Vans partners with NAACP for new scholarship
Vans, the original action sports brand and advocate for creative expression, has partnered with the NAACP, the nation’s premier social justice and civil rights organization, to launch the “NAACP Creative Sole Powered by Vans Scholarship”. As part of Vans’ commitment to elevate and promote equity, diversity and inclusion within our communities and industry, this scholarship program aims to support African American students by providing them with a financial aid to be used for their college education as they pursue a creative career across a variety of disciplines, including art, music, journalism, marketing, design, communications, or architecture. Full eligibility requirements below.
Applications for NAACP Creative Sole Scholarship powered by Vans open today and will remain until June 18, 2021. 50 students will be selected as scholarship recipients by N-SPIRE, a committee within the NAACP that focuses on the creation, development and awarding of scholarship programs. The selected students will be announced on August 9 and each will receive $ 5,000 to use towards their tuition fees. In order to allow Vans to continue supporting these students throughout their college studies, Vans will award selected students $ 5,000 each year of their enrollment for up to four years, meaning one student could receive a total of 20,000. $ as part of the program, if eligibility requirements continue to be met. Vans hopes to encourage the selected students to complete their full college education and graduate at the end of the four years.
To learn more about the application process, eligibility or to share with your friends or family who might be interested in applying for the scholarship, be sure to visit naacp.org/creativesole.
“Vans’ commitment to tackling racism while ensuring that diversity and inclusion becomes a pillar of communities and industries is an essential step in the fight against institutional racism. We look forward to a lasting partnership that will bring change for the black community. “
– YUMEKA RUSHING, CHIEF STRATEGY, NAACP
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SOLE CREATIVE SCHOLARSHIP:
- Be African American and a member of the NAACP.
- Be currently enrolled full-time or accepted into an accredited college or university in the United States.
- Be a high school or undergraduate student.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 system.
- Demonstrate an interest in pursuing creative careers, i.e. art, music, journalism, marketing, design, communications, architecture or film, as examples.
- Be a US resident.
Founded in 1909 in response to continued violence against blacks across the country, the NAACP is the largest and most important civil and social rights organization in the country. NAACP has a network of more than 2,200 units and branches across the country, as well as well over 2 million activists. Our mission is to ensure political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate racial discrimination and to ensure the health and well-being of all people.
Vans®, a trademark of VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC), is the original brand of action sports footwear, apparel and accessories. Vans® authentic collections are sold in 97 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans® has more than 2,000 points of sale worldwide, including owned, licensed and partnered doors. the Vans® The brand promotes creative self-expression in youth culture through action sports, art, music and street culture and offers progressive platforms such as Vans Checkerboard Day, Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, Custom Culture Vans, and Vans’ cultural hub and international musical venue, House of Vans.
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