The Grace Loncar Scholarship is a unique opportunity for seniors whose lives have been impacted by the disease of mental illness. Whether it be a family member, friend or a personal struggle, we want to encourage young adults to pursue their passions. A unique aspect of our scholarship is the required 20 documented volunteer hours with a non-profit suicide or mental health awareness organization. We want to aid candidates that have not only been impacted by mental illness, but as a result have chosen to get involved and desire to make a difference.

Booker T. Washington Scholarship Details:

$10,000 Grace Loncar Foundation Scholarship

The scholarship recipient will be based primarily upon:

  • Applicant’s Essay

  • 20 documented volunteer hours with a non-profit suicide or mental health

    awareness organization- the attached affidavit signed by a leader within the

    organization must be submitted with the application

  • One teacher letter of recommendation

  • One adult letter of recommendation

  • Financial Need

The essay must include a minimum of 200 words on how mental illness has personally impacted their life and what positive contributions they would like to make as a result of their experience. The applicant can have been affected by a family member or friend who has mental health issues, or may personally struggle. Furthermore, we are interested in learning about what the applicant has learned or gained from volunteering on behalf of mental health awareness. Upon reviewing the applications, three applicants will be chosen for an in-person interview at the school. After personal interviews with three finalists, one will be chosen and awarded the scholarship.

The $10,000.00 scholarship will be paid directly to the recipient’s college of choice tuition office, limited to $2,500.00 per semester for two consecutive years ($10,000.00 total at completion of payout). The scholarship will be awarded annually to a graduating senior at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Applicants must submit 2 letters of recommendation, documented volunteer hours and essay in an email to admin@graceloncarfoundation.org by 5 pm on March 1. Subject line: “GLF Scholarship Application”.

A recipient will be chosen and notified by April 1.
Because of the sensitive nature of the requirements, the yearly recipient will be notified privately.

If the winner feels comfortable to be included in the Senior awards ceremony, we would be honored to present it.

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Local North Texas Volunteer Opportunities:

  • North Texas Suicide & Crisis Center 

https://www.sccenter.org/volunteer/

  • American Foundation For Suicide Prevention: Walk out of Darkness 

https://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfmfuseaction=cms.page&id=1197&eventID=6010

  • Mental Health American of Greater Dallas 

http://www.mhadallas.org/get-involved/volunteer-mha-greater-dallas/?safari-redirected=1

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness- North Texas 

http://www.naminorthtexas.org/volunteer.html