African American Student Scholarship Opportunities

Financial Aid for Minority Students

Minority students have an expansive selection of financial aid available to them, but finding and applying for those opportunities isn’t always easy. Read on to learn how to begin creating your financial aid strategy.

Students of color and other minority groups have long been underrepresented in higher education. In an effort to change that and to increase overall access to postsecondary education, numerous organizations, associations, and companies are dedicated to supporting the academic endeavors of all minority students. Navigating this financial aid landscape, however, can sometimes be overwhelming, particularly for those who may be the first in their family to attend college. To help minority students achieve their goals, AC Online created the following guide on financial aid. Students and their families can explore the different types of financial assistance available; learn where to find and access scholarship money; get tips and recommendations from a financial aid expert; and find a list of various resources for support and additional information on paying for higher education.

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Blacks at Microsoft African American Heritage Scholarship

Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) a company-sponsored employee network, is pleased to announce its scholarship program. The company is dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. The mission of Blacks as Microsoft (BAM) African American Heritage Scholarship is to encourage and enable black high school students to go to college, realize the impact technology has on the world and target a career in the technology industry. There is potential for a renewal of $5000 for up to four years for a total of $20,000. Microsoft is passionate about helping their customers achieve more, and that means we learn about our customers and their businesses with a beginner’s mind and then bring solutions that meet their needs.

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Deadline: Completed applications must be postmarked by March 1st, 2017

Ron Brown Scholarships
This scholarship, among the most prestigious scholarships, is highly competitive. The award is based on all fields of leadership and community service. The deadline is unusually in January.
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United College Fund Scholarships
The UNCF is a major scholarship gateway. The awards are of varying amounts and have different requirements.
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The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS)
The Gates Millennium Scholars award, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 for outstanding African Americans, American Indian/Alaskans, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic Americans. This award gives students an opportunity to earn undergraduate college degrees; the award also funds students seeking graduate degrees in mathematics, science, engineering, education or library science. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need to reach their fullest potential.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation established the initiative to encourage and support students to complete college and continue on to earn master�s and doctoral degrees in disciplines in which their ethnic and racial groups are currently underrepresented.

Scholarships for African Americans

Colleges are always looking for African American students to fill their academic ranks. In fact, there are even predominantly African American colleges and universities, also known as HBCU’s. Even better, there are plenty of scholarships for African Americans. We’ve picked out some unique scholarships from companies and organizations that are for African American students. Check them out!

Top African American Scholarships

Deadlines vary

More Scholarships for African Americans

To help reduce debt after graduation, minorities including African Americans may be eligible for federal, state, and privately funded education grants to help them earn a college degree. There are several need- and merit-based grants for post-secondary education available to African Americans, including those specific to women, men, or for students pursuing a specific field of study, such as engineering or science. Grant amounts typically range from a few hundred to several thousand dollars. As is the case for many grants, recipients may be required to reapply for funds annually and/or receive additional funds based on their academic progress. Deadlines vary.

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