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  • Scholarships
  • Oratorical Competition
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Student Competition (STEM-SC)


The New Kemet Harambe Chapter of Blacks In Government® is proud to announce our 2019 Patricia Loyd Handy Scholarship Essay Competition! Chicago metropolitan area high school graduating seniors and college undergraduate students are being given an opportunity to compete for a $500.00 scholarship. [Call Letter to Applicants (.docx) | Announcement Flyer (.docx)]

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Completion of the 2019 Scholarship Application (.docx)
  2. A high school graduating senior or a college freshman with a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (CGS) based on a 4.0 GPS scale is eligible to apply.
  3. A clear photocopy of a valid school identification.
  4. An official school transcript.
  5. A letter of recommendation from a school official (counselor, teacher, Dean of Students).
  6. A 500 word (not to exceed 2 pages), double-spaced, typed essay on the topic: 
            “How important is the 2020 millennial vote and what can be done to encourage more participation?"

Participants who meet eligibility requirements MUST submit the completed application and ALL other required proof of eligibility documents (as noted in the above eligibility requirements) via email to by close of business on Friday, October 18, 2019.

All information will be kept confidential. The essay winner will be notified by Monday, December 16, 2019.

If you have questions about this competition, please direct them to: Tony Ward, NKH Chapter First Vice President.


Oratorical Competition

The New Kemet Harambe hosts an annual Oratorical Competition for youth in the 9th -12th grade. The National Blacks In Government organization identifies a different topic each year. The New Kemet Harambe Chapter’s competition is open to youth registered in any Chicagoland public school. The Chapter’s competition is typically held in March or April. The winner of the chapter competition goes on to compete at the regional level with the chance to compete at the National level. Cash prizes are awarded. For more information, please contact

There is no current information available about when this competition will next be held. Information is forthcoming.


Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Student Competition

The Blacks In Government Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics-Student Competition (STEM-SC) was formerly the Information Superhighway Student Competition (ISSC). The ISSC competition was expanded to promote science, engineering, and technology (STEM) capabilities at the local and national level. For the youth, the STEM-SC will also serve to advance their social and economic wellbeing in the United States and internationally. The competition project will give students a quality learning experience and challenge them to develop important STEM competencies. No prior experience is necessary to participate in the competition. Students must work with a subject matter expert (SME) as a mentor.

There is no current information available about when this competition will next be held. Information is forthcoming.