Jusdeep Sethi Memorial Scholarship

The Jusdeep Sethi-Hip Hop Think Tank Memorial Scholarship (2015 – 2016)

Due Date: April 24th, 2015

Notification: May 8th, 2015

The Jusdeep Sethi-HHTT Memorial Scholarship was established by the Hip Hop Think Tank, family, and friends of Sardar Jusdeep Singh Sethi. Prior to his untimely transition in August 2013, Jusdeep was an influential student at California State University, Northridge majoring in Interdisciplinary Humanities with plans to go to graduate school and pursue a career in Naturopathy and holistic healing through natural medicine. In addition, he was driven by a yearning for social justice and positive change through Hip Hop and culturally relevant art. The three $1,500 scholarships are intended to assist current CSUN students who share Jusdeep’s belief that the creative energy of Hip Hop contains the seeds of community transformation.

Award: The Hip Hop Think Tank will award three (3) scholarships of one thousand five hundred dollars ($1500) for the academic school year, 2015-2016.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students at CSUN who are at sophomore, junior or senior level are invited to apply. While students from any major are eligible, they must clearly demonstrate how Hip Hop culture relates to their academic and/or extracurricular activities. Also, applicants must maintain at least part time enrollment (6 units) as established by CSUN and demonstrate financial need. In addition, eligible students are expected to have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Finally, the applicants will be required to undertake community research or a service learning project that employs some aspect of Hip Hop culture as their framework: art, music, dance, technology, etc.

Selection: The Jusdeep Sethi-HHTT Memorial Scholarship Steering Committee will evaluate the applicants and make recommendations to the Sethi family who will make the final decisions. The quality of the applicant is critical: the proposed community service learning project must be clearly explained and well designed. It must also describe how Hip Hop will be employed in the project and provide evidence of the applicant’s ability to implement it within the required timeframe.

Application: The completed application form should include an unofficial transcript and a two-to-three-page personal statement that provides the applicant’s background information and a description of the proposed community service learning project or research paper. In your personal statement, please discuss the rationale of your project, previous service learning experience (if any), and goals. In spring 2016, recipients of the scholarship will be asked to attend a community report-back to present the project they have engaged over the 2015-2016 academic year.

Please email materials as PDF to ajr@hiphopthinktank13.org

Or mail completed applications to:

Dr. Anthony Ratcliff

ATTN: The Jusdeep Sethi-HHTT Memorial Scholarship

Department of Africana Studies

California State University, Northridge

208 Santa Susana Hall

18111 Nordhoff Street

Northridge, CA 91330-8315

For more information call: 818-677-4559

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