Jesse Jackson’s 2017 PUSH Excel Scholarship Program Now Open to African-American Students

PUSH Excel Scholarship Program awards a number of scholarships each year to deserving students who plan to attend college but do not have the resources to pay for tuition. Each scholarship is open to students who meet the requirements.

Jesse L. Jackson Sr. Fellows Scholarships are awarded to high school students with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Applications will be judged on academic performance and a 500 word essay describing obstacles they have overcome in order to pursue their education goals. The Cirilo McSween Scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in business. They must be currently enrolled in college and have a grade point average of 3.0 or above.
The Ora Lee Sanders Scholarship is for students who demonstrate financial need and commitment to their community. It requires a grade point average of 2.5. The Presidential Choice Scholarship is awarded to students who have a strong interest in supporting issues of social justice. A grade point average of 3.0 is required. All scholarships are renewable.


The scholarships are provided by PUSH for Excellence, Inc. (PUSH Excel), a non-profit organization founded in 1975 by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. The purpose of the organization is to encourage students to push for educational opportunities in spite of obstacles and challenges in their lives.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in APRIL of each year, and the award amount is usually $1,000 – $5,000.

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