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DREF Announces Scholarship Opportunity for HBCU students

The Mentoring Keys Scholarship is an educational opportunity offered by the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) and is generously funded by the KeyBank Foundation. The scholarship award is open to African American students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business related disciplines at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

The scholarship award of $5,000 will be made over a two-year period, beginning with the junior year of study through the senior year; applicants must apply during their sophomore year.  A major component of the Mentoring Keys Scholarship will include a Mentoring Keys Advisory Panel to assist the scholarship awardee in achieving academic success and personal development.

Criteria for Applicant

  • Have incoming junior classification majoring in business related fields at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU)
  • Possess a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Have ongoing regular check-in with Mentoring Keys Advisory Panel during junior and senior years
  • Have permanent residency in KeyBank service area

Target Population

Applicant must have permanent residency (home address) in one of the following states, where KeyBank has a presence:  Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

Mentoring Key Advisory Panel

The Mentoring Keys Advisory Panel will mentor the scholarship recipients in the following areas: professional development, personal development, and civic engagement.

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