Scholarships for African Americans
They say College isn’t for everyone, but people who wish to attend college should not be excluded simply because they can’t afford it. While financial aid regulations have come a long way, scholarships still comprise an important source of college funding for cash-strapped students, and many such scholarships target or include minorities students. Here’s a comprehensive list of available sources of scholarships for black students:
25 Scholarship Gateways From Black Excel
(In the Black Excel African American Student’s College Guide, we present 350-plus scholarships with a How-to-Get- the-Money-Guide.
More info: blackexcel.org/25scholarships.htm
A Better Chance Scholarships
A Better Chance offers a variety of scholarships for African American college students.
More info: abetterchance.org
Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students
The following organizations and companies provide scholarship opportunities to underrepresented minorities within the actuarial profession. Actuarial Foundation Actuarial Diversity Scholarship. IABA Foundation Actuarial Scholarships. Milliman Opportunity Scholarship.
More info: beanactuary.org
AFL-CIO Union Sponsored Scholarships and Aid
The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) works tirelessly to improve the lives of working people.
More info: unionplus.org/benefits/education/union-plus-scholarships
AFROTC High School Scholarships
The Air Force ROTC (AFROTC) program for high schoolers offers both three- and four-year scholarships for college.
More info: afrotc.com
Aid & Resources For Re-Entry Students
News and resources for adults returning to college, including online and on- campus degree programs, financial aid, grants, and scholarships.
More info: back2college.com
Alger Association Scholarships (Horatio)
The Horatio Alger Association offers scholarships to high-school seniors in critical financial need (household income of $50,000 or less) who wish to seek a bachelor’s degree at a college or university.
More info: horatioalger.org/scholarships
Alzheimer’s Awareness College Scholarship
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) teen division awards three college-bound students with scholarships. The scholarships are for $5,000, $500 and $250. To enter, students must submit an autobiography and a 1,200 to 1,500-word essay addressing Alzheimer’s and its impact.
More info: afateens.org
American Chemical Society Scholarships
The American Chemical Society Scholarships are for African American, Hispanic and American Indian students seeking degrees in chemical sciences and technologies.
More info: acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/scholarships.html
American Fire Sprinkler Scholarship
The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) offers two scholarships for students. The first type is a $2,000 scholarship awarded to 10 high school seniors, and the second type is a $1,000 scholarship, which is awarded to five students.
More info: afsascholarship.org
Americanism Essay Contest
Sponsored by the FRA National Committee on Americanism-Patriotism, the Americanism Essay Contest awards $10,000, $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 savings bonds to students in grades 7-12. To qualify, students must submit an essay adhering to an annual theme.
More info: fra.org/fra/Web/FRAHome
American Nuclear Society Scholarships
The American Nuclear Society (ANS) offers a variety of scholarships to encourage students to pursue a career in nuclear science and nuclear technology.
More info: ans.org/scholarships/
APS Minority Scholarship (Physics)
The American Physical Society (APS) offers scholarships to African American, Hispanic and Native American students planning on majoring in physics to help increase the amount of unrepresented minorities studying physics.
More info: aps.org/programs/minorities/honors/scholarship
American Political Science Association (APSA) Scholarships
The Minority Fellows Program (MFP) is a fellowship competition for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds applying to or in the early stages of doctoral programs in political science. The MFP was established in 1969 (originally as the Black Graduate Fellowship) to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline.
More info: apsanet.org/RESOURCES/Grants-in-the-Discipline
Art and Writing Awards
The Scholastic Art and Writing awards are for students in grades 7-12. Students can apply across 28 art and writing categories.
More info: artandwriting.org
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) annually awards 25 students pursuing science, math, engineering and technology degrees with $10,000 scholarships.
More info: astronautscholarship.org
Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships
Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes. ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for thirty years. This year we will award over 750 prizes totaling more than $130,000.
More info: aynrand.org/students/essay-contests
Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships
Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation.
More info: microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/blacks-scholarships.aspx
Boeing proudly supports over 1,200 students in their chosen fields of study through academic scholarships. Scholarships are awarded directly to students by the academic institutions with which we have relationships, and students should work with their institution of choice to learn more about Boeing-funded scholarships.
More info: boeing.com/principles/university-relations.page
Burger King Scholarship Program
We are a U.S.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and it’s our mission to create brighter futures by empowering individuals and feeding potential through education and emergency relief.
More info: bkmclamorefoundation.org
City University of New York (CUNY) Scholarships and Fellowships
Scholarships provide money that does not have to repaid and usually is awarded on the basis of academic merit. There are more than 1,000 scholarships, awards, and special program opportunities offered throughout CUNY and its 24 colleges and schools. Some are designed to help students as they begin their college careers, others are awarded as they progress in their major — be it the arts, sciences, or the humanities. Some are based on need, others on merit. Each college has a complete listing of all the scholarships and financial awards it offers. In addition to scholarships available at the CUNY campuses there are thousands of private organizations that provide assistance to college students. These scholarships are based on a variety of factors.
More info: cuny.edu
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation offers annual scholarships of $3.4 million dollars to over 1,400 college students.
More info: coca-colascholars.org
Financial aid for minorities reaches a wide sampling of the U.S. college population. Your cultural heritage might be your ticket to scholarships and grants that are reserved for specific minority groups. You need not be a first generation immigrant to qualify for minority aid, just a bonafide member of a growing number of minority scholarship categories.
More info: collegescholarships.org/other-minority-scholarships.htm
Cornell University Graduate School Fellowships For Minorities Nationwide
The Graduate School offers research and professional degrees in nearly 100 fields of study, with opportunities for further exploration in 18 minor (non-degree granting) fields.
More info: gradschool.cornell.edu
Corporation for National and Community Service Scholarships
Established in 1993, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its core programs — Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and the Social Innovation Fund — and the national volunteer efforts.
More info: nationalservice.gov
Courageous Persuaders Scholarships
The Courageous Persuaders Scholarships are available to all high school students. Students are must make a commercial about a designated topic for a chance to not only win scholarship money, but also get name recognition.
More info: courageouspersuaders.com
Davidson Fellows Scholarships
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship annually awards students, ages 18 and under who have completed “significant work,” with $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 scholarships. Application categories include math, science, literature, music, technology, outside the box and philosophy.
More info: davidsongifted.org/Fellows-Scholarshipdavidsongifted.org/fellows
Disabled War Veterans Scholarships
The AFCEA Educational Foundation offers merit-based scholarships to students on active duty in military roles. These scholarships are worth $2,500 and are available to veterans enrolled as college freshman, sophomores, juniors and part-time students.
More info: afcea.org/site
Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship Program
Since 1991, Discover has awarded more than $16 million in scholarships to nearly 6,500 students through their The Discover Scholarship Program, which awards college scholarships up to $250,000. The Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarship is a $2500 college scholarship available to high school juniors and seniors.
More info: discover.com/student-loans/scholarships/general.html
Elks National Foundation Scholarships
The Elks National Foundation offers three scholarship programs, which amount to about $3.64 million annually in awards. All applications must first go through an Elks Lodge in order to be considered.
More info: elks.org/enf/scholars
Engineering School Scholarships
The Engineering Education Service Center (ESC) offers several engineering school scholarship possibilities for students. These include the SMART Scholarship, to increase the number of students studying science, math and research for transformation, and the The Next Generation Scholarship Fund.
More info: engineeringedu.com/scholarships
The U.S. Department of Education offers the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualifying members. The program enables qualifying students to receive financial assistance for higher education.
More info: fafsa.ed.gov
Federal Student Aid Portal
The U.S. Department of Education offers federal aid to students. There are various financial aid programs for which students can qualify.
More info: studentaid.ed.gov/sa
Federation of Musicians Scholarships
The American Federation of Musicians offers several scholarships to college-bound students.
More info: afm.org
The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid
More info: finaid.org
GE and LuLac Scholarship Funds
A scholarship program cosponsored by some 70 LULAC Councils who raise scholarship funds at the grass roots level which are matched nationally by sponsoring corporations. The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), has considered education its number one priority since it was established in 1929.
More info: lulac.org/programs/education/scholarships
Gates Millennium Scholarship
The Gates Millennium Scholarship is an annual scholarship honoring 1,000 students. It helps cover education costs by offering students self-help aid, graduate school funding and leadership development programs, among others.
More info: gmsp.org
By guaranteed scholarships, we mean those which are unlimited in number, and require no interview, essay, portfolio, audition, competition or other “secondary” requirement. Just meet the criteria listed, adhere to the application deadlines set by the individual colleges and universities, gain admission, enroll, and receive your scholarship or scholarships.
More info: guaranteed-scholarships.com
HOPE Scholarships and Lifetime Learning Credits
The HOPE Scholarship is a $1,500 scholarship. It is offered to students in their first two years of college to help make higher education more feasible.
More info: grossmont.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/hope-scholarships-and-lifetime-learning-tax-credits.php
International Students Scholarships & Aid Help
The International Education Financial Aid (IEFA) awards scholarships and grants to U.S. and international citizens who choose to study abroad.
More info: iefa.org
We educate students to become global leaders through premier study abroad and internship programs, which offer students worldwide experiential learning opportunities that meet the highest standards of academic quality.
More info: iesabroad.org
It’s no secret that for years, people of color — Blacks, Hispanic/Latinos, and Native American Indians — were noticeably absent from the ranks of corporate North America. By June of 1970, it was time to make a change.
More info: inroads.org
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships
Jackie Robinson’s legacy continues in the form of a scholarship, which awards college-bound African American students up to $7,500 to attend college.
More info: jackierobinson.org
Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship (for AA students in South Florida)
To perpetuate the magic of her smile, her love for humankind, her passion for excelling and her faith in educational achievement to enhance the quality of life; and, to fulfill her aspiration to establish a systematic strategy for alleviating the severe under-representation of African Americans in the executive, administrative and managerial levels of the South Florida workforce, Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship Fund (JTMGBSF) was created.
More info: jackituckfield.org
Josh Gibson Foundation Scholarship
The Josh Gibson Foundation Scholarship helps foster academic leadership to create tomorrow’s leaders by offering an annual scholarship to qualifying students.
More info: joshgibson.org
Kohl’s Kids Who Care Scholarships
Kohl’s Kids Who Care recognize students ages 6-18 for community involvement. Students can receive anything from a $50 Kohl’s store gift card to a $10,000 scholarship.
More info: corporate.kohls.com/corporate-responsibility
LAGRANT Scholarships (Minorities, Public Relations and Other)
The LAGRANT Foundation annually awards 20 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students earning degrees in marketing, advertising and public relations.
More info: lagrantfoundation.org
Marine Corps Scholarships
The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation honors active and retired members of the U.S. Marines and Navy.
More info: mcsf.org
Martin Luther King Scholarships
The Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Scholarship is offered by the city of San Antonio, Texas, to a graduating senior from a Bexar County schools.
More info: sanantonio.gov/mlk
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) offers several scholarship opportunities for college-bound African American students.
More info: naacp.org/naacp-scholarships
National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ)
NABJ awards scholarships annually to deserving students interested in pursuing careers in journalism. Scholarships are worth up to $3,000.
More info: nabj.org/page/SEEDScholarships
National Association of Negro Musician Scholarships
The National Association of Negro Musician Scholarships awards students from 18 to 30 years old and who are involved in the musical field.
More info: nanm.org
National Federation of Paralegal Associations Scholarships
Founded in 1974, NFPA was the first national paralegal association. Created as a non-profit federation, NFPA is an issues-driven, policy-oriented professional association directed by its membership. It is comprised of more than 50 member associations and represents over 9,000 individual members reflecting a broad range of experience, education and diversity.
More info: paralegals.org
National Federation of The Blind Scholarships
The National Federation of The Blind (NFB) offers 30 scholarships, ranging from $3,000 to $12,000, to blind college students.
More info: nfb.org
National Merit Scholarship
The National Merit Scholarship is a contest in which students can qualify for scholarships by taking the PSAT/NMSQT test.
More info: nationalmerit.org
National Society of Arts and Letters Scholarships
The National Society of Arts and Letters Scholarships consists of two separate scholarship programs that recognize emerging visual artists between 16 and 22 years of age.
More info: arts-nsal.org
Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation
The Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation is for college-bound high school students interested in music and musical studies.
More info: negrospiritual.org
New York Women in Communications Foundation
The New York Women in Communications Foundation, Inc., (NYWICI) offers an annual scholarship to high school seniors, college undergraduates and graduate students pursuing a career in the communications field.
More info: nywici.org
Nursing Scholarships Opportunities
The American Association of College of Nursing (AACN) offers student scholarship programs to nursing students. These scholarships include a Minority Nurse Faculty Scholarship, which is annually received by an under-represented minority student. Click on Resources For… Students
More info: aacnnursing.org
Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals
We exist to Inspire Excellence: we Support, Transform, Educate and Mentor Black Aerospace Professionals.
More info: obap.org
RHODES Scholarships at Oxford
The Rhodes Trust, based at the University of Oxford, brings together and develops exceptional people from all over the world, and in all fields of study, who are impatient with the way things are and have the courage to act.
More info: rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk
Ron Brown Scholarships
The Ron Brown Scholar Program is intended for promising African American students. Recipients are awarded a $40,000 scholarship ($10,000 spread out over four years) to help pay for higher education.
More info: ronbrown.org
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library Scholarship Program
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation encourages the pursuit of education and self improvement by awarding scholarships to extraordinary young leaders.
More info: reaganfoundation.org/SCHOLARS-PROGRAM.aspx
Roothbert Fund Scholarships
The Roothbert Fund was created in 1958 by Albert and Toni Roothbert to help men and women in need of financial aid to further their education. The principal focus of The Fund is its Scholarships Program, through which it makes grants for undergraduate or graduate study at accredited colleges or universities. Scholarships may only be applied to study at an accredited institution based in the United States. The Fund seeks candidates who are “motivated by spiritual values,” and works to foster fellowship among them.
More info: roothbertfund.org/scholarships
Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships
The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships honors students with $250,000 grants in an effort to promote international understanding and good relationships with people from around the world.
More info: rotary.org/en
Sachs Foundation Scholarships
The goal of the Sachs Foundation is to provide scholarships to African American students in Colorado. It awards about 150 college-bound students each year.
More info: sachsfoundation.org
Sallie Mae Grants and Scholarships
Sallie Mae helps connect eligible students to scholarship opportunities through employers, companies and religious groups, among others.
More info: salliemae.com/college-planning/college-scholarships
Scholarships for Military Children
Scholarships for Military Children awards a minimum of one $1,500 scholarship per military commissary location (as designated by the Defense Commissary Agency), pending there is a qualified applicant.
More info: militaryscholar.org
Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) annually awards a minority scholarship to students who select accounting as a college major. Recipients are awarded scholarships of $3,000 each academic year.
More info: aicpa.org/about/affiliates/aicpafoundation.html
Scholarships for Students with Disabilities
Students with disabilities are able to earn scholarships for higher learning through the 1975 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Scholarships are available for students with autism, in wheelchairs, with learning disabilities, blindness and deafness, among others.
More info: disabled-world.com/disability/education/scholarships
Scholarships for Students Working for Peace and Justice
Specifically intended for students who are working for things like peace and justice, the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund awards need-based scholarships to students actively involved in peace and justice-related movements on campus and in the community.
More info: davisputter.org
Scholarships from Kitchen and Bath Association
The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) offers $20,000 worth of scholarships to interior design students each year.
More info: nkba.org/info/students
Scholarships List and Search
Adventures in Education offers a scholarship directory, where students can search from among 15,000 scholarships.
More info: aie.org
Here are the top 10 minority scholarships that are available on the national level (meaning they can be applied for by any minority, regardless of which state they live or where they plan to attend college).
More info: scholarshipsecretary.com/top-10-minority-scholarships
SEIU Lottery Scholarship Program
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) offers 48 annual scholarships. Fifteen of these are $1,000 scholarships, and 33 are worth $1,500.
More info: SEIU Lottery Scholarship Program
Shell Oil Scholarships
The Shell Oil Company recognizes under-represented students pursuing technical college degrees. The company, via the Shell Incentive Fund, offers $5,000 worth of annual scholarships.
More info: shell.us/careers/students-and-graduates/scholarships.html
Siemens Foundation Competition
The Siemens Competition recognizes student talent in math, science and technology fields. Students can apply for both regional and national scholarships. National finalists can receive up to $100,000, while regional finalists are eligible for up to $3,000 in scholarship money.
More info: siemens-foundation.org
Siemens Westinghouse Competition
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology recognizes remarkable talent early on, fostering individual growth for high school students who are willing to challenge themselves through science research. Through this competition, students have an opportunity to achieve national recognition for science research projects that they complete in high school. It is administered by The College Board and funded by the Siemens Foundation. Online registration and instructions for entering the competition are now available.
More info: internationalscholarships.com/scholarships/1190/Siemens_Westinghouse_Competition
National Inventors Hall of Fame
The mission of the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) is to recognize inventors and invention, promote creativity and advance the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship.
More info: invent.org/collegiate-inventors
Student Video Scholarships
The mission of The Christophers is to encourage people of all ages, and from all walks of life, to use their God-given talents to make a positive difference in the world. The mission is best expressed in The Christophers’ motto: “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”
More info: christophers.org
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) was established to help African American students attend America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
More info: tmcf.org
United Negro College Fund Scholarships
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for African American college students.
More info: uncf.org
University of Chicago Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities
With over $159 million in financial aid distributed this year, UChicago is committed to ensuring that its students graduate debt-free and prepared for lifelong success, no matter their chosen major or background prior to enrolling in The College.
More info: collegeadmissions.uchicago.edu
Urban League Scholarships with Gillette
Gillette and the National Urban League offer an annual $5,000 scholarship and internship program specifically for minority students. In addition to the scholarship, students get a summer internship at Gillette.
More info: scholarships123.com/award/gillettenational-urban-league-scholarship-and-internship-program-for-minority-students
Urban League Scholarships
The New York Urban League offers a $3,500 Whitney M. Young Memorial Scholarship as well as a $5,000 Anna S. Kheel and a $1,500 Young Professionals Emerging Leader scholarship.
More info: nyul.org/education
World Learning, Inc. Scholarships (for study around the world)
For more than 85 years, World Learning has equipped individuals and institutions to address the world’s most pressing problems. We believe that, working together with our partners, we can change this world for the better.
More info: worldlearning.org