Black students can find college scholarships from sources ranging from the NAACP to UNCF to universities themselves - both HBCU's and non-HBCU's. African-Americans are the second-largest minority group among college students (after Hispanic/Latino) and make up an increasing percentage of all college-goers. By searching for scholarships specifically awarded to African-Americans, college-bound high schoolers can make tuition affordable.

Black Scholarships - List of Scholarships for African-American Students

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Competitive scholarships from corporations and nonprofits
Award Name Amount Deadline
CBC Spouses Education Scholarship $ - May 20, 2017
Amos & Edith Wallace Scholarship $500 April 15, 2017
Vernetta Wilson Memorial Scholarship $2,500 February 26, 2018
The Pearl Scholarship $500 February 1, 2018
Denver Alumnae Chapter Scholarship $4,000 April 1, 2018
Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Fund $1,000
Edward G. Irvin Scholarship Foundation - Chicago Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. $5,000

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

Amount: $ -
Deadline: May 20, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship is for students for all majors who are preparing to pursue or are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree full-time at a U.S. accredited college or university.

Eligibility:-U.S. citizen or have permanent U.S. residency status-Currently/planning to be enrolled in the upcoming academic year as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited U.S. college or university-Minimum 2.5 GPA-Exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities-Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students who reside or attend school in a CBC member district. Find your representative by using your permanent or school address. All residents of/students in New Jersey have a senator who is a member of the CBC.Submission Materials:-Personal statement (500-1,000 words) addressing four topics in one cohesive essay. (Students should use the same personal statement when applying for multiple scholarships)-2 electronically submitted letters of recommendation. We suggest one come from a community or public service leader (i.e. church leader, community leader, volunteer organization). The application provides instructions for your references to upload their letters-Electronic copy of detailed Federal Student Aid Report (SAR); this report comes from the US Department of Education and is typically 5 pages long (PDF document)-Resume (3 pages maximum) detailing your academics, extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service, and special skills.-Recent photograph suitable for publication (i.e., a cap and gown picture, or other professional quality and professionally dressed photograph)For more details and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Amos & Edith Wallace Scholarship

Amount: $500
Deadline: April 15, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The Amos and Edith Wallace Scholarship was founded to reward young, bright African-American students who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to service and education. The scholarship is in honor of the late Rev. Amos Wallace Jr. and his Wife of 53 years, Mrs. Edith Wallace. Both Rev. and Mrs. Wallace shared a strong devotion to people, community and education. The late Rev. Amos Wallace faithfully served the community of Kankakee IL, for over 30 years.

Eligibility:-African-American student-KHS graduating senior-Minimum 2.8 GPA-2 letters of recommendation-Attending a 4-year accredited college/university in the fall-400-600 word essayFor more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Vernetta Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,500
Deadline: February 26, 2018
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The Minneapolis/St. Paul Alumnae Chapter's annual scholarship is part of a larger commitment to provide encouragement and support to African-American students who choose higher education as their goal. Award amounts vary but typically range between $1,000-$2,500 per individual. Award recipients are recognized at the annual Literary Luncheon in the spring.

Eligibility:-African-American high school graduating senior -Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7-Demonstrated leadership skills-Active volunteer in community service activities (minimum 30 hours)-Acceptance at a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education for the fall semester-A Minnesota residentChildren of members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are not eligible for this scholarship. For more details and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

The Pearl Scholarship

Amount: $500
Deadline: February 1, 2018
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The Pearl Scholarship is open to African-American high school seniors who are North Carolina residents in Mecklenburg County, with a weighted 3.2 GPA or higher, and has been accepted into a two- or four-year accredited college or university in the upcoming fall. Applicants are required to complete the application in full and write a 500-word essay answering the following question: "If you were to run for office, what policies would you change or add and why?"

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Denver Alumnae Chapter Scholarship

Amount: $4,000
Deadline: April 1, 2018
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

This is a needs-based scholarship. Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

-Financial need-Scholastic record-Personal statement/essay: The typed essay of at least 200 words should address personal goals, academic achievements and the applicant's plans toward making a difference in the community-Community service activities-Recommendations-Interview-Orientation/receptionEligibility:-Be an African-American female-Be a graduating senior attending a Denver Metropolitan area high school-Have a GPA of 3.0-Have applied to an accredited four-year college or university-Not be a daughter of a DeltaFor more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Fund

Amount: $1,000
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

YWCA Greater Cincinnati's Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Fund honors the memory and achievements of Mamie Earl Sells, who devoted herself to promoting YWCA programs that encourage young people to improve and expand their lives. The Mamie Earl Sells scholarship is awarded annually to an African-American female high school senior who is evaluated on academic achievement, personal challenges, extra-curricular activities and community service.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Edward G. Irvin Scholarship Foundation - Chicago Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Amount: $5,000
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes
Description:

The Edward G. Irvin Foundation offers two scholarships: The Edward G. Irvin Foundation Scholarship (up to $5,000) and the Summerowner Scholarship (up to $1,000). In order to qualify, students must be graduating high school males of African-American descent, with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Active participation in extracurricular activities and/or community service programs are required, as well as completion of ACT and/or SAT standard exam. A minimum 2.75 GPA must be maintained in order to renew the scholarship.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Opportunities for micro-scholarships

Unlike the scholarships listed above, micro-scholarships are awarded by universities themselves for your high school achievements and don't require essay competitions or judges. Micro-scholarships can earn you up to:

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