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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 22, 2015

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, 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.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: 2/15/15
Ages: High School Senior through College Freshman
Amount: $6,000

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is open to minority high school seniors who have been accepted to a four-year accredited college or university.

You must have a minimum 1000 SAT / 21 ACT score to be eligible for this award.

You must also demonstrate leadership potential, dedication to community service, and financial need.

Get more information on the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship.

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

Deadline: 2/20/15
Available to: College Junior through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $7,000

The Minorities In Government Finance Scholarship is open to current full- or part -time upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in public administration, (governmental) accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or non-profit management).

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada and belong to one of the following groups: African-American, Native American, Hispanic, Native Hawaiian, Asian or Pacific Islander.

Applicants are required to submit a recommendation from their academic advisor, department chair (undergraduate applicants), or dean of the graduate program (graduate applicants).

Learn more information about the Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship.

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 2/26/15
Available to: High School Senior through College Junior
Award Amount: $5,000

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

The essay contest is open to high school seniors and college freshman, sophomores and juniors in states with Regions branches.

You must submit an essay of no more than 500 words about how an African-American has inspired or motivated you, be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to qualify for this award.

No purchase or banking relationship required.

Learn more information about the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: 2/27/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
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.

CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship

Deadline: 2/28/15
Available to: College Freshman
Award Amount: $2,500

Sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate and graduate minority students pursuing a degree related to health.

You must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 and demonstrate leadership ability and participation in community activities to be eligible for this award.

Preference is given to African-American students.

Get more information on the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship.

MC Lyte Scholarship

Deadline: 2/28/15
Available to: College Freshman
Award Amount: 100% of Tuition

Sponsored by the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation, Inc., the MC Lyte Scholarship is available to male students entering Dillard University.

Recipients of this award will learn how to merge their art with professional development to build a career, as well as give back through service projects that combine multicultural arts and activism.

Get more information on the MC Lyte Scholarship.

ALA Spectrum Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/15
Available to: 1st Year Graduate Students
Award 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 ALA Spectrum Scholarship.

LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/15
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1
Award Amount: $2,500

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.

Rosa Parks Scholarship

Deadline: 3/02/15
Available to: College Freshman
Award Amount: $2,000

Sponsored by the Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation, the Rosa Parks Scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors in Michigan who are dedicated to the civil rights principles of Rosa L. Parks.

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

Get more information on the Rosa Parks Scholarship.

An Evening of Stars Scholarship

Deadline: 3/02/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Junior
Award Amount: Varies

Sponsored by the United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF), the An Evening of Stars Scholarship is available to students attending a UNCF member college or university.

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

Get more information on the An Evening of Stars Scholarship.

American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholarship

Deadline: 3/27/15
Available to: College Freshman
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 qualify for this award.

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

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

Deadline: 3/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: $1,000

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 25 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 300- to 500-word essay on the following topic: “Having experienced a moment of epiphany, as if your eyes were opened to a need within a community in which you were raised, born, or exposed; describe this moment and your perception about it.”

Get more information on the Dr. Wynetta A. Frazier “Sister to Sister” Scholarship.

Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/15
Available to: High School Senior through College Freshman
Award 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.

Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship

Deadline: 3/31/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
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 300- to 500-word essay on the following topic: “Having experienced a moment of epiphany, as if your eyes were opened to a need within the community in which you were raised, born, or exposed; describe this moment and your perception about it.”

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

The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Program

Deadline: 3/31/15
Available to: Ages 13-18
Award Amount: $5,000

Coca-Cola invites African Americans nationwide to join the Company and Steve Harvey in its movement to pay it forward. The Pay It Forward Program is open to high school students between the ages of 13 and 18.

Recipients of this award will receive a mentorship experience at the Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Academy with Steve Harvey.

The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Academy is an educational program that is designed to be a valuable resource and empower moms to develop strong future leaders while also preparing teens for college.

Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Academy will provide a wealth of educational seminars, mentoring sessions, scholarships for college, and a three-day retreat in Atlanta to a group of deserving high school teens from across the country.

Parents, relatives, friends, and mentors may nominate an aspiring teen for the program.

Get more information on the Pay It Forward Program.

AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students

Deadline: 4/01/15
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 3 through Year 5
Award Amount: $12,000

Provided by the American Institute for Certified Public Accountants, the AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students is available to minority students who have applied to or have been accepted to or currently enrolled in a full-time doctoral program.

To be eligible, you must be a CPA or plan to pursue the CPA credential, and have earned a master’s degree in accounting and / or have completed a minimum of three years full-time experience in the practice of accounting.

Recipients must agree not to work full-time in a paid position, accept responsibility for teaching more than one course per semester as a teaching assistant, or dedicate more than one quarter of your time as a research assistant.

Learn more information about the AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students.

Minority Accounting Scholarship

Deadline: 4/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

Provided by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Minority Accounting Scholarship is available to full-time minority students majoring in accounting.

You must have a minimum 3.3 GPA and have completed at least 30 semester hours, with at least 6 hours in accounting, to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Minority Accounting Scholarship.

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through College Senior
Award Amount: $3,000

Sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBC), the CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the visual arts.

You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate leadership ability and participation in community activities to be eligible for this award.

Preference is given to African-American students.

Get more information on the CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship.

CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $3,000

Sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBC), the CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the performing arts.

You must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and demonstrate leadership ability and participation in community activities to qualify for this award.

Preference is given to African-American students.

Get more information on the CBC Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship.

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: 5/01/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: $9,000

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship is available to Black/ African- American, Hispanic, and Native North American students.

You must be a full-time student with a career interest in the actuarial profession and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to qualify for this award.

High school seniors must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 OR SAT math score of 600.

Get more information on the Actuarial Diversity Scholarship.

MassMutual Scholars Program

Deadline: 5/02/14
Available to: College Sophomore through College Senior
Award 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.

Ramon Looby Excellence in Leadership Award

Deadline: 5/04/15
Available to: College Freshman
Award 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.

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

Deadline: 5/22/15
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

Sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBC), the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate and graduate students.

You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and demonstrate involvement in community service activities to qualify for this award.

Preference is given to African-American students.

Get more information on the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship.

TMCF/Lowes Gap Scholarship

Deadline: 6/01/15
Available to: College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,100

Sponsored by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the TMCF/Lowes Gap Scholarship is available to graduating college seniors attending a Thurgood Marshall College Fund-member school.

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award

Get more information on the TMCF/Lowes Gap Scholarship.

Ventures Scholars Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshman through College Freshman
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.

APS Minorities Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through College Junior
Award 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.

Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman
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.

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.

Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman through Graduate Student, 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 Freshman 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.

George T. Snyder, Jr. Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore to College Senior
Award 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 apply for this award, you must have completed at least 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.

Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Student, Year 1 through Year 3
Award Amount: Varies

The Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship is open to law students or recent graduates who have first-hand understanding of the issues that affect communities of color and have experience working with LGBT and HIV issues and with African-American communities.

Fellows will work with attorneys on initiatives related to these issues.

Offices are located in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, and Dallas.

Learn more information about the Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship.

YMCA of Greater Rochester Enhancement of Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through College Senior
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 Sophomore through College Senior
Award Amount: Varies

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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