Links Incorporated Scholarship Essay

Welcome to the Greater Kansas City Links Scholarship Application. To submit this scholarship application you must be an African American or of African American descent, currently enrolled in a Missouri or Kansas high school as a graduating senior who has completed their first semester, have a 3.0 GPA and NO relation to a member of the Links organization in any way.  All applications must be completed by February 24th for consideration. This includes all transcripts, official test scoring information, your essay and the 2 letters of recommendation emailed to [email protected] on or before February 24th.   All of the required information requested on this form will be used to score your application. You must use a desktop computer to complete the application.  Using a laptop or tablet may resort in an error and loss of information.  Before starting the application process, make sure you have all of the items listed below, as information CANNOT be saved in this form. Once you exit this page, if you do not click the 'Submit' button, the information will be lost and your application will not be available for consideration in the scholarship process. It is recommended that you complete certain portions in a word processing document (activities & honors) and then simply paste them into the final application to help with this process. 

Required information to begin application process: high school transcripts that contain the 1st quarter of your senior year and your cumulative grade point average, ACT or SAT test scores, your intended college major, a listing of your most significant high school activities, which includes extracurricular activities, employment or community service, any honors or achievements you may have between your Freshman and Senior years, an essay that is 500 words or less that is saved in a word document, the names, phone number, and addresses of 2 references.

The 2018-2019 Essay Question should address-How would you solve the problems of violence in the Black community, as it pertains to Black on Black crime or police brutality?

Helpful Reminders

1.  You must use a desktop computer to complete the application.  Using a laptop or tablet may resort in an error and loss of information.

2.  Official high school transcripts and official ACT/SAT scores should be available in an electronic format and emailed immediately after the application is        submitted to [email protected]

3.  The essay should be emailed immediately (along with the transcripts and test scores) after the application is submitted to [email protected]

4.  Individuals who are providing references should email them to [email protected] prior to the February 24th deadline or the application will be considered incomplete and unable to be considered.

5.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sheilahn Davis-Wyatt at [email protected] or 816-591-1962.  You may also contact Ms. Malika Simmons at [email protected]

In the News

Media contacts: Bunnie Jackson-Ransom
- 404.505.8188 (404-226-8000 cell)
The Links, Incorporated: Kristie Patton Foster
- 202-842-8686


Washington, DC (May 11, 2008). Included in the more than 800 winners of the National Achievement Scholarships recently announced by the National Achievement Scholarship Program, are six young Black women who will receive their $2,500 individual scholarships from The Links, Incorporated.

The National Achievement Program was established in 1954 to honor scholastically talented Black American youth and to provide scholarships to the most outstanding students in the annual competition. The Links, Inc. is one of the forty (40) corporate organizations and professional associations to underwrite the achievement scholarships. All finalists in the 2008 competition were considered for this single-payment grant, which was awarded on a regional representation basis, in numbers proportional to the population of Black Americans in each geographic region.

Winners of The Links scholarship earned a SAT score of 1200 or better. The winners include Cherica R. Richmond, from Decatur, GA, who will attend Vanderbilt University; Lauren Potter, from Woodside, CA, who will attend Georgetown University; Jerece Grayson, from Norman, OK, who plans to attend the University of Oklahoma; Amanda Ellison, from Evanston, IL, who is planning to attend St. Olaf College; Zahra L. Dawson, from Ft. Washington, MD, who will attend Emory University; and Cherae L. Clark, who attends the Tasis-American School in England and plans to enroll at the University of Kansas. “Link member are keenly aware that education is the key to career advancement and the fulfillment of many an aspiration. We salute these young people whose perseverance and commitment to excellence represent the best of their respective high schools and communities,” said Jeannine Quick-Frasier, Chairperson of The Links Grants and Aid Committee.

“The Links, Incorporated has been giving scholarships to deserving African American students since 1946, when it was founded. Our scholarships are also given at the area and chapter levels; and we know that we can never do enough as long as there is some Black student who wants to go to college and struggles to pay tuition and purchase books,” said Dr. Gwendolyn Lee, national president of The Links, Incorporated. “This scholarship aid that we provide through The Links Foundation to the National Achievement Scholarship Program expands our reach to those students who have the good test scores and a greater potential for success.”

About The Links, Incorporated

The Links, Incorporated, founded in 1946, is one of the oldest and largest volunteer service organizations of women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. The Links, Incorporated has a membership of nearly 12,000 professional women of color serving in 273 chapters in 42 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, South Africa and the Bahamas. Through its philanthropic arm, The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the organization has contributed more than 22 million dollars to charitable causes since its founding. In 2006, members contributed more than 500,000 documented hours of hands-on service hours to assist communities throughout the United States, Africa and in developing countries. Washington, DC is the site of the national headquarters. To learn more about The Links, Incorporated, visit the website at

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