About Nevaeh

Nevaeh Nicole Mitchell was the oldest child of Joseph and Andria Mitchell.  She was an energetic, sweet, and caring young lady. Nevaeh was active in several ministries at her church, New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and a cheerleader at DeKalb High School.  She was a young activist in the making as she had a long meaningful conversation with her dad before participating in a student walk-out against gun violence. The environment she was raised in influenced her to love, advocate, and seek justice for all of humanity. 

On July 10, 2018 Nevaeh passed away from natural causes. Her family would like to keep her legacy alive by helping others strive for a better life through education.  It’s their hope this scholarship will assist some future leaders who will “reach back” and help others become assets of achievement in their communities.

About the Scholarship

There will be two scholarships awarded for $1,000 for the 2019-2020 school year for one high school and one college student. The application submission deadline has now passed.


To be eligible for the scholarship you must be one of the following:

  • Graduating high school senior set to enroll in a two or four-year institution of higher learning

  • Student currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning at either the graduate or undergraduate level


  • Two letters of recommendation

  • A copy of your high school or college transcript

  • A paragraph listing personal accomplishments, service organizations to which you belong, work experience, and other relevant information that the selection committee might find useful

  • An essay of 500-1,000 words (see below)

  • Applications must be submitted through the scholarship application form.

Essay Criteria

Please submit an essay of  500-1,000 words answering the following questions:

  • What struggles have you overcome to get to where you are today?

  • What has been your greatest challenge and how did you learn from that experience?

  • Who inspires you?  

  • What leadership skills do you possess and how do you use those skills to better your community?

Scholarship Committee

The Nevaeh Mitchell Scholarship Committee is composed of five volunteer community members. The committee will review all scholarship applications that were submitted by the deadline of April 30, 2019.

Note: The Mitchell family does not make any decisions regarding award recipients.

The application submission deadline has now passed.