Sankofa Advocate Scholarship

"Sankofa" is a word from the Akan people of Ghana. It is symbolized by a mythical bird that has its feet pointed forward with its head turned back, picking up an egg. The term expresses the importance of using knowledge from the past to guide planning for the future.  The Sankofa Advocate Scholarship seeks to award undergraduate students that utilize their knowledge to contribute to the liberation of historically marginalized identities. Scholarships are awarded up to $5,000.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. An undergraduate student who has achieved a minimum of 30 credit hours but not more than 60 credit hours; and
  2. Student must have a minimum 2.50 GPA; and
  3. Student must be making minimum satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Financial Aid & Scholarships office.
  4. Student graduated from a Clark County, Nevada high school and must be enrolled full time
  5. Student is a first-generation college student (neither parent has graduated from college); and
  6. Student must demonstrate financial need as determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Alternative Need Determination Form; and
  7. Student must be an active member of a student or community organization open to all, whose mission seeks to advance the needs of populations historically underrepresented in higher education.

Priority given to:

Students who have graduated from a Clark County High School in Nevada, are current residents of Nevada with high financial need as defined by FAFSA guidelines (or alternate need form), and who are "first-generation" college students (neither parent/guardian has a four-year degree from any country).

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year AND the 2021-2022 school year. All undergraduate students are encouraged to apply.

Timeline for the 2020-2021 School Year:

  • Application Open: Monday, September 7th, 2020
  • Application Closed: Friday October 2nd, 2020
  • Notify Recipients: Friday, October 16th, 2020
  • Students awarded: November 2020

Timeline for the 2021-2022 School Year:

  • Application Open: Monday, September 7th, 2020
  • Application Closed: Friday, October 2nd, 2020
  • Notify Recipients: February 1st, 2021
  • Students Awarded: August 2021