Scholarships for African American Women

African American Scholarships for WomenWomen of color were kept away from higher education for centuries, when laws forbid both women and people of color from attending colleges and universities. Even as white women have found a place for themselves in college and university classrooms, the number of women of color attending college is still disproportionately low. Even in the 21st Century, only 2% of all academia jobs are held by women of color. Scholarships can help African American women get in the door.

Like other demographics of women, more Black women are attending college than Black men, and more black women in college are out-performing Black men. Still, leadership roles and other high-paying careers are filled with primarily white men. Continuing to ensure that all hard-working, bright students have the opportunity to attend college is an important step to continued progress towards a more diverse workforce from the top down.
Black women attending colleges and universities have faced many more obstacles and challenges than their white counterparts, and progress for women in the college setting has all too frequently meant progress only for white women. It’s important for white women who have had doors opened for them to extend the opportunities they’ve enjoyed to minority women.

Organizations like the Association for Black Women in Higher Education are working to build both a support and resource network for Black women attending and working in higher education.  Studies show that Black women in colleges and universities aren’t getting the kind of support that would best help them succeed after college.

Scholarships for African American women may not directly help them meet all of the challenges they’ll face, but it can ease the financial burden. The following groups and organizations all offer scholarships for women of color:
UNCF - The UNCF is one of the most well-known sources for scholarships for Black students. UNCF actually manages a group of scholarships which help countless students every year.
Thurgood Marshall Fund - The Thurgood Marshall Fund, named for the great man, also helps many students of color achieve their dreams.
Black Excel is a resource service which tracks thousands of scholarships and grants available to students of color.
Beautiful, Also, Are the Souls of my Black Sisters is blog which has put together an extensive list of scholarships available to women students of color.

 

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$1,000 Cappex 2015/2016 College Scholarship: $1,000
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Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarships $2500
Be a female of Hispanic, African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander or other minority origin Be a citizen/permanent resident of the continental United States, including Hawaii and Alaska Be ...
100 Black Women Scholarship $500
The award is for an African American female Nassau or Suffolk County resident. The applicant must be an entering freshmen student, 85% H.S. average and community service involvement. The ...
AAAA Operation JumpStart $10,000
Operation JumpStart III, which began in the summer of 2006, provides financial assistance to aspiring multicultural art directors and copywriters. The program is a continuation of Operation ...
Ada F. Hartog Memorial Scholarship Varies
This scholarship is awarded to African-American, nursing students with at least a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.
Ada F. Hartog Memorial Scholarship Varies
This scholarship is awarded to African-American, nursing students with at least a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarship $500
Preference to African-Americans, particularly a female who has financial need or is a first generation college student.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Scholarship Varies
African American female from Geary or Riley counties, Kansas, who will be attending Kansas State University. Requires a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and demonstrate financial need.
Alvie Campbell Bible Scholarship $1000
This scholarship is awarded in honor of educator Alvie Campbell Bible. Be an African American female student, attending a Bay Area junior college or four year col1ege/university • have a ...
Angelo & Antoinette Rosati Endowed Scholarship Fund* Varies
Scholarship awarded to an African-American female pursuing a major in art education.
Bernadine Johnson Marshall- Martha Belle Scholarships 1500
ABWL will award three scholarships to a first, second, or third-year African-American female law student currently matriculating at an accredited law school. The applicant must have New ...
ScholarshipPoints $10,000 Scholarship $10,000
Sponsored: ScholarshipPoints.com will give away up to $100,000 in scholarships this year.
Cleveland County Negro Women’s Club Scholarship Varies
African American female students enrolled at Cleveland Community College. Demonstrate financial need.
Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers Scholarship Varies
Scholarship awarded to a female African American student majoring in Criminal Justice. Must demonstrate aacademic excellence and financial need.
College of St. Catherine Scholarship-National Achievement $2000
Female students enrolling at the College of St. Catherine recognized as African-American National Achievement semifinalists or finalists in the national competition. Scholarship is awarded ...
CSC Scholarship for National Achievement Scholars $2,000
This scholarship will be awarded to students recognized as African-American National Achievement semifinalists or finalists in the national competition are eligible for this award.
Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship Varies
This scholarship is awarded to a Female, African American with demonstrated financial need.
$1,000 Learn to Build an App Scholarship $1,000
Sponsored: This contest is jointly sponsored by Salesforce.com. Monthly winners will be chosen based on their responses to the questions provided on the online application, as well as how many learning modules are completed. Checks will be sent to either the winner's college or student loan lender.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Merit of Excellence Award Varies
This award is presented annually by the Pi Delta chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority to an African American, Latina, or Native American woman completing the freshman year who has shown ...
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship Varies
African-American female graduating seniors of Battle Creek area public and private schools. Must have a 3.0 GPA or better, financial need, and a letter of reference substantiating community ...
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Scholarship - CT $3000
Black/African American female high school senior Graduating from Hartford area high school Planning to attend an accredited four-year college or university Academic excellence, GPA of 3.0 ...
Dr. Gussie M. Ware Scholarship Varies
Please go to the website for all the information on this scholarship and also the application. Female African American graduating high school senior, minimum GPA of 2.5 who has been accepted ...
Edna Hayden Johnson Memorial Scholarship Varies
Preference to African American females who are active St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church members and their families. Students must be full-time with a 2.00 GPA and interested in education.
$2,000 "No Essay" Scholarship - Niche $2,000
Sponsored: Open to all students and those planning on enrolling within 12 months. The monthly winner will be determined by random drawing.
Ethnic Minority Scholarship-African American Varies
Female, African American students in full-time undergraduate study at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Active, full-member of the United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to ...
Family & Friends of Annette Horn Memorial Scholarship $500
For African American part-time female student who demonstrates a contribution to any church, civic or school organization. Along with a completed application form the student must submit: a
Fay Dunevant Scholarship Varies
This scholarship is for full time students selection based upon financial need, with preference given to female African-American Applicants who are residents of Faulkner County.
First Step Summer Institute Scholarship $2,000
This scholarship is awarded to African American women who have completed the College of St. Catherine First Step Summer Institute.
Helen Edwards Scholarship $125
Open to students transferring to a baccalaureate institution. For African American Female students, majoring in Child and Adolescent Development. Preference given to applicant working in CCSF
CollegeWeekLive Monthly $1,000 Scholarship $1,000
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Inez Peppers Lovett and Charlie Lovett Ellington Scholarship $750 +
The Community Foundation of Palm Beach & Martin County administers this scholarship to assist Palm Beach and Martin County high school students in continuing their education beyond high ...
Intel-Northern Scholarship Varies
Must be a financially needy student majoring in Micro-Electronics Technology. Preference will be given to Native Americans, HIspanics, African Americans, women, veterans, dislocated workers, ...
Iota Phi Lambda Scholarship Program Varies
Scholarships available to students through the Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. Applicant must be a female, African-American student planning to study business education. Please apply through a ...
Jean-Pierre Award Varies
Awarded to a second year African-American female student with the highest scholastic coverage in her pharmacy courses.
John Deere Credit Scholarship Varies
This scholarship is awarded to a undergraduate female student or minority student. This scholarship is awarded to an 2.5 GPA.
$1,000 I am Applying Scholarship $1,000
Sponsored: Just tell us that you are Applying for Scholarships. Open to High School Students, adults looking to head back to school, current college students and anyone else looking to attend college or graduate school within 12 months.
John I. Bonner and Lila Morse Bonner Scholarship Varies
Income from this fund will be used for the education of women, preferably female students who are black and enrolled at Erskine College.
Judge Adele M. Riley Legal Assisting Scholarship Varies
Applicants must be an African-American female resident of Montgomery County, Ohio. Students must have completed at least 15 legal assisting credit hours and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Kathryn E. Ringgold Endowed Scholarship Varies
This scholarship is awarded to students with demonstrated financial need and solid academic standing, with preference given to women or African-Americans.
KCPL Engineering Scholarship $750
Awarded to African American, Hispanic American, Native American, or women students. Must major in Engineering.
KCPL Engineering Scholarship $750
Awarded to African American, Hispanic American, Native American, or women students. Must major in Engineering.
KCPL Engineering Scholarship $750
Awarded to African American, Hispanic American, Native American, or women students. Must major in Engineering.
KCPL Engineering Scholarship $750
Awarded to African American, Hispanic American, Native American, or women students. Must major in Engineering.
Kenneth L. Greenquist Memorial Scholarship $1,000
This scholarship will assist full-time students who are transferring or re-entering. Preference will be given to non-traditional/women/African-American students.
L.S. Mollette Memorial Scholarship Varies
This scholarship will be awarded to a African American Carroll County resident with at least a 3.0 GPA.
Leeman C. Joslin Scholarship-Behavioral Studies Varies
University of Alabama awards this scholarship in ordered priority: African American graduate; women graduate; behavioral studies graduate with financial need.
Lettia T. White Memorial Scholarship $500
Student who has completed 12 semester hours at DBCC and enrolled in at least 6 semester hours during the spring semester. 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need. African-American female ...
Links Incorporated, Stockton Chapter Scholarship $250
The award is for a Black female, who has completed one semester at full-time, maintains a full-time status, and has a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Mabel G. Homles Endowed Scholarship varies
These scholarships are based on the student’s application for admission and are renewable for four years when a 3.0 GPA is maintained through continuous full-time enrollment. Only recent ...
Mabel Smith Memorial Scholarship - African American Varies
Applicants must be a high school or GED equivalent graduating senior; must be an American citizen and a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American, American Indian, Asian,
Martha C. Johnson Tuition Scholarship Tuition
This scholarship is awarded to full-time sophomore students pursuing an Associate Degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Applicants must be planning to transfer to a four year institution and have ...
Martin Luther King Law Scholarship Varies
Awarded to a female African-American law student who embodies the spirit and values of Martin Luther King and who has demonstrated financial need.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Varies
Assistance for an African American female enrolled at Lesley University. Scholarship is awarded annually to an undergraduate.
Mary Barnes / Violet Malone Black American Women Scholarship $500
Applicants must be a black American female who is an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in any Woodring program, including: Teacher Education, Adult Education, Human Services, ...
Mary M. Donahue Memorial GU Scholarship Varies
The Mary M. Donahue Memorial GU Scholarship is awarded annually to a female student, preferably born in the United States, of African, Hispanic, or American Indian ancestry who demonstrates ...
Mary Patterson Scholarship Endowment in Computer Science-African American Varies
Scholarship available to a current or prospective female, African-American or Native American student in good standing in accordance with current institutional policies; must be a full-time ...
Maureen Landis Honor Scholarship-African American $2500
Incoming first-year female of African American parentage who is deserving by virtue of her academic record and personal qualities. Award is renewable each year based on committee review at ...
Merritt College Business Scholarships $250
Business scholarships awarded to African American single women, head of household who have completed 30 units at Merritt College. Have a 2.5+ GPA, and submit 2 letters of recommendation from ...
Merritt College Science Scholarships $250
Scholarships offered to African American single women, head of household who have completed 30 units at Merritt College. Have a 2.5+ GPA, and submit 2 letters of recommendation from ...
Miriam J. Kelley African Scholarship Varies
African women shall be encouraged particularly to apply for this Scholarship and given all appropriate consideration.
Miss Black America Scholarship $5000
Established to recognize and reward beautiful and talented Black American women. All African American women, including married contestants and contestants with children, are eligible. ...
Miss Black California USA Scholarship Varies
The Miss and Ms Black California USA Scholarship is a chance for African American female students to compete in an official US competition. Open to African American females from California ...
Mollie Ann Peterson Scholarship Varies
Awarded to female African-American students with financial need who are planning to teach. Applicants must file a FAFSA.
Myrtle Waters Stewart Scholarship $486
This scholarship is available to an African-American female entering (freshman or transfer) Oswego State. There is no preference given with respect to major, however an education major would ...
National Association of Negro Business Women’s Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship varies
Scholarships available to students through the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Scholarship Program. ■African American Female■College ...
National Association of Negro Business Women’s Scholarship $1000
Scholarships available to students through the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Scholarship Program. Graduating high school seniors who are ...
National Association of Negro Business Women’s The Ethel Lee Hoover Ellis Scholarship varies
Scholarships available to students through the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Scholarship Program. •African American Female•College Sophomore or Junior ...
National Association of Negro Business Women’s The Houston Sun Scholarship varies
Scholarships available to students through the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Scholarship Program. The Houston Sun Scholarship Requirements: •African ...
National Council of Negro Women Book Scholarship $500
This scholarship will be awarded to African American female students who have a 2.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need.
Odell Broadway Scholarship Varies
Scholarship awarded to students with a 2.0 GPA. Must be African-American or Black and female. Must have dependents and education must have been interrupted for at least 5 years.
Office Careers Scholarship varies
This scholarship was established by Louise L. Gish for an African-American woman in need of basic skills to get office employment. The applicant must have financial need, provide one letter ...
Patricia A. & Mark A. Harmon Memorial Scholarship $500
This scholarship is for those students who have a 3.5 GPA and be an African American female student. And must be majoring in business.
Pi Gamma Omega Scholarship Varies
Please go to the website for all the information on this scholarship and also the application. Female African American graduating senior from a Winnebago County high school with a minimum GPA ...
Positive Black Women Scholarship Varies
This scholarship is available to African American women.
Quetta Muzzle Award $200
For a City College of San Francisco student transferring to a four-year college the following fall. Available to an African American woman who is a single parent. Minimum 3.00 GPA and ...
Reverend Barbara Ann Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund Varies
Scholarship is given to African-American women over the age of 30, enrolled in the School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary.
Robert Vernon Family Memorial Fund Varies
To undergraduate US citizens with preference given to American Indian, African American, and female minority students showing financial need. No application required; qualified students ...
S. Evelyn Lewis Memorial Scholarship $500-$1000
Scholarship available to a female student majoring in medicine or health sciences through Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Applicant must be an African American female undergraduate or graduate ...
Seattle Chapter of The Links, Inc. Scholarship Varies
Awarded to African American female, single parent students, who demonstrated financial need, and have a 3.0 grade point average.
Sylvia L. Wilson (’85) Memorial Scholarship Varies
This scholarship is awarded to an African-American woman specializing in print journalism.
Tempe Alumnae Chapter $200 - $500
The Tempe Alumnae Chapter offers assistance to Black, African-American female students in completing higher education. They are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school, ...
The Duval County Chapter of the Charmettes Inc. Scholarship $500
Single, African-American females between the ages of 17 and 25 who are returning students are eligible for this award. Applicants must also be high school graduates and be enrolled full time ...
The Maureen Landis Honor Scholarship for Minorities-African American $2,500-5,000
This scholarship is awarded to a deserving female student at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College who is Asian, African American, Hispanic or Native American.
Viola Lacher Holmes Endowed Scholarship $550
Scholarship awarded to a full-time student. Must demonstrate financial need and have an African American or Native American heritage. Native American students must be enrolled in a ...
Viola Lacher Holmes Endowed Scholarship Fund Varies
Scholarship available to a full-time OSU student. Scholarship to be awarded annually based on financial need to undergraduate African American students who are enrolled, active members of a ...
Vivian McBride Memorial Scholarship Varies
Scholarship awarded to African American females who have a cumulative 2.5 GPA. Must be preparing to transfer and must be majoring in liberal studies; education (elementary or secondary).
Ward and Janice Harder Scholarship-Business Varies
Must be a female African American student who is in financial need. Must major in business, math, communications, or computer science.
Ward and Janice Harder Scholarship-Computer Science Varies
Must be a female African American student who is in financial need. Must major in business, math, communications, or computer science.
Ward and Janice Harder Scholarship-Mathematics Varies
Must be a female African American student who is in financial need. Must major in business, math, communications, or computer science.
Westchester County Chapter of Links Scholarship $300
This scholarship is awarded to a graduating black woman who has been accepted in a human services oriented program at a four-year institution.
WLPA - Hall Communications Award Varies
Awarded to a junior African-American student and/or a female majoring in communications with an option in broadcasting with financial need.
Women of Color Scholars Program Varies
Offered through the Georgia United Methodist Commission. Applicants must be active, full members of the United Methodist Church for 3+ years. Open to minority females pursuing a Ph.D. in ...
Women’s Center Multi-Cultural Scholarship Varies
This scholarship is open to women who belong to one of the following categories: Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, American Indian, or Alaskan Native, who have previously participated
Wynonna G. Hubbard Scholarship $1500
A black woman who is a full-time student and within two years of receiving a bachelor’s degree. Student must be maintaining a 3.00 GPA. Financial need is a consideration. No application ...