Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship
The YWCA Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship FundMamie Earl Sells was committed to young people, promoting programs that encouraged them to expand and improve their personal lives and career opportunities. This scholarship is dedicated to her memory, honoring her loyalty and service to the community through her volunteer work in the arts, education, racial justice programs and social services. Personally dedicated to the YWCA during the last decade of her life, Mamie played a leadership role in developing the Career Women of Achievement event and served as board member, vice president of membership and overall friend to the YWCA.
This scholarship award honors Mamie's philosophy that we must "lift as we climb," meaning that we must act as role models and mentors to the young women of today and tomorrow.
The YWCA Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance and support to an outstanding African-American female high school senior entering a post-secondary institution. The scholarship is offered annually in conjunction with the YWCA Career Women of Achievement Luncheon. A committee evaluates and updates the scholarship application, assists in its distribution and promotion, and selects 10 finalists, who include two runners-up and one winner. Evaluation criteria include academic record, personal challenges and hardships, ACT and/or SAT scores, letters of recommendation, class rank, honors and awards, involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service, and employment history. Applicants are required to write two brief essays, one describing their greatest challenge and how it has affected them, and one explaining what Mamie Earl Sells' philosophy, "Lift as we climb," means to them.
The 2017 Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship is presented by The Kroger Co. The recipient was honored at the 38th Annual Career Women of Achievement Luncheon on May 10, 2017.
For questions, email Sophia Gilligan Helms or call (513) 361-2127.
2017 Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Fund Winner
Malika Muhammad will not be deterred. Even though she was born with Sickle Cell Anemia, the high school senior still manages to maintain a 3.943 grade point average, work a part-time job and an internship, volunteer throughout the community and even make Homecoming Court. Armed with a cheerful disposition and a thirst for knowledge she gives 100% to everything she encounters.
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