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NAACP and Walmart Announce Scholarships to Create Educational Pathways for Formerly Incarcerated Citizens

The NAACP will offer the scholarships in the form of a twenty-dollar award of $5,000 totaling $100,000

Washington, DC – The NAACP is proud to announce its partnership with Walmart to offer an Empowering Better Tomorrow grant in the form of a twenty-dollar award of $5,000, totaling $100,000. The scholarships, the first of their kind between the two organizations, will help create pathways for those previously incarcerated or those who have recently been convicted and have completed their sentences. Individuals who are best placed to receive the scholarship will demonstrate leadership qualities, a commitment to community improvement, and a desire to give back to their community.

“Our nation’s potential lies in the people and the promise of life and freedom,” said Derek Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP. “Our partnership aims to reduce recidivism while providing support to previously incarcerated individuals. We must provide a roadmap for those seeking to contribute to society in a meaningful way.”

The NAACP recognizes the deliberate and delayed support needed for formerly incarcerated citizens to thrive. This partnership is aligned with the organization’s mission of ensuring political, educational, social and economic equality for all people. It is well documented that the lack of support systems for former detainees has contributed to long-term unemployment, recidivism, and a host of other systemic issues. The work of the NAACP aims to highlight the growing need for society to re-evaluate our approach to the treatment of those formerly incarcerated and all others who have been marginalized.

“The challenges that returning citizens of color face when enhancing their education and career are insurmountable,” said Regen Moore, director of foundational relations, Walmart. “This scholarship was created to help and give hope in overcoming barriers. There is a lot that needs to be done to provide support to this community, and this is a worthy step in helping them achieve their goals.”

Applications for the scholarships will open on December 9, 2021, and close on May 21, 2022. Eligibility requirements can be found in the application portal. Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to ensure applications are received within the application time frame.



Founded in 1909 in response to ongoing violence against blacks across the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most prominent civil rights organization in the country. We have more than 2,200 units and branches across the country, along with more than two million activists. Our mission is to ensure political, educational, social and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate discrimination based on race and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

Note: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF was established in 1940 as part of the NAACP but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the first civil law and human rights organization in the country and shares our commitment to equal rights.

For more information, please visit naacp.org or follow us on Instagram @naacp.


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