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Allison E. Fisher Scholarship - In honor of a BET and PBS broadcaster who lost her fight against breast cancer at 28, the Allison E. Fisher Scholarship is granted for $2,500 annually by the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Eligible African American women must attend an accredited U.S. institution, major in journalism or communications, maintain a 3.0 GPA or better, be involved in community service, submit five work samples, and write a 1,000-word essay about why they’re becoming a journalist.
Ashley Stewart Scholarship - Sponsored by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Ashley Stewart Scholarship is presented annually for $5,000 to two Black women who are majoring in business disciplines, including marketing, finance, communications, management, and fashion merchandising. Qualified candidates must be sophomores or juniors, attend an accredited HBCU, possess a minimum overall GPA of 3.3, maintain full-time enrollment, have unmet financial need, and be interested in the business of fashion.
Black Girls Rock! Imagine a Future Scholarship - The Black Girls Rock! Imagine a Future Scholarship is funded by Procter & Gamble’s My Black is Beautiful campaign to award $5,000 to dynamic African American women who are enrolling as freshmen, sophomores, or junior at accredited U.S. colleges. Eligible applicants must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree, achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and be involved in the African American community. Recipients can also attend the Black Girls Lead (BGL) Conference.
Davis Scholarship for Women in STEM - Each year, the Davis Scholarship for Women in STEM is granted by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) for $5,000 to two Black female students who have declared a major in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields. To qualify, women must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, have at least sophomore standing, attend a UNCF-member institution full-time, and maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher. Preference is given to students from Massachusetts.
Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship - For $1,000, the Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship is bestowed annually by the National Hook-Up of Black Women (NHBW) to African American women who are currently enrolled full-time as undergraduates at accredited U.S. universities with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Eligible females must submit a headshot portrait, two letters of recommendation, proof of school/ community service involvement, official transcripts, and a 500-word essay on recent “Black Lives Matter” political issues.
Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship - Funded by the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NANBPWC), the Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship is awarded for $1,000 to African American women who are studying journalism, broadcasting, creative writing, public policy, economics, political science, or a related field. Qualified applicants must be sophomores or juniors, have U.S. citizenship, be matriculated at an accredited four-year college, have a 3.0 GPA or better, and write a 1,000-word career aspirations statement.
Estelle Martin Cartledge Memorial Scholarship - The Poise Foundation offers the Estelle Martin Cartledge Memorial Scholarship for $1,300 biannually to Black women who have sustained involvement in humanitarian projects, including church work, community service, and mentoring. To be eligible, applicants must be high school graduates, enrolled full-time in a four-year higher learning institution, have strong academic merit, live within the Mon Valley, and exhibit selfless service. Priority is given to members of Morning Star Baptist Church.
Hallie Q. Brown Scholarships - With the motto “Lifting As We Club,” the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs (NACWC) awards the Hallie Q. Brown Scholarships for African American women every spring for $1,000 to $2,000. Qualified recipients must be active NACWC members, have a high school diploma, enroll full-time in an accredited U.S. institution, have completed at least one college semester, maintain a minimum “C” average, and demonstrate need for financial assistance.
Jack and Jill African American Scholarships - Ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 each, the Jack and Jill African American Scholarships are available for male or female Black high school seniors who are accepted at an accredited, four-year post-secondary institution to begin pursuing a bachelor’s degree full-time this fall. Along with monetary support, recipients engage in leadership skills training, mentoring, and economic development programs to attain their fullest potential in higher education.
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships - Preserving the legacy of the first African American MLB player, the Jackie Robinson Foundation as given over $65 million in scholarships for African Americans to attend accredited four-year colleges across the United States. To qualify, Black women must be graduating high school seniors, score at least 1000 on the SAT or 21 on the ACT, have U.S. citizenship, present proof of financial need, show leadership ability, and be dedicated to community service.
Madeline Kountze Dugger-Kelly Scholarship - The Black Women in Sport Foundation (BWSF) offers the Madeline Kountze Dugger-Kelly Scholarship for $1,000 each year to African American women who are enrolling full-time in accredited U.S. graduate schools for a master’s or PhD degree. Eligible candidates must have played intercollegiate athletics as undergraduates, be involved in community service, have academic merit, and personify good sportsmanship. There’s also the $500 Angela Murphy Scholarship for high school seniors.
Maria Dudley Advanced Practice Scholarship - For up to $6,000, the Maria Dudley Advanced Practice Scholarship is one of several scholarships for African American women offered by the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA). Suitable applicants must be NBNA members, be registered nurses with valid state licensing, be enrolling in a master’s or doctoral program for nursing, possess good scholastic standing, have at least one full year remaining, and exhibit potential for APRN roles.
NABA National Scholarship Program - The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) hosts an annual National Scholarship Program to present 50 awards for $1,000 to $10,000 to African Americans enrolled at four-year accredited U.S. business schools to major in accounting or finance. Qualified Black women must be active NABA members, enroll in at least 12 credits per semester, carry a minimum overall GPA of 3.3, submit a current resume, provide one recommendation letter, and be U.S. citizens or lawful residents.
Peola Smith-Smith Educational Leadership Scholarship - The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NANBPWC) also awards the Peola Smith-Smith Educational Leadership Scholarship for $1,000 to financially support Black female graduating high school seniors who plan to major in education. Eligible women must be accepted at an accredited, non-profit U.S. institution, have a minimum “B” average, show leadership qualities, be NANBPWC members, and write a 300-word essay titled “Why Education is Important to Me.”
Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarships - In honor of the pioneering amateur golfer and teacher Phyllis Galloway Meekins, the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) offers $1,250 annual scholarships for women of color, including African Americans. Eligible applicants for the need-based award must be graduating high school seniors, be accepted at an accredited U.S. university, plan to play collegiate golf, maintain full-time enrollment, have strong academics, and volunteer in community service.
Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship - The Alumnae Association of Omega Phi Beta Sorority established the Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship to award $1,000 scholarships for women of color, including African Americans. For consideration, applicants must be legal U.S. citizens or residents, be accepted as freshmen at accredited four-year colleges, have a minimum GPA of 3.4, and achieve a combined SAT score of 1800 or ACT score of 24. Funding is intended for the purchase of academic textbooks.
Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD Scholarship - Administered by the Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP), the Rebecca Lee Crumpler, MD Scholarship is granted for $2,000 annually to African American female medical students who reside in Southern California or enroll full-time in accredited Southern California medical or osteopathic schools in good standing. Applications must feature official transcripts, financial aid letters, three letters of recommendation, CV or resume, and a typed statement.
Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholarship - Named for the first African American woman to enroll at Fordham University School of Law, the Ruth Whitehead Whaley Scholarship is awarded yearly by the Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA) for $2,500. Eligible Black women must have unmet financial need for enrolling full-time at an accredited law school in Connecticut, New Jersey, or New York for a Juris Doctor degree. Involvement in civic and community service activities is the deciding factor.
Working Women’s Scholarship - The National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. (NCBW) offers the Working Women’s Scholarship for $1,000 to African American women who are working while attending an accredited college, university, or trade school. Eligible ladies must be at least 30 years old, work at least 15 hours per week, be U.S. citizens, reside within the Oakland/Bay Area, have financial need, maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA, provide two recommendations, and write a 300-word essay about the three biggest challenges facing their community.
Women of Color Scholars Program - Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the Women of Color Scholars Program grants up to $10,000 annually from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) to minority women who are pursuing graduate theological education for a Ph.D. or Th.D. Suitable recipients must be active members of the United Methodist Church, attend an accredited U.S. seminary full-time, carry a minimum 2.5 GPA, have received a Master of Divinity degree, and plan to teach at Methodist seminaries.