Mitchell S. Jackson Scholarship for Writers of Color

Mitchell S. JacksonMitchell S Jackson is a Portland, Oregon native who received his M.A. in writing from Portland State University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University.  He recently published his novel The Residue Years to international acclaim and was awarded a 2016 Whiting Award. His novel also won the Earnest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, the PEN Hemingway Award for first fiction and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for best fiction by a writer of African descent.  He has been the recipient of Fellowships from TED, The Lannan Foundation, The Center for Fiction, and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.  As a well-regarded speaker, Jackson has been invited to speak, read, or lecture at places including the TED conference, Yale University, Brown University, Columbia University, Middlebury College, the Brooklyn Book Festival, the Miami Book Fair, and the Sydney Writer’s Festival. He currently serves on the faculty of New York University and Columbia University.

In an effort to encourage others, like Mitchell Jackson, to follow their passion for writing, the NW Injury Law Center is pleased to announce the Mitchell S. Jackson Scholarship for Writers of Color. The $1,500 Scholarship will support an incoming college freshman student of color who wishes to pursue a degree in writing, journalism, English, communication, or a related degree.

To apply, applicants are asked to respond to the following prompt as well as submit the necessary information outlined below.

Essay Question: In his essay “If Black English Isn’t a Language, Then Tell Me What is” author James Baldwin argues language “is the most vivid and crucial key to identity.”  Write a 2-3 page essay answering the following question: How has language helped to shape your identity?

The scholarship deadline for application has been extended from September 1, 2016 to December 20, 2016.  Only emailed applications will be considered. All of the submissions will be reviewed by our team of the best personal injury lawyers in Vancouver and the scholarship winner – chosen by Mitchell Jackson – will be announced and paid before the start of the school year.

The application period is now closed. We will contact the winner once we review all of the applications.

To Be Eligible, an Applicant Must:

  • Be an incoming freshman of color who is pursuing a degree in writing, journalism, or a related field;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Submit a 2-3 page essay on the prompt above.

To Apply, a Participant Must:

  • Provide your contact information – first and last name, address, email address, and phone number
  • Include a proof of enrollment and photo ID
  • Submit the required 2-3 page essay to by December 20, 2016. All applications must be sent through this email address to be considered.

Please Note:

  • There is no printed application. All of the necessary information is here on this page.
  • We will not accept any CD-ROMs, letters of recommendation, resumes, or other documents.
  • The NW Injury Law Center values the privacy of scholarship applicants. Contact information will only be used for identifying and notifying the winner.
  • Please do not call asking about where to send submissions. Email
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