Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Essay Contest

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Stories Worth Sharing Happen Every Day

Whether it’s a story of individual impact or community efforts for change, the leadership and actions of Black Americans who inspire us are stories worth sharing. Tell us about a Black American individual who has inspired you for the opportunity to earn a $3,500 or $5,000 college scholarship.

Courageous. Confident. Intelligent. Amazing. Determined. Creative. Bold. Compassionate. Resilient. Inspired.

The dedication of each Black activist who supported San Francisco’s 504 Sit-In is a story worth sharing.

In April of 1977, people with disabilities staged protests across the country to demand adding regulations to the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Though other protests stopped due to lack of support, San Francisco’s sit-in continued for the 28 days it took for the government to comply. This was largely due to support from Black leaders with disabilities and their allies who coordinated food drop-offs, medication delivery, and protection. The bravery of these activists helped people with disabilities preserve their rights and increased accessibility throughout the country.

The dedication of each Black activist who supported San Francisco’s 504 Sit-In is a story worth sharing.

The drive of each activist in the Black Student Union Strike is a story worth sharing.

From November 1968 to March 1969, the Black Student Union (BSU) at San Francisco State University organized a strike to convince the college to open more slots for students of color and to reinstate a prominent Black professor. Members of the BSU helped students of other ethnicities form their own groups to strengthen the protest. These students faced threats, violence and some were even arrested, but in the end their actions resulted in the school forming the College of Ethnic Studies and agreeing to accept virtually all students of color for the following semester. This remains the longest student strike in U.S. history.

The drive of each activist in the Black Student Union Strike is a story worth sharing.

The bravery of each Black activist who led the Fair Housing Marches is a story worth sharing.

The summer of 1967 marked the start of Milwaukee’s Fair Housing Marches. The city’s NAACP Youth Council led hundreds of community members in a march to protest inequality and to convince the city to create legislation that banned discrimination in the selling and renting of housing. For 200 consecutive nights, Black activists gathered their community and courageously faced angry crowds as they crossed into the exclusively white South Side. Thanks to their determination, Milwaukee passed open housing ordinances the next month.

The bravery of each Black activist who led the Fair Housing Marches is a story worth sharing.

Whose inspiring story will you share?

Write about a Black American individual who has inspired and motivated you for the opportunity to earn a $3,500 or $5,000 college scholarship. Essays should be 500 words or less and should:

  1. Address how a Black American individual has been an inspiration in your life.
  2. Discuss the contributions of the Black American individual who has served to inspire and motivate you.

High School Seniors
Regions will award $5,000 scholarships to 15 high school seniors who live in states with Regions branches and will attend an accredited college in the United States during the 2021-2022 academic school year.

College Students
Regions will award $3,500 scholarships to 15 freshmen, sophomores or juniors who permanently reside in, or currently attend an accredited college in, states with Regions branches and will attend an accredited college in the United States during the 2021-2022 academic school year.

2021 Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Winners

These are words written by high school and college students who received the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship. They are students just like you who are following in the footsteps of the Black Americans who have inspired them to make history. Now is your chance to do the same. Share your story and inspire the future.