BooksFromBekkah, Inc. is a new 501(3)c nonprofit organization that will be celebrating their second year of awarding college-bound, African-American high school seniors with scholarships for textbooks this year.
BooksFromBekkah, Inc. was created on the founder’s birthday on April 13, 2016. Dr. Rebakkah Johnson, President and CEO of BooksFromBekkah, Inc. initially produced the scholarship for her alma mater, Clayton High School—specifically for members who were a part of the Black Student Alliance admitted to colleges/universities for the Fall 2016-17 academic year.
“During my last year of pharmacy school, I realized how my life was impacted academically, because I wasn’t equipped with the financial resources to succeed in the classroom,” said Johnson.
The organization’s goal is to ultimately produce passion-driven, philanthropic leaders throughout the St. Louis area. Rebekkah Johnson believes the way to do this is to fill voids and break chains. One of them being helping to eliminate financial struggles for college students and equipping them with the tools needed to succeed.
“I’m aware of students working relentlessly to pay for textbooks, because I was one myself. I feel it’s my duty to ensure that students who look like me and can identify with this issue don’t have to sacrifice study time for their dreams.”
Since the launch of the foundation, BooksFromBekkah, Inc. has impacted six African American students with a total of $3,000 from the help of the St. Louis community. These awardees are currently enrolled in colleges and universities throughout the nation.
The organization is also proud to announce its Second Annual Scholarship Soirée taking place on the evening of April 13, 2018 at ANEW Rooftop in Downtown St. Louis (located at 516 North Grand). Doors will open at 6pm, and the scholarship award ceremony—where 10 well-deserving high school seniors will receive $5,000 in textbook scholarships—takes place promptly at 7pm.
Tickets start at $35 for general admission. The soirée, strictly vended with St. Louis black-owned businesses will feature special guest performances, have an open bar for attendees, and a keynote speaker.
If you or someone you know can’t attend the soirée or wants to make a direct donation right now, you can do so by visiting paypal.me/booksfrombekkah.org.
BooksfromBekkah, Inc. has extended the scholarship acceptance deadline until April 7. To apply, please submit your application at https://booksfrombekkah.org/application.
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