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Rosa Park Application 2020


                                                                   Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation

The Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation offers a $2,000, non-renewable scholarship to Michigan high school graduating seniors. Winners are selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, financial need and dedication to the civil rights principles of Rosa L. Parks, whose historic stand against racial prejudice in 1955 brought her national recognition.  The Foundation was established in 1980 to provide equal-opportunity scholarships to Michigan high school seniors.

Scholarships are to be applied to tuition, books and/or fees for the first year of college only. The funds cannot be applied to room/board or other expenses.  

A key determining factor in judging is ‘financial need.’ Students with numerous other scholarships (especially full-tuition scholarships) will receive a very low rating for ‘financial need,’ virtually eliminating them from contention for this scholarship. Because of this, these students may choose not to complete the Rosa Parks Scholarship Foundation application process.


1.   Graduate in spring 2020.*
2.   Have a GPA of 2.5 or above.
3.   Describe financial need.
4.   Complete the application form and essay.**
5.   Document community activities.
6.   Furnish official copies of high school transcript and ACT or SAT results.
7.   Furnish two letters of recommendation. (At least one should come from a school representative. A member of the clergy, community or civic representative is also suggested.)

*Applicants must be graduating from high school in spring 2020, with plans to enter college as a full-time freshman in the fall.  Participants in an Early College Program (13th year of high school) are not eligible for consideration, until the actual year of graduation. 

**The last section of this application is dedicated for a 200-300 word essay (including a heading/topic) addressing this topic: “Segregation was the defining social issue when Rosa Parks took her historic stand. Describe a social issue that you think should be addressed today. How will YOU use the principles of Rosa Parks to address it?”

NOTE: Students may begin and store the essay at any time within the application period.

EXTENDED ONE DAY!   Will leave site up until 3:00 a.m.

                                                 DEADLINE   -  MONDAY, MARCH 2, 2020 (11:59 p.m.)                                           
A link to the application is also available at:


Applications are reviewed and evaluated in various categories/areas -- on a weighted average (points awarded in each category). Failure to complete any portion of the application greatly reduces a student’s chance of being awarded a scholarship. For example, failure to list community service activities will lower overall points – possibly enough to eliminate an application. Among the categories being measured:  Application (complete); Scholastic Achievement, SAT/ACT; Financial Need; Community Service; Support Letters; Academic Goals; Future Plans, and Essay

Other Suggestions/Recommendations

  • Have a third-party proofread the application and essay before submission, assuring a better impression on the judges.
  • The applicant’s cumulative grade point average should appear on the official transcript.
  • Submit only materials requested. Do not include copies of awards, certificates, etc.

The Foundation reserves the right to contact applicants via email throughout the screening process.

Applicants are advised to add and to your contact lists as notices, reminders and other communications from the Foundation can end up as “junk mail.”

Scholarship winners will be listed on the Foundation web site, possibly in early-June.


At any time while completing this application, students can stop and return to the form later. Students are advised to select the option at the top of the page that says "Save/Continue." Drafts will then be sent to the student via email for completing the application. Upon its receipt, the student can enlist assistance in reviewing the application. Finally, once a student hits the "submit" button, the application cannot be retrieved. 

Warning:  DO NOT use the "arrow" in the upper left corner of your computer (next to browser) to backup or return to this page once you have moved to the application.  Use the "Back" button at the bottom of the application.  Also, do not close your application without doing the "Save/Continue".   Doing so will result in the loss of all data already entered.

Concerns, problems and questions about the application (personal data, notwithstanding) should be submitted via email to