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    Top 160 Scholarships for Black Students in June 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: June 2nd, 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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    The Scholarships360 Research Team reviews all scholarships individually and strives to exclude any scholarship where any of the below applies:

    • The scholarship requires a fee to apply
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    If you believe a scholarship has been published in error, please reach out to [email protected] and we’ll take a look!


    * There are certain exceptions to this, for example if the sponsoring organization is a major corporation or nonprofit with its own scholarship application system.
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    ***Idea harvesting scholarships will require students to submit blog posts or other materials that companies may use for marketing purposes.

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    $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive
    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 Jun 30, 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 Jun 30, 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

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

    Offered by Scholarships360

    Exclusive

    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 Build a College List 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 Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior

    Offered by The College Board

    Easy Application

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Create a college list with six schools you're considering - no minimum GPA or essay required!

    Multiple awards worth up to $40,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level High School Junior
    Apply

    Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest

    Offered by Regions Bank

    4 awards worth $8,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Regions Bank

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year?…Show More

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year?…Show More

    Are you a Black, college-bound high school senior or current college student who will be enrolled in an accredited university for this upcoming academic year? If so, you may be eligible for the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Contest! Each quarter, the contest awards $8,000 to the top four (4) applicants who submit an essay (500 words or less) or a video (3 minutes or less) about how someone they know has (1) inspired them and (2) given them the confidence to achieve their goals. The scholarship is offered four times a year, with deadlines every March, June, September, and December. Bear in mind that applicants must also reside in a state with Regions Bank full-service branches to apply. To find out whether or not your state is eligible, keep on reading. If it is, we encourage you to apply!Show Less

    4 awards worth $8,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started

    Ascent’s $10,000 Summer Scholarship Giveaway

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen

    Offered by Ascent Funding

    Easy Application

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship…Show More

    As you soak up the summer vibes and look ahead to the next school year, it's never too early to start thinking about your internship or job! Whether you're figuring out what interests you, checking out career resources, or picking up skills for your dream job, we want to know: Do you have what you need to enter the next phase of life, post-graduation? Ascent is committed to your long-term success and is giving away $10,000 to one lucky winner for sharing your feedback and ideas on what you need to build the skills and confidence to thrive in the workplace. To apply, complete these three easy steps below: Step 1: Visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” to complete a quick survey and contact form. Step 2: Follow @ascentfunding on Instagram and like the post. Step 3: Tag 3 friends below that would benefit from this scholarship! Be sure to end your comment with #AscentSponsored. Disclaimer: Deadline to apply for Ascent’s $10,000 scholarship prize (1) is September 2nd at 8:59AM PT. To apply and see official rules, visit the “Summer of Success Scholarship” link here: AscentFunding.com/Scholarships.Show Less

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Sep 2, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Freshmen
    Apply

    The Slater-Millner Scholars Fund

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by United Negro College Fund

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,500
    Deadline Jun 24, 2024
    Grade Level College Freshman

    Offered by United Negro College Fund

    Are you a Black, Native American, or Native Hawaiian rising college sophomore (current college freshman) on an academic track to study Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine,…Show More

    Are you a Black, Native American, or Native Hawaiian rising college sophomore (current college freshman) on an academic track to study Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine,…Show More

    Are you a Black, Native American, or Native Hawaiian rising college sophomore (current college freshman) on an academic track to study Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine, with a demonstrated interest in becoming a doctor? If so, the Slater-Millner Scholars Fund may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $2,500 to Black, Native American, and Native Hawaiian college freshmen wanting to study Allopathic or Osteopathic Medicine. Recipients will receive a scholarship of up to $2,500 in their sophomore year, renewable for up to $5,000 in their junior year and up to $7,500 in their senior year, and will participate in a professional mentoring program. Priority consideration will be given to applicants who reside in, or are permanent residents of, the state of Massachusetts, but it is not required to apply. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $2,500
    Deadline Jun 24, 2024
    Grade Level College Freshman
    Get Started

    Reboot Representation UNCF Scholarship Program

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by UNCF (United Negro College Fund)

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Deadline Jun 26, 2024
    Grade Level College Junior

    Offered by UNCF (United Negro College Fund)

    Are you a Black/African woman currently enrolled in your junior year of a four-year, computer science-related degree program? If so, the Reboot Representation UNCF Scholarship…Show More

    Are you a Black/African woman currently enrolled in your junior year of a four-year, computer science-related degree program? If so, the Reboot Representation UNCF Scholarship…Show More

    Are you a Black/African woman currently enrolled in your junior year of a four-year, computer science-related degree program? If so, the Reboot Representation UNCF Scholarship Program may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $5,000 each to multiple Black women currently in their third year of a four-year computer science (or related field) program. Eligible fields include Computer Science/Programming, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, Software Development, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Artificial Intelligence and Informatics, Data Science, or Cybersecurity. To apply, interested students must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), a transcript, and an essay that describes their interests in the computing field and career goals. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $5,000
    Deadline Jun 26, 2024
    Grade Level College Junior
    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, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by CollegeXpress

    Easy Application

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    Annual $10k scholarship from CollegeXpress open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline May 1, 2025
    Grade Level High School Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Apply

    Martha J. Branch Scholarship

    Offered by Branch & Cook Scholarships

    1 award worth $750
    Deadline Jun 28, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students

    Offered by Branch & Cook Scholarships

    Are you a current or incoming Black undergraduate student pursuing a fitness or nutrition-related major at a university in Kentucky? If so, the Martha J.…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming Black undergraduate student pursuing a fitness or nutrition-related major at a university in Kentucky? If so, the Martha J.…Show More

    Are you a current or incoming Black undergraduate student pursuing a fitness or nutrition-related major at a university in Kentucky? If so, the Martha J. Branch Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $750 to one (1) current or incoming Black/African, full-time, undergraduate fitness or nutrition student at a Kentucky college or university. To apply, interested students must submit a current resume, a transcript, a 500-word essay, a letter of recommendation, and proof of enrollment at their university. 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 $750
    Deadline Jun 28, 2024
    Grade Level High School Seniors & College Students
    Get Started

    Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship

    Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Brown Girls Do Ballet

    The Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship is funded by Brown Girls Do Ballet, an organization dedicated to helping increase the participation of underrepresented populations…Show More

    The Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship is funded by Brown Girls Do Ballet, an organization dedicated to helping increase the participation of underrepresented populations…Show More

    The Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship is funded by Brown Girls Do Ballet, an organization dedicated to helping increase the participation of underrepresented populations in ballet programs. This awareness is brought through organizing and arranging ballet performances, photo exhibitions, and providing resources and scholarships to assist young girls in their ballet development and training. Each year, the Brown Girls Do, Inc. College Scholarship awards $2,000 to multiple, full-time, female undergraduate students of color with a strong dance background. Priority will be given to first-generation students in college who demonstrate financial need, however, we invite all who qualify to apply. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more details.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    Niche $10,000 “No Essay” Scholarship

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by Niche

    Easy Application
    1 award worth $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 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 $10,000
    Deadline Jul 31, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant

    Offered by Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $2,500
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

    Offered by Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board

    Are you a Wisconsin resident and minority undergraduate student who is currently attending a Wisconsin Technical College, Independent College or University, or Tribal College? If…Show More

    Are you a Wisconsin resident and minority undergraduate student who is currently attending a Wisconsin Technical College, Independent College or University, or Tribal College? If…Show More

    Are you a Wisconsin resident and minority undergraduate student who is currently attending a Wisconsin Technical College, Independent College or University, or Tribal College? If so, you may be eligible for the Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant! Each year, the grant awards between $250 and $2,500 to multiple eligible students who submit their FAFSA and are nominated by the Financial Aid Office. For the purposes of the grant, a minority student is defined as a student who is either an African American; American Indian; Hispanic; or Southeast Asian from Laos, Cambodia, or Vietnam admitted to the U. S. after December 31, 1975. Applicants must also have completed at least their first year of college to be eligible. If you fit these criteria and are attending a Wisconsin Technical College, Independent College or University, or Tribal College, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $250 - $2,500
    Deadline Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level College Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
    Get Started

    BLM² Scholarship

    Offered by The BLM² Scholarship Foundation

    6 awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 3, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior

    Offered by The BLM² Scholarship Foundation

    The BLM² Scholarship is open to college-bound high school seniors who plan on enrolling full-time in a postsecondary institution in the upcoming Fall. As the…Show More

    The BLM² Scholarship is open to college-bound high school seniors who plan on enrolling full-time in a postsecondary institution in the upcoming Fall. As the…Show More

    The BLM² Scholarship is open to college-bound high school seniors who plan on enrolling full-time in a postsecondary institution in the upcoming Fall. As the BLM² Scholarship Foundation prides itself on providing minorities with scholarships to help reduce the financial burden of paying for college, minority students are especially encouraged to apply. If you're a college-bound minority excited to pursue your postsecondary education, keep on reading to learn more! Apply now and take a step towards your future.Show Less

    6 awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Jul 3, 2024
    Grade Level High School Senior
    Get Started

    $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 Jul 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 Jul 1, 2024
    Grade Level All Grade Levels
    Apply

    Macy’s Mission Every One Scholarship (Phase I)

    This scholarship has been verified by the scholarship providing organization.

    Offered by UNCF (United Negro College Fund)

    150 awards worth up to $5,000
    Deadline Jul 8, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by UNCF (United Negro College Fund)

    Are you a Black/African college student currently enrolled at an HBCU (Historically Black College or University)? If so, Macy's Mission Every One Scholarship (Phase I)…Show More

    Are you a Black/African college student currently enrolled at an HBCU (Historically Black College or University)? If so, Macy's Mission Every One Scholarship (Phase I)…Show More

    Are you a Black/African college student currently enrolled at an HBCU (Historically Black College or University)? If so, Macy's Mission Every One Scholarship (Phase I) may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards up to $5,000 each to 150+ Black students currently enrolled at an HBCU. To apply, interested students must submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), a transcript, and a few short essay responses. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    150 awards worth up to $5,000
    Deadline Jul 8, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    The ​Bill H. James Foundation Scholarship for Aspiring African American Engineers

    Offered by The ​Bill H. James Foundation

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Jul 15, 2024
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students

    Offered by The ​Bill H. James Foundation

    The Bill H. James Foundation Scholarship for Aspiring African American Engineers is funded by The ​Bill H. James Foundation, an organization that believes that receiving…Show More

    The Bill H. James Foundation Scholarship for Aspiring African American Engineers is funded by The ​Bill H. James Foundation, an organization that believes that receiving…Show More

    The Bill H. James Foundation Scholarship for Aspiring African American Engineers is funded by The ​Bill H. James Foundation, an organization that believes that receiving the proper support and guidance can transform an already bright individual into so much more. Thus, every year, the "Bill H. James Foundation Scholarship for Aspiring African American Engineers" awards scholarships of varying amounts to African American college juniors, seniors, and graduate students in California who are pursuing a degree in engineering. If this scholarship sounds like a fit for you, keep on reading for more application details.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth Varies
    Deadline Jul 15, 2024
    Grade Level College Upperclassmen & Graduate Students
    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 Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen

    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 Jun 30, 2024
    Grade Level HS Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors, College Underclassmen
    Apply

    William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship

    Offered by Indiana Commission for Higher Education

    Multiple awards worth up to $4,000
    Deadline Aug 31, 2024
    Grade Level College Students

    Offered by Indiana Commission for Higher Education

    The William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship is open to Black and Hispanic/Latine individuals from Indiana who are planning to teach in an accredited school…Show More

    The William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship is open to Black and Hispanic/Latine individuals from Indiana who are planning to teach in an accredited school…Show More

    The William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship is open to Black and Hispanic/Latine individuals from Indiana who are planning to teach in an accredited school in Indiana upon graduation. Applicants must be first-time undergraduate students and must agree in writing to apply for teaching positions in Indiana and, if hired, teach in Indiana for at least three years. To renew the scholarship for subsequent academic years, a recipient must reapply for the scholarship each year and maintain the cumulative grade point average (GPA) required for admission to the institution’s school of education or at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent if the school does not require a minimum GPA. If you're an aspiring Black or Hispanic/Latino teacher from Indiana, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth up to $4,000
    Deadline Aug 31, 2024
    Grade Level College Students
    Get Started

    FOZA Scholarship for Awareness of Maternal Suicide

    Offered by Friends of Zayne Adams (FOZA) Inc.

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Nov 1, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors

    Offered by Friends of Zayne Adams (FOZA) Inc.

    Are you a Black, Latine, or Indigenous American high school senior or undergraduate student (excluding seniors) who has lost a parent due to maternal suicide…Show More

    Are you a Black, Latine, or Indigenous American high school senior or undergraduate student (excluding seniors) who has lost a parent due to maternal suicide…Show More

    Are you a Black, Latine, or Indigenous American high school senior or undergraduate student (excluding seniors) who has lost a parent due to maternal suicide as a result of postpartum depression? If so, we are sorry for your loss, and recommend that you check out the FOZA Scholarship for Awareness of Maternal Suicide if you are looking for ways to fund your post-secondary education. Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to multiple current and incoming post-secondary students who have lost a parent due to postpartum depression-related maternal suicide. If this sounds like a good opportunity for you, we encourage you to apply. Keep on reading to learn more.Show Less

    Multiple awards worth $1,000
    Deadline Nov 1, 2024
    Grade Level HS Seniors, College Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors
    Get Started
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    Top 5 scholarships for Black students in 2024

    We’ve hand-picked the following scholarships based on the strong reputation of their organizations, the value of the awards, and being open to a wide number of students. Apply with confidence to these 5 top scholarships for Black students:

    Related: Top scholarships for Black women

    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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