-mail at

Award Notifications
Recipients will be notified of the scholarship award by April 16, 2018. The scholarship will be available for Summer 2018 and/or the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarship recipients are requested to attend the University College Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 5:00 at the Faculty House.

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