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BESDF (Benjamin & Edith Descendant Foundation) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Guidelines for Scholarship Application 2024


  • SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION: Download instructions and application forms from the foundation website, i.e.  and click “BESDF Projects” to access the Scholarship Program.

  • Scholarship Amount: BESDF, Inc. has established a scholarship fund consisting of a $2,500.00 scholarship paid in two (2) equal distributions of $1,250. The 1st distribution shall be in August 2024 and the 2nd distribution in August 2025.


  • The scholarships will be awarded every two years and the scholarship application must be submitted by June 1st of the even number year, i.e., 2024, 2026 and every even year thereafter.

  • Applicant must be an African-American or Native-American and a US citizen who is a current resident of Bladen, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender, Robeson, or Brunswick County in the state of North Carolina. 

  • Applicant must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate or graduate student in a degree seeking program at a US accredited college, community college or university in the US and or US territories. This scholarship is open to August 2024 college freshman, sophomores, juniors, and graduate students. Active enrollment is required for both distributions.

  • Applicant must be pursing their first undergraduate or graduate degree.

  • Scholarship will be awarded on the basis of family need, student income, required essays, and meeting minimum GPA requirements.

  • The Scholarship Committee will review and select the scholarship recipients from the applications postmarked by no later than June 1, 2024.

  • Applicants must include official transcripts from a high school, accredited college, community college, or university.

  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. 

  • The number of scholarships awarded are subject to change depending upon funding for the BESDF, Inc. Scholarship Program.

  • Please include the following documents in your application packet.  ALL documents must be included in one packet. 


Please note: If documents are sent separately, your application will be discarded.

  • BESDF Application (Completed & Signed)

  • 3 Required Essays

  • High School/College Transcript

  • Fall 2024 enrollment certification letter from the University you will be attending. (Do not send acceptance letter)

  • A letter of recommendation from a school counselor, teacher/professor, or principal

  • Application postmarked by June 1, 2024.

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