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African American Scholarships


There are hundreds of African American scholarships that are available to those wanting to continue their education. It has become more important today to have a college education. The days of the high school diploma being the only prerequisite for a high paying career are gone.



UNCF - United Negro College Fund - is the nation’s largest, oldest, and most successful minority higher education assistance organization. UNCF provides operating funds and technology enhancement services for 39 member historically black colleges and universities, scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions, and faculty and administrative professional training. Probably the most well known African American Scholarships available.

For more than 65 years, UNCF has raised more than $3 billion to help more than 350,000 students attend college and graduate from college. UNCF has distributed more funds to help minorities attend school than any entity outside of the government.


The Ron Brown Scholar Program -  Provides scholars with the financial resources to attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the country. Upon acceptance, Scholars are each awarded $40,000 ($10,000 per year for 4 years) that may be used at the college or university of their choice. Acceptance into the Program means Scholars are also provided with the nurturing and mentorship to succeed and flourish in college and beyond.  The Ron Brown Scholar Program has a proven track record of academic success with a 100 percent graduation rate. Graduating Scholars go on to outstanding careers in the arts, sciences and public service, and many more pursue professional degrees in law, medicine and business.


Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Scholarship Program - The NAACP awards dozens of scholarships every year. Deadlines vary and awards require a minimum 2.5 GPA for undergrads and a 3.0 GPA for graduate students. Most have specific financial need guidelines as well. Some Scholarships require students to be members of the NAACP.


Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) – TMCF has awarded more than $100 million in scholarships and programmatic support during its 22-year history. TMCF member schools offer more than 1,300 programs with 400 different majors. This is one of the lesser known African American Scholarships that is available but is becoming more and more popular.


There are literally thousands of African American scholarships available to aspiring students for continuing education. Use the resources on this site to locate the program that is right for you.