McNeil Scholarship Fund

Minimum GPA: 2.5
Amount: $1,000
Location or HS: Shaw High School or Greater Cleveland inner-city schools
Deadline: March 15, 2021
App Type: General App

Purpose: To provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Greater Cleveland inner-city schools who will be attending a qualified educational institution, with preference given to applicants from Shaw High School and applicants who are related to members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 


  • 2.5 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale)
  • community involvement
  • financial need

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

Additional requirement for application: three letters of recommendation from a principal/teacher, church pastor/minister, or a member of a community service/nonprofit organization with which the applicant is involved.

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 purpose and eligibility criteria above indicated.

Award process: 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 2.0 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.

One-time award: This is a one-time award and may not be renewed for subsequent years.