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African-American Scholarships

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American Dream Scholarship
This scholarship was established as a partnership between the Sallie Mae Fund and the United Negro College Fund. Visit the website for more details.

Chicago Urban League Scholarships
The Chicago Urban League administers three different scholarship funds: Whitney M. Young Jr. Scholarship Fund, Gwendolyn and John W. Rogers Scholarship Fund, and the Mercedes-Benz Scholarship. Visit the website for more details.

Herbert Lehman Education Foundation
The Herbert Lehman Education Fund is a fund with rigorous criteria. Applicants must ask for the application in writing. Visit the website for details about the application and how to apply.

John D. O'Bryant National Merit Scholarship
The John D. O’Bryant National Think Tank for Black Professionals in Higher Education on Predominantly White Campuses is a non-profit corporation. The organization consists of a broad based coalition of individuals whose primary purpose is the reclamation, critique, and perpetuation of the culture of people of African decent, who work at predominantly white colleges and universities. The John D. O’Bryant Merit Scholarship provides monetary support for undergraduate African American students attending four-year colleges and universities in the United States.  For more information, visit the website.

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
In addition to administering their own scholarship, the NABJ administers several others that focus on awarding Black students with scholarships for their studies in journalism and media. These scholarships include: Allison E. Fisher Scholarship; Carole Simpson Scholarship; Gerald Boyd/Robin Stone Scholarship; and the Visual Task Force Scholarship. Please visit the website for details.

NAACP Scholarship Program
The NAACP administers several different scholarships for both NAACP members and non-members. Please visit the website above and download the application for details.

Ron Brown Scholar Program
Each year, a minimum of ten students will be designated Ron Brown Scholars and will receive $10,000 annually for four years, for a total of $40,000. The recipients may use the renewable scholarships to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice within the United States. Ron Brown Scholarships are not limited to any specific field or career objective and may be used to pursue any academic discipline.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
The United Negro College Fund is the administrator of the Gates Millennium Scholars Award as well as many other scholarships targeting African American students. Although many awards are for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities, there are many scholarships that are open to students outside of those schools. Visit the website, and search through the UNCF database.