Lawson Porter Scholarship Foundation Inc

Unearthing our past. Contextualizing our present. Preparing our future.

Ann Arbor, MI   |  thelpsf.org

Mission

Our mission is to foster equitable pathways to any area of study in higher education regardless of how Black students perform in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) courses, all while emphasizing the importance of Afrocentric history. Arts & Humanities or STEM, Black Scholars Matter.

Ruling year info

2021

President

Darrell Lee Williams Jr.

Main address

3540 Pheasant Run Cir Apt 7

Ann Arbor, MI 48108 USA

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EIN

85-2417635

NTEE code info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Afrocentric Scholarship

Merit-based academic scholarships make the assumption that we are living in a society that is not only a meritocracy, but one that provides an equitable starting point for each person(s) involved. This is not the case for Black students in America. Oftentimes, opportunities to succeed in K-12 and higher education institutions are based on the economic standing of the student’s parents; the net worth of the average white family is nearly ten times more than that of the average Black family. Additionally, several studies have shown evidence of racial bias in standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. There are a myriad of factors that contribute to such a lopsided educational system, the chief among them being the deleterious and harmful effects of institutional and systemic racism.

We endeavored to create a scholarship fund that takes into account the disadvantages that Black students face on their educational path. Very bright students are not always able to get the 4.0 GPA or the 36 on the ACT due to circumstance, lack of resources, and biased and Eurocentric curricula, and therefore may not have the same access to traditional merit-based scholarships as white students. Providing scholarship opportunities whose submission criteria focus on Afrocentric history and Arts & Humanities may help to level the playing field.

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https://thelpsf.org/apply/

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Students
Low-income people

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Lawson Porter Scholarship Foundation Inc

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as of 5/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization