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Annie and Oscar Blackwell Scholarship

Supporting high-achieving African-American women involved in the Rockford community.

Winter Scholarship - Closed Closed This scholarship is part of the Winter application cycle. The application is open December 1st to February 1st every year. How to Apply

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

- Be an African-American female.
- Be a graduating high school senior at a high school in Rockford Public School District #205.
- Demonstrate financial need.

Written Prompt

Each CFNIL scholarship is created with a specific purpose in mind. As you complete the application, the system automatically matches you with every scholarship for which you are eligible and will present you with a specific written prompt for each. You're encouraged to craft a unique response to each prompt to show the reviewers why you're the best candidate for that scholarship.

Scholarship Background and Intent

The Blackwells were married in June of 1964, and together they left an indelible mark on the Rockford community. Though they had no children of their own, they were wonderful Godparents to eight young people and "adopted" many other young people over the years. They were integral members of Allen Chapel AME Church, where they served in many positions. Both found joy financially supporting and encouraging young people to strive for excellence.

Oscar was Director of Concord Recreation Center and Booker Washington Community Center. He also served in director positions at RPS, first as Director of Integration and Attendance in Transportation. He retired as the Personal Hearing Officer. Oscar was a board member for Janet Wattles, OIC, Swedish American, CamArts, American Red Cross, and Friends House Neighborhood Center.

Annie was an educator at RPS from 1962-1991, where she worked with visually impaired students. She was a member and supporter of Friends of Booker, Booker Washington Center, and Pi Gamma Omega, a chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., which advises this scholarship

This scholarship is advised by the Pi Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. For more information about the programs, efforts and achievements of Alpha Kappa Alpha women, please visit their national website at