We are extremely happy to announce the 2022 recipients of the first Annual Orange Hearts for Makenzi Scholarships. Each of these young entrepreneurs will be recognized and honored at the Inaugural Orange Hearts for Makenzi Scholarship Reception this summer. 

Please join us in congratulating our winners: 

1.  Monty Mitchel
2. Emani Anthony
3. Reanna Fields
4. Shantaira Duncan
5. Christopher Blueitt
6. Thierno Welle
7. Patience Hill
8. Kamakshi Velamuri 

Congratulations ladies and gentlemen!!

Please show them some Oranges Hearts Love 🧡


Scholarship Criteria

Application Submission Deadline : January 31, 2022
Recipient Selection Date: February 28th, 2022

The Orange Hearts for Makenzi organization has established annual scholarships for minority students’ entrepreneurial endeavors. The scholarship also includes the opportunity to meet with up to 2 professional mentors arranged by the fund to support the development and guidance of the individual goals over the course of the year. An individual is eligible to apply for a one-year scholarship for business-related expenses if one meets the established criteria: 

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Ages 16-22

  • Minority; Black or African American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaskan Native

  • Citizen of the United States

  • Demonstrates a commitment to serving diverse populations


  • Young adult with an established or in the process of establishing a minority owned business. 

  • minimum of 1 Letter or recommendation

  • Demonstrates leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other volunteer activities 

  • Submit business plan, by use of template 


Please complete the application by typing or printing legibly.  Only completed and signed applications will be considered.  Please submit the following items with this completed application form. 

  1. One original letter of recommendation from individuals who are not related to you, the applicant. Such as facility, advisor, or mentor.  All must be in original form, and must be signed and addressed to the Scholarship Selection Committee with application.

  2. On a separate sheet of paper, please specify your involvement, and dates of participation, in community service, extracurricular activities, volunteer involvement, and any awards and honors you have received. 

  3. On a separate sheet of paper, please prepare a personal statement, not to exceed 500 words, indicating your interest in, how funds will be used to support the business, and the commitment to your goals.

  4. On a separate sheet of paper, submit your business plan using template attached. 

Please submit completed application to:


Attn: Orange Heart 4 Makenzi Scholarship Submission