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NextGen Scholarship


During her time in college at Howard University, MCWEN Founder, Andrena Sawyer, saw firsthand how easy it was for deserving students to lose out on good opportunities because of the lack of resources. The NextGen Scholarship Fund was created for purpose-driven students who are pursuing higher education and impacting their community. The scholarship program provides one annual award to a qualified and outstanding student pursing an Associates, Bachelor's or Master's degree.


To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have a history of demonstrated commitment to their local community. All applications must be filled out completely. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications are judged on merit, financial need, and community impact. One scholarship in the amount of $1,500 will be awarded each Fall.

Scholarship FAQs

Q: When is the application deadline for the 2023 grant cycle?

A: Applications for the 2023 cycle will open April 27, 2023. Applications must be completed and postmarked by June 22, 2023. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Q: Do I have to write an essay?
A: Yes. We require two essays. Each essay needs to be at least 500 words. You must choose two of the four essay topics to write about.

Q: Who can write my letters of recommendation?
A: We ask for two letters of recommendation and ask that at least one be from a professor or faculty. You may also provide letters of recommendation from an employer, clergy member, coach or mentor.

Q: How/when are awardees notified? Will I be notified if I don’t receive an award?
A: The awardee will be notified of the  decision by email by July 30, 2023. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications, applicants who do not receive an award will not be notified. 

Q: May I apply for the scholarship if I am not attending university in the United States?
A: No. The scholarship is only available to students who will be attending a college or university in the United States.

Q: Can the scholarship be used for graduate studies? 
A: Yes, the scholarship can be used toward an Associates, Bachelors, or Masters  degree.  

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