5 Higher Education Scholarship Awards Every Black Student Should Know About

1. The Michael Jackson Scholarship

The Michael Jackson scholarship provides financial assistance to communication arts and social science students attending a UNCF college/university during the current academic year.

Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship will provide an award up to $5,000 depending on the financial need of the student as verified by the attending University or College.

For more details, visit https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/dbc1c3e6-0423-4e1c-8bec-0bce8b7eba2d

2. The Will.i.am Scholarship Foundation

The Will.i.am Scholarship Foundation is open to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college and pursue degrees in the STEM and arts fields. The scholarship covers all college expenses, including tuition, books, fees, and room and board for four years.
The scholarship is offered through the I.Am.Angel Foundation, established in 2009 by Grammy-winning Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am (William J. Adams) to support education. Four scholarships are awarded every year.
For more details, visit www.iamangelfoundation.org/programs/i-am-scholarship/

3.The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship

The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship provides financial support to high school students as well as undergraduate students entering college for the first time. The purpose of the scholarship is to help under-served students who may not be eligible for other scholarships.

Students who have either graduated from high school or earned their G.E.D. may apply. Minimum grade point average is 2.0. Students must have a strong desire to go to college and earn their degree. Students must also have a desire to give back to their communities.
The deadline for this scholarship is usually in APRIL of each year, and the award amount is usually $1,500 – $2,500.

For more details, visit www.shawncartersf.com

4. The Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride” Scholarship

The Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride” Scholarship awards a full scholarship to one student to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with high academic records.

To qualify, students must have a grade point average of 3.5 or above, SAT score of 2100 or higher, and ACT score of 30 or above. The scholarship covers all tuition expenses such as tuition, room and board, books and fees. The scholarship is renewable for up to 10 semesters, making it a full-ride scholarship for one deserving student.
the deadline for this scholarship is usually in JANUARY of each year, and the award amount VARIES.

For more details, visit www.tomjoynerfoundation.org

5. The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is for minority high school students in the United States. In addition to a financial grant, the foundation also provides its scholars with mentoring and leadership development opportunities and internships.

To be eligible, all applicants must be graduating seniors and must belong to a minority group (African American, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American). Applicants must also plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution within the United States, must show leadership potential, must demonstrate a dedication to community service, and must present evidence of financial need.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in FEBRUARY of each year, and the award amount is usually $7,500.

For more details, visit www.JackieRobinson.org

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