2023 Michael E. Sailes Scholars' Award

“The Ezra Project provides monetary awards to African American students in the Chicago
area who are pursuing a post-secondary education through an accredited post-secondary
vocational program or a two or four-year accredited college or university. Applicants
must be active members in a local church and have exhibited interest in community service.
Selected post-secondary schools may be outside Illinois.”

“A faculty or staff member at your school.
Your church pastor or church auxiliary leader.
Your community service supervisor or leader.
Someone of your choice (coach, scout leader, work supervisor, youth director, etc.)
*Recommendations cannot be written by a family member, friend, classmate, or teammate.
Letters should be original and should not be duplicates of college recommendation letters.
(Letters must be on letterhead.)”

“Transcripts. Direct your high school counselor to mail an official “sealed” copy of your
current academic transcript that includes SAT or ACT scores to: The EZRA Project, P.O.
Box 438825, Chicago, IL 60643 or email an official copy to ezrafactor@gmail.com.
(Unofficial copies will not be accepted.)
Acceptance letter. Submit a copy of your college/university/vocational school
acceptance letter.
Proof of enrollment. A copy of your first college semester’s course schedule.”