One of AAFSA’s major initiatives is its Scholarship Fund linked with the Wichita State University Foundation. Established in 2010, this funding source is primarily designed to assist deserving African American students at Wichita State University.
In early 2013, the organization decided to enhance its Scholarship Fund, by urging members to make tax-deductible, payroll deduction, contributions. Moreover, AAFSA members, at our May 21, 2013 meeting, voted to amend the organization’s constitution to state that regular member dues will be funneled into the AAFSA’s scholarship fund account with the WSU Foundation
These changes will result in the AAFSA being able to distribute more $250 scholarships. Also, to provide additional visibility to this initiative (and to hopefully generate more contributions), the organization’s scholarship fund will be among the giving options included in the WSU Foundation’s annual fund campaign directed at faculty and staff beginning the upcoming 2013-2014 academic year.
To more effectively target academically-achieving African American students at Wichita State University, the AAFSA has entered into a partnership with the WSU Black Student Union. A Fall mixer between the two groups allows us to announce the AAFSA scholarship program and to distribute applications.
In these tight economic times, the WSU African American Faculty & Staff Association is committed to providing financial assistance to deserving students.
Criteria for the scholarship is the following: the applicant must be a current Wichita State University student; must be seeking a degree; must have a Grade Point Average of 2.7 or above; must write a 500 word essay describing their career goals; and be available for an interview. The Scholarship Committee Chair is Ms. Wilma Moore-Black. She is the Associate Director of the TRIO Communications Upward Bound Program (CUB).
Scholarship Application Deadline: October 1, 2013