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Paula E. Waters - Diamond in the Rough Scholarship Program

The Diamond in the Rough Scholarship Fund has been established by Paula E. Waters to assist African American high school senior males from select high schools who plan to continue education in college or vocational-technical programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.


Interested students must complete the application and mail it, along with a current, complete official transcript of grades to SRP no later than May 1st. On-line transcripts and grade reports are not acceptable. Applicants will receive acknowledgment of receipt of their application. If an acknowledgment card is not receive within three weeks, applicants may call or email SRP to verify that the application has been received.

Applicants to the Diamond in the Rough Scholarship Fund must:
- Be African American males who are high school seniors attending
- Any public or charter school in Prince George’s County, Maryland, or
- Any public or charter school in the District of Columbia, or
- Westinghouse High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Plan to enroll in a full-time* undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocationaltechnical school.
*Full-time study is defined as full-time enrollment for the entire upcoming academic year.
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 – 2.9 (on a 4.0 scale) to be eligible to receive an award.

Applicants are responsible for gathering and submitting all required materials in one envelope. Materials sent separately will not be considered.

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