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Scholarships for African American Students

Scholarships for African American students are offered by many public and private organizations, as well as by colleges who recognize and support the need to provide educational opportunities to underrepresented minority groups.

These scholarships are designed to encourage and inspire students to pursue a higher education. Researching what scholarships are out there for African American students ahead of time will help when it comes time to applying for them – and can help pay for college.


Examples of African American scholarships

Your search for African American scholarships doesn’t need to be difficult. There are organizations, advocacy groups, and foundations who want to help and want to recognize exceptional students aspiring to receive a degree. For example:

  • The United Negro College Fund awards scholarships, grants, and/or fellowships to African American undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctorate students who show exemplary academic achievement.
  • The Gates Millennium Scholarship Program awards talented minority students who show financial need with scholarships valid up until they graduate.
  • The Jackie Robinson Foundation is a national organization that strives to provide opportunities for minority students to achieve their dream of higher education.

Ethnic-specific scholarships like these are worth searching for. It’s a matter of knowing how to find them and finding them well before their deadline. Create a profile for yourself and find more scholarships for African American students in the Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae®. It’s a FREE way to look for college scholarships customized to you. You can even opt to receive alerts when new scholarship opportunities pop up for African American students.

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What’s next

Now that Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae can help you find scholarships, here are some ways to help put your best foot forward when you’re ready to start applying for them:

Tips on filling out scholarship applications

Tips on writing a great scholarship essay

List of scholarships


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