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Visually and symbolically, "Sankofa" is expressed as a mythic bird that flies forward while looking backward with an egg (symbolizing the future) in its mouth.

SANKOFA is expressed in the Akan language as "se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenkyi." Literally translated, it means "it is not taboo to go back and fetch what you forgot".

"Sankofa" teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone or been stripped of, can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated.  - W.E.B. DuBois Learning Center



The Sankofa Scholarship Award is designed to help mature citizens twenty-one (21) years or older who intend to attend an accredited Trade or Technical Institution to further their career.

Funds for this scholarship are generated from membership dues, donations, as well as fundraising activities.

As the Sankofa symbols signifies, STAAR Leaders firmly believe that it is never too late to go back in your past and retrieve what is good and bring it into the present in order to make positive progress.

If college is not in your future but can use some help learning a trade, this is designed for you.  Use the STAAR Leaders scholarship application form to apply.

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