Scholarships

African-American Future Achievers Scholarships

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There are numerous Scholarship award funds given to brilliant and outstanding African-American students to support their educational pursuits and to encourage them to become great future leaders.

These scholarship funds are only available to African-American or African descent and cover the tuition fees and other expenses depending on the nature of the scholarships. 

General Eligibility Requirements

Because the scholarships available to African-American descent are numerous and varied, the eligibility requirements also differ from one scholarship to the other. However, there are general and common eligibility criteria and are listed below: 

  • Applicants must be a high school graduate or graduating senior
  • Applicants must be of African-American descent.
  • Candidate must be a legal U.S. resident.
  • Applicants must take note of the required GPA, SAT, GRE, or other merit and meet the minimum requirements.
  • Present evidence of a financial need
  • Enrolled in an accredited program
  • Applicants attending a Historically Black College or University
  • Applicants must be planning to study a specific subject or field

Note: these are general eligibility requirements for African-American scholarships. Because there are many Scholarships, opportunities for African American students, some of them may require additional documents.

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Below is a list of potential scholarships for African American Future Achievers

Some Available African-American Scholarships for Future Achievers

1. Blacks At Microsoft Scholarship

The Black at Microsoft Scholarship is also known as the BAM Scholarship was created to support Black and African-American students financially and encourage them to attend college and pursue a career in technology.  The aim of the Black at Microsoft Scholarship is to empower future leaders to become innovators.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Candidates must be US-based high school seniors of African descent (for example, African American, African, Ethiopian, etc.).
  • The applicants must be planning to attend a four-year bachelor’s degree program in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing) at an accredited college or university in the US.
  • Candidates must have passion for anything technology and demonstrate leadership at school or in the community.
  • The BAM Scholarship is based on merit and thus, candidates are expected to have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3.
  • Candidates must present evidence of the need for financial assistance through college or university.

How to apply

Application for BAM Scholarship is completely online. All interested candidates should follow the link below, fill out the online form, and submit it along with supporting documents 

The application deadline is by March 31st, 2021 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Supporting Documents

  • Two letters of recommendation. 
  • Résumé showing extracurricular activities (school and community related), honours and awards (include technology-related awards, if you have received one before), work experience, and a coloured picture of yourself.
  • Current academic transcripts (official or unofficial copies will both be accepted).
  • Two Essays( not more than 500 words).

Visit the scholarship pages to learn more and apply.

Candidates can send emails with questions and concerns regarding the scholarship: [email protected].

2. NABA National Scholarship Program

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) offers scholarships to deserving students who meet all the required criteria.

The Scholarship comes in various amounts but ranges between $1000 and $10,000 and is awarded to students enrolled in accounting in universities or colleges in a full-time course.

Eligibility Criteria for NABA National Scholarship Program

Below are the requirements for the NABA National Scholarship Award.

Applicants must be:

  • Black or African American Heritage (including but not limited to African, Caribbean, etc.)
  • Active NABA student member and whose membership dues have been received by NABA’s National Headquarters.
  • Currently enrolled at a four-year, full-time undergraduate degree program at an accredited college or university.
  • Applicants must be undergraduate students (freshman, sophomore, junior, or first-year senior) majoring in accounting, finance, or business major, or they may be a full-time graduate student (9 semester hours or equivalent) enrolled or accepted into a masters-level business program.
  • Candidates must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 in their major and 3.3 overall on a 4.0 grading scale.

How to Apply

The application is online and students can submit their online form by following this link.

Candidates should visit the official website to learn more about the scholarship.

Contact details: 240-542-5000.

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3. Ron Brown Scholar Program

The Ron Brown Scholar Program awards are given to high school senior graduates who are black/African-American to further their education in accredited universities or colleges in the US. The award value is $10,000 and is usually awarded to four students.

To become a recipient, candidates must be African-American with outstanding and exemplary academics, leadership, and community participation.

Ron Brown Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

  • To be eligible for the Ron Brown Scholar Program, candidates must:
  • Be Back/African American.
  • excel academically.
  • Exhibit exceptional leadership potential.
  • Participate in community service activities.
  • Demonstrate financial need.
  • Be a US citizen or hold a permanent resident visa card.
  • Be a current high school senior as at the time of submitting the application.

NOTE: Current college students are not eligible to apply.

Interested and qualified students can apply using this link: https://www.ronbrown.org/section/apply/eligibility-requirements

4. National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships

The NABJ offers several scholarship awards to students at high school and college levels. Recipients get an opportunity of a scholarship amount of up to $3,000.

Application Requirements for the National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships

  • Must be a current NABJ member.
  • Must be an American or foreign-born.
  • Must be currently/planning to enrol full-time at an accredited college/university in the U.S. Or a high school senior student interested in majoring in journalism or a communications-related program.
  • Candidates must also have an interest in pursuing a journalism career.
  • Applicants must submit an official transcript showing the minimum cumulative G.P.A required.
  • Candidates should have at least one year of school remaining at the time of the application submission.

Supporting documents

  • Resume and Cover Letter.
  • Essay.
  • 5 Work Samples (articles, video clips, photos, or personal website)
  • Three References.

Note: All documents must be saved and submitted in the right format ( e.g., “Name.Year.TypeofFile”)

How to Apply for National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships

There are up to nine different scholarship opportunities under the NABJ scholarship.

Interested candidates should click on the link below to apply:

https://www.nabj.org/page/SEEDScholarships

5. The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

As a member of the NAACP, you get an opportunity to apply for the Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship, which is offered by The Poise Foundation.

The scholarship is aimed at assisting students in their academic pursuits, nurturing them to be the next generation of activists and community leaders in their various chosen fields.

Scholarship Award Value

The Scholarship award is valued at $2,000 and only members of the NAACP who demonstrate and present evidence of financial needs will be considered.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The scholarship is only open to NAACP members.
  • Applicants must be African American or a person of colour.
  • Candidates must either be currently enrolled full-time or accepted to an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • The candidate must be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate student, or graduate student for applicable scholarships.
  • Candidates must meet the GPA requirement of a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an interest in a relevant field of study where applicable. 

For more information on various scholarships under NAACP, visit the official website of NAACP Scholarship 

6. Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship Award

The National Association of Color Women’s Clubs (NACWC) has been offering scholarship support to deserving people of African American descent for over 120 years.

The federal club has provided and awarded hundreds of thousands of African American high school graduates and college students studying in the United States. 

The Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship Fund is the oldest scholarship foundation organized by NACWC and is awarded to students every year.

There is also the Patricia Fletcher Scholarship Fund, which is offered by the NACWC among numerous other college funding.

For more information about the Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship and how to apply, visit the NACWC official website.

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Oladoyin Falana, a graduate of OAU, is an SEO Specialist, and IT business developer. He is the owner and content editor of ngjobalerts.com, a platform that focuses on providing information on career, recruitment updates, exams, and admission updates, including general (How-to) information.

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