In 2020, the NAACP Hollywood Bureau and Society Awards partnered to offer the first-ever NAACP x Society Awards Scholarship. This opportunity was created for high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in the arts from an accredited college or university.
Both organizations are strong believers in the value and impact of art and design. We launched this scholarship to support and encourage the pursuit of arts education in the United States. There is an incredible need for talented artists and designers. Not only do they make our world more beautiful, but they also have the power to make meaningful societal change through the universal language of art. Applicants were asked "how can you use art to amplify the Black Lives Matter movement?"
The recipient of the first-place, $2,500 scholarship is Jasmine Ward (DeKalb School of the Arts, Avondale Estates, GA, Class of '21). Jasmine is an actress, poet and overall creative. McKenzie Franklin (LACHSA, Los Angeles, CA, Class of '21) earned the second-place scholarship of $1,500. McKenzie is an actress who plans to major in theater and psychology. The recipient of the third and final scholarship of $500 is David Marsh II (Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington DC, Class of '21). David plans to major in computer engineering and music.
We wish Jasmine, McKenzie and David the very best in their artistic and professional endeavors.