The Cassondra Lenoir Scholarship was created to provide added support for a minority, first-generation college student. This one-time $500 scholarship will be awarded through an essay based contest. TWO winners will be announced – one from Cassondra Lenoir’s alma mater Hazelwood East High School, and the other a nationwide contestant.

Submit an essay of 1-2 typed pages, 500-1,000 words on one of the following topic:

Cassondra Lenoir wrote a book entitled, From Nothing to New York, where she details her 8-year journey from freshmen year of high school to her first summer living in NYC. In her book she discloses that everything she thought was “nothing” is what ultimately prepared her for New York. Although New York is an actual destination, it is used metaphorically as the place where she saw herself as a success and having “made it”.

Look around, what do you consider your “nothing” and how is it preparing you for your “New York?” It can be an actual place, occupation, dream, or goal.

All mailed applications must include (No e-mail applications will be accepted):

  • A completed application
  • An official high school transcript
  • An essay
  • A list of extra-curricular involvement
  • Two teacher/counselor recommendations – sealed in separate envelopes with signatures over the seal
  • ***Please place all documents into ONE manila folder

Applicants must have/be:

  • A first-generation student whose parents and siblings are not college graduates
  • Must be accepted by an appropriate and accredited post-secondary school
  • Proven school-involvement through extracurricular activities
  • A minimum high school GPA of 2.5 based on 4.0 scale
  • A full-time freshman in Fall ‘17
  • **Hazelwood East applicants must be students for a minimum of 2 consecutive years

Click Here to Download: Cassondra Lenoir Scholarship 2017 Application

All scholarship applications must be mailed and postmarked by March 31, 2017 to be considered. No Exceptions.