Joey Lee Garmon Undergraduate Multicultural Student Scholarship
Biography Joey Lee Garmon, an African American male, was born August 20, 1947, in predominately European American community. In this setting, it was not uncommon to have teachers and students engage in racial abuses in the classroom. When a person from a different racial/ethnic background walked down the street, he/she was often met with racial harassment. In addition, there was overt discrimination in seeking employment as a person of color.
Within this community, Joey Lee Garmon was unable to find sensitive nurturing of his cultural identity in either the school system or in the community. Like so many young people in desperate and hopeless situations, Joey Lee Garmon gave up on himself and turned to drugs. On August 30, 1972, at the age of 24, he committed suicide.
The applicant of the scholarship must meet the following criteria in order to receive the scholarship:
- The applicant must be of an ethnic group that has been historically and traditionally oppressed in the achievement of academic and leadership endeavors to include applicants of African American, American Indian, Asian American, and Latino American heritage.
- Applicants should be currently enrolled at Kansas State University as a fulltime undergraduate student and must be enrolled as a fulltime undergraduate at Kansas State University while receiving the award.
- Applicants must complete an application.
- Applicants must write a two-page essay reflecting on how he/she has contributed, and plans in the future to contribute, to social justice issues related to a multicultural society.
- Students must provide two letters of reference. Reference letters should validate the applicant’s academic and leadership achievements and should verify that the applicant is successfully progressing toward graduation.
- A copy of the applicant’s academic transcript must be included with the application.
- Submit the Release of Information Form signed and dated by the applicant.