Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship

YWCA Greater Cincinnati Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship

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Mamie picMamie 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  Greater Cincinnati high school senior woman (cis or trans) 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.

The 2023 winner was recognized at the Career Women of Achievement Luncheon on May 10, 2023.


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2023 Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Winner


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Mohagany L. Wooten

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2023 Scholarship Finalists


Sa'Miya CallnonOak Hills High School
Mar'Kia Tyree WilliamsMercy McAuley High School

Honorable Mentions

Kyshai D. CallowayRobert A. Taft Technology High School
Kaiya CarterMt. Healthy High School
Kylah GriffinColerain High School
Tia GriggsWinton Woods High School
Kimora McEntireClark Montessori High School
Raegan StylesPurcell Marian High School
Jordan WebbTaylor High School

See where all of our Scholarship Winners attended High School and were accepted into College.