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7 Top Scholarships for African-American Students

Feb. 20, 2013
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Just in time for Black History Month, we have compiled a list of a few scholarships for African-Americans. Begin your search below with a few scholarships that we have picked out to help you get started in your quest for that perfect scholarship.

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UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship

All African-American full-time undergraduate students who are U.S. 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.

Ron Brown Scholarship

High school seniors of African-American descent who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may apply for this scholarship. Other pre-requisites 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 similar field. 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 awarded 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 to U.S. citizens and foreign-born students alike.

Lambda Pi Alpha Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship

Students entering their senior year in nursing school, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are 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.


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