African American Scholarships

One of the largest minorities in the United States is the African American community. Having migrated from various countries across Africa like Kenya, South Africa, Egypt, to name a few, this community has contributed to the United States in more ways than one can imagine. African Americans have played a major role in the evolution of the American culture through their literature, food, art, music etc. The fact remains, however, that a lot of students from this community are unable to pursue higher studies owing to financial constraints. This is where scholarships meant for specifically helping this community in further studies come into play.

There are a number of scholarships that are available for African Americans. Some of the more prominent ones are listed below:

1. United Negro College Fund: One of the oldest and largest scholarship organizations, the United Negro College Fund has helped thousands of African American students avail scholarship. To qualify for a scholarship with this institution, students are required to enroll in an affiliated college. One would need to apply for the scholarship using the specific forms available through the United Negro College Fund. Once a student applies, the organization processes the application and helps the applicant choose the best available scholarship program, based on the course applied and the quantum of financial aid required.

2. Thurgood Marshall College Fund: This Fund offers scholarships to meritorious students with a genuine need for financing their higher studies. The Fund specifies that students utilize the scholarship only for purchasing study material, hostel boarding fees and tuition and/or other educational fees. African American Scholarships

3. Vivien Thomas Scholarship: Sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Vivien Thomas Scholarship is offered to African American students who are pursuing degree courses in science or medicine. The scholarship was created to commemorate the life of an African American named Vivien Thomas who withstood the challenges of racism and similar hostilities and went on to become an established surgeon.

4. Ron Brown Scholar Program: The Ron Brown Scholar Program has a history of successfully helping African American students avail scholarships worth $40,000. All the students chosen for this scholarship, in addition to being financially deprived, distinguished themselves in academic achievement, leadership, and instances of community service. The major feature of this scholarship program as opposed to other programs is that it does not restrict applicants from studying only in a chosen few colleges. The scholarship program from Ron Brown offers up to $10,000 annually for a four-year degree, and covers tuition fees, health insurance, study materials, and even computers.

In addition to these scholarships, there are programs reserved for women students seeking financial aid. The “Miss Teen Africa” competition does not limit itself to choosing women for their good looks. Winners of the competition are also offered the option of a scholarship for higher studies.

While deciding which scholarship program to choose, students would do well to first analyze their own financial needs, the course they are interested in studying and the place where the scholarship may be availed. One should also take adequate care to choose only such scholarship organizations that have an established credibility and have a history of offering scholarships to genuine students.

14 thoughts on “African American Scholarships”



  2. I need a scholarship to help subsudize my first year in school due to me leaving home to go to school.

  3. Dear Madam or Sir,
    I am a African American student studying abroad for a medical doctor degree. I am entering my second year of clinical rotations and require a scholarship to complete this year.

    Any scholarship information and /or assistance that you are able to provide to assist me in my goal, is very much appreciated.


  4. If you can provide me (an senior in high school) any scholarship information it will be GREATLY appriciated. I would like to persue my career in the arts, but art colleges isnt in my parents or mine budgets. Thank You

  5. I am currently attending a community college at this moment, but I need a scholarship to help me attend a university.

  6. I am a light skin black american with red hair amd green eyes.
    can you send me info about the scholarships.

  7. I am a baby senior over 50 and under 65. How do I go about applying for The African American Scholarships. I am very interested if you could send me the information, I would greatly appreciate it.

  8. Hi I am half African American and half Caucasion male with blue eyes. This fall I am going to be majoring in music on guitar. I was wondering if there are any scholarships for me?

    Thanks 🙂

  9. hey i am full african american i want to attend cookman college i would really love a scholarship so it can help me out so i wont struggle in college to me i feel that paying off my tuition will be my main struggle in college which i am trying not to make that a problem.


  11. HI,
    can someone send me information on offered scholarhips. I will attend Jackonville State College in the fall.
    My major is animal science, and then tranferring to the Florida State University to continue studies.
    Your help is greatly appreciated

  12. I am an african american female student attending The University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Health Related Professions. I would greatly appreciate any infomation on how to apply for a scholarship. Thank you.

  13. Hello, thanks for the information on these wonderful scholarships programs, I am currently a Robert Morris University student. I’ve decided to attend college 10 years after high school, raising 2 boys & trying my best to pay for college without to much worrying. I will continue to strive to the top and hopefully find some assistance to help reach my goal.

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