Cirilo McSween (New York Life) Scholarship

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
The Cirilo McSween (New York Life) Scholarship is awarded to students who are majoring in business or accounting, achieve academic success, and play an active role in their communities. Scholarships are given in honor of New York Life’s first African American agent, Cirilo A. McSween, who became an agent in 1957. Mr. McSween, who passed away in 2008, was a member of Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s board of directors, a renowned civil rights activist who worked closely with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a noted businessperson. The Cirilo McSween (New York Life) Scholarship is a $5,000.00 award and may be renewed depending on the student’s ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA and depending on the student’s undergraduate status (not including a collegiate status of 5 years or more). The award will be paid directly to the college or university the student will be attending.

Website: The PUSH Excel Scholarship Program
Application: Access Here

Please Note: The deadline has been EXTENDED to Monday, August 31, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited, four-year-degree, undergraduate program at a college or university in the U.S. by August 2020.
  • Must be entering freshman year.
  • Students must be majoring in business or accounting.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Must demonstrate academic preparation to attend college and succeed.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to overcome obstacles to achieve academic and personal goals.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must become a Student Member of RainbowPUSH if selected as a scholarship recipient. (Click here to Become A Member)
  • Official transcript. (May be mailed by applicant or school)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (cannot include a family member).
  • Proof of current enrollment or acceptance to accredited college/university in the United States (course schedule/admission letter, if applicable).
  • Evidence of service learning (Must indicate any school-based extracurricular involvement and/or community-service involvement).
  • Must submit a minimum 500-word essay. The required essay must address the following:
    (1) Identify five (5) prerequisites for success and explain in detail your personal philosophy for the pursuit of excellence.
    (2) Explain the obstacles or hardships you had to overcome on your journey to achieve academic success.
    (3) Finally, explain how you will use your college education to achieve your personal goals and pursue excellence.

Application and supporting documents (excluding official transcript) must be submitted online.
Official transcript may be mailed by applicant or school on or by 5PM, April 15, 2020 to:

  • PUSH Excel
    ATTN: Jason Robinson
    930 E. 50th Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60615

Open to DREAMers: No
Renewable: Yes, depending on the student’s ability to maintain a 3.0 GPA and depending on the student’s undergraduate status (not including a collegiate status of 5 years or more).
Contact Information: Visit Contact Us or call (773) 256-2700

Award
$5,000
Deadline
08/31/2020