Lindsay Barnette, 28, owner and founder of Atlanta-based apparel brand, Kulture Misfits, recently developed a scholarship campaign in relation to her business’s popular “Legalize Free College” collection.

In partnership with HBCU Buzz, a media outlet that highlights the Black College Community, Barnette’s company is asking college students to submit requests on social media to receive a $1,000 scholarship.

“It’s called the Legalize Free College Scholarship,” Barnette said. “It has been going on for about five years. It was an opportunity for me and my team to give back to our community.”

“We all are college graduates and all have student debt in one form or another. We found it to be the biggest challenge for post-graduates no matter where you went if you wanted to have that experience of being a part college community, you had to have taken out a loan at some time.”

Funded by proceeds from the sale of the “Legalize Free College” collection, the scholarship is open to current college students and high school seniors that will be graduating soon.

Anyone who wishes to apply will have to follow @kultured.misfits & @legalizefreecollege on Instagram and like the instructions post on @legalizefreecolleg. Then the applicant must DM @legalizefreecollege a video or written example of how they’ve given back to their community in 2020.

A Kennesaw State University graduate, Barnette started Kulture Misfits six years ago. The company offers clothing and apparel, with designs that appeal to the Black community. One of its more popular collections is the “Legalize Free College” collection.

A year after opening her business, Barnette began providing scholarships, selecting one person a year.

This year, she reached out to Luke Lawal Jr., 31, founder and CEO of HBCU Buzz to broaden this year’s impact.

“We saw how HBCU Buzz works with their HBCU students and the base that they have, it found like a natural fit,” she said.
Lawal added, “When they reached out to me it was just a no-brainer for us to be alb to place this out to our students to present more opportunities.”

Barnette’s longtime goal is to create a whole foundation around “Legalize Free College” to support not only scholarships but also school supply drives, and other efforts to aid college students financially.

Also, she wants to start partnering with other businesses that want to be a part of the efforts. This year she hopes to do not only have a spring scholarship but also do another in the fall.

I anyone would like to make a donation to the Legalize Free College Scholarship, please visits

Lindsay Barnette, the owner of Kulture Misfits, a black-owned apparel brand, is sponsoring a scholarship program around her business’s popular “Legalize Free Colleg” collection. (Photo Credit: Courtesy/Kultured Misfits)

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