With education often being touted as the key to advancement, many African Americans see scholarships as a way to secure a good education. With over $3 million in private scholarship money being awarded to help students pay for college each year, you would think it was easy. The truth is, you must do so some work.
As a rule of thumb, students who apply for as many scholarships as possible generally get them. African American students have minority-targeted scholarships, which aim to help underrepresented minorities access certain academic fields and increase campus diversity.
So where do you go to look for these scholarships? To start with there are websites like fastweb.com, or finaid.com through the college board and through UNCF, which manages dozens of scholarships.
The “Buick Achievers Scholarship”, which each year awards 50 scholarships of $25,000. Some of the criteria are that applicants must be either in high school planning to enroll full-time or current undergraduate students. Underrepresented groups are given special consideration. These are focused on the areas of engineering, design and other programs relating to the automotive industries.
Low income minority students can get help with the “Gates Millennium Scholars “award. This scholarship average award is just under $13,000. Applicants must have a 3.3 cumulative GPA.
The “Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship” has an award of up to $28,000 over four years. Minority high school students who demonstrate leadership potential and dedication to community services can take advantage of this program. Applicants must have a financial need and attend a four-year college.
The “Ron Brown Scholars Program” offers $10,000 in aid per year and is renewable for four years. Highly talented high school seniors with significant financial need are the target for this program. Recipients may pursue any academic discipline. Consideration is given to who demonstrate an interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship.
If you really have the desire for a good education, you can get help to do it.