Social Good Scholarship Fund

D'Andre Lampkin National University Non Profit Social Good

Building Stronger Communities Requires Teamwork. And We Are Looking For The Next Generation of Leaders.

We’re back! How do we define “social good?” It’s simply how we help others in a way that benefits the largest number of people in the largest way possible.

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Social Good Scholarship Fund

Traditionally, the term social good is used to described an act or service that benefits society. Acts or services tend to impact and benefit the largest number of people in a region in the largest way possible. Some examples include initiatives and projects focused on clean air, clean water, and literacy.

The Lampkin Foundation believes if you want to make a difference, you must work to improve the world around you through volunteer work and supporting causes that matter to you. The Lampkin Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All scholarship amounts issued are made possible thanks to the generosity of our donor community.

According to a recent study conducted by Nielsen, 50% of global consumers are willing to pay more for goods and services from socially responsible companies. Companies with social good programs is clearly something that matters to global audiences. In addition, companies with social good programs provide an instant source comradery that brings employees together and makes them feel more connected. It also provides a source of motivation and direction for employees who often wonder where and how they can help the community they serve or the community where they reside.

2018 Social Good Scholarship Recipient In Our Scholars Words

Sabrina “Adeline” McCabe is a published author. In April 2016 sales began of her book titled, ‘The Devil in Amen’s Corner’. The novel addresses the issue of race, disparities in education, and sexual assault. Sabrina uses the book as a tool for discussion about social stigmas and literary and empowerment workshops across the state of Indiana. She is determined to empower others to become more active in their community and strives to prevent children and young adults from feeling as though their voices have been stolen. Sarina also helped to found a Gay Straight Alliance at her school campus that focuses on social activism and educational meetings. Her groups leads letter writing campaigns to U.S. embassies to raise awareness of the persecution LGBTQ youth in countries where identifying oneself as gay is punishable by death. Sarina plans to pursue a degree in journalism and launch a publishing company.

Meet Our Alumni Class of Social Good Scholars

Unlike most scholarships, selection criteria was not based on academic or athletic abilities. Award recipients are chosen based on how they are making positive contributions to their community and their efforts to make their community stronger and more resilient. Meet our past recipients.

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Introducing Our 2019 Social Good Scholars

Each year, the Lampkin Foundation awards three scholarships to high school students who are leaders in their community.Building strong communities requires us to look toward the future. Meet the youth who have the vision and are setting goals that further our mission.

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The Challenge

Explain how you are making your community stronger and why civic engagement matters in a short (30 seconds to 3 minutes) video, designed for a platform such as YouTube, that uses entertainment, emotion, creativity, and/or humor to motivate people to get involved in making their community stronger and more resilient.

Eligibility

The scholarship is only open to students currently enrolled at a U.S. accredited public or private high school (no full-time home-schooling students are eligible). Students must be in their junior or senior year to be eligible to receive an award. If a junior is selected as a scholarship winner, their award will be presented upon enrollment in their freshman semester/quarter of college. A minimum of 3.25 cumulative GPA or equivalent at the institution from which he/she is applying is required.

Video Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in the contest, the applicant must submit a video that meets the following requirements:

  • Be 30 seconds to 3 minutes in length;
  • Be in a compatible YouTube format with the proper codecs: WebM files, MPEG4, 3GPP, MOV, AVI, MPEGPS, WMV, FLV with suggested aspect of 16:9;
  • Be fact-based and contain no misleading or false information;
  • Must include all elements of the submission requirements described above, including a video link, team information, and video information. Videos or descriptions exceeding the length requirements or submitted after the stated deadline may not be reviewed.

Selection Criteria

It is expected that recipients will demonstrate exemplary academic achievement. Currently, provisions have been made for a minimum of three (3) students per year. Preference will be given to students who show interest in working in public service. Students will also have to complete a phone interview with the Lampkin Foundation to finalize the application process. The student will be contacted directly to schedule the interview after the deadline date. Other factors influencing in the award decision include:

  • Unweighted GPA (9th-11th grades, including all subjects)
  • Difficulty of curriculum
  • 30 seconds to 3 minute video submission
  • Student’s application information
  • Financial need (as determined by the D’Andre D. Lampkin Social Good Scholarship Committee)
  • SAT or ACT (recommended, but not required)

Application Process

Create a video about how you intend to use your field of study to make your community stronger and/or more resilient. Give us some insight into your personal background, your philosophy about social good, why you chose your field in particular, and any other information you feel is relevant. Your video submission will be judged based on originality, creativity, organization of thought, and emotional appeal.

Guidance for Video Tags and Titles

Appropriately tagging and titling videos can make them more visible and discoverable, and help mitigate other content that is problematic or misinformed.  Some suggested titles and/or tags, used by the U.S. Census Bureau and Census Partners, include:

  • #LampkinFoundation
  • Stronger Together / #StrongerTogether
  • Building Stronger Communities, Together / #BuildingStrongerCommunities
  • Lampkin Foundation Social Good / #SocialGood
  • We Are Civically Engaged / #CivicallyEngaged
  • Make A Change / #MakeAChange
  • Stand Up for Pubilc Values / #StandUpPublicValues
  • My Community Matters / #MyCommunityMatters

Submission Requirements

  • The Social Good Scholarship Fund Application Form
  • Video length should be 30 seconds to 3 minutes
  • All work must be original and not a duplicate of a video submitted for another organization’s contest
  • Upon submission, the video becomes the property of the D’Andre D. Lampkin Foundation.
  • Applicants must provide proof of a 3.25 GPA or higher from the institution which he/she is applying. Unofficial transcripts meet this requirement.
  • Clear contact information (name, mailing address, preferred means of contact)
  • A brief biography and a recent photo of yourself participating in a project that promotes social good. The photo will be used for publicity purposes on the D’Andre D. Lampkin Foundation website.
  • Proof of enrollment as a full-time undergraduate degree candidate at an accredited four-year college/university in the United States.

Submission Deadline

Interested students may begin submitting applications January 4, 2021 12:00 AM, PST. All submissions will be considered until March 29, 2021 12:00 AM, PST.

Judging Process

All video entries will first be screened to ensure the applicants and videos meet the basic eligibility criteria and guidelines on format, length, and accuracy. Submissions passing this screening will then be reviewed by the Social Good Social Good Scholarship Committee. Each submission will be scored by multiple reviewers on the following five criteria, which are described in detail below:

  • Potential for impact (25%)
  • Ability to inspire communities (25%)
  • Technical quality (20%)
  • Viral potential (15%)
  • Creativity (15%)

Judging Criteria

  • Potential for Impact (25%): This score focuses on the overall impact of the video, especially emotional impact. This includes questions such as:
    • How compelling is the video?
    • Does this video incite and inspire viewers to make a change in a community?
    • Is this video memorable?
  • Ability to Inspire Communities (25%): This score focuses on the ability of the video messages to meaningfully reach communities seeking ways to improve and become more connected. The score for this category includes considerations such as:
    • Does the video effectively communicate messaging to communities looking for positive change?
    • Does the video accurately utilize specific cultural, historical, or language assets to strengthen messaging?
    • Will Lampkin Foundation supporters and volunteers find the video meaningful?
    • Has the video been tested and iterated based on feedback from targeted viewers?
  • Technical Quality (20%): This score focuses on the overall quality of the video including audio and visual content. This includes questions such as:
    • Does the video have clear audio and visual content?
    • Is the video easily comprehensible for diverse viewers?
  • Viral Potential (15%): This score focuses on the overall potential of the video to “go viral.” Virality is defined as the tendency of content to be circulated rapidly and widely from one internet user to another. This includes questions such as:
    • Is this video already viral or does it have a clear pathway to become viral via the medium, audience, creator, and/or distribution channels?
    • Has the video been tested and iterated based on feedback from targeted viewers?
    • Does the video have potential or have a proven ability to touch a wide range of audience types?
  • Creativity (15%): This score focuses on the overall creativity of the content of the video. The highest scoring videos will find innovative ways to inform, inspire, and incite action among viewers of the nation. Considerations include:
    • Are the content or technical features novel and interesting?

Awards Available

The grand prize is a $1000 scholarship. Two $500 scholarships will also be awarded to honorable mention entries.

These scholarships will be granted annually and could increase each year, based on the amount of money available in the D’Andre D. Lampkin Foundation General Fund.

Accepting the Scholarship Award

Once a candidate is notified of winning, the candidate has three days to respond and accept the scholarship award. If the selected candidate does not respond within the allotted time, another winner will be chosen.

Once the winners are announced, awards have been accepted, and valid mailing addresses have been obtained, Lampkin Foundation will mail the award amount to the student’s institution of learning so that it may be applied to your student account accordingly.

How to Submit

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Upcoming Deadlines

Scholarship application open:
January 4, 2021 12:00 AM, PST

Scholarship application deadline:
March 29, 2021 12:00 AM, PST

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