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In an effort to increase the number of black women who attend college, many funding agencies are opening their purses to funnel money into making education more affordable for this population. This can be a great advantage for African American women seeking to fund their education. Below is a list of some of the main scholarships that black women may want to consider in their search for funding:
Thurgood Marshall College Fund offers four different scholarships which are awarded based on academic achievement as well as financial need. Each year, approximately five hundred scholarships are awarded to highly deserving students. The Department of Defense SMART Scholarship awards up to $38,000 per year as well as a guaranteed job and internships. It is funded by the Department of Defense and only students pursuing a degree in a STEM field are eligible. Other scholarships and eligibility criteria can be found on the Thurgood Marshall College Fund website: http://tmcf.org/our-scholarships.
UNCF MERCK Science Research Scholarships and Fellowships provide funding for undergraduate student researchers who are African American. These provide up to $35,000 in award money as well as two summer research internships with an award of $10,000.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program allows African American women the opportunity to receive a full ride to the college of their choice. The deadline for this scholarship is in mid-January and students must demonstrate financial need as well as superior academic abilities.
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Award provides various scholarships of $1,000 to African American students. The application requires nominees to write s brief essay about their insights on the ideals and thoughts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All applications must be received prior to the June 1st deadline.
Minority Teacher Education Scholarships were created to help retain high achieving students who want to teach in the state of Florida. A maximum of three hundred scholarships are awarded annually, with each scholarship awarded in the amount of $8,000.Students must submit a brief essay on how their own unique life experiences have led them to go into the field of education. More information can be found on their website: http://www.ffmt.org/.
Ronald McDonald House Charities African American Future Achievers offer scholarships of varying amounts to eligible students. In order to be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in high school and be young than twenty one years of age. In addition, they must plan to attend a two- or four-year university and be a citizen or legal resident of the United States. Furthermore, they must reside in a geographic area that corresponds to an RMHS Chapter and complete the application entirely prior to the deadline. Applications can be completed online and applications must be received prior to the January 30th deadline. Supporting material must also be received prior to the deadline. Enrollment in a college or university must be verified prior to the release of funds. The award money may be applied towards a student’s tuition, student fees, or other expenses associated with attending a college or university.
Author: Jeff Gitlen