Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Paula E. Waters – Diamond In The Rough Scholarship Program!
The Paula E. Waters – Diamond in the Rough Scholarship Program is dedicated to providing educational assistance for deserving senior high school African American male students from selected schools who plan to continue education at a two-or four year college, university or vocational-technical school. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.
Considering a two-year program? Here are just a few of the benefits:
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Founded in 2004, Paula E. Waters-Diamond in the Rough Scholarship Program is an organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to deserving African American male youth. The organization established the scholarship program and designed it to reward disadvantaged African American male high school students who have potential and desire to further their education and who may otherwise find college or vocational-technical school unaffordable.
Click here to read more about President and Founder, Paula E. Waters.
The scholarship program is currently administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), an independent scholarship management company based in Nashville, TN.
Applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
No exceptions will be made.
NOTE: The status Complete will display on your AIM Home page when all forms have been submitted and all documents have been verified. Applicants are responsible for monitoring the progress of all application requirements to make sure their application is complete by 11:59 pm PT on May 30, 2023. Late submissions will not be considered.
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Riverdale Baptist School
Bowie High School
Richard Wright Public Charter School
Parkdale High School
Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
Washington Latin Public Charter School
For assistance with the application process:
ISTS Program Support is available Monday-Friday 7am-7pm and Saturday 9am-6pm (CST).
The 2023-24 application period is January 31, 2023 – May 30, 2023.
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