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    2021 Scholarship Opportunity


This year Sisters of Nia, Inc. will continue to provide annual scholarships for minority female students pursuing higher education at a trade school, community college, or four-year institution. We recognize that the past year has been emotionally challenging and stressful year for everyone. 


So, this year we would like to expand this scholarship to recognize how you have survived and thrived throughout this challenging time. An individual is eligible to apply if she meets the criteria below. The scholarship amounts will vary depending on individual merit and needs.


Please complete all sections of the application as incomplete applications will not be accepted. To be eligible for consideration, completed applications must be received by the Sisters of Nia, Inc. Scholarship Committee by July 1, 2021 by 12:00 midnight. Applications will only be accepted electronically. 


Questions??? Email or call Synthia Smith at ssmith@sistersofnia.org or 707-469-3642.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Graduating high school senior planning to attend Community College, a 4-year college, or a trade school this Fall;

    • OR a returning full-time community college student

    • OR a returning 4-year college student

    • OR a graduate student pursuing a Master's or Doctorate Degree

  • Greater Sacramento area resident

  • African-American students are encouraged to apply


Application Requirements:

  • Complete the application which includes the following information:

    • Educational Plans

    • School & Community Clubs, Organizations, Athletics Involvement

    • Community Service Involvement

    • Employment History

  • Provide a 200-250 word response to each writing prompt (See below).

  • Copy of most recent transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are accepted. If awarded the scholarship, proof of 

  • Fall registration is required to receive scholarship check.

  • Two letters of recommendation which can be from teachers, counselors, coaches, club leaders, church leaders, community members, etc.

  • A signed the photo release (signed by parent/guardian if under the age of 18).

  • Applicant photograph (if selected as a scholarship recipient).


Writing Prompts:

Please provide a 200-250 word response to each prompt. We recommend you type your response in Microsoft Word or on Google Docs, then cut and paste into your application. This will allow you to check both spelling and grammar before submitting your application.


  1. What does it mean to live your life with a purpose? How do you currently live your life with a purpose? 

  2. How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your personal or educational experience? Explain how it has         shaped your development?

  3. Choose a person or persons you admire and explain why. What impact has this person had on your life?

  4. Describe your career goals. How do you see your career choice as a benefit to the community? How does your career choice lead to you living your life with purpose?