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Delories Thompson Scholarship

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Marcus Thomas
2 winners, $510 each
Application Deadline
Jul 1, 2024
Winners Announced
Aug 1, 2024
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
Undergraduate student
Black/African American
Institution Type:

Historically Black Colleges and Universities are changing the game for many college students, providing more equitable and inclusive opportunities for many minority students. 

HBCUs are often more affordable than other colleges, costing 28% less than comparable schools. As a result, more students are able to focus on their studies and maintain financial security while attending. Altogether, HBCUs produce nearly one-fifth of African American graduates despite making up just 3% of American colleges and universities.

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

Any Black undergraduate student studying at an HBCU may apply for this scholarship opportunity.

To apply, tell us what you want to do in the future or define what being Black means to you.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published March 26, 2024
Essay Topic

In 250 words, please share what you want to do with your career in the future and define what being black means to you and/or why you chose to go to an HBCU.

200–250 words

Winning Application

Kennedy shorter
North Carolina A & T State UniversityRosharon, TX
"Achieving Great Goals in Everything – Producing Renowned Individuals Dedicated to Excellence." Otherwise known as AGGIE PRIDE. Attending North Carolina Agricultural and State University wasn't just an option. It was the option. My HBCU was the option because I wanted to be around others who looked like me, came from environments like me, and shared my aspirations. Being Black means not being the product of our environment but the solution to our environment. In other words, I am a first-generation HBCU future graduate, my elders did not attend college, and my mother graduated from a community college because of financial reasons. So, I decided I would make a change in my family and start a new foundation for future HBCU graduates. Hence, I do not want to be a product of my environment but be able to widen opportunities for future generations in my family. Once I obtain my Bachelor's in Political Science, I will attend law school, preferably Howard Law or Thurgood Marshall School of Law. It is not enough of us in politics, and once I finish law school, I will become a civil rights lawyer and go into politics. My ultimate goal is to share a spot on the bench with Justice Kentanji Brown-Jackson and densely influence black excellence in politics. Being black does not just mean having our origins traced back to Africa. It's our mental, spiritual, and emotional ability to withstand and accept our past, live in our present, and initiate a better future.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jul 1, 2024. Winners will be announced on Aug 1, 2024.