Judge Leo A. and Mrs. Gilberta Jackson Scholarship

Minimum GPA: 2.5
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: March 15, 2021
App Type: General App

Purpose: The Judge Leo A. and Mrs. Gilberta Jackson Justice and Integrity Scholarship Fund was established August 6, 1999, and named to honor the lives and work of Judge and Mrs. Jackson. The purpose of the fund is to assist collegiate students (juniors and seniors) attain their educational goals. Scholarships from this fund will be awarded to students who demonstrate a passion for public or community service-oriented careers as a vehicle to secure justice for all while adhering to a high standard of personal integrity.

Judge Leo Jackson (1920-1996) was an alumnus of Morehouse College, BA 1943; Atlanta University, MBA; and Cleveland State University, JD. He also taught briefly at Florida A&M University. As one from Orlando, Florida, and the youngest of 15 children, he was a fervent public servant who utilized his legal and business skills to benefit his community. He served as councilman in the City of Cleveland (1957-1970) and as judge, Eighth Appellate District of Ohio (1970-1986), often taking public stands on issues based upon what he believed was just, shunning personal gain and despite risks to his life and career.

Born in Statham, GA, and raised in Atlanta, Mrs. Gilberta A. Jackson (1924-1991) was an alumnus of Spelman College, Class of 1945. Mrs. Jackson taught in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and actively supported her husband’s work as a public servant. She was an advocate for a well-rounded education, including music and the arts. Judge and Mrs. Jackson were both active in their church, civil rights, and community service activities. They encouraged participation in the electoral process.


  • Primary residence in Greater Cleveland, Ohio, or the state of Georgia
  • Enrolled full-time at Judge Jackson’s alma mater, Morehouse College, at sophomore or junior level applying for the 2021-22 academic year 
  • Regardless of their financial situation, applicants must be able to demonstrate through their college activities a lifetime passion for community service and principled leadership in life and career

Application method: Submit a General Application and Basic Requirements through our Scholarship Gateway

Additional requirement: Include a topic specific essay describing how personal integrity and pursuit of justice factor into achieving your career, public service and community service goals (2 double-spaced page limit).

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 listed above. Financial Need will be a factor ONLY as a tie breaker when deciding between otherwise equal finalists.

Award process: Formal notification of awards 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 each term (minimum 2.5 GPA required)
  3. 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.

Renewal: The General Application must be submitted each year for consideration of this award.