Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship

YWCA Greater Cincinnati Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship

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 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 Applications are now closed.

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2021 Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Winner


TrinityTrinity Robinson

Northwest High School 

Wall Street beckons Trinity. Upon graduation from Northwest High School, Trinity plans to major in business administration/finance at Ohio University so that she can be among the 10% of women who reach the pinnacle of Wall Street financial success. She is well on her way as a state officer for the Ohio Business Professionals of America, first serving as state secretary and then as president.

Like Ms. Sells, Trinity lifts others up as she serves her school and community—all while working full time as a sales representative, corporate and special event host and a supervisor at Full Throttle Adrenalin Park since 2018 and as a guest advocate at Target since November 2020.

Trinity takes a full complement of advanced placement courses and maintains a GPA of 3.5 while devoting herself to community service and mentoring others. Instructor Peter Clark says, “Trinity volunteers as a teller of the Knights Credit Union, teaches financial literacy skills to elementary students and works with our special needs students to help them attain life skills. She is also active in the Diversity Club, Brothers and Sister United and Driving Angels. Trinity is a natural leader and the level of energy and passion she shows is exceptional. In a word, Trinity is AMAZING.”

Watch Trinity’s video



2021 Scholarship Finalists


Alysa L. ChrsitianSaint Ursula Academy
Alexia ReddenWoodward Career Technical High School

Honorable Mentions

Mya DunnSaint Ursula Academy
Cailan Ewing-CalleryMercy McAuley High School
Savoy Milan LackeySeven Hills School
Alexandria LewisRoger Bacon High School
Caneacha MatthewsWestern Hills University High School
Kaniejuna RamatRiverview East Academy
Sidney WinstonTRECA Digital Academy

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


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