For many, the idea of financing a college education can be daunting. Scholarship funds can be a great resource to tackle this problem. Scholarships are granted to students who meet certain criteria and do not require repayment.
Scholarship awards may be merit based, need based, or may target a specific group of people. Since African Americans are often underrepresented in educational communities, there are a variety of scholarships available to provide more educational opportunities for them. This article lists eight of those scholarship opportunities. Students who are unfamiliar with the scholarship application process should seek guidance from experts when applying.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
The applicant must be a graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited 4-year college or university in the United States. The applicant must show leadership potential, dedication to community service, and evidence of financial need. He or she must also be a US citizen with a minimum composite ACT score of 21 or SAT score of 1,000 combined on math and critical reading sections.
Award: Up to $30,000 over 4 years
Application Period: November 1 – February 1
Social Good Scholarship Fund
Applicant must be enrolled at a U.S. accredited public or private high school and in their junior or senior year. The student must have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA.
Award: One $500 scholarship and two $100 scholarships
Application Period: November 8 – February 15
Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship
The applicant must be a current member of the NAACP, a U.S. citizen, below the age of 25, and currently enrolled or accepted at an accredited U.S. college or university. The student must also demonstrate financial need. High school students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale while college students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
Award: Up to $2,000
Application Period: February 26 – May 4
ABA Diversity Scholarship
Applicants for this scholarship will have completed one year of study at an accredited college or university. They must be pursuing a degree plan relevant to the transportation, travel, and tourism industry and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Application: December 7 – April 6
The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship
Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student attending a four-year accredited U.S. institution. The student must be at least one year away from completing their degree at the time the scholarship is awarded in May and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The student’s field of study must have an emphasis in marketing, advertising, or public relations. The student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or an AB-540 student/DACA recipient. Applicant must also be African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American/Alaska Native.
Award: $2,000. 60 recipients will receive a trip to New York or San Francisco to participate in career building activities.
Deadline: February 28
The LAGRANT Foundation Graduate Scholarship
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or AB-540 student/DACA recipient and be African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American/Alaska Native. The student must be enrolled full time at an accredited four-year U.S. institution with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Their field of study must be in advertising, marketing, or public relations. The student must have a minimum of two academic semesters or one year to complete their Master’s degree from the time the scholarship is awarded in May.
Award: $3250. 40 recipients will receive a trip to New York or San Francisco to participate in career building activities.
Deadline: February 28
The International Association of Black Actuaries Scholarship
Students must be of African descent. They must also be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada or a citizen of a Caribbean or African nation on a U.S. or Canadian student visa. They must attend a college or university in the U.S. or Canada and enroll in a program in actuarial science or courses that will prepare the student for an actuarial career. The student should have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Awards are given at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Award: $3,000 – $5,000
Deadline: March 31
AMS Minority Scholarship
The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident belonging to a principal minority group. The student must be entering their freshman year of college to pursue a career in atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic science.
Award: $6,000 over two years
Deadline: February 2