Dr. Joseph E. Bowman, Jr. Memorial Educational Scholarship

    Jan 26, 2022

    Reverend Michael-Aaron Poindexter, Pastor

    Macedonia Baptist Church
    26 Wilson Avenue
    Albany, New York 12205

    Phone:  (518) 489-4370

    Annual Deadline: April 15


       Dr. Joseph E. Bowman, Jr.

     In recognition of her husband of 24 years and their dad's pursuit of ensuring access to education to students, the Bowman Family in April 2013 established a tribute to Dr. Joseph ("OJ") Bowman to benefit the creation of Dr. Joseph E. Bowman, Jr. Memorial Educational Scholarship. The scholarship is funded by the Bowman Family and administered by their home of worship, Macedonia Baptist Church in Albany, New York. 

    Dr. Joseph Bowman Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 22, 1950, to Violetta and Joseph Bowman. Joseph was very active when growing up; he was part of the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts Troop 731 and was the first "Mr. Bethany" at Bethany Methodist Church in Brooklyn, New York.

    Dr. Bowman graduated from Junior High School 210 and Midwood High School, in Brooklyn.  He knew he wanted to go to college, but was not sure if he was ready for the college classroom and what degree program area he wanted to study.  In the summer of 1968, he attended the Equal Opportunity Center in Brooklyn where he took college prep courses in Computer Science and English. Once he finished the courses, he was ready to pursue his college career.  To his surprise, Dr. Bowman's high school counselor recommended that he apply to the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) at the University at Albany. There, he earned his bachelor's degrees in Africana Studies and Sociology in 1972 and his masters’ degree in Library Science and Secondary Education in 1975. Joseph was very driven and dedicated to giving new opportunities to peers; he was instrumental in creating the African-American Studies Department at the University at Albany during his undergraduate tenure.  Dr. Bowman continued his education at Teacher's College, Columbia University where he pursued other masters’ degrees in Educational Technology in 1983 and Computer and Education in 1984 as well as a doctorate in Communications and Technology in Education in 1991. He was elected to the New York State Board of Regents in 2001.

     Dr. Joseph “OJ” Bowman was a great human contributor to education and social issues in New York State.  He continuously served as an advocate and spearheaded long and endless efforts for minority and economically disadvantaged students to ensure their inclusion in the revolution of educational technology.  In 1990, during his graduate studies at Columbia University, he founded the Center for Urban Youth and Technology (CUYT) to create interest in education, community development, youth development, professional teacher development, and technology in urban minority middle and high schools in New York City.  Dr. Bowman never wanted to stop producing opportunities for the communities; in 2007 he created an Institute of Nanoscale Technology for Youth (INTY) that provided selected urban schools an opportunity to work with the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (now known as SUNY Polytechnic Institute). 

    The Macedonia Baptist Church Dr. Joseph E. Bowman, Jr. Memorial Educational Scholarship is a direct investment in the future of underrepresented students seeking careers at the college level in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM).

     Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.  ~ Anatole France

     His encouragement to the old and young to pursue their educational goals can never be forgotten.  ~ The Bowman Family

    Program Overview

    Dr. Joseph E. Bowman, Jr. Memorial Educational Scholarship is sponsored through donations and will be administered by the Macedonia Baptist Church Scholarship Fund Ministry in conjunction with the Macedonia Baptist Church Board of Trustees. The one-time non-renewable scholarship is available for students who will pursue a higher education career in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM).  The scholarship will be awarded to eligible high school senior students who are underrepresented to include members and non-members of Macedonia Baptist Church that attend any Capital District Region high school and who plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year college/university after graduation. The amount funded by donations is for a specified period.  The amount designated will be awarded to a recipient to be used toward the purchase of books and/or assist with any college-related fees or tuition. 

     Eligibility Criteria

     The scholarship is available to high school senior students who exemplify the following characteristics:

    1.  The candidate’s intended major at a two-year or four-year college/university must be in the area of  Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) to be considered for this scholarship.
    2. Academic Achievement – Dedicated student who works hard and seeks continued growth inside and outside of the classroom.
    1. Leadership – Know yourself and have a vision that is well communicated.
    2. Character – Serve as a positive role model for their peers through conduct and attitude.
    3. Community Service – Exhibit admirable and praiseworthy qualities of good citizenship.
    4. Personal Poise – Able to articulate goals, abilities, skills, and rationale for pursuing a particular career.

     Application Process

     All applications must be postmarked no later than April 15.  The application must be signed by both the student and their parent or guardian.  When all parts of the application are completed, please submit as a package to Macedonia Baptist Church, 26 Wilson Avenue, Albany, New York 12205 Attention: Scholarship Fund Committee. or submit them depicted below. Please Note: Late or incomplete application packages will not be considered. A complete application package consists of: 

     A completed, dated and signed Dr. Joseph E. Bowman, Jr. Memorial Educational Scholarship application.

    1. A sealed copy of an “Official School” transcript, and a copy of your resume or biographical sketch.
    2. Three recent letters of recommendation from the following: 
    • An individual who is not related to the student or affiliated with the academic institution you currently attend;
    • The student’s Pastor or designee is affiliated with the religious organization in which the student belongs; and
    • An Academic Advisor, School Counselor, or School Administrator.
    1. A copy of your college acceptance letter if available at the time of application (if not available, you will need to provide it prior to the release of funds).  A college admissions letter should clearly indicate that you have been accepted into a program of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. 

    5.  A typed, double-spaced biographical essay, addressing the two questions on the application. In order to keep all application information together, please put your name on your essay and all other documents in the package.  Please answer both questions and be specific


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