FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 13, 2021
Walker’s Legacy Establishes $25,000 Scholarship for Howard University Female, Nonbinary Student Entrepreneurs
Washington, DC—January 13, 2021— The Howard University School of Business is proud to announce the Walker’s Legacy Scholarship for Enterprising Women, a $25,000 fund that will support enterprising students enrolled at the Howard University School of Business over the next five years. Walker’s Legacy, founded by Howard University alumna Natalie Madeira Cofield, is the largest digital platform for multicultural women in business.
“This fund showcases the commitment that Walker’s Legacy has shown to empowering future female entrepreneurs,” said Yuvay Meyers Ferguson, Ph.D., assistant dean of impact and engagement at Howard University School of Business. “Championed by our very own graduates, CEO Natalie Cofield, this gift continues the legacy of empowerment that is proven to skyrocket the trajectory of Howard University’s School of Business students. We are proud that our students will be able to further their entrepreneurial aspirations with the support of these grants as they become the business leaders of the future.”
Each year, two students will receive a one-time award in the amount of $2,500. Awardees of the grant will also receive a lifetime membership to Walker’s Legacy, complimentary access to all Walker’s Legacy programming for the scholarship award year, mentorship by Cofield, Walker’s Legacy Founder & CEO, and access to support resources and networks.
“My time at the Howard University School of Business molded me into the woman that I am today,” said Cofield. “We look forward to supporting women from the nation’s most prestigious HBCU this school year and beyond.”
To qualify, applicants must:
- Be a rising senior with demonstrated financial need
- Self-identify as a woman or nonbinary entrepreneur
- Must be in good academic standing with a 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Be majoring in a degree program or discipline at the Howard University School of Business
- Have a legally registered business
- The business must be scalable, high impact, or a socially missioned effort (non-profits are not eligible)
- Finalists must present a 5 slide deck on the business endeavors to an appointed scholarship committee
- Scholarship funds may only be applied to tuition, room, and board balances.
- Students must have a demonstrated financial need and awards must not supplement other financial aid offerings that would result in a positive account balance with the university.
The application deadline is March 31, 2021, and scholarships will be awarded for the Fall 2021 academic year.