Published On: March 7, 20249.7 min read213 words

Brandon Hendricks Scholarship applications now open for Bronx-based high school seniors


The Bronx-based nonprofit Oyate Group has reopened applications for the Brandon Hendricks Scholarship, established in memory of Brandon Hendricks, a local high school senior whose life was tragically cut short by gun violence. Brandon’s promising future as a Division I basketball scholarship recipient at St. John’s University was abruptly halted just after his high school graduation. Moved by Brandon’s story, Thomas Ramos, the CEO, founder, and president of the Oyate Group, established the scholarship to honor Brandon’s legacy and empower other young people facing similar challenges. Originally offering a one-time $5,000 contribution to five recipients, the scholarship has been restructured to provide two recipients with $5,000 each semester across four years, totaling $20,000 per student. This change reflects the organization’s commitment to long-term impact and aims to alleviate the financial burdens of college education for deserving students like Briyant Boakye Frimpong, a high school senior from the Bronx who received the scholarship. With the support of the Brandon Hendricks Scholarship, Briyant is pursuing his dream of studying computer science and math at Brandeis University, illustrating the scholarship’s role in fostering resilience and determination among Bronx-based high school seniors. Applications for the scholarship are open until March 31, 2024, inviting eligible students to continue Brandon’s legacy of inspiration and community empowerment.

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