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About the Scholarship

The Harry W. Ogden Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established to honor and remember the life of a family member and friend. Harry was an average student with big ambitions. One of his goals as a young high school student was to graduate from college. In 2005, Harry graduated from Alabama State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business.

The Harry W. Ogden Jr. Memorial Scholarship is a one-time award that focuses on rewarding ambitious, driven, and goal-oriented individuals who may not have received any financial scholarships. The goal of this scholarship is to support and encourage young African-American men and women and make their dream of attending a college or university a reality.

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The 2024-25 application period will close on June 15, 2024.
Scholarship Award Recipients Announced on July 22, 2024.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a graduating senior from a Madison area high school

  • Enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university

  • Have an overall GPA of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale 

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Scholarship Requirements

  • Completed scholarship application

    • Minimum 500-word essay 

  • Copy of transcript from high school 

  • A letter of recommendation from a previous employer, teacher, guidance counselor, or community organization on official letterhead

  • A professional headshot photo

  • Copy of acceptance letter from college or university on official letterhead

  • Ability to submit all requirements electronically

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