5 Remarkable Scholarships for Black College Students

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Many black college students struggle to go through school due to financial challenges. 

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Thankfully, some bodies recognize the importance of diversity and inclusivity in academia. So they have established scholarships tailored specifically to support black students in their educational quests. Here are five exceptional scholarships for black college students.

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1. Ron Brown Scholar Program

Established in 1996 to honor the legacy of Ronald H. Brown, the Ron Brown Scholar Program is a prestigious scholarship initiative in the US. It was established in honor of Ronald H. Brown, the first black Secretary of Commerce in the US who tragically died in a plane crash in 1996.

The Ron Brown scholarship program was made to keep helping young black leaders, just like Mr. Ron Brown wanted. Every year, they pick about 20 to 30 students from all over the United States.

Qualified students will receive monetary help that covers their undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, for up to four years. Applicants of the Ron Brown Scholar Program are required to write two 500-word essays. In those essays, the applicant must be able explain why they need a scholarship.

Furthermore, you’ll need to attach two recommendation letters to your essays. One letter must come from a high school principal, teacher, or counselor. 

Here’s the link to apply https://www.ronbrown.org/section/apply/program-description

2. The Gates Scholarship

Founded in 2017 by the Bill and Melinda Foundation, the Gates Scholarship is a highly competitive full-ride scholarship program. The program supports low-income minority students in the US through school.

You must be eligible for the Pell Grant and be a high school senior in good academic standing to qualify for the Gates Scholarship. Additionally, you must identify as a black American, Asian and Pacific Islander American, or American Indian/Alaska Native to be eligible for the scholarship. 

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Here’s the link to apply: https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship

3. The National Black Nurses Association Scholarships

The National Black Nurses Association (NBNAS) offers scholarships to students at all levels. Both undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students can apply. 

Eligibility for NBNA scholarships typically depends on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership potential, community involvement, and financial need. This scholarship program requires its applicants to submit transcripts, recommendation letters, and essays.

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4. NSCA Foundation Minority Scholarship

5 Remarkable Scholarships for Black College Students
NSCA Foundation Minority Scholarship Screenshot. Image Source: NSCA Foundation Minority Scholarship Homepage

This scholarship supports minority students pursuing a career in strength and conditioning or related fields. The NSCA Foundation Minority scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students from minority backgrounds who are enrolled in a degree program related to:

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Exercise science
  • Kinesiology
  • Sports science

The Scholarship offers monetary help to its recipients to cover educational expenses. Its amount varies each year, and it is typically awarded as a one-time payment.

5. Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

5 Remarkable Scholarships for Black College Students
Actuarial Diversity Scholarship Screenshot. Image Source: Actuarial Diversity Scholarship Homepage

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship is another remarkable scholarship program for black college students. It’s open to African American, Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander students who are US citizens or have permanent resident status. But applicants need to have a good academic record, particularly in mathematics. And they also need to show interest in pursuing a career as an actuary.

These five remarkable scholarships have removed financial burdens from many black students. They have helped black college students pursue their dreams without worrying about money. 

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Uchenna Agwu
Uchenna Agwu
Hi there! I’m Uchenna Agwu, and I love to write. When I’m not writing, you can usually find me reading books or watching documentaries (I’m a bit of a nerd). But I also like to get out and explore – whether that means going on hikes or checking out new restaurants.

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