Grant Date: November 2021
The OMIK Amateur Radio Association, Inc. was founded on August 17, 1952 by Black hams in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Kentucky to deal with discrimination in the dominant culture and to assist Black travelers with information on places where they could eat and lodge. Because membership in many other ham organizations was denied, a Black ham organization, with its own nets and other activities, was clearly needed. OMIK has grown over the years to an international, multi-racial, multi-cultural organization. The mission of the OMIK Scholarship fund is to encourage and motivate youth to continue postsecondary education, and to assist in the growth of amateur radio.
This grant will support the activities of the OMIK Scholarship Fund, including awarding up to 10 scholarships of $5,000 each, providing winners with “ham radio starter kits,” and hosting 2 “Amateur Radio School Days” classes.