Improve Consulting and Training Group: Bagby, Palmer Memorial Scholarship

Minimum GPA: 3.5
Amount: $1,000
Field of Study: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math)
Location or HS: Cleveland and inner-ring suburbs
Deadline: March 15, 2021
App Type: General App

Purpose: To provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District or its inner-ring suburbs who will be attending a qualified educational institution and meet eligibility criteria as described below:  Preference to be given to African-Americans. 

Background:  Improve Consulting and Training Group was founded by Dr. Ellen Burts-Cooper in 2006. Improve Consulting and Training Group provides personal and professional development training, coaching, and consultation. Improve works across various industries, including manufacturing, insurance, health care, financial services, academia, and information technology.  In addition to working with adults, Improve spends 20 percent of its time training and developing youth and young professionals. Improve makes it a policy that revenue received from direct youth training is to be given back, in some form, to the community. The Bagby, Palmer Memorial Scholarship was founded in 2011 as a way to give back specifically to the youth in Cleveland. The scholarship was named after her mother and the mother of her husband, Selwyn Cooper. The fund was started to honor their strong belief in education as a way to transform lives and overcome difficult circumstances.  Both mothers continuously stressed the power of education, but passed away before seeing Ellen and Selwyn obtain their advanced degrees. The scholarship is a way to pass on their desire for academic achievement as an opportunity for students to “improve” their lives, and “exceed their potential.”

Eligibility:  Persons who are enrolled or enrolling, full time, in an accredited, qualified educational institution (college, university, etc.) in undergraduate course work acceptable toward a degree, with an identifiable course focus of study in one of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or math); and

  • Have maintained, at least, a 3.5 cumulative high school grade-point average (4.0 scale);
  • Can demonstrate consistent community service for each year of high school (a minimum of one significant project per year);
  • Evidence financial need

Application method: Submit a General Application and Basic Requirements through our Scholarship Gateway. To improve your opportunity for award, be sure to list all your community service experience.

Selection process: A selection committee comprised of persons associated with the purpose of the fund will choose scholarship finalists based on the completed application packet and the degree of adherence to the eligibility criteria indicated above.

Award process: The award amount will range from $1,000 to $1,500. Formal notification of award will be made by the Cleveland Foundation to the selected recipient(s). Awards will be paid to the school for the benefit of the student and must be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies, and/or equipment required for coursework. 

Recipient requirements:

  1. Maintain full-time enrollment status
  2. Email a grade report to the Scholarship team for each term (min 3.0 GPA required)
  3. Perform at least one community service project each year.
  4. A thank you note to the donors and selection committee members for this fund is not required but always appreciated and may be sent via email.

Renewable Award: This award will be renewed each year until attainment of the student’s first degree provided the student meets the scholarship requirements and funding remains available. See the Scholarship How to Apply web page for Renewal Instructions and deadline.