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Jerome Burke was a son, a brother, an uncle, and a nephew, but never a father. Even though he did not have children of his own, he loved, mentored, and provided for so many children. In honor of him, the Jerome Burke Foundation was established to encourage and support higher education among young African American men. The Foundation provides scholarships to young African American high school males who will attend accredited colleges, universities, or trade schools and provide a mentor to those seniors for their freshman year of college.

Scholarship Requirements

A scholarship of $1,000 is awarded to qualified African American high school male students to use for accredited college or trade school.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • An African-American male student.

  • Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

  • Must be a senior attending an Illinois school by the application deadline of October 15th

  • Must have completed 10 hours of community service or agree to complete 10 hours of community service.

  • Must be able to attend the Annual Gala on Second Saturday in December; actual date TBA.

Application Deadline: October 15

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