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

June 19, 2016

Scholarships for African American Students

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!

There are abundant scholarship opportunities from notable African American advancement organizations, like the NAACP, UNCF and the Congressional Black Caucus, Inc., just to name a few.

This is in addition to the many opportunities from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), like Dillard University, sororities or fraternities, such as the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity and foundations in the like, such as the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation and Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

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 pay for school.

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.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/31/16
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 5 Awards of up to $4,000

The Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest is open to full – time undergraduate students enrolled in an American college or university. To enter, you must submit a 1500 – to 5000 – word essay on the following topic, “Immigration is a controversial topic in American history, even more so in 2016. Citing examples from his writings, speeches, and policies; what was Abraham Lincoln’s position on immigration? Did it evolve? Is it relevant to our contemporary debate?”

Learn more about the Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest.

ALA Spectrum Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/16
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: Varies

The ALA 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 ALA Spectrum Scholarship.

LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/16
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: Varies

The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship is open to citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada who have applied for admission to an ALA accredited master’s degree program in library and information studies.

In order to apply, you must not have completed more than 12 semester hours (or its equivalent) towards the master’s degree.

You must also demonstrate a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology and be a member of one of the underrepresented groups in the library profession: African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino/Hispanic, or American Indian/Native Alaskan.

Learn more information about the LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Scholarship is available to students at a historically black college or university that is a member or associate member of the IES consortium. Your school must also transfer at least 75 percent of home school aid to IES. You also must be planning on studying abroad to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Scholarship.

Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: $10,000

The Diversity Scholarship is available to entering students at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

You must demonstrate a commitment to diversity as it relates to your interest in psychology in order to qualify for this award.

Priority is given to applicants who belong to ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, and sexual identity groups that have traditionally been underrepresented populations in the field of psychology.

Get more information on the Diversity Scholarship.

DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Blogging Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 5 Awards of $500

The DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Blogging Scholarship is available to minority undergraduate students who have been accepted to participate in a study abroad, intern abroad, language immersion abroad, or volunteer abroad program offered through a DiversityAbroad.com partner organization.

You must have a minimum 2.75 GPA at an American college or university to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Blogging Scholarship.

F. Armstrong Scholarship – Cornell College

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman
Award Amount: $16,000

The F. Armstrong Scholarship is open to entering freshmen at Cornell College who contribute to campus diversity.

Get more information on the F. Armstrong Scholarship – Cornell College.

Reginaldo Howard Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: 100% of Tuition

The Reginaldo Howard Scholarship is available to first-year students of African descent at Duke University.

To be considered, you must demonstrate outstanding leadership ability, scholastic achievement, community involvement, and evidence of serious commitment to a life of service to others.

Get more information on the Reginaldo Howard Scholarship.

Ventures Scholars Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshmen through College Freshmen
Award 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.

Manhattan Central Medical Society Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 3
Award Amount: $2,000

The Manhattan Central Medical Society Scholarship is available to African-American medical students.

You must be enrolled at a school in the greater New York area to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Manhattan Central Medical Society Scholarship.

Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is open to young professionals, undergraduate and graduate students who seek experience in HIV-related public policy and government affairs.

You must have strong research, writing and organizational skills and a willingness to work in a professional office. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment is critical.

Familiarity with HIV-related issues and the legislative process is preferred.

People of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, and HIV positive individuals are encouraged to apply.

Get more information on the Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship.

Diversity Out-of-State Tuition Waiver – University of Idaho

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to Graduate Students, 5th Year
Award Amount: Varies

The Diversity Out-of-State Tuition Waiver is open to students from diverse ethnic backgrounds attending the University of Idaho.

You must not be a resident of Idaho and have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Diversity Out-of-State Tuition Waiver – University of Idaho.

Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

The Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics Program is open to medical students who are members of an underrepresented minority.

You must demonstrate interest in pediatrics with an emphasis on nutrition to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics Program.

YMCA of Greater Rochester Enhancement of Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,000

The YMCA of Greater Rochester Enhancement of Diversity Scholarship is open to racial/ethnic minority students who have a strong interest in YMCA involvement.

You must be a full- or part-time matriculated student at an accredited college or university with a minimum of one semester completed.

You must also intern at least half-time (16-20 hours per week) at the YMCA during the school year and full-time during the summer, and have an interest in post-graduate career opportunities with the YMCA to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the YMCA of Greater Rochester Enhancement of Diversity Scholarship.

Mentorship for Environmental Scholars Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,500

The Mentorship for Environmental Scholars Program is available to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are underrepresented in STEM and other related disciplines.

This internship is a 10-week hands-on research experience provided at a Department of Energy or Legacy Management site.

Get more information on the Mentorship for Environmental Scholars Program.

Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship Award

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Female Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

The Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship Award is available to female African -American students.

You must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. medical school program to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy Memorial Scholarship Award.

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