The first Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus Outreach Scholarships are being offered for students attending historically black colleges and universities in Arkansas. The scholarship was established to increase the number of qualified, underrepresented, minority college students entering public service.

The first Arkansas Democratic Black Caucus Outreach Scholarships are being offered for students attending historically black colleges and universities in Arkansas. The scholarship was established to increase the number of qualified, underrepresented, minority college students entering public service.

Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to currently enrolled full-time students at Arkansas HBCUs for the 2011-2012 school year to assist with education-related expenses. Participating schools include Arkansas Baptist College and Philander Smith College in Little Rock and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Applicants who have completed at least 24 credit hours must submit an essay addressing the mission of the caucus and show financial need, along with other requirements. Recipients will be announced at the organizationís annual King Kennedy dinner in February. The deadline for applications is Dec. 19.

The mission of the caucus is to achieve proportionate representation of black democratic public officials, elected or appointed in Arkansas; foster the election of and monitor the performance of all elected officials; disseminate information to the black community through effective communication; assure that all governmental policies, programs and practices are filtered through the black perspective in order that the results of such policies and programs accrue equitably to the benefit of black Arkansans.

For applications or details contact Kasey Summerville at 870-403-6187 or e-mail info@ardemocraticblackcaucus.org.