About the Scholarship

The YWCA Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Fund was established in the year 1993 in the memory of Marmie Earl Sells to help and support an outstanding African-American female Greater Cincinnati high school senior entering a post-secondary institution.

Mamie Earl Sells was committed to young people, promoting programs that encouraged them to expand and improve their personal lives and career opportunities.

This scholarship is dedicated to her loyalty and service to the community through her volunteer work in the arts, education, and social services. Scholarship Evaluation criteria include academic record, personal challenges and hardships, ACT and/or SAT scores, letters of recommendation, class rank, honors and awards, involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service, and employment history. 


How to apply for this scholarship?

  • The applicant for this scholarship award must complete the scholarship application form that can be found online on the official website in order to be an eligible recipient of this scholarship award.

  • Applicants must submit two type-written essays. One must describe their greatest challenge and how it affected them and another one must explain what Mamie Earl Sells’ philosophy, “Lift as we climb,” means to them.

  • A candidate must demonstrate excellence in academics and submit a copy of his/her high school transcript and ACT/SAT scorecards to the financial aid department.

  • In addition to all the above documents, he/she must also provide two letters of recommendation from his/her faculty member.


Award Amount and Deadline

The scholarship award amounts to $1000 applicable to all the qualified recipients annually.

All scholarship applications and above listed official documents must be postmarked on or before 15th January 2020 to avail the scholarship benefits. Any documents or applications sent after January 15 will be disqualified.



Eligibility Criteria

  • The scholarship is available to candidates who are deserving Greater Cincinnati high school seniors enrolling in a post-secondary institution.

  • An applicant must be an African American to be eligible for the scholarship.

  • Applicants are reviewed based on their academic achievement, community service, extra-curricular activities.


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