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CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship

Offered by Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Aug 9, 2023
10 awards worth


Grade level

High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

April 2024

Scholarship Overview

Are you a current or prospective Black/African American college student majoring in a performing arts field? If so, you might be interested in applying for the CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship! The scholarship is open to African American and Black students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree in performing arts. Eligible arts include theater, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, marching band, and more.

The scholarship is offered by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBC), a Washington, D.C.-based educational foundation with a mission to “advance the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy, and educating the public.” Since 2000, their Performing Arts scholarship has vowed to support Black students in the performing arts and honor Curtis Mayfield, an influential singer-songwriter and soul musician. Every year, ten lucky recipients earn $5,000 paid directly to their academic institutions. If you are a Black/African American student passionate about obtaining a performing arts degree, we encourage you to apply!

Eligibility information

The scholarship is open to current and incoming, African American and Black postsecondary students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree in theater, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, marching band, or other performing arts fields. Applicants must also meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

High School Seniors, College & Graduate Students


US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Minimum GPA




Academic Interest

Visual & Performing Arts, Music, Dance


Applicants with an interest in Theater are also eligible

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application and the below application materials.


2-minute video

Academic transcript

Resume or CV

Letters of Recommendation

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Scholarship FAQ

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Congressional Black Caucus Foundation at [email protected].

Is this scholarship renewable?

No, the CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship is not renewable.

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).
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