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Kalief Browder Memorial Scholarship

The Kalief Browder Memorial Scholarship was named in honor of the BCC student whose three year Rikers Island incarceration at age 16 – two of them in solitary confinement for a minor offense he did not commit – garnered national attention and a clamor for criminal justice reforms. His story reached President Obama who recently referenced Kalief when he called for a ban on juvenile solitary confinement.

The Kalief Browder Memorial Scholarship was established with support from a generous donor moved by Kalief’s story. The scholarship will be awarded to full-time BCC students who, like Kalief, are working hard to transform their lives after incarceration. The first recipient will be announced at the BCC Foundation’s June 8th Gala and will receive $5,000 for the 2016-17 academic year, as well as support services to assist them in meeting their goals. Additionally, proceeds from the Gala which will be used to help permanently endow the scholarship to ensure that those following in Kalief’s footsteps have the support they need for many years to come.

Deadline: May 9th, 2016

If you are interested in the Kalief Browder Memorial Scholarship, apply using the 2016-2017 BCC Scholarship Application.


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