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June 8, 2020

Getting a college education shouldn’t mean going into a lifetime of debt. As college becomes more and more expensive every year, more foundations are forming that aim to help students in need of support. There are thousands of scholarships out there specifically for African American men and other minority students.

Take some time to explore these scholarship options and alleviate some of the financial obstacles that come with pursuing a college degree.

ABA Diversity Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: April 6, 2018

The ABA Diversity scholarships is for students who are currently pursuing a degree in travel, transportation, or tourism. Applicants must have already completed at least one year of college at an accredited school. You must also hold at least a 3.0 GPA. To apply, you must write a 500 word essay discussing how you will contribute to the future of the travel and tourism industries.

NABA Member Scholarship

Amount: From $1,000 to $5,000

Deadline: January 2019

The NABA (National Association for Black Accountants) has a scholarship program specifically for those students going into finance, business, or an accounting career. In order to be eligible, you must be a member of NABA which represents over 200,000 black accountants nationwide. Students can be enrolled in either an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited university in the U.S.

Beverly J. Gilliam

Amount: Up to $6,500

Deadline: April 6, 2018

This is a scholarship funded through the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) designed specifically to support students doing a study abroad program in the summer. Students must have at least a 2.7 GPA to be eligible. They must also be a U.S. Citizen and affiliated with UNCF. Only college sophomores and juniors can receive this scholarship. All of the money will go towards financial expenses for the study abroad program.

Foot Locker Foundation UNCF Scholarship

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Any student attending a UNCF certified university is qualified to apply for this scholarship. High school students are also eligible to apply for this scholarship as long as they are enrolled in one of the 37 member UNCF colleges. Applicants must hold at least a 2.5 GPA and be a U.S. citizen. Students must also file for FAFSA and selections will be made based on financial need after government support is taken into consideration.

UNCF/Koch Scholars Program

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: May 14, 2018

Up to 200 scholarships are given out annually through the UNCF/Koch Scholars Program. In addition to annual scholarship support, it also provides recipients with an online networking community and mentorship. The program supports students interested in entrepreneurship and economics. Only high school seniors and college freshman are eligible to apply for this program. Students with U.S. citizenship and a GPA of 2.7 or higher qualify.

Jacqueline Moore Bowles Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: October 2018

The Jack and Jill Foundation sponsors this scholarship and awards two applicants each year who are pursuing a degree in communications. The scholarships are distributed according to financial need. Only students going into their junior or senior year of college qualify for this scholarship. They must also be attending an accredited university full-time and hold a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Earl Warren Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: May 1, 2018

This scholarship is intended for rising law students who are specifically committed to fighting for racial justice. For those students wishing to become a civil rights or public interest attorney, this is the perfect scholarship program to apply for. You must be a full-time law student entering their first or second year of college at an accredited university. In addition to receiving financial support, recipients also have the opportunity to complete an internship with LDF and attend a special training at a civil rights conference.

McDonald’s HBCU Forward Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: June 17, 2018

Any full-time graduate or undergraduate student attending one of the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) qualifies for this scholarship program. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on their leadership and community service impact within their HBCU community. For the application, you must answer two essays explaining why you chose the college you did and describe how you help your HBCU community. All applicants must be at least 18 years old and hold a 3.0 grade point average or higher.