The Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship Endowment, Inc., was established in June 2006 to provide scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate degrees at historically black colleges and universities.

The Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship Endowment also provides free information, workshops and seminars for middle school and high school students and their parents on the college preparation and application process. Information is also provided on financial aid opportunities.

The endowment was created after the death of our infant son, Joshua David Gardner, as a tribute to his memory and as a way to share our love and hope with others. Through this endowment, we hope to touch the lives of other students by helping them achieve their academic pursuits.

El & Eugenia Gardner


  • Open to United States citizens (ages 17-25) who are admitted or enrolled in an accredited four-year historically black college or university in the United States with a minimum grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.8/4.0.
  • Official Academic transcripts from high school or an accredited four-year college or university; Student must be seeking a bachelor’s degree or certificate of completion from an accredited institution and be a full-time or part-time student.
  • Must provide an acceptance letter from the higher learning institution you are planning to attend
  • Students should have ACT score of 21 or SAT score of 1200. Unofficial test score copies are acceptable
  • Three letters of reference must be submitted, one from an academic reference, attesting to the applicant’s character, leadership ability, and academic ability.
  • A 500-word essay on the topic of, “What is the importance of participating in political and social change processes?”
  • A completed application form
  • There are no major or field of study criteria or requirements
  • Funds must be used for tuition, fees, and/or books
  • Scholarship funds are not renewable

Number of Awards: At least two one-time $2,000 scholarships will be awarded annually.

Applications are accepted October 30 to April 30. Selected awardees will be notified in writing by May 31. Awards will be disbursed directly to the institution of higher education on or before August 1.

Applications must be received by April 30.

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