Jake & Lillie B. Ayers Memorial Scholarship

$1,000Award Amount
1Number of Awards
3/31/2023Submission Deadline

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Project Impact Mississippi (MS) is a nonprofit organization created to bridge the education gaps in Mississippi. It avails opportunities and resources to the children and youth in Mississippi. It administers the Jake & Lillie B. Ayers Memorial Scholarship to support students pursuing undergraduate programs of their choice.

The scholarship is an annual $1,000 award that supports prospective college students who are residents of Mississippi. It is dedicated to students who plan to enroll in HBCU institutes within the state of Mississippi.

Applicants must be residents of Mississippi, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and must have their grade transcripts when applicable. They are also to submit a short video answering specific questions and submit their academic qualifications to compete. The award is directly paid to the recipient’s university or junior college.

Key Information of Jake & Lillie B. Ayers Memorial Scholarship

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Area of Study


Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools

HBCU Institutes

Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


Jake & Lillie B. Ayers Memorial Scholarship Timeline

February 1, 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on February 1.

March 31, 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on March 31.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: High School Senior
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 2.5
  • Geographic Eligibility: Mississippi
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Video Submission
  • Grade transcript

How to ace the Jake & Lillie B. Ayers Memorial Scholarship


Concentrate on your soft skills

In this application, you are required to submit a video presentation (2 to 4 minutes) so make sure that you speak clearly with confidence and with as minimal fumbling as possible.


Follow instructions carefully

Follow the information given carefully on how to conduct the video presentation and in what manner. There are six points given that you need to cover in your video so make sure to follow those.


Review your scholarship application

Double-check your application and video presentation to make sure that there are no grammatical errors or any other errors; and that the video created covers all aspects of the required information.


Create interactive video

Focus on the fact that your video should be relevant, catchy, and with a certain level of confidence. It should stand out among the other applicants' videos to increase your winning chances.

How the Jake & Lillie B. Ayers Memorial Scholarship is Judged

The scholarship submission is reviewed and evaluated by the Project Impact MS committee. It is judged on the basis of eligibility requirements, instructions, and overall quality.

Why We Love the Jake & Lillie B. Ayers Memorial Scholarship


No long applications

Unlike most scholarships, the Jake & Lillie B. Ayers Memorial Scholarship requires applicants to submit a video instead of essays or written applications, which is far more convenient.


The scholarship was created after real-life heroes

The scholarship was established in memory of the two people who fought for equal education rights for the black community and worked hard to achieve it.


The organizers help with the application process

Some applications are very tricky with vague instructions and no explanations about how to go about the process. Jake & Lillie B. Ayers Memorial Scholarship is different as organizers go the extra mile by giving applicants advice on how to create submissions.

5 Facts About Jake & Lillie B. Ayers Memorial Scholarship


The scholarship is for students in Mississippi

The Jake & Lillie B. Ayers Memorial Scholarship is only applicable to those who are planning to attend colleges or universities in the state of Mississippi, U.S.


For students who will enroll in HBCUs

Applicants for this scholarship must be enrolled in any high school and are planning to attend historically black colleges and universities (HBCU).


It is a one-time award

It is a one-time award of $1,000 to be paid directly to their chosen institution or university.


Project Impact MS helped fulfill many dreams

Project Impact MS awards more than $30,000 in scholarships every year. Since 2016, it has impacted around 39 counties in Mississippi and spent $81,350 on scholarships.


Applicants have a video guide online

The sponsor has a YouTube channel, where applicants can view previous winning videos.

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