Scholarship Criteria

Ron Settles Memorial Foundation 2022 Scholarship


Criteria for the Ron Settles Memorial Foundation 2022 Scholarship


To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be: 

  • A graduating high school senior

  • A U.S. citizen or legal resident who is Black/African American

  • A Shelby County resident of Shelby County, TN; or Los Angeles County, CA; or a student attending a high school within the City of Atlanta, GA 

  • Seeking undergraduate degrees in education and criminal justice programs including, but not limited to political science, pre-law, law enforcement administration, corrections, and criminology

  • and have a GPA of at least 2.25 on a 4.0 scale


All Applicants must also submit:

  • A list of references from a non-relative: a teacher, school counselor, employer, or other person who can comment on the applicant’s qualifications and abilities.

  • An admissions essay submitted to a college application portal (i.e. Common App, etc.)

  • A written response explaining your personal connection to the Ron Settles story. Responses must be fewer than 350 words.


Applications will be available beginning November 1st, 2021 through March 15, 2022. Priority may be given to students applying to HBCUs. Applicants will advance to the interview round provided all above criteria have been met and information submitted. Applicants indicating a major, unrelated to or not including those specified above, will not be considered.

Candidates moving forward to the interview phase will be notified on or near March 31st, 2022, and final awardees will be announced no later than June 1st, 2022.

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