The Rosa Parks Scholarship Competition



The Intercultural Center is pleased to announce:

The winners of

the 29th Annual Rosa Parks Award!


Devin Johnson

Sophomore, Dual Major Video Production & Media Management

Poem: “Freeze-Thaw”


Kordell KeyAndre Hammond

Junior, B.A. English Literature

Essay/Letter: “Take Your Knee”


Ahou Marlene N’Guessan

Senior, Social Work

Short Story: “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot”


Thank you too all who participated in this years competition.






Rosa Parks Scholarship Competition


Is there a social injustice that you would like to discuss or expose— national, or global in scope? Would you like to teach our campus community some way in which the world could be a better place? Established in 1989 by Dr. Vivian Garcia, the Rosa Parks Scholarship was designed to give all students of The State University of New York at Fredonia an opportunity to voice their opinion on the subjects of social injustice, cultural perspective, and activism. Submissions may be entered in a number of ways but winners are generally students whose entries were provocative and original. Winning submissions take full advantage of the medium selected and have strong emotional and/or intellectual impact.



All currently enrolled students are eligible to participate in this competition, with the exception of previous Rosa Parks Scholarship winners and anyone who is a professional (defined as one who has been paid for any type of published work within the last five years). Awards are contingent upon the winner being able to present their entry on the day of the ceremony. 


Please print and fill out an application found at the link below!

2018 Rosa Parks Scholarship Application




*Non-Fiction       *Research Papers       *Fiction

*Short Stories         *Poetry                     *Essays



*Multimedia Presentations         *Films/Videos          *Dance

*Musical Compositions                *Performance Art         *Paintings         

*Comedy/Drama Presentations        *Sculpture              *Photography



  • All submissions must be accompanied by a completed entry form.
  • All entries must include a typed statement reflecting the content of the work.
  • The work must focus on multiculturalism or social justice.
  • Written submissions must be double-spaced, typewritten and must not exceed 10 pages.
  • All 2D/3D work must be submitted in its original form to the Intercultural Center.
  • Any performance or multimedia presentations must be submitted electronically on video and must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • All entrants' must agree to have their names publicly displayed.


*Please send submissions to*

You may email Kim with additional questions or simply stop by E-125 Thompson Hall!



Three equal prizes of $350 will be awarded. Winners will receive awards and will present their work to the Fredonia community at the annual Rosa Parks Presentation and Award Ceremony.


Entries are due to the I.C. on Friday, February 9, 2018 by 4pm

Winners will be announced the first week of March

 March 7, 2018: Rosa Parks Scholarship Award Ceremony & Presentation, Horizon Room, 12-2pm



Who was Rosa Parks?


On December 1st, 1955 Rosa Parks stood up for her right to simply sit down. She was thrown in jail as a criminal for just wanting to rest her feet. We often forget that less than one hundred years ago, this type of discrimination based on racial identity was completely legal. Mrs. Parks refusing to give up her seat is emblematic of our right to throw down the shackles of social injustice. In 2016, we often think of our rights as natural, and we forget that people like Rosa Parks fought and risked their lives for them.

 "Had she not on that particular day...said, 'I'm not moving, my feet hurt'... We would have a different nation and a different world," Maya Angelou wrote.

Our actions continue to define the future of our society. We all can leave a legacy, but only we decide what that will be.


   Rosa Parks—Mini Bio. The Biography Channel. © 2015 Bio and the Bio logo are registered trademarks of A&E Television Networks, LLC.


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