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Wylene Lawson Bridgeman Scholarship 2023



This scholarship is named for Wylene Lawson Bridgeman in recognition of her service and leadership.  Mrs. Bridgeman has served over 25 years in education teaching elementary, high school and college level courses. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Langston University and Master of Arts Degree in Education from ASU and continued with her education receiving a Christian Counseling Diploma and Volunteer Chaplaincy Certificate. 


Mrs. Bridgeman has dedicated her life to serving communities and remains committed to excellence in leadership and service. She currently serves as President of the Valle del Sol Parliamentarian Unit, Member of the National Association of Parliamentarians, Arizona State Association of Parliamentarians (ASAP) Board of Directors, Editor of The Arizona Parliamentarian (newsletter of ASAP), and Parliamentarian for the Sisters of the Valley Social Club. In addition, Mrs. Bridgeman is a licensed minister and founder/director of Spiritual Cleansing Educational Ministries, Inc. and founder and leader of the Sisters of Faith Bible Study Group and member of the Member of First Institutional Baptist Church.


As the inaugural President of The Desert Pearls Foundation and a 59-year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., she has also served as the Chartering President of Alpha Alpha Iota Omega Chapter in Phoenix, Arizona. In recognition of her leadership and service to all mankind, this scholarship will recognize students who are making an extraordinary commitment to excellence in leadership and service.



  • Applicants must be African American students.

  • 2.5 or higher GPA.

  • Resume must demonstrate leadership and community service.

  • Applicants must be a 12th grade graduating Senior.

  • Students from anywhere in the United States can apply.

  • Official transcripts must be electronically sent from the attending institution.

  • Must include a most recent photo of yourself.

  • One personal essay (see essay section of application).

  • Two letters of recommendation.

  • Applicants must attend a two/four-year college/university or technical school.

  • Awards must be used for tuition, books, fees or other educational needs.

Essay/Personal Statement

Keep in mind the essay is the most essential component of the application process. Please be sure to illustrate each of the following components.

  • Demonstrate Leadership and community service

  • Make it personal and passionate

  • Must address the following:

    1. Describe your interests and ways in which you demonstrate your leadership skills.

    2. Explain who has inspired you and how you have used the inspiration in ways to serve your community.

    3. How do you see yourself using your earned degree in serving your community. 

Submit all requirements to Subject Line: Scholarship

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