Buffalo Troopers Motorcycle Club Chicago Chapter Scholarship Program

Organization & Scholarship Overview
In 1993, the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club was founded in Chicago by Ken “Dream Maker” Thomas to socialize men and women who shared similar ideals and the common bond of motorcycling. The name was chosen to uphold and perpetuate the heroic legend of the original Buffalo Soldiers and the legacy of excellence of the African American soldiers who followed. The scholarships are a one-time award in the amount up to one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) to use toward college, university or trade school costs and expenses. Scholarship awards are nonrenewable. If selected, the Scholarship monies will be submitted to the educational institution financial/bursar office for your use while enrolled. The application is open to high school seniors.

Our Vision: Educate others and ourselves about the history and contributions of the Buffalo Soldiers, notably the 9th & 10th Cavalry. Demonstrate and promote safe individual and group riding experiences. Provide positive role models to the youth in our community. Support the charitable needs of the community in the local and Great Lakes Frontier.

Website: Buffalo Troopers Scholarship
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Scholarship Qualifications:

  • Have an unweighted GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to community service and display leadership abilities in school activities or through work experience (minimum 10 hours of community service)
  • Two (2) professional references: Teacher or school personnel, volunteer coordinator, supervisor
  • Must attend a high school in a community served by Chicago Buffalo Troopers
  • Demonstrate financial need

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: Yes
Questions in regards to application: Patricia Johnson, Scholarship Chairperson at 1866casper@gmail.com

Supplemental Questions
  1. Type a 500 word essay on the following topic: The stories of the Buffalo Soldiers exemplify many positive character traits. Please provide examples from the lives of Buffalo Soldiers (living or deceased) and write on two of those traits and how they can be used to help mold or develop your life.
  2. Prepare a personal statement identifying your challenges, achievements and goals for the future. Include how this scholarship will assist you in reaching these goals. (maximum 250 words)
  3. 1 of 2: Letter of recommendation from adult mentor (i.e., church leaders, counselors, teachers, et.al.).
  4. 2 of 2: Letter of recommendation from individuals with direct knowledge of the applicant's abilities, accomplishments, and potential. One must be from a teacher, or other school personnel. Recommendations must be signed, and on school/organizational letterhead.
  5. Please upload a copy of your ACT/SAT score report
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