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Ron Brown Scholars Program - The Ron Brown Scholars Program is open to African-American high school seniors nationally. Applicants must show a record of academic excellence, community service participation, financial need, and have the potential to be a leader. Students accepted into the program receive $10,000 a year for up to 4 years and mentoring throughout their college careers and beyond.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships - Minority students who are graduating high school seniors, show leadership potential, and are dedicated to community service have the potential to be awarded a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate financial need and have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 or a composite ACT score of 21. Those awarded scholarships receive $28,000 over four years.

National Achievement Scholarship Program - This program runs concurrently with the National Merit Scholarship Program and entrance to the program is done in the same manner. Students who take the PSAT or NMSQT in their junior year of high school are eligible to participate. Winners are selected based on their PSAT/NMSQT scores, academics, recommendations, and essays.

National SMART Grant - Third- and fourth-year undergraduate college students studying physical, life, or computer sciences, mathematics, technology, engineering, or a foreign language determined critical to national security are eligible for the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant. Students must also be Pell Grant recipients and have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Recipients of this grant receive $4,000.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships - The UNCF has been dedicated to minority education since its founding in 1944. In the more than 70 years since then, UNCF has helped more than 400,000 students fund their college educations. UNCF administers more than 400 scholarship, internship, and fellowship programs each year.

Gates Millennium Scholarship - The Gates Millennium Scholarship was set up by Bill and Melinda Gates in 1999 with the goal of helping minority students who meet Pell eligibility afford a college education. Applicants must be of African American, American Indian-Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, or Hispanic American ethnicity, have a 3.3 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and be a high school graduate, GED recipient or high school senior entering college for the first time as a first-year student.

Ronald McDonald House Charities African-American Future Achievers Scholarship - The Ronald McDonald House Charities are committed to helping students reach their full potential through higher education. The RMHC offer scholarships to high school seniors who are eligible to attend a postsecondary institution with a full course of study. Recipients of the RMHC African-American Future Achievers Scholarship award amounts vary based on the recipient.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarship - Minority students majoring in advertising, marketing, or public relations are eligible to apply for the Lagrant Foundation Scholarships. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, be an African-American, Asian-American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native-American/Alaskan Native, and have at least one year to complete his or her degree. Recipients of Lagrant Foundation Scholarships receive $2,500 if they are undergraduates and $5,000 if they are graduate students.

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