|Background: The Addie Travis Brookins Endowed Scholarship Fund was established December 1999 at Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi, in honor of Addie Travis Brookins and women of similar mold and character.
Addie Travis Brookins was an ordinary woman of extraordinary accomplishment. She is one of the many Black women of her era who literally clutched their children to their bosoms and pulled them to a better place in life. She believed in the power of education and lived her life in a totally selfless way to help her children, grandchildren and others to achieve.
For more information about Addie Travis Brookins, see her Biographical Sketch.
The family of Addie Travis Brookins chose to establish this scholarship fund at Jackson State University for a graduate of W.H. Lanier High School
because these two institutions had a major role in Addie's efforts to educate her children.
| Addie's seven children and the schools from which they earned their high school diplomas are: Berthene (Geeter High of Memphis, TN, 1950); Hugh (Piney Woods Country Life of Piney Woods, MS, 1952); Georgia (Holy Ghost High of Jackson, MS, 1953); Mary (Lanier High of Jackson, MS, 1955); Jackson "J.A." (Lanier High, 1957); Oscar (Lanier High, 1961); and Phillip (Lanier High, 1962). Addie's seven children and a sister's two children
supported by Addie and the places from which they earned their undergraduate degrees are: Berthene (Jackson State University, 1955); Georgia (Jackson State University, 1957); Mary (Jackson State University, 1959); Marvajean Ross (Jackson State University, 1960); Hugh (Jackson State University, 1961);
Oscar (DePauw University of Greencastle, IN, 1965); Phillip (DePauw University, 1966); Jackson "J.A." (Morehouse College of Atlanta, GA and Howard University of Washington, D.C., 1967); Porter Ross (Jackson State University, 1967). Other Universities from which Addie's children and grandchildren earned degrees include: American InterContinental University, Brown University; Case Western Reserve University; Chicago State University; Clark Atlanta University; Columbia University; Harvard College; Harvard Law School;
Harvard Graduate School; Lincoln Memorial University; University of Michigan; State University of New York at Buffalo; Northeastern University; University of Pennsylvania; Tougaloo College; Tufts University, Tuskegee University; and the University of Wisconsin
Amount of Award: The maximum amount of the award to any recipient shall be $4000. The award will be $500 per semester and a maximum of $1000 per calendar year renewable for a maximum of eight semesters.
Eligibility Criteria: The recipient of this scholarship must
The scholarship shall be renewable for a maximum of eight semesters so long as the recipient is a full-time student at JSU in good standing and progressing to a degree in one of the specified disciplines and earns a grade point average of 2.75 or better each semester.
- be a graduate of W.H. Lanier High School of Jackson, Mississippi
- be admitted to or enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program at Jackson State University in mathematics; computer or information science; a physical, engineering, biological or social science; or English
- have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 on a scale of 4.0 if recipient is a graduating high school senior or enrolling at Jackson State University for the first time at the time of the award
have a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a scale of 4.0 during recipient's two semesters of full-time undergraduate studies immediately preceding the semester in which the award is first effective if the recipient is enrolled at Jackson State University at the time of the award.
- write a 500 word essay about an "ordinary" (i.e. relatively unknown) person they have known who accomplished extraordinary results for themselves or others.
Selection For Award: The selection of an eligible applicant for a scholarship is within the discretion of Jackson State University and the Donor representative. The number of awards will be dependent upon the amount of funds available.
How To Apply: Persons interested in applying to become an Addie Travis Brookins Scholar should contact the Jackson State University
Admissions Office, and review JSU Scholarships or send an email inquiry to ATB Scholarship Donor Representative.
Status of Fund: Endowed scholarships are paid from the earnings of the fund; the greater the fund, the greater the amounts that can be awarded for scholarships. The balance held by the fund under the administration of the JSU Development Foundation as of March 2008 was $62,668 (donations + interest allocations - scholarship payouts).
Jackson State University Development Foundation, Inc.
How To Support The Fund: Persons interested in supporting the Addie Travis Brookins Endowed Scholarship Fund should make their tax deductible contributions payable to the Jackson State University Development Foundation, Inc. "for the Addie Brookins Scholarship Fund." Mail contributions to:
Jackson State University
P.O. Box 17144
Jackson, MS 39217
click on link below
Make Online Contribution to JSU Development Foundation for Addie Brookins Scholarship Fund
-- At step 2, designate "Faith Fund" and in "Payment Information" form
in the "Comments" box enter "Contribution for Addie Brookins Scholarship Fund."