YWCA Greater Cincinnati Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship
Mamie 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 was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance and support to an outstanding Black female Greater Cincinnati high school senior entering a post-secondary institution. The scholarship is offered annually in conjunction with the YWCA Career Women of Achievement. 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 (optional), 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.
2022 Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Winner
Hughes STEM High School
2022 Scholarship Finalists
|Keaura Powell||Oyler High School|
|Jayla Williams||DePaul Cristo Rey High School|
|Sydney Brooks||Campbell County High School|
|Ruth Debono||Walnut Hills High School|
|Iyanna Harris||Robert A. Taft High School|
|A'nika Lickert||Covington Latin High School|
|Maya Lowe||Holy Cross District High School|
|Ariana Meatchem||Mount Healthy High School|
|Ja'Nyla White||DePaul Crsito Rey High School|
See where all of our Scholarship Winners attended High School and were accepted into College.