2020 Social Justice & Civic Engagement Scholarship

The 2020 Social Justice and Civic Engagement Endowed Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Mr. Ahmaud Arbery (1994-2020), Ms. Breonna Taylor (1993-2020) and Mr. George Floyd (1973-2020), and to commemorate the resurgence of social justice awareness and activism occasioned by their untimely deaths. This scholarship recognizes OCC students who demonstrate a commitment to social justice and/or engage civically to better their community. Ultimately, it is hoped that recipients of the 2020 Social Justice and Civic Engagement Endowed Scholarship will continue to champion social justice causes and deploy their education in service to community uplift.


You will be considered for the scholarship if you meet all requirements, including submission of a written or video essay. To avoid having to update dates we want to indicate the first award will be for Winter 2023, and recipients will not be notified until 8 weeks into the semester. 

Return your completed application to the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice, at DEIJ@oaklandcc.edu. Include your name and “2020 Social Justice and Civic Engagement Endowed Scholarship” in the subject line.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • possess an interest in social justice or civic engagement, as demonstrated by past or present volunteer, professional and/or educational experiences
  • have completed a minimum of 8 credits at Oakland Community College
  • be currently enrolled at OCC for at least 3 credits
  • have a declared program of study
  • have a 2.5 GPA or higher and be in good academic standing
  • demonstrate financial need
  • write a thank-you letter to the donor
  • reapply for the award each semester, provided they continue to meet all criteria
  • not be an OCC employee or family member receiving tuition reimbursement and
  • not be a College guest student, high school guest student or high school dual enrolled student