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Scholarships and Grants for African Americans

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Scholarships and Grants for African Americans

Ron Brown Scholar Program

WHO'S ELIGIBLE

This award is open to any male or female African-American high school senior with an exemplary academic record and a background in community leadership.

WHAT IT COVERS

Selected applicants will receive an annual scholarship award of $10,000 for up to four years for a total of $40,000. The monies may be spent to cover tuition, fees, books, room and board, computers, health insurance, and other academic expenses.

Online programs are eligible.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must submit an application (in a single packet) containing the following items:

  • A list of the student's extracurricular activities, community projects, employment, and other activities
    • Each entry should include dates of participation, number of hours per week spent on each activity, and all positions held
  • All awards, honors, and other types of formal recognition earned during high school (academic and extracurricular achievements should be included)
  • Written responses to two essays included in the application packet. Each essay should not exceed 500 words
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which is written by a teacher, principal, or school advisor
  • One official transcript that includes the current course load, as well as a profile of the student's school (location, enrollment type, courses offered, et al)

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Grant

WHO'S ELIGIBLE

This award is open to any male or female African-American high school senior who is a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and meets the following criteria:

  • Is planning to attend an accredited four-year institution in the United States
  • Demonstrates leadership potential and a commitment to community service
  • Has a financial need
  • Has earned a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined for math and critical reading, or a composite ACT score of 21
  • Has not earned a degree from a two- or four-year college at the time of application

WHAT IT COVERS

Selected applicants will receive an annual $7,500 award for all four years of undergraduate study. The monies may be used to cover tuition, books, supplies, administrative fees, room and board, and other college-related expenses.

Online programs are eligible.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must submit an online application, as well as the following items:

  • One letter of recommendation (online only)
  • SAT and/or ACT scores sent directly from the testing agencies (the JRF's college codes are: SAT: 4248, ACT: 6570)

Applicants who are invited to interview for the scholarship will be required to bring the following items:

  • Official high school transcript
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Student Aid Report

NABJ Scholarship

WHO'S ELIGIBLE

This award is open to any male or female African-American undergraduate or graduate student who is currently pursuing a degree in journalism, communications, or a closely related major. In addition candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Background in community service and leadership
  • Demonstrated financial need

WHAT IT COVERS

This annual award of $2,500 must be used to cover tuition, books and supplies, room and board, administrative fees, or other college-related expenses

Online programs are eligible.

HOW TO APPLY

Applicants must submit an application containing the following items in order to receive financial aid for the academic year (all materials must be submitted as either PDF files or MS Word docs):

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter
  • One official college transcript
  • Five work samples
  • Three letters of reference
  • A 1,000-2,000-word response to the following essay question: “How do you see yourself, as a journalist, influencing how news will be gathered and disseminated? What would you improve about the media business?”

Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology

WHO'S ELIGIBLE

This award is open to any African-American U.S. citizen or legal resident who is currently enrolled at an accredited undergraduate institution and earning a degree in a technical field (such as engineering, math, or science). The student must be attending one of the predominantly black colleges or universities listed on the scholarship's website.

WHAT IT COVERS

Annual scholarship awards of up to $2,000 will be provided to the recipient for up to four years of undergraduate study, provided he or she continues to study a STEM-related discipline and remains in good academic standing.

Online programs are not eligible.

HOW TO APPLY

Candidates must submit a completed application. All applications must be obtained through one of the scholarship's partner schools listed on the website. Recipients will be determined based on the strength of their application materials in the following order:

  • Academic achievement (grades and SAT scores, especially science/math)
  • Strength of a personal essay describing career goals, current and past relevant extracurricular activities, etc.
  • Letters of recommendation from teachers, academic advisors, guidance counselors, and other education professionals
  • Financial need

National Achievement Scholarship Program

WHO'S ELIGIBLE

High school students of any level who plan to attend college in the fall immediately after graduating are eligible for this scholarship, although preference is typically given to juniors and seniors. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents who identify themselves as ‘Black American.' Additionally, candidates must enter either the National Merit Program or the National Achievement Program; these organizations require students to take both the Preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in order to be considered.

WHAT IT COVERS

From an annual pool of roughly 160,000 applicants, roughly 800 finalists will receive scholarship aid. Seven hundred students will be given a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship as a lump sum when they begin college; the remaining 100 will receive Corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarships, which may either be paid in a lump sum or renewed over the course of four years. The money must cover tuition, room and board, and other expenses related to undergraduate education.

Online programs are not eligible.

HOW TO APPLY

There is no application required for students who wish to be considered for this scholarship; dual scores from the PSAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test will solely determine which students are most deserving of the award.

UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award

WHO'S ELIGIBLE

This scholarship is open to any African-American U.S. citizen or legal resident who is enrolled full-time as a junior at a four-year undergraduate university. Additionally, the student must:

    • Be on track to graduate by June
    • Be pursuing a degree in life sciences, physical sciences, or engineering; first professional majors (medicine, pharmacology, dentistry, etc.) are ineligible.
    • Provide a transcript showing a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA.

WHAT IT COVERS

At least 15 scholarships of $30,000 will be awarded. The money is not transferable to other institutions; up to $25,000 may be spent on the following items:

      • Tuition
      • Books and supplies
      • Room and board
      • Administrative Fees

Online programs are eligible.

HOW TO APPLY

All applicants must submit a completed online application no later than Dec. 5. The application must include the following electronic attachments:

    • Statement of career goals (1-2 pages)
    • Current resume/C.V.
    • Copy of the student's birth certificate, U.S. passport, Resident Alien Card, or other proof of citizenship (no driver's licenses or Social Security cards)
    • Official college transcript

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