Joey Lee Garmon Scholarship
Joey Lee Garmon, an African American male, was born August 20, 1947, in a 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.
There are two different scholarships available. The Joey Lee Garmon Undergraduate Multicultural Student Scholarship is directed towards students of historically underrepresented backgrounds. 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 Latinx American heritage. The Undergraduate Social Justice Scholarship can be awarded to any student of any background with a strong record of social justice activism.
Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs will give out 5 scholarships total, 3 Multicultural Student Scholarships and 2 Social Justice Scholarships. Scholarship recipients will each receive $700.
The deadline date for application is Friday, October 25th at 5:00 p.m. Materials may be delivered to 224 Anderson Hall or emailed to Michele Benevento at firstname.lastname@example.org .