Open to current or past Out-of-School-Time (OST) students

$1,000 Scholarship for Out-of-School-Time (OST) Junior and Senior High School Students

Deadline: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Jump-start your future by applying for the Carole Robertson Memorial Scholarship! This scholarship honors our namesake Carole Robertson, a young girl who was killed during the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in 1963, alongside peers Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, and Denise McNair. Open to any current or past participant of the Carole Robertson Center for Learning’s Out-of-School-Time (OST) program for more than one year, this award provides one student $1,000 to use toward their postsecondary education (two- or four-year college).

Download our flyer

Eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be a high school junior or senior
  • Student must have plans to pursue postsecondary education at a two- or four-year college or university
  • Student and family are able to verify Out-of-School-Time (OST) program participation for more than one year at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning

Application requirements:

  • One letter of recommendation (from a coach, mentor, teacher, or employer)
  • A completed essay (500 words or fewer) based on the following prompt:
  • Describe your life journey, starting with your time at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning. Focus on the experiences that have shaped you, the lessons you’ve learned from those experiences, and what you hope to learn in the future.
  • If you are an applicant interested in workshopping your essay with one of our OST staff members, please email Kenny Riley, Senior Director of OST Programs, at before March 20.
  • One yearbook-style photo or professional headshot (JPEG or PNG)
  • List of top three postsecondary education choices



girl with long hair on graphic design social media post with orange and blue background with logos

Destiny, a junior at Mansueto High School, is this year’s proud recipient of the Carole Robertson Memorial Scholarship. She credits her time at our Little Village flagship site for helping her discover her true self and teaching her that learning can be fun.

Since 1976, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning has been dedicated to educating, enriching, and empowering children and families through comprehensive child and family development programs.