Two people awarded a scholarship for international students.

Lucas-Kennedy Global Development Scholarships For International Students

Young African girl who was awarded a scholarship for international students.

C. Payne Lucas and Dr. Joseph Kennedy, through the organization Africare, launched a thousand ships leading to young African American and African professionals pursuing and leading successful careers in international development on the African continent and around the world.

To honor and celebrate this legacy, the Lucas-Kennedy Global Development Scholarship provides scholarships for international students. These scholarships are aimed at young Diaspora professionals to pursue academic training and practical work experience for international careers.

Global Development Scholarships For International Students

The Lucas-Kennedy Development Scholarship program partners with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to award up to four scholarships at these institutions. Scholarship recipients are selected based on their demonstrated commitment to public service and international development. 

The Lucas-Kennedy Foundation additionally supports these students with the publication and presentation of research deemed beneficial to the Foundation’s goals of advancing the body of knowledge relevant to the African Diaspora. 

The Scholarship may also make awards to students pursuing academic study at universities outside of the HBCU network. The Lucas-Kennedy Foundation provides equal numbers of awards to women and men.

Young African man who was awarded a scholarship for international students.

Live the Dream Abroad Internship Program

In addition to supporting academic study through scholarships for international students, the Lucas-Kennedy Foundation supports professional enhancement opportunities which strengthen preparation for international careers. Such opportunities, funded under the Live the Dream Abroad Internship program, include but are not limited to covering the cost of travel, lodging, and stipends which enable Diaspora youth to gain international professional work experience.

The Lucas-Kennedy Foundation Scholarship Committee will select recipients based on demonstrated viability of the proposed internship or professional opportunity and financial need. The Foundation will pair each university student scholarship and intern award recipient with a mentor.

LK 2020-2021 Intern

Jakarah Porter, the Lucas-Kennedy Foundation 2020-2021 Intern is a graduate of the Charleston School of Law in the U.S. State of South Carolina.  Ms. Porter also holds a bachelor degree in business economics and finance from Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana; and, she is a licensed mortgage loan originator.Jakarah seized the opportunity to intern with the Lucas-Kennedy Foundation to gain experience in international affairs with a not for profit organization. During her internship, Ms. Porter researched the federal and state requirements for registering non-profit organizations and completed the registration process for the Foundation.  Jakarah also researched graphic arts firms and website designers.Ms. Porter plans to pursue a career in real estate and business law with a focus on financial fraud. Her work with the Foundation provided exposure to the possibility of international opportunities in her chosen field. As Jakara leaves the Foundation, she shares the following as key learnings: viable solutions are always possible if you remain positive and work transparently.  Cast a wide net to expose young people to careers in international affairs.  

Lk Foundation Intern Jakarah Porter