Every year Coco is offering scholarships to support the development of Black college women in the field of Health, Civic Engagement, and the Arts. The inspiration behind these subject matters is from our parents who were passionate in these areas.
2021 Scholarship Applications
Coco’s Health Advancement Scholarship is for 3rd-year students with a declared major of the human sciences, who has plans of entering the field of mental or public health. The A.H. Scholarship is named in honor of Angela Barbara Heath, mother of co-founder Tiffany Wright. Angela passed August 7th, 2018 of a pulmonary embolism, however, she was a complex trauma survivor and advocate of mental health awareness. As a parent with multiple mental illnesses, Angela was very vocal about the importance of therapy and holistic healing approaches. Eligible majors for this scholarship include psychology, sociology, social work, biological sciences, human development, and other related fields. Students must have a minimum of 60 semester units completed.
Coco's Civic Engagement Scholarship is for a 4-year college student with a declared major in civic engagement or public policy. Inspired by the parents of cofounder Jasmine McGee, Byron Thompson, and Lolita Hancock. The B.L Scholarship was created to support students interested in civil service and community engagement. Jasmine’s mother was a legal secretary and her father was a lawyer. Both of her parents were passionate about creating change in their community and providing support for personal development and growth. Eligible education majors for this scholarship include administration of justice, political science, public administration, civil rights, ethnic studies, sociology, and other related fields.
Coco's Art Scholarship is inspired by the father of co-founder Mimo Haile, Dereje Haile. This scholarship was created to support students who are interested in all of the art medium. Dereje was a fun-loving father who loved photography, music, and dancing. His favorite thing to do were to collect photographs from family gatherings and birthday celebration, which Mimo has inherited. There are more than 10 albums of pictures he has taken that tell a family history and powerful stories that depict a completely different light to the Ethiopian culture that’s broadcasted in the mainstream. This is a scholarship for a 4-year college student with majors in drawing, painting, photography, and graphic design. And can also include the art of the culinary, musical, and literary varieties.
Successful applicants will:
Be a womxn of the African Diaspora
complete a scholarship application
provide proof of enrollment in a US-based college or university
submit official transcripts
possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 and be in good standing
meet the income eligibility requirements and submit FAFSA
** Please check individual scholarships for year standing requirements
I just submitted my scholarship application, what is the next step in the process?
Final candidates will be contacted for a personal interview with the scholarship committee.
How will I be contacted or notified about scholarship updates?
All applicants and finalists will be notified by email
Can high school and community college students apply for scholarships?
At this time, the Coco scholarships are available for college students only.
Application dates and deadlines
June 21, 2021—Application process opens.
July 23, 2021—Deadline for student applications.
August 2021— Recipients announced.
How do the recipients receive their award payments?
Scholarship checks are mailed to applicants’ home addresses in October.
Is the scholarship renewable?
No, this is a one-time award.
Can I apply for multiple scholarships?
No, students must select the scholarship that is more aligned with their major and career goals.