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Bakari Henderson

The Bakari Henderson Memorial Scholarship

In an effort of continuing the legacy of education and cultural diversity, NBMBAA® formed the Bakari Henderson Memorial Scholarship Fund to honor his memory. This educational scholarship fund aims to motivate future leaders to take advantage of every educational opportunity that allows them the exposure of studying abroad.

About Bakari Henderson

Bakari Henderson was a 22-year-old aspiring fashion designer from Austin, Texas and former member of NBMBAA®. He was tragically murdered on July 7, 2017 on the Greek island of Zakynthos. Bakari was the former recipient of the NBMBAA® China Europe International Business School (CEIBS®) scholarship, the world’s largest EMBA program.

“Bakari Henderson was an integral part of what the National Black MBA Association® strives to accomplish through our mission to empower and inspire our next generation of leaders. In his short life, Bakari demonstrated what it meant to not only be fearless in seeking all educational opportunities afforded to him, but also in how he lived his life, which was full of taking risks to obtain his goal of becoming an entrepreneur. Bakari exemplified what we strive to communicate to all young professionals that we touch, which is to maximize every opportunity and network with a diverse group of people.” – Jesse Tyson, President and CEO of NBMBAA®


Undergraduate or Graduate


Based on total fundraising efforts.


To apply for the Bakari Henderson Memorial Scholarship, you must first complete the scholarship application by clicking the link below.

To be eligible for consideration, you must be a member of NBMBAA and preparing to participate in a study abroad program while attending a four-year college.

You must also be willing to allow NBMBAA® to track your experiences to create awareness around the benefits of how this type of involvement can leverage the difference in the future careers of others that follow.


May 1, 2019

For more information or to learn how to donate to the Bakari Henderson Memorial Scholarship Fund, please visit

Scholarship application essay question

Studying abroad can provide an opportunity to experience the world as your classroom and ultimately open doors to personal growth and discovery. Tell us why you are considering studying abroad (include where and when). Please include how your current area of study is aligned to studying abroad and how study abroad will impact your ability to accomplish your career goals and objectives. (500-word limit)

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