The Amadou Diallo Memorial Scholarship

The Amadou Diallo Memorial Scholarship at Guttman Community College

Amadou Diallo

$500 Tuition Only (to be paid for the Spring semester to three eligible students).

Established by Mrs. Kadi Diallo and the Amadou Diallo Foundation, this scholarship is named in honor of Amadou Diallo, who came to the United States in 1996. Amadou immigrated to New York City in 1996, hoping to pursue a degree in Information Technology. His ambition and dreams were crushed when he was shot multiple times by four New York City police officers on February 4, 1999. He was innocent, unarmed, and seeking shelter and safety in the vestibule of his apartment building when he was murdered. Since his death, his mother and the trustees of the Amadou Diallo Foundation have dedicated themselves to promoting racial healing and positive community interaction with law enforcement, as well as supporting scholarships to help students complete their college degree. Guttman is honored to be able to offer this scholarship.

Please review the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student must be registered in the Information Technology major.
  • Students must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and between 15-40 earned credits.
  • Students must carry a minimum course load of 9 credits or more for the academic semester.
  • Students must demonstrate some engagement in college extracurricular activities or volunteer service with external
    community groups.

Please note the following preferences expressed by the donor:

  • Preference for students who are active in Guttman’s United Men of Color Group (UMOC).
  • Preference for, but not limited to, students who are not eligible to apply for federal and/or state financial aid.
  • Preference for, but not limited to, students of African or African American descent or recent immigrants from Africa.


  • Students must submit their application and personal statements to: Jessica Portilla, Room 308-B in the HUB by
    5:00pm – February 14, 2020.
  • Final award decisions will be made by the Amadou Diallo Scholarship Committee.

Application Form:

Personal Statement:

Students will be expected to write one personal statement that should be 500 –750 words using the following prompts:
a. How receiving the scholarship will impact their academic journey.
b. What social issue has impacted them as a person and how has their realization of its impact helped them to see themselves as
a member of a larger community.

Required for the Recipient:

  • The student must write a thank you note to the donor and, possibly, meet with Mrs. Diallo.
  • At the end of the year, it is expected that the student will write a final report describing how the tuition support helped him/
    her be a successful student.

Expectations for the Recipient:

  • Student winner should maintain his/her community service work throughout the funding period.
  • Student winner may attend the Diallo Foundation Annual Fundraising event.

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