Scholarships for African American Students

Elizabeth Hoyt

January 19, 2016

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!

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.

Allison Fisher Scholarship

Deadline: 2/12/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

Provided 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 be majoring in journalism or a communications-related field, 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 Fisher Scholarship.

Carole Simpson Scholarship

Deadline: 2/12/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

Provided by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the Carole Simpson Scholarship is available to students attending an accredited four-year university.

You must be majoring in journalism or a communications – related discipline with a concentration in broadcast with the career aspirations to work in television news, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Additionally, you must be a member of NABJ before the award is granted to qualify.

Get more information on the Carole Simpson Scholarship.

NABJ Scholarship

Deadline: 2/12/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

Provided by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the NABJ Scholarship is available to African- American undergraduate and graduate students attending an accredited four-year university.

You must be majoring in journalism or a communications – related discipline, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Additionally, you must be a member of NABJ to qualify.

Get more information on the NABJ Scholarship.

Visual Task Force Scholarship

Deadline: 2/12/16
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $2,500

The Visual Task Force Scholarship is available to African-American undergraduate and graduate students attending an accredited four-year university.

You must be majoring in journalism with a concentration in visual journalism and have a minimum 2.75 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Additionally, you must be a member of NABJ before the grant is awarded.

Get more information on the Visual Task Force Scholarship.

Alliance of Black Culinarians Scholarship

Deadline: 2/15/16
Available to: Graduating High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: $2,500

The Alliance of Black Culinarians Scholarship is available to seniors graduating from the Clark County School District.

You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Preference will be given to minority students and those interested in a career in the culinary arts.

Get more information on the Alliance of Black Culinarians Scholarship.

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 2/25/16
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: $5,000

In honor of Black History Month, Regions Financial Corporation presents the Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Essay Contest.

Open to certain high school and college students in states with Regions branches.

No purchase or banking relationship required. For complete Contest details, eligibility requirements, and Official Rules, visit regions.com/ridingforward.

Get more information on the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: 2/29/16
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $5,000

The Lagrant Foundation Scholarship is available 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.

Get more information on the Lagrant Foundation Scholarship.

Buick Achievers Scholarship

Deadline: 2/29/16
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 50 Awards of $25,000

The Buick Achievers Scholarship is available to full – time entering freshmen and current undergraduate students.

You must be majoring in a specified course of study that focuses on engineering, technology, design, or another program of study related to the automotive industry to be eligible for this award.

Special consideration will be given to those who are a first-generation college student, female, minority, military veteran, or a dependent of military personnel.

Learn more information about the Buick Achievers Scholarship.

NANBPWC National Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/16
Available to: Graduating High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: Varies

Sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NANBPWC), the NANBPWC National Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors of African-American heritage.

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. You must also submit a minimum 300-word essay on the following topic: “Explain the benefits you have gained through the contributions of two trailblazers of African descent (past and/or contemporary) and how it has benefited you as a person.”

Get more information on the NANBPWC National Scholarship.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/16
Available to: College Sophomores through College Juniors
Award Amount: Varies

Sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NANBPWC), the Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship is available to African-American female students majoring in journalism, economics, or a related field.

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

You must also submit a 1000-word essay on the following topic: Your Career Plans and their Relevance to the Dr. Julianne Malveaux Program Theme: “Black Women’s Hands Can Rock the World.”

Get more information on the Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship.

Dr. Blanca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/16
Available to: Female College Freshmen through College Seniors, Ages 35+
Award Amount: Varies

Sponsored by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NANBPWC), the Dr. Blanca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship is available to African-American female undergraduate students.

You must be at least 35 years of age and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

You must also submit a 500-word essay on the following topic: “Challenges to the Mature Student and How I Overcame Them.”

Get more information on the Dr. Blanca Moore-Velez Woman of Substance Scholarship.

American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholarship

Deadline: 3/04/16
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

The American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who have applied to one or more accredited colleges/universities.

You must be a minority student; plan to major in business, technology, engineering, mathematics, or one of the physical sciences; and have a minimum “B” academic average to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholarship.

Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/16
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

Sponsored by the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc., the Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship is available to African-American undergraduate students.

You must be involved in school and community activities and have a minimum 2.75 GPA to be eligible for this award.

You must also submit a 500-word essay on the following topic: “In the recent political scene, the issue of “Black Lives Matter” keeps coming up. Do you think Black lives really matter, and why?”

Get more information on the Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship.

Dr. Wynetta A. Frazier “Sister to Sister” Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/16
Available to: College Freshman through College Seniors
Award Amount: 2 Awards of $500

Sponsored by the National Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc., the Dr. Wynetta A. Frazier “Sister to Sister” Scholarship is available to African-American female students.

To be considered, you must be 35 years of age or older and be returning to college after your education was interrupted by family responsibilities or other personal demands.

You must also submit a 500-word essay on the following topic: “In the recent political scene, the issue of “Black Lives Matter” keeps coming up. Do you think Black lives really matter, and why?” Get more information on the Dr. Wynetta A. Frazier “Sister to Sister” Scholarship.

Alice S. Marriott Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/16
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

Provided by the Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, the Alice S. Marriott Scholarship is available to undergraduate students from traditionally underrepresented groups.

You must be interested in a career in hospitality and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Alice S. Marriott Scholarship.

Zuvaa Fellowship

Deadline: 5/15/16
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

Provided by Zuvaa, Inc., the Zuvaa Fellowship is available to students who are excited about transforming lives and changing perceptions of the African continent.

In this 17-week program, fellows will serve as thought leaders and decision makers within the company.

Get more information on the Zuvaa Fellowship.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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