Dr. Martin D. Jenkins Scholar Award

Sponsored by the Special Populations Network and GRACE Special Interest Group

The Dr. Martin D. Jenkins Scholar Award is named in honor of Dr. Jenkins, Father of Research on Gifted Black Students, and it is designed to honor the achievements of highly gifted Black students who excel academically in school.


Applicants must be a Black student enrolled in a public school in grades 6-12 and meet at least three of the following criteria:

Application and Eligibility Resources
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  • Exemplary Achievement
  • Early Entrance, MS Dual Enrollment, HS Joint Enrollment
  • Exemplary School Work
  • Competition Winner

Award Recipients:

  • will receive $300 scholarship (cash award) and NAGC convention registration
  • will receive one scholarship covering registration to attend the Gifted Education Research & Resource Institute’s (GER2I) Summer Residential Program at Purdue University  (transportation to/from Purdue not included)
  • parents will receive 1-year Parent Membership in NAGC and Special Populations Network
  • are invited to attend a featured session at NAGC during the Annual Conference held in Indianapolis, IN, on Saturday, November 19, 2022
  • are required to share a brief end of year school report and academic progress update
  • will have access to various Ambassador Programming & Peer Mentoring opportunities 
  • will be invited to participate in the Jenkins Scholar Alumni Network after 1st year in program

Application Deadline: September 26, 2022, 11:59 PM EST
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Required Documents/Material:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Personal Statement
  • Exhibits/Artifacts
  • Two Nominating Letters of Support

All materials and questions should be emailed to

Awardees and nominators will be notified by email and/or phone call the week of October 3. Information and directions to attend the special session at the National Association for Gifted Children convention in Indianapolis, IN, on  November 19, 2022 will also be provided.