All applications must be submitted by June 4, 2023.

Questions? Please contact the Scholarship Committee at: [email protected]


Applicants Must Be:

-Minority male

-Graduating high school senior, planning to attend a four-year college or university

-Houston metropolitan area resident



1. Click the APPLY HERE button to complete the application and submit required documents

2. One (1) letter of recommendation from a high school teacher / counselor / administrator, a person that can attest to your involvement in community service or a family friend who is not a relative.

3. Official transcript from all high schools attended through May 2023

4. A 500-1000 word essay, based on the  scholarship for which you choose to apply:


Harry E. Johnson, Sr. Esq. Merit-Based Scholarship

Which do you believe is the most important determinant: life circumstances or individual talent? If you deem life circumstances is more important in dictating one’s life outcome, explain why.  If you assert that individual talent dictates the outcome to one’s life, support your position.  Consider the struggle for racial and socioeconomic equity in the United States when justifying your response. 


Need-Based Scholarship

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders criticized Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for not providing his employees a livable wage to survive in the United States.  Though Bezos increased his employees hourly wage in response to Sanders’ criticism, there still remains a great disparity between Bezos annual income and the average Amazon employee.  How does this example perpetuate wealth inequity in the United States?  If given the opportunity, what strategy would you employee that minimizes the wealth gap in America?

HBCU Scholarship

Institutional endowments among American colleges and universities reflects the wealth inequity in the United States.  Colleges and universities with larger institutional endowments often have more resources to provide to their students and faculty.  This often translates to a more favorable reputation of the institution.  Yet, research in higher education indicates that students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), regardless of race, fare better in terms of educational outcomes and placement in professions in which traditionally marginalized students are underrepresented.  Therefore, do you feel that the knowledge and training at HBCUs (e.g., Prairie View A&M University) compared to the fabled American institutions such as the Ivy Leagues (e.g., Harvard) differs by institution type?  If so, is this a justification for the wealth disparity by institution type amidst institution reputation?  If not, then explain why there is a gap in institutional funding (e.g., fundraising, federal and state allocation) and reputation among American colleges and Universities, particularly, for those that are HBCUs and those that are Historically White Institutions (HWIs)?


All applications must be submitted by June 4, 2023.

Questions? Please contact the Scholarship Committee at: [email protected]

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