Black History Month

10 Scholarships for African American Students

Did you know that Black History Month was first celebrated at Kent State University in 1970? Now, nearly every elementary, middle, and high school plans some form of educational activities throughout the month to honor those African Americans who have made great contributions to music, education, politics, and racial equality. Colleges and universities also provide ample opportunities for students to learn more about black history and to celebrate African American culture. Even though there has been progress towards racial equality, the fact remains that many African American students still lack the college planning resources and funding necessary to complete a post-secondary education. There are, however, many scholarship opportunities available to assist those students who wish to earn a college degree. Here are a few of the current programs open to African American students at the high school, undergraduate, or graduate level.

1. Jackie Robinson Scholarship

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program provides comprehensive support services to minority students enrolled at institutions of higher education. Applicants must display leadership potential and a dedication towards community service, as well as financial need.

Eligibility: High school seniors      Amount: Up to $6,000    Deadline: Feb. 15

Healthcare Scholarships2. Cathy L. Brock Memorial Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to assist with tuition and academic expenses in the form of individual awards for students pursuing studies in health administration. Applicants must have a commitment to a career in health services administration and finance, and solid extracurricular and community service activities.

Eligibility: Graduate students      Amount: $1,000      Deadline: Feb. 28

3. ASC Minority Fellowship

The American Society of Criminology provides the Graduate Fellowship for Ethnic Minorities to encourage students of color to enter the field of criminology and criminal justice.

Eligibility: Doctoral students        Amount: $6,000     Deadline: Mar. 1

4. Maureen L. & Howard N. Blitman, P.E. Scholarship

The National Society of Professional Engineers offers this scholarship to African American students who are majoring in engineering.

Eligibility: High school seniors      Amount: $5,000     Deadline: Mar. 1

5.  ACS Scholars Program

The American Chemical Society selection committee, which includes members from the minority groups that the scholarship program is designed to attract, considers the academic record of candidates, evidence of leadership ability, participation in school and community activities, and level of student interest in the chemical sciences as a career.

Eligibility: H.S. seniors/undergrads   Amount: Up to $5,000    Deadline: Mar. 1

6. Kahdine Ann DaCosta Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership

The Kahdine Ann DaCosta Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership is sponsored by the non-profit I am O’Kah, Inc. and is in memory of Kahdine Ann DaCosta, who was a graduate from Morgan State University and an active community member in Baltimore, Maryland. The scholarship aims to embody Kahdine’s commitment to service and dedication to leadership.

Eligibility: High school seniors      Amount: Up to $1,000      Deadline: Mar. 1

Scholarships for Black Students7. AMA Minority Scholars Award

The AMA Foundation, through the Minority Scholars Award, is working to increase the number of minority physicians to better represent the needs of our increasingly diverse society. The Minority Scholars Award program not only encourages diversity in medicine and helps to alleviate some student debt, but it also rewards commitment to the elimination of healthcare disparities, outstanding academic achievements, leadership activities, and community involvement.

Eligibility: Medical school students     Amount: $10,000       Deadline: Mar. 4

8. AfterCollege STEM Inclusion Scholarship

AfterCollege and the Association of Collegiate Educators in Radiologic Technology (ACERT) have partnered to offer a new scholarship program for students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Eligibility: Undergrads/graduates     Amount: $1,000    Deadline: Mar. 31

9. Fredrikson & Byron Foundation Minority Scholarship Program

The Fredrikson & Byron Foundation offers this scholarship to assist minority students who are pursuing a law degree.

Eligibility: First-year law students     Amount: $10,000        Deadline: Mar. 31

10. Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship Program

Along with the monetary award, the recipient may participate in a paid summer internship at a Brown and Caldwell office. Students must have a declared major in civil, chemical, or environmental engineering, or in one of the environmental sciences.

Eligibility: College juniors       Amount: $5,000        Deadline: Apr. 15

Students can find additional opportunities by checking out the listing of African American scholarships offered through the scholarship directory (no registration required) or by visiting the Tuskegee University academic services website.

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Tamara is the Social Media Coordinator and a regular writer for, and She enjoys helping students prepare for college. As a mother of four, Tamara has first-hand experience with many areas of education, including special needs (autism), the International Baccalaureate program and post-secondary education. She enjoys speaking at schools and mentoring others online. In her free time, Tamara enjoys volunteering and supporting her favorite football team, the Jacksonville Jaguars.
11 Responses to “10 Scholarships for African American Students”
  1. okech says:

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  2. Michelle says:

    Thank you for the list. I am planning on attending an HBCU but also want to keep my options open to other opportunities as well.

  3. Jocelyn kitchen says:

    I am a nursing student who is currently in school taking the last of my prerequisites and I am looking for a scholarship to help me and my family out financially.

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Please be sure to register for a free account with We have many scholarships for nursing students in our database.

  4. franck ngassa says:

    I know it might be to late but I am a high school student currently a senior and I am graduation on June 10. I am planning to study biology in carroll university and I was looking for scholarships to help me finance my education.

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Hi Frank. It’s definitely cutting it close if you need money for August or September. Most scholarship programs take between 8-12 weeks to disburse funds after the deadline. You’ll need to concentrate on scholarships with June deadlines, but don’t neglect other opportunities because you can use any funding you receieve for the next semester (spring or summer). Best thing to do right now is register for a free account at and get to work.

  5. William Lewis says:

    Hello Tamara,
    My name is William Lewis, and I’m in need of scholarships
    for graduate students majoring in counseling. I’ll be starting my program in late August. Also, I would like to add that I’m a African American male, and I know that there are certain scholarships that are specifically for African American students.
    Please guide me in the right direction. Thank you in advance Tamara!!!!

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Hi William. If you haven’t done so already, please register for a free account at After you complete the profile, you’ll get a list of scholarships tailored to your specific skills and needs. Don’t forget to apply to their monthly scholarships, too. You can use them for any graduate degree at any accredited U.S. school. Don’t forget to check out the financial aid website at your college, as well as other college websites (usually located under ‘outside scholarships’). If you are working, stop by the HR department and see if your company offers any scholarships or tuition reimbursement programs. Please be aware that most of the scholarships ending in June or later will not disburse their funds in time for August, so you’ll need to plan on covering your initial fees out of pocket. Once you start applying, don’t stop until you finish your degree.

  6. Regina says:

    Hi Tamara, im looking for scholarship for 2014-2015. I would also like to know how to apply for monthly scholarships.

    • Tamara Krause says:

      Hi, Regina. If you haven’t done so already, please register for a free account at It’s the easiest way to find scholarships that match your unique talents, skills, and needs. Monthly scholarships are fairly simple. Most require minimum work. You just have to set a reminder to submit a new application by the deadline date each month.


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