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Top 151 Scholarships for Black Students in February 2024

Written by Will Geiger

Will Geiger is the co-founder of Scholarships360 and has a decade of experience in college admissions and financial aid. He is a former Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Kenyon College where he personally reviewed 10,000 admissions applications and essays. Will also managed the Kenyon College merit scholarship program and served on the financial aid appeals committee. He has also worked as an Associate Director of College Counseling at a high school in New Haven, Connecticut. Will earned his master’s in education from the University of Pennsylvania and received his undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University.

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Updated: February 18th, 2024

Historically, access to higher education has not always been equal. Many groups, including African American and Black students, have been left out of educational opportunities.

Because of this, many colleges and scholarships aim to support African American students as they pay for college. These scholarships include specific scholarships for African American women, full ride scholarships, and scholarships generally for students from minority backgrounds.

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$10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Scholarships360

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The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high…Show More

The Scholarships360 $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship is open to all students who want some extra help paying for their education. Whether you are a high school student who hopes to go to college, a graduate student who’s in a master’s program, or an adult learner who wants to return to school, you are eligible for our no essay scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to students who get the most out of Scholarships360 scholarships and content. You will be a strong applicant if you apply to scholarships with the Scholarships360 platform. Finalists for this scholarship will be interviewed about their process for funding their education.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 30, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

$2,000 Sallie Mae Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application
1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Sallie Mae

Easy Application

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for…

Sallie Mae will award $2,000 each month to eligible entrants. No essay or account sign-ups, just a simple scholarship for those seeking help paying for school.

1 award worth $2,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

“Scholar Dollars” Essay Scholarship for Black Students

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Scholarships360

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1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students

Offered by Scholarships360

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In offering the “Scholar Dollars” Essay Scholarship for Black Students, we want to help offset the cost of attending college for Black students. Open to…Show More

In offering the “Scholar Dollars” Essay Scholarship for Black Students, we want to help offset the cost of attending college for Black students. Open to…Show More

In offering the “Scholar Dollars” Essay Scholarship for Black Students, we want to help offset the cost of attending college for Black students. Open to high school juniors and seniors (graduating class of 2024 and 2025) and undergraduate and graduate students enrolled during the 2024-25 academic year, this scholarship aims to lighten your financial worry and allow you to take fewer loans. Remember, scholarships are essentially “free money” that need not be paid back. This scholarship, specifically, aims to help out a Black student who is passionate about their higher education journey and actively looking for ways to fund it. Please note that applicants will be reviewed based on both the quality of their essay and quantity of scholarships applied for on the Scholarships360 platform. Scholarships360 users who are more active on the platform will be given higher consideration. We look forward to reading your application, and wish you much success on your academic journey! Show Less

1 award worth $500
Deadline Jan 31, 2025
Grade Level HS Upperclassmen, College & Graduate Students
Apply

$40,000 BigFuture Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application
Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Offered by The College Board

Easy Application

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Open to US-based high school students in the classes of 2024, 2025, and 2026 - no essay, no minimum GPA, and no citizenship requirements.

Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Apply

Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

The Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship honors the legacy of Dr. Marie M. Daly, a trailblazing African American woman who earned a PhD…Show More

The Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship honors the legacy of Dr. Marie M. Daly, a trailblazing African American woman who earned a PhD…Show More

The Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship honors the legacy of Dr. Marie M. Daly, a trailblazing African American woman who earned a PhD in chemistry. Her words, "you learn courage by couraging," inspire us to support the next generation of minority women in STEM. This scholarship is for undergraduate BIPOC women at the University of Texas at Dallas pursuing STEM careers. Share your post-college goals and how you plan to achieve them to apply. Let's empower and uplift the voices of minority women in STEM.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Jun 15, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Apply

Niche $25,000 No Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Niche

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Niche

Easy Application

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

Easy scholarship open to all high school and college students, as well as anyone looking to attend college or graduate school in the next year.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Hester Richardson Powell Memorial Service Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
5 awards worth $500
Deadline Feb 28, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

The Hester Richardson Powell Memorial Service Scholarship celebrates the life of a remarkable woman who overcame adversity to inspire others. Hester's legacy as a devoted…Show More

The Hester Richardson Powell Memorial Service Scholarship celebrates the life of a remarkable woman who overcame adversity to inspire others. Hester's legacy as a devoted…Show More

The Hester Richardson Powell Memorial Service Scholarship celebrates the life of a remarkable woman who overcame adversity to inspire others. Hester's legacy as a devoted mother, educator, and community leader lives on through this scholarship, which supports female African American high school seniors with a 2.7 GPA or higher. To apply, share your story of resilience and how you've inspired others. Join in on honoring Hester's spirit of love and service.Show Less

5 awards worth $500
Deadline Feb 28, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Apply

James Lynn Baker II #BeACoffeeBean Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Are you a Black, current or incoming undergraduate student from Texas seeking to make a positive change in your community or country? If so, the…Show More

Are you a Black, current or incoming undergraduate student from Texas seeking to make a positive change in your community or country? If so, the…Show More

Are you a Black, current or incoming undergraduate student from Texas seeking to make a positive change in your community or country? If so, the James Lynn Baker II #BeACoffeeBean Scholarship may be the perfect opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $10,000 to one Black, college-bound high school senior or current undergraduate from Texas. While preference will be given to those with prior volunteering experiene, it is not required to apply. To be considered for the scholarship, interested students must submit an essay answering the prompt "Identify an issue effecting your community/country that you would like to see changed and discuss how you would work to address this issue." If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline Mar 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Apply

$25k “Be Bold” No-Essay Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

Open to high school students, college students, community college students, and graduate students.

1 award worth $25,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level All Grade Levels
Apply

Minority Cosmetic Science Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,150
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School & College Students

Offered by Bold.org

Easy Application

Are you a BIPOC, college-bound high school student or current undergraduate student pursuing a degree and career in natural cosmetology or cosmetic science? If so,…Show More

Are you a BIPOC, college-bound high school student or current undergraduate student pursuing a degree and career in natural cosmetology or cosmetic science? If so,…Show More

Are you a BIPOC, college-bound high school student or current undergraduate student pursuing a degree and career in natural cosmetology or cosmetic science? If so, consider applying for the Minority Cosmetic Science Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards $5,150 to one such minority student in high school or college who is pursuing a major that will lead to a career in natural cosmetology or cosmetic science. Eligible fields include, but are not limited to, cosmetology, anthropology, botany, chemistry, biochemistry, herbalism, microbiology, and more. If you're a minority student who is currently attending college or will be after graduating high school, and you have a passion for cosmetology or cosmetic science, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

1 award worth $5,150
Deadline Apr 15, 2024
Grade Level High School & College Students
Apply

TLF Undergraduate Scholarships

Offered by The LAGRANT Foundation

30 awards worth $2,500
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by The LAGRANT Foundation

The TLF Undergraduate Scholarships are open to minority students studying advertising, marketing, public relations, or a related field. This scholarship is funded by The LAGRANT…Show More

The TLF Undergraduate Scholarships are open to minority students studying advertising, marketing, public relations, or a related field. This scholarship is funded by The LAGRANT…Show More

The TLF Undergraduate Scholarships are open to minority students studying advertising, marketing, public relations, or a related field. This scholarship is funded by The LAGRANT Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing diversity in the above mentioned fields. In order to support this goal, all 30 scholarship winners receive academic support and professional guidance for a year after being given their $2,000 award. If you’re a minority student passionate about advertising, marketing, and/or public relations, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

30 awards worth $2,500
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

$10,000 CollegeXpress Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application
1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Students

Offered by CollegeXpress

Easy Application

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school students.

1 award worth $10,000
Deadline May 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Students
Apply

American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Program

Offered by American Chemical Society

Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

Offered by American Chemical Society

Every year, the American Chemical Society Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to high school seniors and college undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups. Well-informed about the…Show More

Every year, the American Chemical Society Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to high school seniors and college undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups. Well-informed about the…Show More

Every year, the American Chemical Society Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to high school seniors and college undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups. Well-informed about the costs of hefty university tuition fees and funds needed to acquire appropriate lab equipment, the American Chemical Society aims to alleviate some of these expenses for a few lucky students each year. Applicants to the program must be currently planning or intending to study the chemical sciences in college and pursue chemistry-related careers. If you plan on studying chemistry and want a solution to heavy college costs, we encourage you to apply! Bear in mind that this scholarship runs from December 1st to March 1st every year.Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $20,000
Deadline Mar 1, 2024
Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
Get Started

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Offered by Microsoft

50 awards worth $2,500 - $20,000
Deadline Mar 13, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Microsoft

Are you a graduating, high school senior of African descent who plans on attending a U.S. four-year university in the Fall following graduation? Further, do…Show More

Are you a graduating, high school senior of African descent who plans on attending a U.S. four-year university in the Fall following graduation? Further, do…Show More

Are you a graduating, high school senior of African descent who plans on attending a U.S. four-year university in the Fall following graduation? Further, do you plan on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or a business field If so, consider applying for the Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship! Each year, four applicants are selected to win a $5,000 scholarship that can be renewed for up to four years, while 41 others win a one-time $2,500 scholarship. The scholarship is funded by Microsoft itself to “support the continued growth and development of black employees and encourage students to pursue a career in technology.” If you’re a Black high school senior seeking to pursue a degree in computer science, business, or a related field, we encourage you to apply to the Blacks in Microsoft Scholarship!Show Less

50 awards worth $2,500 - $20,000
Deadline Mar 13, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$1,000 Appily Easy College Money Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Appily

Easy Application
Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore

Offered by Appily

Easy Application

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be…Show More

This easy scholarship from Appily is open to U.S. high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, 2027) and college transfer students. One scholarship will be awarded each month.Show Less

Monthly awards worth $1,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshman, High School Sophomore, High School Junior, College Freshman & College Sophomore
Apply

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

Offered by Fontana Transport, Inc.

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline Mar 14, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by Fontana Transport, Inc.

The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is funded by Fontana Transport, Inc., an organization that helps future leaders in their community pursue a higher education…Show More

The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is funded by Fontana Transport, Inc., an organization that helps future leaders in their community pursue a higher education…Show More

The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is funded by Fontana Transport, Inc., an organization that helps future leaders in their community pursue a higher education degree. Each year, the Fontana Transport, Inc. Scholars Program awards up to $5,000 to multiple underrepresented, high school seniors who will be first-generation college students and want to help their families and communities. For 2024, the program hopes to support students pursuing a degree in any of the following fields: Transportation Management, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, pre-med, psychology, and/or the Spanish Language and Literature. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details!Show Less

Multiple awards worth up to $5,000
Deadline Mar 14, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

AMS Scholarship for Underserved Communities

Offered by American Meteorology Society

1 award worth $6,000
Deadline Feb 23, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior

Offered by American Meteorology Society

Are you a BIPOC student who is passionate about meteorology? Consider applying for the AMS (American Meteorology Society) Scholarship for Underserved Communities! The American Meteorological…Show More

Are you a BIPOC student who is passionate about meteorology? Consider applying for the AMS (American Meteorology Society) Scholarship for Underserved Communities! The American Meteorological…Show More

Are you a BIPOC student who is passionate about meteorology? Consider applying for the AMS (American Meteorology Society) Scholarship for Underserved Communities! The American Meteorological Society (AMS) is committed to, and benefits from the full and equitable participation of a diverse community. They are dedicated to advancing core values of diversity, inclusion, and equity across all aspects of the atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences. Thus, every year, they award stipends of $6,000 to BIPOC students who plan to pursue a course of study in the atmospheric sciences.  Recipients of the scholarships earn the $6,000 scholarship in two chunks: $3,000 for their first year, and $3,000 for their second year, upon successful completion of the first. If you fit the eligibility criteria, we encourage you to apply for the AMS Scholarship for Underserved Communities when the time comes! Show Less

1 award worth $6,000
Deadline Feb 23, 2024
Grade Level High School Senior
Get Started

$5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship

This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application
1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

Offered by Christian Connector

Easy Application

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian…

Students applying to the $5,000 Christian Connector Scholarship must be current high school students (Class of 2025, 2026, or 2027) interested in attending a Christian university or college.

1 award worth $5,000
Deadline May 31, 2024
Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
Apply

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Offered by California Teachers Association (CTA)

Multiple awards worth $6,000
Deadline Feb 23, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by California Teachers Association (CTA)

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program encourages students of color to become educators, school nurses, school counselors, or school therapists and to promote…Show More

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program encourages students of color to become educators, school nurses, school counselors, or school therapists and to promote…Show More

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program encourages students of color to become educators, school nurses, school counselors, or school therapists and to promote professional growth for teachers and ESP (Education Support Professionals) members of color. Applicant must be pursuing a degree, credential, or certification for a teaching-related career in public education in an accredited institution of higher education. In addition, applicants must be one of the following: an active member of CTA, a dependent child of an active, CTA/NEA-Retired or deceased CTA member (per IRS ruling), or an active member of Student CTA (SCTA). If you're a BIPOC student in California pursuing a degree, credential, or certification to become a teacher, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

Multiple awards worth $6,000
Deadline Feb 23, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started

JCS Beauty “Nourish and Shine” BIPOC Cosmetology Scholarship

Offered by Beauty Changes Lives

2 awards worth $5,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level College Students

Offered by Beauty Changes Lives

Are you a Black student who is currently or will soon be enrolled in a cosmetology program in the U.S. or Canada? If so, consider…Show More

Are you a Black student who is currently or will soon be enrolled in a cosmetology program in the U.S. or Canada? If so, consider…Show More

Are you a Black student who is currently or will soon be enrolled in a cosmetology program in the U.S. or Canada? If so, consider applying for the JCS Beauty “Nourish and Shine” BIPOC Cosmetology Scholarship! Each year, the scholarship awards two $5,000 awards to applicants who meet the above criteria and are at least 18 years old. The scholarship is offered by JCS Beauty, a “leading manufacturer of hair products, created for all hair types with a curated collection for curls, coils and kinks.” If you fit their scholarship criteria and want some help paying for cosmetology school costs, we encourage you to apply. Let your debt shrink, and your hair thrive!Show Less

2 awards worth $5,000
Deadline Feb 29, 2024
Grade Level College Students
Get Started
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How to win scholarships for Black students

As with any scholarship opportunity, scholarships for Black students are highly competitive, and in order to achieve success, you’ll need to craft an application that stands out from the crowd. One great way to write a strong application is to spend some time reflecting before you start your essays.

Because these applications are offered specifically to Black students, they will often ask questions relating to your heritage and its importance in your life. Before answering these questions, try to reflect on what your Black background means to you, and talk to family members or friends to get some ideas for your application. You can jot down some informal notes about your findings, and come back to this document as you fill out your applications.

How to write a great essay

Once you have an idea of what you want to say in your essays, it’s time to make sure you say it in the most compelling way possible. Try to be succinct, charismatic, and insightful in your responses. Oftentimes, getting someone to proofread your essays can help you gain some perspective.

We have a host of resources to help you fine-tune your applications, including guides on writing 250 word or 500 word essays, writing about yourself, and answering some of the most common scholarship essay prompts. You can also check out our guides for starting and ending your essays, as well as a guide on how to write a winning scholarship essay.

Related: List of top HBCUs

Tips for African American students applying for scholarships

Prestigious scholarships for Black and African American students

These scholarships are some of our top picks, as they come with high awards, can be used at any accredited college, and are very prestigious to receive.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Black high school seniors can apply to this program to earn $35,000 over their four years of college. They also receive invitations and funding to attend annual leadership conferences in New York to help support them through their college journey and beyond. In order to qualify, you’ll have to be a member of a minority group, demonstrate financial need, and demonstrate civic engagement through volunteer work, leadership roles, or other similar achievements.

Ron Brown Scholar Program

Black high school seniors who show interest in business and public service and who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds can qualify for this scholarship. The program offers up to $40,000 over a student’s four years of college. Community service, academic achievement, and financial need are all weighed heavily in this scholarship.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Students who are of African descent and who are planning to major in engineering, computer science, computer information system, or business programs such as finance and business administration, are eligible. Students apply in their senior year of high school. The scholarship can provide up to $20,000 over four years of college. You’ll need to submit letters of recommendation for this one, so if you are planning to apply, make sure to request them earlier rather than later.

What you should know about HBCUs

HBCUs have historically been extremely important in the education of Black students. For many years, they were the only universities that admitted Black students. Fortunately, this is no longer true. However, they continue to provide unique benefits for Black students across the country. Here is a list of some of the highest-rated HBCUs:

School  Location Enrollment Tuition  Acceptance Rate
Spelman College Atlanta, GA 2,120 $29,972 43.4%
Howard University  Washington, DC 6,526 $28,440 36.1%
Xavier University of Louisiana  New Orleans, LA 2,530 $25,947 60%
Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL 2,394 $22,679 51.7%
Hampton University Hampton, VA 3,714 $29,287 36%
Morehouse College Atlanta, GA 2,238 $28,847 99.8%

Also see: Top HBCUs in America

There are many scholarship opportunities specifically for Black students attending an HBCU. These include the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame General Scholarship. We also have a full list of HBCU scholarships to check out.

Don’t forget financial aid

While scholarships are a great way to pay for your education, it’s important not to forget financial aid as you move through the application process. Be sure to fill out the FAFSA to discover your eligibility for federal funding such as the Pell Grant, Stafford Loans, and state grants, as well as institutional aid. If your school requires the CSS Profile, make sure to fill that out too. And be sure to check in with your local community to see if there are any grants available for students.

Resources for Black students

If you have a good idea of the type of work you want to get into, it’s a good idea to seek out some Black professional organizations in your field. These organizations often offer their own scholarships, and they also host events that unite professionals in the field. From these events, you may gain additional guidance on your career trajectory, or even land a job or internship.

Professional organizations can vary widely in scope and focus. Some may be regional organizations, whereas others will be national. For example, the National Association of Black Accountants boasts of over 200,000 members nationwide, and could be a great resource for Black students interested in accounting.

And they are far from the only ones – whether you plan to be a physicist, cardiologist, a psychologist, or a host of other professions, there is an organization out there for you! Even students who are not set on a career path may benefit from joining or investigating these organizations. The firsthand experience with professionals in the field can help you decide whether it is a good fit for you or not.

Black Student Unions

Most colleges around the country have  Black Student Unions, which unify Black students on campus. If you are considering attending a school, you may find it beneficial to reach out to their Black Student Union. They may be able to steer you in the direction of school-specific scholarships and other resources. They can also offer insight about the experience of being a Black student on that school’s campus.

Additional organizations to check out

  • Black Career Network – a great resource for landing a job after graduation or an internship while you’re still in school
  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF) – an organization that offers a wide array of dependable and lucrative scholarships for Black and African American students
  • HBCU Network – a catch-all hub of resources for students attending an HBCU or considering attending one
  • I’m First – if you are a first-generation college student, this is a great hub of resources to answer questions you may not even know you had. This can make your application process and your first semesters in school much easier and more successful

Frequently asked questions about scholarships for Black students

Are there scholarships specifically for Black women?

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs offers several scholarships specifically for Black women. If you are looking for other scholarships for women, we’ve got you covered with our top scholarships for women list that’s updated each month!

Do I qualify for scholarships for Black students if I am multiracial?

Yes, you do! Though they may exist, we have never seen a scholarship that requires 100% Black heritage. And you can apply to scholarship opportunities meant for any race or heritage you identify with. So, if you are Black and Hispanic, you can apply to scholarships targeted towards either community.

What are the advantages of HBCUs?

Though every student’s needs are different, HBCUs can be a great option for some Black students. Studies have shown higher levels of engagement and higher graduation rates among Black students at HBCUs. Additionally, they often have more institutional aid set aside for Black students.

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