BIG Scholarship Awards

The HHS/College Park Complex Chapter is pleased to announce that it will award at least three $1,000 academic scholarships and at least two $500 Reginald Bennett and Garnett Wood Book Awards in 2016.


To be considered for a book award or scholarship, the applicant must:

  • Be a graduating senior from an accredited secondary educational institution in one of these areas (BIG Region XI,

    • District of Columbia
    • Charles County, MD
    • Montgomery County, MD
    • Prince Georges County, MD
    • Alexandria, VA
    • Arlington County, VA
    • Fairfax City, VA
    • Fairfax County, VA
    • Falls Church, VA
    • Loudon County, VA
    • Prince William County, VA
  • Enter a four-year university or college as a full-time freshman in the Fall of 2016
  • Have a scholastic average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Not be an immediate relative (son or daughter) of a member of the BIG HHS/College Park Complex Chapter


The application packet must include the following:

  1. Scholarship Application (attached). A typed application is preferred
  2. One recommendation from an official or teacher of the applicant’s current school, with the official's signature on the letter
  3. One recommendation from an official of the applicant’s extracurricular activity (e.g., school activity, community organization, church, or employer), with the official's signature on the letter
  4. A copy of the applicant’s high school transcript in an envelope sealed by a school official, with the official's signature or the school stamp across the sealed portion of the envelope
  5. A copy of the applicant’s resume, which will include GPA, any work experience, extracurricular activities, community service, AP courses, honors courses, and college credit courses
  6. The 2015 National Black History Month theme is “A Century of Black Life, History, and Culture”. Please provide a typed single spaced essay of between one and three pages on the following topic:

    • Nelson Mandela believed that “what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”. Describe a situation in your own life that relates to these words and how you think it will influence your future aspirations”.
  7. The completed application packet must be postmarked by March 16, 2015 and returned to the address below. Please do not fold the application or use staples. Final selections will be made by April 20, 2015. All students will be notified of their status after this date.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration/ HFS-317
5100 Paint Branch Parkway
College Park, MD 20740

For additional information or questions, please contact:
Rhoma Johnson, PhD
BIG Scholarship Committee Chair
(240) 402-2066 or

Reginald Bennett
(240) 402-2009