Institutions of higher learning offer scholarships to prospective students for a variety of reasons: academic or athletic performance, race or minority status, and financial need. But has a scholarship ever been offered to students for their style? Surprisingly, the answer is yes.
Meet Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, the author of “The Science of Black Hair” and founding member of the “Science of Black Hair” Web site. In her book, Audrey explores the texture, versatility, and beauty of African American hair and how it has affected the lives of black men and women throughout history. Her Web site offers in-depth details about the trials and tribulations of black hair as well as extensive forums where African Americans can discuss hair products, care, and types with people all over the world. However, the science of black hair is not the only offer Audrey makes: She also funds a scholarship program for people with black hair.
The Science of Black Hair Scholarship Program offers scholarships each year to African Americans who are currently furthering or who plan to further their educations during the upcoming academic year. The number of scholarships and the amounts change each year depending on the number of entries received, but the program is offering three scholarships valued at $1,000.00 each for the 2012-2013 year. Applicants can be any age or gender and must be pursuing education in high school, college, a technical school, or even graduate programs. To enter is simple: Each candidate must write a short essay about his or her black hair and describe how it has affected his or her social and personal life, sense of style, career choice, and so on. Candidates may share any memories they like and may create essays that are funny, serious, or strange. The contest is highly competitive, and certain criteria must be met for candidates’ essays to be considered. Candidates must
1) Be members of “The Science of Black Hair” Web site forums;
2) Submit proof of current or future enrollment in an educational program;
3) Complete a detailed online application; and
4) Submit an essay conforming to the standards listed on the Web site along with a current photograph.
Audrey’s Web site specifies that this scholarship is not academic in nature and is open to all African Americans of any age or gender. Deadlines and criteria are strict, so Audrey encourages any interested candidates to submit their essays soon.