General Information & Great Places to Start
The Black Collegian
Applicant must be black. Deadline: December 3.
Contact: Scholarship Chairperson, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
1827 79th Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70807, (202) 387-3103
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
For college bound members of the AME Zion Church.
Contact: African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
1200 Windermere Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Afro-American and African Studies Fellowships
One-year post-doctoral and two-year pre-doctoral residential fellowships at the University of A Carter G. Woodson Institute. Supports projects in the disciplines of the humanities concerning themselves with Afro-American and African studies. Pre-doctoral candidates should have completed all requirements except the dissertation. Amount: $12,500-$25,000. Deadline: Dec. 2.
Contact: UVA, Carter G. Woodson Institute For Afro-American and African Studies
102 Minor Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Epsilon Nu Omega Chapter
Must be a Black, female, college-bound student. Amount: $1,000.
Contact: Scholarship Chair, PO Box 370753, Denver, CO 80237
Armstrong Foundation-National Achievement Scholarship
For African Americans who have National Merit Achievement status.
Contact: Armstrong World Industries, Inc., Technical Employment Coordinator
P.O. Box 3001, Lancaster, PA 17604
Black American Cinema Society/Independent Filmmakers
Annual competition to encourage black independent and student filmmakers. Only individuals may submit one project that is submitted in the individual's name having primary creative responsibility for the production. Project must be on 16mm film or 3/4" video. No VHS accepted. All entrants must be a US citizen/permanent resident and films must be made in the USA. Competitive award is based on applicant's potential as a film maker, creative ability and technical competence. Applicants must submit application, including a $25 Application Fee, black/white stills from the film, photograph of yourself and a self-addressed prepaid postage container for film return. Award amounts: (1) $3,000; (1) $2,000; (1) $1,000; (3) $250. Contact BACS for information and application.
Contact: Competition Coordinator, c/o BACS-Black American Cinema Society
3617 Montclair Street, Los Angeles, CA 90018, (213) 737-3292
Black Educators United
Must be a Black high school senior. Amount: $1,000.
Contact: Mrs. Loretta Richardson, Black Educators United
681 S. Fulton Street, Denver, CO 80207
Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc./Mabel Keaton Staupers
Scholarship is awarded to a Black American who is a current member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority and the American Nurses Association who is currently enrolled in an accredited nursing school in a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree program. Applicant must have demonstrated leadership and contributed to the advancement of minority nurses. One scholarship is awarded each year averaging $1000. Amount varies depending on recipient's need.
Contact: Scholarship Coordinator, Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc.
3029 13th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009, (202) 232-3858
AABJ Xernona Clayton Scholarship Competition
Must be currently enrolled at a college or university in the state of Georgia. Must write an essay on a predetermined topic and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. Amount: $500-$1,000. Deadline: March 1. Contact: Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, Scholarship Committee PO Box 54128, Atlanta, GA 30308
Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Education Fund
Any graduating high school senior planning to attend an accredited institution of
higher education, or a full-time undergraduate, graduate or doctoral student with a minimum 2.5/4.0 GPA, is eligible. Must reside or attend school in a Congressional district represented by an African American Member of Congress. Deadlines: Fall Semester-May 15; Spring Semester-September 15.
Alphonso Deal Scholarship Award
For the use of students attending any four-year college in the US who are African American and planning to major in Law Enforcement. Deadline: June 1. Amount: $500.
Contact: National Black Police Association
3251 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20010-2103
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Administered by the United Negro College Fund, provides scholarships and fellowships for outstanding low-income African-American, Native American, Hispanic American, and Asian American students to attend the undergraduate and graduate institutions of their choice.
Iota Phi Lambda Sorority
Offered to Black females who plan to study business. Amount: $2,000. Deadline: December 7.
Contact: Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Lorene Lewis, PO Box 7083, Denver, CO 80207
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Scholarships awarded to Black male high school graduates. Deadline: March 28.
Contact: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
2204 Monaco Parkway, Denver, CO 80205, (303) 388-8217
Herbert Lehman Scholarship
For African Americans entering a college or university with an enrollment of African Americans that is less than 8% of the total undergraduate enrollment. Preference given to students planning to attend a southern school that was at one time segregated.
Contact: Herbert Lehman Education Fund, Executive Director
99 Hudson Street, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10013
Ronald McDonald House Charities and the United Negro College Fund
Students must be studying at a HBCU which is a member of the UNCF. The award is from $1,000 to full tuition. Approximately 60 students are selected. Visit Web site for details.
Deadline: April 1
Wilbert L. Miles Scholarship
Scholarships awarded based on financial need. Two of the awards are designated for Vietnam veteran of African-American heritage and three to survivors of domestic violence.
Contact: League of Metropolitan Denver, Inc.
1525 Josephine Street, Denver, CO 80206, (303) 388-5861
Music Assistance Fund Scholarship
For African American U.S. citizens currently attending or planning to attend a U.S. conservatory or school of music. Provides tuition for a recognized summer program of music study and/or academic institution.
Contact: American Symphony Orchestra League, Professional Services Coordinator
1156 15th Street NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005-1704
National Association of Black Journalists
NABJ offers 10 scholarships. It's a $2,500 award. Students should be attending a four-year University. They must present three letters of recommendation from a school adviser, dean or a faculty member. Also, a 500-800 word article on a Black journalist must be presented. A grade point average of 3.0 is desirable. Eligible students must be majoring in journalism-print, photography, radio or television. One of those should be a career goal. Deadline: March 31.
National Achievement of Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students
Students must take the October SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
Contact: The National Achievement of Scholarship Program for Outstanding Negro Students
1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201
National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Scholarship
For undergraduate and graduate students who are members of NABA. Applicants can join the association when applying.
Contact: National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Scholarship
7249-A Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt, MD 20770
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club Scholarship
Contact: NANBPWC, Inc.
1806 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009-3208
National Black Nurses Association Ambi-Kiwi Scholarship
Applicant must be black and major in nursing. Deadline: April 15. Amount: Varies.
Contact: Award Officer, National Black Nurses Association
1511 K Street NW, No.415, Washington, DC 20005
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Scholarships
Award amount: Generally range from $1,500 to $3,000 for members of NSBE. Number of awards varies. This is primarily for engineering students, and others majoring in related disciplines. Deadlines vary. Details at Web site.
Omega Psi Phi
Must be a Black male graduating high school senior. Amount: $1,000 per year for four consecutive years.
Contact: Omega Psi Phi, Scholarship Chairman, Chi Phi Chapter
PO Box 8448, Denver, CO 80201
Order of the Eastern Star
Contact: Order of the Eastern Star, Evergreen Chapter No. 3, Helen Hudson
3200 Race Street, Denver, CO 80205
Presbyterian Church (USA) Student Opportunity Scholarship
Applicant must be a member of the Presbyterian Church, a high school senior planning to enter college full time and demonstrate financial need. Deadline: April 1. Amount: $100-1,400.
Contact: Presbyterian Church (USA) Student Opportunity Scholarship
100 Witherspoon Street, Room MO42, Louisville, KY 40202-1396, (502) 569-5776
There are 3 scholarships available for $1,000 each:
1) The Beautiful Minds Scholarship - available to students of color who are graduating high school and will enroll in a regionally accredited post-secondary institution
2) The First Things First Scholarship - available to graduating high school seniors who will be the first in their immediate family to attend college and are planning to enroll in a regionally accredited post-secondary institution
3) The Dreamer Scholarship - available to college students currently enrolled in a regionally accredited post-secondary institution who are majoring in either a business or science discipline
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Scholarships awarded to under-graduates and high school seniors with outstanding academic achievement.
Contact: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., 8800 S. Stoney Island, Chicago, IL 60617
Truman Medical Center Nurses Alumnae
Annual award for a black nursing student admitted to an accredited U.S. school. In addition to application student must submit the following: an autobiographical statement: "I chose the field of nursing because and what this award would mean to me"; 3 references; official copy of transcripts; recent passport picture. Award is renewable with good academic standing.
Contact: Scholarship Coordinator, Truman Med Center Nurses Alumnae
PO Box 413657, Kansas City, MO 64141
United Negro College Fund/Citibank Fellows Program
Annual awards for minority, second semester freshmen attending one of the 39 United Negro College Fund (UNCF) member colleges. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen. Award is based on students GPA (minimum 3.0), financial need, and nomination from faculty or administrators at the colleges. Recipients are appointed a Citicorp professional who serves as a mentor. Award amount is applied to the recipients tuition and educational expenses up to $6,400. Award is renewable up to 3 years if continuing criteria is met. Contact the Financial Aid Office at participating colleges for more information and/or application.
Contact: Scholarship Coordinator, Citigroup Foundation
153 East 53rd Street, Third Floor, New York, NY 10043, (212) 559-1000
US Army ROTC Scholarships (for Historically Black Colleges)
Students looking to enroll at a HBCU must enroll in the Army ROTC. Award amount to full-tuition. Many awards. Must have minimum 920 on SAT or 19 ACT score. Details at Web site. Deadline: November 15.
Earl Warren Legal Training Program
Must be a black US Citizen majoring in Law. Deadline: March 15. Amount: $1,200.
Contact: Director of Scholarships, Earl Warren Legal Training Program
99 Hudson Street, Suite 1600, New York, NY 10013, (212) 219-1900
Must be African American. Amount: $1,000-$2,000.
Contact: Director of Scholarships, WIBC
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019, (212) 586-1771