Scholarships for African Americans

African American scholarships

Believe it or not, we’re already into the second month of 2013—February! Just in time for Black History Month, we have compiled a list of a few scholarships for African-Americans. You can begin browsing here with NerdWallet’s Scholarship Search Tool, or you can begin your search below with a few scholarships that we have picked out to help you get started in your quest for that scholarship which is perfect for you.

UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship

All African American full-time undergraduate students, who are US citizens or permanent residents, and currently enrolled in a degree program within the United States, may apply. However, along with having a GPA of at least 3.3, the applicant must be currently pursuing a degree in the life sciences, physical sciences, or engineering. The maximum award for this scholarship is $30,000!

M. Elizabeth Carnegie Scholarship

Registered nurses in need of a scholarship to pursue a graduate degree in nursing may apply. Along with being a member of a professional nursing association, applicants must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.6. Be aware that applicants must either be a current US citizen or have an official intention to become one. A maximum of $10,000 is awarded for this scholarship.

Ron Brown Scholarship

High school seniors of African American descent, who are US citizens or permanent residents, may apply for this scholarship. Other prerequisites to apply include demonstrating academic achievement and leadership ability, along with participating in community service activities. Applicants must be in need of financial assistance.

Google Scholarship

Sponsored by Google, this scholarship is available to sophomore, junior, senior college undergrad students, college graduates, and graduate students. With a minimum GPA of 2.5, applicants must plan to or be currently pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a field of the likes. Applicants who receive this scholarship will be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars’ Retreat at the Googleplex, with no cost to the recipient. An average of $10,000 will be awarding to recipients of this scholarship.

National Achievement Scholarship Program

African American high school students who have taken the PSAT/NMSQT may apply for this scholarship. Entry to this program must have been requested by marking it on the PSAT/NMSQT answer sheet. Applicants must be aiming to enroll full time in college after high school graduation.

Barbara Odom-Wesley Spirit of Achievement Scholarship

Female African-American high school seniors attending high school in the Arlington or Tarrant County Texas, with a minimum GPA of 2.5 are eligible. Except at trade, technical, or cosmetology schools, the scholarship may be used at any college or university.

Visual Task Force (VTF) Scholarship

Undergraduate and graduate journalism students, with a minimum GPA of 2.5, who are members of the NABJ may apply for this scholarship. The applicants, interested in visual journalism, must have had experience as an intern and working with a TV station or campus newspaper. This scholarship is available US citizens and foreign-born students alike.

Lambda Pi Alpha Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship

Students entering their senior year in nursing school, with a GPA or 3.0 or higher, may be eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be in need of financial assistance and participate in community activities. Established by the Beta Mu Chapter of Lambda Pi Alpha Sorority, the scholarship was designed to promote the field of nursing.

The Science of Black Hair Forum Scholarship Program

As interesting as the name of this scholarship is, the pre-requisites for this scholarship are equally interesting. Students of color may apply, and they must submit an essay regarding the texture of their hair and how it has affected their lives in various ways, on the personal and professional front.

Rays of Hope Scholarship

Applicants, African-American male students of Baltimore, must be pursuing studies in Youth and Community Development, Economic Development, Health, or Technology fields. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

This article was written for NerdScholar by Nishita Shetty.