The Paula E. Waters – Diamond in the Rough Fund is dedicated to providing educational assistance for deserving senior high school African-American male students from selected schools who plan to continue education at a two-or four year college, university or vocational-technical school. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice. Applicants must be graduates of any public or charter school in Montgomery or Prince George's County, MD; Arlington County, Fairfax County, Alexandria or Falls Church, VA; Westinghouse high school in Pittsburg, PA or the District of Columbia. They must also have a GPA between 2.0 and 2.99.
The scholarships can be applied to tuition, mandatory fees, books, supplies and equipment required for course load at accredited, nonprofit two or four-year colleges/universities or vocational/trade schools in the United States. Students may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award. Scholarships may not be applied to room and board and cannot be used to purchase a laptop if not required for all students attending the institution or course. Applicants are notified in August.