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Grants For African American Students

Grants are given to lower the cost of education and, unlike student loans, do not have to be repaid. Grants are given based on a students' needs instead of general scholastic achievement.

The good news is that there are several types of grants offered to African American students who aspire to get a higher education. State and federal grants are available for African American students and private support of African American students in the form of grants and scholarships has increased substantially over the past few years.

By far, the biggest private organization that reaches many, many African American students is the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Since 1944, the UNCF has awarded millions of dollars in grants and scholarships. "A mind is a terrible thing to waste" has been the motto of the UNCF for years and today, the UNCF continues to support African American students. It also provides needed funds to African American universities and colleges around the country.

Below are some UNCF sites for scholarships and grants:

http://www.uncf.org/for students/scholarship.asp

The NAACP gives grants and scholarships to African American students. Below is an excerpt from the NAACP website. http://www.naacp.org/advocacy/education/

The NAACP is a leading advocate of equal access to quality education.  In an effort to promote and ensure higher education opportunities for minority youth, the NAACP offers the following national scholarships: Earl G. Graves Scholarship, Agnes Jones Scholarship, Historically Black College & Universities Scholarship Fund, Lillian and Samuel Sutton Scholarship, Roy Wilkins scholarship, and the Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship. These awards help eliminate financial difficulties that may hinder students’ higher education goals.  Scholarship award amounts range from $1,000 - $5,000 and are disbursed in two installments throughout a specified school year.  Each scholarship contains its own set of requirements and students are encouraged to apply for each award that aligns with their eligibility.  

Historically black colleges and universities such as Wilberforce, Howard, St. Augustine, Bethune Cookman, Elizabeth City State, Spelman, Xavier, Grambling, Fisk, Morehouse, Texas Southern, Tuskegee, and many others offer grants and scholarships to help African American students obtain their goals of a higher education.

Many large corporations extend grants, fellowships, and scholarships to African American and other minority students. Many companies recognize diversity and inclusion as important components in building worldwide economic stability. They know that African Americans and other minorities have a lot to offer in all segments of life and the only way to get the best out of everyone is through a good education.

You can find grants and scholarships from many sources such as your city, county, or state. Many individuals, local businesses, churches, country clubs, and military organizations also offer grants and scholarships. A little research may turn up grants and scholarships that are just waiting for someone to come along and claim them.

For grants that are offered in your state, click on grants by states.

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