Scholarships for African American Students

Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation 2014
This application is for students seeking an undergraduate degree. Applicants should be an accepted student at an accredited institution of higher learning to include community colleges, private institutions and certified vocational training programs. Application Deadline: All applications must be postmarked no later than April 30th (no exceptions allowed). This is a one-time award.

Ron Brown Scholar Program
Seeking African American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to their community. Applicants with strong GPA’s, class rank, and test scores will be given preference. Scholarship award amount is $10,000 annually for 4 years.

Association for Women in Science
For women who are seeking graduate or postdoctoral fellows in STEM disciplines. Applicants are required to complete a web-based application, 1-2 page narrative, transcript and letter of recommendation to apply.  Awards range from $1,000 to $3,000.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship
This scholarship is for full-time degree seeking, first year students. Applicant must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an un-weighted 4.0 scale. Applicants with leadership skills and extracurricular activities are encouraged.

Mass Mutual Scholars Program
For African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic students.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale along with being a full-time degree seeking student. Eligible students must be entering their 2nd through 5th year. Applicant must plan to attend an institution in one of the following areas: Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Denver CO, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, San Antonio, TX, and San Francisco, CA. Award amount is $5,000.

RMHC/African American Future Achievers Scholarship
For high school seniors who will be attending a two or four Year College or university. Must live in a participating local RMHC Chapters geographic area and preference is given to need based applicants.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
Ten $10,000 and thirty $5,000 amount scholarships will be given out
Must be pursuing a degree related to the health field and completed at least one year of school

N’DIGO Scholarship
This scholarship is intended for deserving students from the Chicago metropolitan area.  Recipients are selected based on the merit of their application, GPA and extra-curricular activities. These scholarship awards range from $1000 to full tuition.

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship at UIC
For continuing UIC African American, Latino, or Native American undergrad and professional students. Must be enrolled full-time and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicant must also have Junior or Senior status in the fall after applying. Fifteen $2,000 scholarships will be awarded, Five $5,000 graduate fellowships, and Five $5,000 professional fellowships will be awarded annually.

Aspen Institute – William Randolph Hearst Fellowship for Minority Students
For students seeking to gain experience on issues relating to philanthropy, volunteerism, and non-profit organizations. Scholarships are open to students of any major and awards range from $2,500 to $5,000.

Black Male Achievement Fellowship
The Black Male Achievement (BMA) Fellowship is a new fellowship program established by Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green dedicated to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S. It is the first fellowship program of its kind that targets social entrepreneurs who are starting up new and innovative organizations in the field of black male achievement. Must be 18 years of age and speak fluent English to participate. The Fellowship will be awarded to up to eight fellows who are generating new ideas and best practices in the areas of education, family, and work such as initiatives related to fatherhood, mentoring, college preparatory programs, community-building, supportive wage work opportunities, communications, and philanthropic leadership.


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