Richards to sponsor scholarship competition

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr. speaks at the candlelight vigil for Haitian earthquake victims.
Photo by Gabriele Holtermann

Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, Jr. on Monday announced that he is inviting talented Queens high school seniors interested in pursuing a post-secondary education to apply for the African American Heritage Scholarships.

The Borough President’s African American Heritage Committee will award the scholarships during Black History Month early next year.

“Our borough’s high school seniors are bright, talented, and ready to take on the world,” said Richards, who traces his roots to Jamaica.

“It is great that our African American Heritage Scholarships allow us to help several graduating seniors afford to attend college,” he added. “There is no better way to celebrate African American history than by working to give the youth of today a better chance to get ahead.”

Richards said all of the scholarship winners will receive monetary awards they can use to cover expenses related to their post-secondary studies.

Eight students won scholarships during last year’s edition of this competition, with each student receiving a $1,000 scholarship, said Richards, adding that only Queens residents are eligible for the scholarships.

The Queens Borough President said any high school senior seeking to apply for an African American Heritage Scholarship must submit a completed application and an official high school transcript by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.

Those who win the scholarships will be notified by Tuesday, Feb.1, 2022 and will be recognized during Richards’ Black History Month Celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022.

Students interested in applying for a scholarship can do so by completing the application form at and also sending their transcripts by email to [email protected] or by fax to 718-286-3134.

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