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Greetings from the Justice League of Greater Lansing Michigan (JLGLM) as we introduce our Introductory Reparations Scholarship. This program is a cornerstone of our efforts to mend the historical injustices stemming from slavery and its lasting impact. By focusing on educational empowerment for descendants of enslaved African Americans in the Greater Lansing area, we are dedicated to fostering a future where racial justice and faith converge to support academic advancement. This scholarship is a testament to our dedication, to offering essential financial assistance to enable access to higher education.

About Our Scholarship

The JLGLM Scholarship is a direct response to historical injustices, designed to support the educational aspirations of African American students. By providing financial aid, we aim to contribute to closing the Racial Wealth Gap and correcting the underrepresentation of African Americans in higher education. This initiative is part of our broader reparations project, reflecting our dedication to fostering a Beloved Community.

Scholarship Details


Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a descendant of enslaved Africans residing in the Greater Lansing Area.

  • Must be a graduating high school senior in 2024.

  • Must be planning to attend an accredited college, university, or vocational school in Fall 2024.

Still have questions about eligibility? Find more details on our FAQ page.

Award Details 

  • Ten scholarships of $5,000 each.

  • Funds can be used towards tuition, books, and other educational expenses.

  • Award payable to both the student and the institution.

Application Period

February 29, 2024, to April 15, 2024 

Recipients Notified

By May 24, 2024​


How to apply

To apply for the JLGLM Scholarship, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure Eligibility: Confirm that you meet all eligibility criteria listed under the Scholarship Details section.

  2. Prepare Your Essay: Write a 500-word essay on one of the following topics:

    • What is your understanding of the Racial Wealth Gap in America?

      • Give examples of how this has affected your family.

      • Include ideas you have for narrowing the wealth gap.

    • What is your understanding of Generational Wealth?

      • Give examples of how this has affected your family.

      • Include your ideas of why African Americans have less generational wealth.

  3. Gather Documents: Prepare your unofficial high school transcript to submit along with your application.

  4. Complete and Submit Your Application: You have several options to submit your application and required documents:

    • Submit Online: Complete the scholarship application form provided at the bottom of this page. Ensure you attach the required essay and unofficial transcript before submission.

    • Email: Download the scholarship application form here. Complete it, attach your essay and transcript, and email everything to

    • Mail: For those who prefer to submit a hard copy, download the scholarship application form here, complete it, and mail it along with your essay and transcript to:

Justice League of Greater Lansing Michigan,

Attn: JLGLM College Scholarship Program,

P.O. Box 12105, Lansing, Michigan 48901

Before submitting your application, ensure all your questions are answered by visiting our FAQ page.

Spread the Word

Help us spread the word about the Reparations Scholarship and empower more students by sharing our scholarship flyer. Download the flyer and share it within your community to ensure eligible students are aware of this opportunity.

​Download the Scholarship Flyer here.


Complete the form with your personal and academic information, attach the required documents, and submit your application.

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*By signing this application, you are stating that you are the author of the essay submitted and the material is not plagiarized in any manner. You are also giving the Justice League of Greater Lansing Michigan permission to use your name and/or photograph in marketing, media, and promotional materials, as well as the ability to publish your essay. Signature may be verified upon winning. 

*If the student is under 18 years of age, the parent/guardian will need to sign giving JLGLM permission to use the student’s name and/or photograph in marketing, media and promotional materials, as well as the ability to publish the student's essay. Signature may be verified upon winning.

Thank you! We’ll be in touch.

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