Scholarships

Background

The late Fitzroy N. Parkinson was one of the founding members of both the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc. in 1950 and later in 1978, the West Indian Foundation, Inc. and served for many years as Treasurer for both organizations. He demonstrated a steadfast belief in the commitment to education and community service. Mr. Parkinson worked for many years as the Food Service manager of the O.J. Thrall tobacco farm and was instrumental in launching the West Indian Migrant Scholarship program, assisted by His Excellency Howard Felix Cooke, the then Governor General of Jamaica.

The late Mildred (Derr) Parkinson, wife of Fitzroy H. Parkinson, a resident of Hartford for over 50years, retired from Mount Sinai Hospital, Hartford after many years of service as a Registered Nurse.  She was a graduate of Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina, a graduate of the Hartford Seminary Black Ministers Program and had attended the University of Pennsylvania. Mrs. Parkinson fully supported her husband in his efforts, playing a pivotal role in encouraging, promoting and assisting him in his endeavors.

Program Objective

The West Indian Foundation, Inc with support from Carlton N. Parkinson (son of Fitzroy and Mildred Parkinson) is pleased to establish the Fitzroy and Mildred Parkinson Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of two impassioned advocates for education and community service.

Program Benefits

Scholarship will be presented to a graduating high school student of West Indian Heritage to help foster, support and assist in fulfilling advanced educational goals who has demonstrated strong community service activities.

Selection Criteria

  • Must be a graduating high school student
  • GPA of 2.5 or greater
  • Demonstration of community service
  • Two(2) letters of recommendation from one teacher/guidance counselor and one community person.
  • A Formatted Essay of up to 300 words describing why you should be selected as the recipient of the scholarship award based on your community service.
  • A recent copy of high school transcript

Applications must be submitted by August 1st of each year to be considered.

Application forms may be obtained from participating organizations, by downloading from the website at www.westindianfoundation.org or by emailing info@westindianfoundation.org

Applicants must be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.

Background

Keith L. Carr, Sr. O.M.-Government of Jamaica (December 24, 1930-January 7, 2008)

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Mr. Carr joined the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, Inc. in 1963 and served in many capacities including Chairman of Publicity and Public Relations, Planning and Development Committee, Assistant Manager of Operations, Secretary for thirteen (13) years and President for three(3)years. An avid supporter of culture and the arts, he also served as Chairman of the West Indian Independence Celebration Committee. Mr. Carr served as Secretary, Vice President and President of The West Indian Foundation, Inc. from 1980 to 1994 and as Executive Director from 1985 to 2005, overseeing the daily activities of the Foundation in collaboration with the Board of Directors. These activities include fundraising and fiscal management of the organization. In 2005, after 40 years of public service, Mr. Carr retired as the Executive Director of the West Indian Foundation.  Mr. Carr committed his life to building bridges and transforming the Greater Hartford community working with various community and civic organizations until his death in 2008.

Scholarship Program 

Keith L. Carr, Sr. Technical & Vocational Scholarship Program, established in 2006 is designed to provide a scholarship opportunity to a deserving high school graduate who has been accepted in a technical/vocational institution of higher learning.

The completed, legible application form MUST be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Letter(s) of acceptance from technical/vocational institution(s) to which you have been accepted;
  • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor of  the high school attended;
  • A recent copy of high school transcript;
  • Formatted Essay (300 words or less) describing why you should be selected for the scholarship award and how going to a technical/vocation institution would benefit your community.

Applications must be submitted by August 1st of each year to be considered.

Application forms may be obtained from participating organizations, by downloading from the website at www.westindianfoundation.org or by emailing info@westindianfoundation.org

Applicants must be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.

The Marcus Garvey Scholarship Committee will award one scholarship annually to a deserving high school graduate.

The scholarship recipient will be a student of West Indian heritage who best exemplifies the characteristics of Marcus Garvey and has demonstrated dedicated service to school and community has been accepted to an institution of higher learning. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a documented need for financial assistance.

The completed, legible application form MUST be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Letter(s) of acceptance from college(s) to which you have been accepted;
  • Letter of recommendation from a member of faculty or administrative body of  the high school attended;
  • A recent copy of high school transcript;
  • Financial Aid Summary from Guidance Counselor
  • SAT final scores
  • Formatted Essay (300 words or less)

 “ The Significance of the Life of Marcus Garvey

Applications must be submitted by August 1st of each year to be considered.

Application forms may be obtained from participating organizations, by downloading from the website at www.westindianfoundation.org or by emailing info@westindianfoundation.org

Applicants must be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.

Dear Applicant:

The West Indian Migrant Farm Workers Memorial Scholarship Fund will award one scholarship annually to a deserving high school graduate.

The scholarship recipient will be a student of West Indian heritage who has been accepted to an institution of higher learning. Applicants must be in good academic standing with a documented need for financial assistance.

The completed, legible application form MUST be accompanied by the following documents:

  • Proof of relationship to a West Indian Migrant Farm Worker; (see attached)
  • Letter(s) of acceptance from college(s) to which you have been accepted;
  • Letter of recommendation from a member of faculty or administrative body of  the high school attended;
  • A recent copy of high school transcript;
  • Financial Aid Summary from Guidance Counselor
  • SAT final scores
  • Formatted Essay (300 words or less)

Applications must be submitted by August 1st of each year to be considered.

Application forms may be obtained from participating organizations, by downloading from the website at www.westindianfoundation.org or by emailing info@westindianfoundation.org

Applicants must be a Citizen or Permanent Resident of the United States of America.