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The Juanita A. Portlock Memorial Scholarship (501c3)
in collaboration with Juanita’s Red Room

The Juanita A. Portlock Memorial Scholarship Committee is dedicated to helping students excel academically and to assist with their financial obligations. We are also committed to providing seed money to new entrepreneurs. Applicants must complete studies or conduct business in one of the following areas:


o Event Planning o Culinary Arts

o Cosmetology/Barbering
o Fashion and Interior Design
o Hospitality Management

Our goals are to assist deserving students fulfill purpose in their lives, achieve their career goals, pursue their passion, and better serve the world, and their community.


  • Must be a graduating high school senior (Class of 2019) or a current college student

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5

  • Must be admitted and plan to attend an accredited college or university or currently attending.

  • OR  Must be a small business grossing less than $32, 000.00 annually in sales;  in business less than three years and who did not start their business prior to August 1, 2016.

  • Complete application form by April 29, 2019 no later than 11:59pm (Typed application preferred, if handwritten please write legibly)

  • Typed Essay (Min. 500/Max. 1,000) Essay Topic: “I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge. Harriet Tubman was a bridge. Ida B. Wells was a bridge. Madame C. J. Walker was a bridge. Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge.” —Oprah Winfrey.

Please discuss one person who has been a bridge for you to accomplish one of your goals related to your pursuit of cosmetology, culinary arts, event planning, fashion design, hospitality management or interior design.

  • Official High School or College Transcript (Must be mailed and sealed)

  • Letters of Recommendation (2 letters are required) Both letters can be from an administrator or teacher/professor at your school, community organization, or a mentor who is 18 years or older.

  • Letter of acceptance from a higher learning institution

  • Entrepreneurs must submit proof of gross earnings which do not exceed $32,000 as reflected in submitted tax returns.

  • Letter of intent from a higher learning institution or proof of enrollment (Must be provided before scholarship is awarded).Scholarship will be awarded on August 24, 2019 at the Annual Scholarship Fundraising Tea.

Thank you to our

2018-2019 Event Sponsors

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