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Ciresi Walburn Scholarship

The Ciresi Walburn Scholarship supports African American men with financial aid, mentoring, and career experiences. The first cohort of scholars was selected in 2018 at two Twin Cities schools, the University of St. Thomas and Augsburg University. Over the course of two years, the program—led by Dr. Abdul Omari, an expert in leadership and mentoring—will include a 12-week leadership class and a trip to a national leadership conference, paid summer internships, a writing course, and networking sessions with African American businessmen.



This opportunity is open to sophomore African-American men. Participants need to be Minnesota high school graduates and demonstrated financial need. Scholars will have to participate in all activities and be motivated to succeed. The Minnesota Private College Fund administers the program in partnership with the Augsburg Pan-Afrikan Center.  

Scholarship Benefits Include:

  • $10,000 in scholarships ($5,000 per year)
  • A two-credit summer leadership course
  • Participation in a national leadership conference, expenses paid
  • Paid summer internship
  • Ongoing cohort activities, including service projects and networking with community leaders
  • $1,000 incentive paid for on time gradation 

Ciresi Walburn Scholarship recipients getting ready for a photo


Ciresi Walburn Scholarship recipients