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  1. Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship

    Funded by
    Dr.Terence O. Hayes Sr.
    The Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship will support the academic endeavors of one student who has struggled with or has been impacted by someone who struggles with mental health.
    All students are eligible
    Amount:$7,300
    Deadline is Approaching! 12 days left
    One Click Apply
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  2. Monroe Justice and Equality Memorial Scholarship

    Funded by
    Louis Strickland
    This scholarship will support high school seniors.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school senior
    • GPA: 3.0
    Amount:$1,025
    Deadline:Apr 01, 2025
    One Click Apply
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  3. Juanita Robinson English Book Scholarship

    Funded by
    English Family
    This scholarship aims to honor the memory of Juanita Robinson English by assisting Howard University undergraduate students with the costs of books and tuition.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate student
    • School: Howard University
    • Background: Non-profit or volunteering experience
    Amount:$4,205
    Deadline:Sep 01, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  4. Delories Thompson Scholarship

    Funded by
    Marcus Thomas
    This scholarship aims to support African American students who are pursuing higher education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate student
    • Race: Black/African American
    • Institution Type: HBCU
    Amount:$1,020
    Deadline is Approaching! 8 days left
    One Click Apply
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  5. Lee Aca Thompson Performing Arts Scholarship

    Funded by
    Raina Lee
    This scholarship aims to honor Lee Aca Thompson by supporting students pursuing ventures in the performing arts.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate or graduate student
    • Race: BIPOC
    • Field of Study: Performing arts
    Amount:$2,000
    Deadline:Jul 31, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  6. Sewing Seeds: Lena B. Davis Memorial Scholarship

    Funded by
    Nekia Davis
    This scholarship aims to support students who plan to enter a mental healthcare profession and make an impact in their community.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school or four-year undergraduate student
    • GPA: 3.0 or higher
    • Identity: Underrepresented minority
    • Field of Study: Psychology, social work, counseling, or other mental health-related fields
    Amount:$550
    Deadline:Sep 21, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  7. Jacques Borges Memorial Scholarship

    Funded by
    MONA LISA LYSINGER
    This scholarship will support one student of Haitian descent who is pursuing a civil engineering degree and who has large ambitions for the future of their community.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Ethnicity: Haitian
    • Degree: Civil Engineering
    Amount:$2,025
    Deadline:Oct 13, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  8. HM Family Scholarship

    Funded by
    HM Family Scholarship
    This scholarship seeks to support ambitious BIPOC students who are exploring educational and professional STEM opportunities in New York.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school senior or undergraduate student
    • Race: BIPOC
    • State: New York
    • Field of Interest: STEM
    Amount:$2,000
    Deadline is Approaching! 5 days left
    One Click Apply
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  9. WoodaWorx Music Scholarship

    Funded by
    Kelvin "Wu10" Wooten
    This scholarship aims to support underrepresented students who are pursuing careers in the music industry.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Field of Study: Music
    • Education Level: High school senior or undergraduate student
    • Race: BIPOC
    Amount:$5,000
    Deadline is Approaching! 8 days left
    One Click Apply
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  10. Tamika A. Nurse Fashionista Memorial Scholarship

    Funded by
    Nurse
    This scholarship aims to honor the life of Tamika A. Nurse by supporting young women who share her passions and are following in her footsteps.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school or undergraduate student
    • Identity: Underrepresented minority
    • GPA: 2.5 or higher
    • Field of Study: Business (fashion focus)
    • Gender: Female-identifying
    • Religion: Christian
    Amount:$2,000
    Deadline is Approaching! 8 days left
    One Click Apply
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  11. Innovators of Color in STEM Scholarship

    Funded by
    Learner
    This scholarship aims to offer financial assistance to aspiring innovators of color in order to build a more innovative future in STEM shaped by individuals from all walks of life.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school senior, undergraduate, or graduate student
    • Citizenship Status: U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
    • Race: BIPOC
    • Field of Study: STEM
    Amount:$500
    Deadline is Approaching! 8 days left
    One Click Apply
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  12. Endeavor Design Scholarship

    Funded by
    Thom Gridley
    The Endeavor Design Scholarship is offered in support of creating racial equity in the fields of Fashion/Footwear, Industrial, and Graphic Design.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High School Senior/Student
    • Major: Sportswear design, footwear design, industrial design, graphic design, or related
    • Ethnicity: Black or African- American
    Amount:$1,865
    Deadline is Approaching! 8 days left
    One Click Apply
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  13. CEW IV Foundation Scholarship Program

    Funded by
    Clyde E. Woodroffe IV Foundation
    This scholarship aims to support underrepresented students so they can pursue higher education, regardless of financial status.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Race: BIPOC
    • Education Level: High school senior or undergraduate student
    • GPA: 3.0 or higher
    Amount:$1,000
    Deadline is Approaching! 12 days left
    One Click Apply
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  14. FLIK Hospitality Group’s Entrepreneurial Council Scholarship

    Funded by
    Flik Hospitality Group
    This scholarship aims to help close opportunity gaps by supporting BIPOC workers and leaders and removing economic barriers that prevent today’s students from becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school senior, undergraduate, or trade school student
    • GPA: 2.7 or higher
    • Interests: Culinary arts, hospitality, marketing, finance, nutrition, or health and wellness
    Amount:$20,000
    Deadline is Approaching! 14 days left
    One Click Apply
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  15. Justice Adolpho A. Birch Jr. Scholarship

    Funded by
    John Ferguson III (Trey)
    This scholarship seeks to honor the life of Justice Adolpho A. Birch, Jr., the only Tennessean to serve on every level of the state's judiciary and the first African-American Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate or graduate student
    • Race/Ethnicity: BIPOC
    • Career Goal: Lawyer
    • Education Goal: Law School
    Amount:$5,000
    Deadline is Approaching! 15 days left
    One Click Apply
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  16. Dr. Dumas A. Harshaw & Sharon Harshaw Legacy Scholarship

    Funded by
    The Harshaw Legacy Scholarship Committee
    This scholarship seeks to honor the lives of Dr. Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr. and Mrs. Sharon Harshaw by supporting African American students in the Wake County Public School System.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate student
    • Race: African American
    • GPA: 2.5 or higher
    • Background: Graduated from a Wake County Public High School
    • School: HBCU in North Carolina
    Amount:$10,000
    Deadline is Approaching! 20 days left
    One Click Apply
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  17. Jerzee Foundation Scholarship

    Funded by
    The Jerzee Foundation
    This scholarship seeks to support underserved students who are pursuing their dreams of higher education.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school senior or undergraduate student
    • Race: African American
    • College Plans: Is attending or will attend an HBCU
    • GPA: 2.5
    Amount:$2,000
    Deadline is Approaching! 21 days left
    One Click Apply
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  18. Van's Sisters On Our Shoulders "SOS" Scholarship

    Funded by
    STERLING
    This scholarship aims to support underserved students who are pursuing careers related to early childhood education.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate or graduate student
    • School Type: Historically Black College or University (HBCU)
    • Race: African American
    • Gender: Female-identifying
    • Field of Study: Early childhood education, development, or teaching
    Amount:$2,000
    Deadline is Approaching! 21 days left
    One Click Apply
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  19. West Family Scholarship

    Funded by
    West Family
    This scholarship aims to honor the West family legacy by helping underserved students access higher education.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Race/Ethnicity: BIPOC
    • GPA: 3.0 or higher
    • Background: Active in athletics, community, drama, band, etc.
    • Education Level: Undergraduate or high school senior
    Amount:$500
    Deadline is Approaching! 22 days left
    One Click Apply
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  20. CATALYSTS Scholarship

    Funded by
    Chaz Chapman
    This scholarship will support Black students working to bring about social change in their communities.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate
    • Race/Ethnicity: Black/African American
    • GPA: 2.8 or higher
    • Experience: Work or internship experience involving social change
    Amount:$2,000
    Deadline is Approaching! 27 days left
    One Click Apply
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  21. Tanya C. Harper Memorial SAR Scholarship

    Funded by
    Gail Saunders
    This scholarship will support one high school senior or undergraduate black student who is pursuing a career in the medical field.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school senior or undergraduate student
    • Career Field: Medical
    • Race/Ethnicity: Black
    Amount:$1,000
    Deadline is Approaching! 28 days left
    One Click Apply
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  22. Ojeda Multi-County Youth Scholarship

    Funded by
    Geanette Rodriguez-Ojeda
    The Ojeda Multi-County Youth Scholarship will be awarded to two deserving inner-city high school students to help pay for tuition and books.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school senior
    • Race: BIPOC
    • GPA: 2.9 or higher
    Amount:$1,000
    Deadline:Jul 25, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  23. Marie Jean Baptiste Memorial Scholarship

    Funded by
    Marie Jean Baptiste Memorial Scholarship
    This scholarship seeks to support students who embody Marie's commitment to education and community service.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Ethnicity: African American
    • Education Level: High school senior or undergraduate
    • Background: Non-profit, volunteering or community service
    Amount:$1,000
    Deadline:Jul 30, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  24. Anderson Engineering Scholarship

    Funded by
    Charles Anderson
    This scholarship seeks to support students of color who are pursuing their dream careers in engineering despite the challenges they face.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate student
    • Race: BIPOC
    • Field of Study: Engineering
    Amount:$7,210
    Deadline:Jul 31, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  25. Linda Hicks Memorial Scholarship

    Funded by
    Calvin Hicks and Tanya Minor
    ​​This memorial scholarship is intended to honor the love and legacy of Linda Hicks by supporting African American women who have been directly impacted or have a loved one that has experienced an abusive relationship and/or substance addiction.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate Student
    • Race: African American
    • Gender: Female
    • Background: Has overcome domestic abuse or substance abuse or a loved one has
    Amount:$1,000
    Deadline:Jul 31, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  26. Henry Respert Alzheimer's and Dementia Awareness Scholarship

    Funded by
    Shawn Respert
    This scholarship aims to support students who are pursuing majors in healthcare or medical research so they can complete their degrees and make the world a better place.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate student
    • Major of Interest: Medical research, biomedical science, neuroscience, psychology, etc.
    Amount:$7,500
    Deadline:Aug 01, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  27. Simon Strong Scholarship

    Funded by
    Humphrey
    This scholarship seeks to honor the legacy of Simon M. Humphrey by supporting underrepresented students along their educational journey.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Race: BIPOC
    • GPA: 2.5 or higher
    • Background: Non-profit or volunteering experience
    Amount:$500
    Deadline:Aug 01, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  28. ESOF Academic Scholarship

    Funded by
    ESOF
    This scholarship seeks to support minority students who need monetary support to pursue higher education at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school senior
    • Race: African American
    • GPA: 3.0 or higher
    • Institution of Interest: An HBCU
    Amount:$1,500
    Deadline:Aug 01, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  29. Margaret A. Briller Memorial Nursing Scholarship

    Funded by
    Enitra Briller
    This scholarship seeks to honor the life of Margaret A. Briller by supporting women who are following in her footsteps and pursuing the nursing field.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: Undergraduate or graduate student
    • Race: African American
    • Gender: Female-identifying
    • State: Texas
    • Field of Study: Nursing
    Amount:$2,500
    Deadline:Aug 01, 2024
    One Click Apply
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  30. Growing up in the Family Restaurant Business Scholarship

    Funded by
    The Lam-Wong Family
    This scholarship aims to support students who were raised in the family restaurant business so they can afford to pursue all of their goals for the future.

    Eligibility Criteria:

    • Education Level: High school senior or bachelor's student
    • Race: BIPOC
    • Background: First-generation student
    • Experience: Grew up in the family restaurant business
    Amount:$2,000
    Deadline:Aug 01, 2024
    One Click Apply
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With college costs rising, paying for college has become even more challenging for all students, including black students. That's why scholarships for black students are important to help alleviate some of the high costs of higher education.

At Bold.org, we stand committed to easing the financial strain on students through our scholarship platform. We offer a wide range of scholarships aimed at supporting students from all walks of life. By creating a free profile on Bold.org, students can unlock access to numerous scholarship opportunities, taking a significant step toward a more affordable and accessible higher education journey.

About Scholarships for Black Students

According to the Census' American Community Survey for 2021, 12% of the overall U.S. population identifies as black or African American. This group, like many other groups of people, on average, have access to less familial wealth, which can impact their ability to afford higher education. It's apparent that financial aid often doesn't go far enough for all students.

Unable to rely on familial support, more than 50% of black students use student loans to pay for school. In 2020, 36% of the 18–24-year-old black population were enrolled in college. The resulting financial burden of going to college is staggering.

In addition to having immense student debt to pay off, black students are typically stuck with their debt for a long period of time. Consequently, scholarships are a vital resource for black students.

Approximately 25% of college costs are funded by scholarships and grants. Scholarships can be earned in a variety of ways, by school, by field of study, by demographic group, by geographical region, and even through professional organizations.

How Important Is Higher Education for an African-American?

Only 29% of African-American adults between the ages of 25 and 29 have a bachelor’s degree or a more advanced college degree. Similarly, only 40% of black 25 to 29-year-olds have a two-year college degree or more.

The scholarships we provide for African-American students can help them pay for the degrees they desire and break into the field of their choice beyond the oppressive societal barriers seen today.

Bold scholarships for African-American students aim to provide financial support that can help you pursue the degree of your choice and overcome the societal barriers that exist today. By offering this assistance, we hope to help students enter the field they are passionate about and achieve their professional goals.

How Important Are African-American Scholarships?

Scholarships are a critical way for African-American students to pursue higher education with minimal student loans. By completing a degree, black students will have the opportunity to pursue careers in high-paying fields and paving the way for continued diversity in the U.S. workforce.

Scholarships for African-American students have a variety of requirements and award amounts, but they are all great opportunities that you can apply to for free on Bold.org.

Types of Scholarships Available to Black Students

There are many scholarship awards available for African American students, with some based on academic achievement, fields of study, or extracurricular experience.

Academic Merit-Based Scholarships

Some scholarship awards, called merit-based scholarships, seek to encourage students who demonstrate their academic achievements on their profiles. Scholarships with minimum GPA requirements, for example, aim to support eligible applicants who have maintained a high GPA throughout their education.

Level of Education

There are scholarships available to support black students in all levels of education. Many scholarships are aimed toward black high school seniors or college students. There are plenty of scholarships available for undergraduate students, high school students, and even graduate students!

Major-Based Scholarships

Major-based scholarships are open to any student in a certain field of study, such as students pursuing computer science or entrepreneurship. Finding scholarships for African American students that also have major restrictions will improve your chances of receiving scholarship awards, as there will be fewer eligible applicants.

How to Qualify for African American Scholarships

To start applying for minority scholarships, simply create your free Bold.org profile by clicking on any of the scholarships above. Then, you can filter the scholarships by category to find scholarships that you're eligible for. Choosing the "Diversity and Inclusion" category will provide you with a list of scholarships for African American students and other historically underrepresented groups.

Some scholarships will have additional requirements, such as requiring that applicants demonstrate financial need, are undergraduate students, are African American women, are graduating high school seniors, etc. The eligibility requirements of each scholarship will be listed in the description.

Best Scholarships for Black Students

First Generation Scholarships

First Generation Scholarships provide crucial support for students who are the first in their families to attend college. These scholarships aim to break the cycle of educational inequality, offering financial assistance to help first-generation students navigate the challenges of higher education. Apply now to take the first step towards a brighter future!

Business Scholarships

Business Scholarships are designed for aspiring entrepreneurs and future business leaders. These scholarships support students pursuing degrees in business administration, finance, marketing, and related fields. They not only provide financial aid but often include opportunities for networking, internships, and mentorship from established professionals in the industry. Don't miss out on these opportunities—apply today!

Scholarships for Parents

Scholarships for Parents recognize the unique challenges faced by students who are also parents. Balancing academic responsibilities with parenting duties can be demanding, and these scholarships offer financial relief to ease the burden. By supporting parent-students, these scholarships enable them to pursue their educational dreams while providing for their families. Secure your future and your family's—apply now!

Scholarships for Black Women

Scholarships for Black Women are dedicated to empowering Black female students in their pursuit of higher education. These scholarships address the specific challenges and barriers faced by Black women, offering financial assistance and support networks. They are available across various fields of study, encouraging Black women to excel in areas where they are traditionally underrepresented. Empower your journey—apply today!

Scholarships for Men

Scholarships for Men support male students in their educational endeavors, particularly in fields where they are underrepresented or face significant barriers. These scholarships provide financial aid and often include mentorship programs, leadership training, and career development opportunities. By encouraging men to pursue higher education and excel in diverse disciplines, these scholarships contribute to a more balanced and inclusive academic environment. Take the next step towards success—apply now!

How to Find Scholarships for Black Students

You can start your scholarship search on Bold.org, where you can find hundreds of unique scholarship opportunities to help you attend college. You can sort scholarships by category, allowing you to find scholarships for black students pursuing specific fields.

At Bold.org, the possibilities for winning scholarships are endless, so it's advisable to commence your financial aid search early. black high school students have access to numerous scholarship opportunities, and this pursuit can extend well into higher education, covering even graduate-level studies.

Many students begin their scholarship search as high school students, and there are many scholarships designed specifically to help graduating high school seniors gain the necessary financial aid so that each student can pursue their undergraduate degree.

Are There STEM Scholarships for Black Students?

STEM is just one field where African-American workers are underrepresented. There are several scholarships on Bold.org specifically for African-American scholars in STEM. Check out these STEM scholarships now!

Are there scholarships on Bold.org for African-American students at HBCUs?

Historically Black Colleges and Universities are schools established prior to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and were created to give the black population access to higher education. HBCUs are still critical to the black community and though they make up only 3% of United States colleges, 10% of African American scholars attend an HBCU. Nearly 20% of black graduates come from HBCUs and 25% of African-Americans with STEM degrees graduate from an HBCU.

Even though HBCUs have lower costs than non-HBCUs, it can still be difficult for students to pay tuition, housing, and other fees. Bold.org encourages minority undergraduate students and minority graduate students to apply for scholarships. Our scholarships can be used toward HBCUs.

Should Black Students Only Apply for Scholarships with Ethnic Eligibility?

While the scholarships listed above as well as other scholarships specifically provided for black students are great opportunities, black students can also apply to more general scholarships. The limited eligibility from scholarships designed for African-American members will increase your chances of winning, but there are many other easy and helpful scholarships available for students to apply to. Check out our easy scholarships list for more opportunities

Are you a high school senior? Check out these exclusive Bold scholarships for high school seniors!

What Happens When I Win a Scholarship?

The scholarships listed above will go directly towards your tuition and will be sent to your financial aid office. If you’re a high school student, your award will be saved and sent to the college you choose for your education. Check out the terms for our scholarship opportunities for more information.

How Can I Improve My Chances of Winning Financial Aid?

There are many ways to increase your chances of securing financial aid so you can afford your college degree. On your profile, you can demonstrate financial need as well as your academic achievement to stand out when applying for scholarships. Applying early and often to scholarships can also boost your chances of winning college funding.

How Many Scholarships Can I Get?

If you're in need of financial support, look no further! There is no limit to the number of college scholarships you can win on Bold.org. Apply for as many scholarships as possible to maximize your winnings and offset your tuition costs. If you're in high school, you can start earning scholarships to use towards your undergraduate degree!