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College 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

October 12, 2019

College 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! Remember, when you’d like to find scholarships within specific categories, check out Fastweb’s Scholarship Directory to find awards by school year, ethnicity, race, unique situations and more! 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. Apply for the following African American scholarship opportunities today to help pay for school.

UNCF STEM Scholars Program

Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 100 Awards from $2,500 - $5,000 The UNCF STEM Scholars Program is open to African-American high school seniors who are taking college-level courses and first time first-year college students. You must be planning to major in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the UNCF STEM Scholars Program.

Isabelle Gaines Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through College Juniors
Award Amount: Varies The Isabelle Gaines Scholarship is available to college freshman, sophomore and juniors who are 2016, 2017, and 2018 graduates of Essex County High School in Tappahannock, VA. You must be majoring in art, education, business, history, STEM, or related-major and be attending a UNCF member institution or an HBCU to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the Isabelle Gaines Scholarship.

UNCF General Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000 The UNCF General Scholarship is available to undergraduate and graduate students attending a UNCF member college or university. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the UNCF General Scholarship.

Boule Foundation Scholarship

Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 2 Awards of $2,500 The Boule Foundation Scholarship is available to African-American entering college for the first time. You must be a resident of the U.S., London, England, or the Bahamas and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the Boule Foundation Scholarship.

Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship

Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 2
Award Amount: $30,000 The Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship is available to minority students who have an interest in the financial services industry. Two 500-word essays and an interview are required. Get more information on the Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship.

Trustee Diversity Scholarship

Available to: High School Senior through College Freshmen
Award Amount: From $25,500 - $27,000 The Trustee Diversity Scholarship is available to admitted freshmen at Rice University. You must demonstrate diverse life experiences and contributions to diverse groups to qualify for this award. Get more information on the Trustee Diversity Scholarship.

George Washington Carver Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: From $11,000 - $15,000 The George Washington Carver Scholarship is open to entering freshmen and transfer students at Simpson College who have distinctive and broadly diverse backgrounds. Get more information on the George Washington Carver Scholarship.

Diversity Advancement Program Scholarship

Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $15,000 The Diversity Advancement Program Scholarship is open to graduate students at Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy who are from underrepresented populations. Get more information on the Diversity Advancement Program Scholarship.

Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Scholarship

Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: $15,000 The Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Scholarship is available to full-time entering students at Rutgers University, School of Law, Newark. You must have a substantial educational background or demonstrate a cultural disadvantage to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Scholarship.

William Randolph Hearst Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $16,150 The William Randolph Hearst Foundation Endowed Scholarship is available to full - time, minority undergraduate students at Savannah College of Art and Design. To be eligible, you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least 45 credit hours. Both domestic and international students may apply; however, the recipient must permanently reside in the United States after the completion of his or her studies. Get more information on the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Endowed Scholarship.

Duracell/National Urban League Scholarship and Internship Program

Available to: College Juniors
Award Amount: 5 Awards of $10,000 The Duracell/National Urban League Scholarship and Internship Program is available to minority juniors at Wilberforce University who rank in the top 25% of their class. You must also be interested in majoring in courses that will lead to a career in engineering, sales, marketing, manufacturing operations, finance or business administration. Get more information on the Duracell/National Urban League Scholarship and Internship Program.

Arrupe Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: $11,400 The Arrupe Scholarship is available to entering freshmen at the University of Scranton. You must be a minority student to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the Arrupe Scholarship.

Royce Osborne Minority Student Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through College Senior
Award Amount: 5 Awards of $4,000 The Royce Osborne Minority Student Scholarship is open to minority students who are attending an entry- level radiologic sciences program. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial aid, and be a United States citizen or permanent resident to be considered for this award. Learn more about the Royce Osborne Minority Student Scholarship.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Scholarship

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.

Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence

Available to: College Sophomores through College Juniors
Award Amount: $10,000 The Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence is available to Black, Latino, and Native American undergraduate students who are interested in the financial services industry. You must have a minimum 3.4 GPA, demonstrate team - oriented leadership, and be involved in service to your campus and / or community to be eligible for this award. Learn more about the Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence.

Diversity Scholarship

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.

ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship

Available to: Graduate Students, Year 4 through Year 5
Award Amount: $75,000 The ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship is available to recent engineering PhD's who are pursuing an opportunity to conduct research in a corporate setting. Fellows must hold a PhD awarded in a S.T.E.M. field within the last seven years to be considered for this award. Get more information on the ASEE/NSF Small Business Postdoctoral Research Diversity Fellowship.

Coastal Advertising Marketing Professionals Diversity Scholarship

Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $750 The Coastal Advertising Marketing Professionals Diversity Scholarship is open to undergraduate minority students who are majoring in an advertising-related major such as advertising, marketing, communications, public relations, graphic design or photography. To qualify for this award, you must be at least a second-semester freshman attending a two-year or four-year college or university in Florence, Georgetown or Horry County in South Carolina or in Brunswick, New Hanover, Robeson or Columbus County in North Carolina. Get more information on the Coastal Advertising Marketing Professionals Diversity Scholarship.

DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Blogging Scholarship

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.

Diversity Scholarship – Adler School of Professional Psychology

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 – Adler School of Professional Psychology.

Ryan L. Thorne Technical Achievement Scholarship

Available to: College Sophomores
Award Amount: $500 The Ryan L. Thorne Technical Achievement Scholarship was established by a graduate of Community College of Philadelphia, provides $500 toward tuition to an outstanding student pursuing a baccalaureate degree in a Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or Technology at a four-year institution. African-Americans and students of African descent are encouraged to apply. Get more information on the Ryan L. Thorne Technical Achievement Scholarship .

African/African-American Nursing Student Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies The African/African-American Nursing Student Scholarship is available to African and African-American students at Cedarville University. You must be majoring in nursing and have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the African/African-American Nursing Student Scholarship.

Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund

Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies The Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund is open to students in an AATA- approved art therapy program. You must be a member of an ethnic minority group and demonstrate financial need to qualify for this award. Learn more about the Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund.

IES Diversity Merit-Based Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Diversity Merit-Based Scholarship is available to students at institutions that are members or associate members of the IES college consortium. You must be accepted into an IES study abroad program and have a minimum 3.3 GPA to be eligible for this award. You must also be a student from a diverse cultural background who has been traditionally under-represented on study abroad programs or a student who shows an interest in enhancing the study abroad experience by acknowledging, exploring and contributing to the presence of multiple groups, perspectives and ideas within the host country. This group includes, but is not limited to, students identifying by a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin or veteran status. An academic essay, recommendations and personal statement are also required. Get more information on the IES Diversity Merit-Based Scholarship.

Manhattan Central Medical Society Scholarship

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.

DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Blogging Scholarship

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.

Black Professional Association Scholarship

Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies The Black Professional Association Scholarship is available to African-American students at the University of Akron. You must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. Preference will be given to students from the Cleveland area. Learn more about the Black Professional Association Scholarship.

Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

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

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

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

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.

Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund

Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies The Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund is open to students in an AATA-approved art therapy program. You must be a member of an ethnic minority group and demonstrate financial need to qualify for this award. Get more information on the Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund .

ExxonMobil Scholars Program

Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $7,500 The ExxonMobil Scholars Program is open to undergraduate African American, Latino American, or Native American students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. You must be seeking a degree in chemical, mechanical, or civil engineering to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the ExxonMobil Scholars Program.

Smoot Memorial Book Scholarship

Available to: College Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 4
Award Amount: Varies The Smoot Memorial Book Scholarship is available to dental students at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center. You must be a underrepresented minority student or from an economically disadvantaged background to be eligible for this award. First preference will be given to African - American students. Get more information on the Smoot Memorial Book Scholarship.

Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color

Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Awards from $1,000 - $4,000 The Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color is available to African - American, Asian American, Hispanic, and Native American students at Nebraska Wesleyan University. You must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color.

Otis A. Peeler Scholarship

Available to: College Juniors
Award Amount: Varies The Otis A. Peeler Scholarship is available to students at East Tennessee State University. You must be a rising junior majoring in mathematics with at least a 2.7 GPA to be eligible for this award. Preference will be given to African American students. Get more information on the Otis A. Peeler Scholarship.

BASF Endowed Scholarship – LSU

Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies The BASF Endowed Scholarship is available to students enrolled in the College of Agriculture at Louisiana State University. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to African American students. Get more information on the BASF Endowed Scholarship – LSU .

Bevin and Vito Cetta Endowed Scholarship Fund

Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies The Bevin and Vito Cetta Endowed Scholarship Fund is open to full-time African - American undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. Get more information on the Bevin and Vito Cetta Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Union Contractors of AGC Minority Fund for Oregon African Americans in Construction Engineering Management

Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies The Union Contractors of AGC Minority Fund for Oregon African Americans in Construction Engineering Management is available to African-American students at Oregon State University. You must be majoring in construction engineering management, be a resident of Oregon and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. Get more information on the Union Contractors of AGC Minority Fund for Oregon African Americans in Construction Engineering Management.

BONUS INTERNSHIPS!

Minority Access Internship Program

Available to: College Sophomores through Graduate Students, Year 5
Deadline: 3/01/19 The Minority Access Internship Program is available to all undergraduate and graduate students. You must be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least your undergraduate freshman year. This program is intended to offer students experience in diversity and scope of career opportunities available in the federal government and other participating entities. All students are encouraged to apply. In addition to the application, you must submit an official academic transcript, one letter of recommendation and a resume to be eligible for this award. Learn more information about the Minority Access Internship Program.

Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media Internship

Available to: College Freshmen
Deadline: Varies The Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media Internship is open to African- American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American students who have an interest in media and plan to or currently attend a four- year college or university. You must be a rising high school senior, graduating high school senior, or college freshman who has a minimum GPA of 3.0. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Selected candidates will work at a sponsoring company every summer for eight weeks throughout their college years and will earn an hourly salary. Learn more information about the Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media Internship.

BRAG Summer Internship Program

Available to: College Juniors through College Seniors
Deadline: Varies The BRAG Summer Internship is available to African-American (and other students of color) students who are interested in pursuing a career in retail or a related field. You must have completed your junior year or be a senior student who will graduate in the Fall of the year you do the internship, have a GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate a genuine interest in retail as a possible career choice to qualify for this award. Learn more information about the BRAG Summer Internship Program.

INROADS Internship Program

Available to: College Freshmen
Deadline: Varies The INROADS Internship Program matches underrepresented minority students with internship opportunities with more than 60 major corporations, including Fortune 500 companies. Students who have career interests in Business, Engineering, Computers and Information Sciences, Retail Store Management, Sales, Health, or Marketing are encouraged to apply. You must be either a graduating high school senior who has been admitted to an accredited college or university or a college freshman or sophomore to be eligible for these internships. High school students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, college students must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. All applicants must be permanent residents of the United States. Learn more information about the INROADS Internship Program .

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