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Scholarships for African American Students

Scholarships for African American Students

Educational institutions, foundations and many other organizations celebrate African American students with scholarship opportunities - find one you qualify for today!

Elizabeth Hoyt

January 24, 2014

Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month, is the time in which Americans celebrate the achievements of African Americans throughout history.

That makes this month the perfect time to celebrate the achievements of up-and-coming history makers, too. That means students like you!

Scholarships include those from notable African American advancement organizations, like the NAACP, UNCF, as well as historically African American sororities or fraternities, such as the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, and foundations in the like, such as the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Celebrate your heritage with a scholarship and consider using your education to make a difference in the world like the many honorable African Americans who have rewritten history time and time again.

Who knows, YOU could be the next person the world is celebrating!

Apply for the following African American scholarship opportunities today.

To help better organize your scholarship search, please note that the following awards for African American students are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of the list.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: 2/28/14
Ages: College Freshman through College Senior
Amount: $10,000

The Lagrant Foundation Scholarship is open to full-time minority undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in public relations, marketing, or advertising. Undergraduate students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA to be considered for this award.

Graduate students must have a minimum of two semesters left to complete their master’s degree and have a minimum 3.2 GPA.

In addition to your application, you must write an essay detailing your career goals, accomplishments, and the reasons why you should be selected for the award.

If you are chosen to receive this scholarship, you must attend the Lagrant Foundation’s career development workshop and awards reception.

Get more information on the Lagrant Foundation Scholarship.

Spectrum Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/14
Ages: 1st Year Graduate Students
Amount: $5,000

Provided by the American Library Association, the Spectrum Scholarship is open to graduate students at ALA-accredited or recognized master’s degree programs in library and information studies or school library media.

You cannot have completed more than a third of the credit requirements for your degree at the time of the award (June 1).

To be eligible for this award, you must be a member of one of the underrepresented groups in the library profession: American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African-American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or Latino/Hispanic.

Only U.S. and Canadian citizens are eligible.

Get more information on the Spectrum Scholarship.

Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship

Deadline: 3/17/14
Ages: College Freshman through College Senior
Amount: $3,000

The Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship is available to male undergraduate and graduate students majoring in engineering, chemistry, physics, or mathematical sciences.

Undergraduates must have a minimum 2.5 GPA; graduate students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. All applicants must be U.S. citizens. NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) membership and participation is highly desirable.

Get more information on the Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship.

Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

Deadline: 3/17/14
Ages: College Freshman through College Senior
Amount: $2,000

The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students who are current members of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People).

Undergraduate students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA; graduate students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

All applicants must be U.S. citizens, be under the age of 25, and demonstrate financial need.

Get more information on the Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship.

Allison E. Fisher Scholarship

Deadline: 3/21/14
Ages: College Freshman through Graduate Student, 5th Year
Amount: $2,500

Sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Allison Fisher Scholarship is available to African-American students attending an accredited four-year university.

You must major in broadcast or print journalism, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and participate in community service activities to be eligible for this award.

You must also be a member of NABJ to qualify.

Get more information on the Allison E. Fisher Scholarship.

Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/14
Ages: High School Senior through College Freshman
Amount: Varies

Sponsored by NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship is available to high school seniors and college freshmen who are enrolled, or plan to enroll, full-time at a four-year college or university.

You must demonstrate a record of academic achievement, qualities of leadership, a commitment to public service, and financial need to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the Herbet Lehman Education Fund Scholarship.

SREB Doctoral Scholars Program Doctoral Award

Deadline: 3/31/14
Ages: 3rd Year Graduate Student
Amount: $20,000

Provided by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program Doctoral Award is open minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

You must be within the first year of your Ph.D. program or is expecting admission before the academic year begins.

You must attend a participating institution to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to students studying science, technology, engineering, and math.

Get more information on the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program Doctoral Award.

SREB Doctoral Scholars Program Dissertation Award

Deadline: 3/31/14
Ages: 3rd Year Graduate Student
Amount: $20,000

Provided by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program Dissertation Award is open to minority students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

You must have completed all course work and comprehensive/ preliminary exams, and have successfully defended the dissertation prospectus or will successfully defend the prospectus before the academic year begins.

This program is open to students who will be attending participating institutions.

Preference is given to students studying science, technology, engineering, and math.

Get more information on the SREB Doctoral Scholars Program Dissertation Award.

IES Merit-Based Scholarship for Under-Represented Students

Deadline: 5/01/14
Ages: College Freshman through College Senior
Amount: $5,000

The IES Merit-Based Scholarship for Under-Represented Students is available to students at institutions that are members or associate members of the IES (Institute for the International Education of Students) college consortium.

You must be of students who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs.

This group includes, but is not limited to, students from under-represented racial and ethnic groups, first generation to college students, students from low income families and students with a history of overcoming adversity.

You must be accepted into an IES study abroad program and have a minimum 3.3 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the IES Merit-Based Scholarship for Under-Represented Students.

IES Merit-Based David Porter Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/14
Ages: College Freshman through College Senior
Amount: $5,000

The IES Merit-Based David Porter Diversity Scholarship is available to students at institutions that are members or associate members of the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) college consortium.

You must be of students who have been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs. his includes but is not limited to, students of color, the GLBT population, students from different religious and ethnic groups, and students with physical disabilities.

You must be accepted into an IES study abroad program and have a minimum 3.3 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the IES Merit-Based David Porter Diversity Scholarship.

Ramon Looby Excellence in Leadership Award

Deadline: 5/02/14
Ages: College Freshman
Amount: $500

Provided by the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. – Alpha Lambda Omega Chapter, the Ramon Looby Excellence in Leadership Award is available to graduating high school seniors who are interested in joining a historically Black sorority or fraternity of the National Pan-Hellenic Council.

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a minimum 21 ACT / 1500 SAT score to be eligible for this award.

You must also demonstrate high leadership potential and have an excellent conduct record.

Get more information on the Ramon Looby Excellence in Leadership Award.

MassMutual Scholars Program

Deadline: 5/02/14
Ages: College Sophomore through College Senior
Amount: $5,000

The MassMutual Scholars Program is open to students of African American, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic descent.

You must be a sophomore, junior or senior, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify for this award.

Preference will be given to students who demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in the insurance and financial services industry and show leadership and participation in extracurricular activities.

Get more information on the MassMutual Scholars Program.

CSO Opportunity Scholarship

Deadline: 5/24/14
Ages: College Freshman
Amount: $8,000

The CSO Opportunity Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors who are first-generation, low-income, and/ or minority college bound students enrolling at a Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) partner college.

Scholarship winners will also serve as monthly guest bloggers on Center for Student Opportunity’s web blog to share insight and perspective about their transition to college and successes thereafter.

Priority consideration will be given to students who are first in their family to go to college.

Get more information on the CSO Opportunity Scholarship.

UNCF General Scholarship

Deadline: 5/31/14
Ages: College Freshman through 5th Year Grad Student
Amount: $5,000

The UNCF (United Negro College Fund) General Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students attending a UNCF-affiliated institution.

You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the UNCF General Scholarship.

Ventures Scholars Program

Deadline: Varies
Ages: High School Freshman through College Freshman
Amount: $10,000

The Ventures Scholars Program, provided by Ventures in Education, Inc., is open to underrepresented and first-generation college-bound students.

You must be pursuing a math- or science-based career to be considered for this award. Get more information on the Ventures Scholars Program.

George T. Snyder, Jr. Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Ages: College Sophomore through College Senior
Amount: $2,500

The George T. Snyder, Jr. Diversity Scholarship is open to American Bus Association members and non-ABA members.

You must be from a traditionally underrepresented group in the management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel and tourism industry.

To be able to apply for this award, you must have completed your first year of an accredited post-secondary program in fields relevant to transportation, travel or tourism with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Get more information on the George T. Snyder, Jr. Diversity Scholarship.

APS Minorities Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies
Ages: College Freshman through College Junior
Amount: $3,000

The APS Minorities Scholarship Program is open to African-American, Hispanic American and Native American high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores who intend to major in or are currently majoring in physics at a college or university.

You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the APS Minorities Scholarship Program.





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