David C. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund
The Black Midwest Initiative is proud to announce the establishment of the David C. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund honors the life of David Cornelius Smith, a twenty-eight-year-old black man who was killed in an altercation with two officers from the Minneapolis Police Department in September 2010. Born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, David lived in the Twin Cities for more than ten years prior to his death. There, he cultivated his love of the arts and was a lifelong learner who took classes at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
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In the inaugural application cycle, two $500 Smith Scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to working toward social justice for black people and communities and who will be attending community college in the Midwest during the 2021-22 academic year. Full details on the scholarship and application guidelines are available here. The deadline for application submissions has been extended to June 21, 2021.