The VaBHMA James Farmer Scholarship

The Virginia Black History Month Association takes pleasure in announcing the 2018 VaBHMA James Farmer Scholarship.  Our organization will award three monetary awards during the Annual Black History Month Gala, where the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced. 

The scholarship will be based on the following criteria:

  1. All African American High School student from one of the four counties participating in the James Farmer Program.
  2. Good academic standing in a Virginia High School.
  3. Active in the local community through civic programs.
  4. Plans to attend college after their HS graduation.
  5. Essay Submission (500 words or less)

The scholarship is open to all African-American High School students enrolled in any Spotsylvania County, City of Fredericksburg, Caroline County or Westmoreland County Virginia High School with plans to pursue a higher education.

During the Civil Rights Movement, there were six major organizations that led the way for freedom and justice now enjoyed by all Americans.  Those six organizations were commonly referred to as, "The Big Six."  One of the leaders of the Big Six, was Dr. James L. Farmer Jr., who lived and taught in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  After more than 50 years of distinguished service to our country, Dr. Farmer was considered one of the nation's most prominent Civil Rights Leaders of our time. 

During his participation in the "Freedom Rides" in the southern part of the nation, Dr. Farmer was often arrested for direct violation of Jim Crow laws that prevented African Americans from sitting in "White Only" sections of buses, department stores counters and eating establishments.  Reflecting on his days of peaceful civil disobedience, Dr. Farmer said “Courage, after all, is not being unafraid, but doing what needs to be done in spite of fear.” Source: James Farmer, Lay Bare the Heart (Fort Worth: TCU Press, 1985), 3. 

After numerous awards, honorary degrees and special recognition by state and federal government, Dr Farmer became the Distinguished Professor of History and American Studies at Mary Washington College (now the University of Mary Washington) in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  In honor of his untireless efforts for social equality and civil rights, The Virginia Black History Month Association (VaBHMA) is now establishing a new scholarship in honor of the late Dr. James L. Farmer Jr. 

Therefore, we are asking for your help in raising funds to provide monetary awards to those well-deserving students, now planning college after high school.

The Virginia Black History Month Association
Dr. James L. Farmer Scholarship

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