Community Scholars for Black Lives

Inspired by the challenge from North Central University to establish a George Floyd Memorial Scholarship, Cal Lutheran established the Community Scholars for Black Lives Fellowship Program to empower students to work in tandem with community leaders and create conditions for Black lives to flourish. Through the Community Scholars for Black Lives Fellowship Program, two to three Cal Lutheran students will be engaged in work that embodies progress toward a just society where African Americans do not bear the brunt of racist structures and systems. The program features scholarship, mentorship, and community engagement.

2021/2022 Cohort of Community Scholars for Black Lives

Teketa  Bellamy

Teketa Bellamy

Jaden Lyons

Jaden Lyons

Sloan Sanders

Sloan Sanders

Sarah Wells

Sarah Wells

2020/2021 Cohort of Community Scholars for Black Lives
Emozino Ayetuoma

Emozino Ayetuoma

Landry Irumva
Landry Irumva
Elysia Williams
Elysia Williams






Important Dates

Event Date
Application Period Opens March 2022
Application Webinar TBD

Application Priority Deadline

June 30, 2022
Current Program Term September 2021 – April 2022

Application Webinar Info (Archive)

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Community Scholars Benefits:

  • Fellowship Award in the amount of $5,000
  • Mentorship from faculty
  • Engagement with community organizations focused on African American progress
  • Travel funds to attend conference
  • Project budget up to $1,000
  • Recognition as Community Scholar

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How to Apply

Students who wish to apply to this program must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Statement of purpose
  3. Project proposal
  4. Cal Lutheran transcript (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
  5. Recommendation Letter

Submit Your Application

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