Descendants of slaves who are eligible for a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island
The Reparations Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island is committed to educational equity with its latest scholarship program.
After you websiteBlack, African American, and Caribbean American students who are descendants of enslaved people are encouraged to apply to the Barbara C. Harris Scholars Program.
To qualify, applicants must be high school seniors or currently enrolled in an accredited college or trade school and reside in the Diocese of Long Island (which includes Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk).
Scholarships will be presented by Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, Bishop of Long Island, June 19, June 16 at the Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City.
“The scholarships are offered to support children from families disenfranchised by the racist real estate redlining policies and discriminatory hiring practices in the territory of our diocese,” Bishop Provenzano said. “This is an essential step as we seek to address the long-practiced sin of racism that exists in our midst.”
Students can apply for up to $5,000 per semester for their studies. Successful candidates must demonstrate academic achievement, strong leadership skills, community involvement and a. strong commitment to continuing education.
Applicants do not have to be episcopal to apply.
The grant is named in honor of Rev. Barbara C. Harris, who passed away in 2020 at the age of 90. She was descended from slaves and was the first female bishop of the Episcopal Church and the global Anglican communion.
A civil rights activist, teacher, leader and visionary known specifically for her advocacy for women, black people and the LGBTQ+ community, Harris is remembered for her historical influence on the Episcopal Church.
According to members of the diocese, the formation of the Reparations Committee is a step toward transforming the Episcopal Church into an “anti-racist church and working toward healing, reconciliation, and the restoration of the wholeness of the family of God.”
“We know that reparations must encompass more than grants. Reparations can take many forms, such as: B. Settlements, reparations ashore, apologies and speaking the truth,” said Penny Allen Grinage, Chair of the Reparations Committee.
“However, this grant is a great start to leveling the playing field for those who have been disadvantaged because of their race,” he added.
For more information, see The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island website.
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