National Scholarships for Black Women
By Jonathan Bales
, last updated December 22, 2011
According to recent data from the National Center for Education Statistics, the average cost of studying at a four-year private institution is in the vicinity of $35,000, while the same number for public institutions is around $15,000. For this reason, gaining access to a scholarship has become even more important during the application process. Many scholarships are given to those with a specific trait. For example, there are many scholarships set aside for black students, as well as many for women. There are even a multitude of scholarships available for black women. Read on for information regarding a few of the scholarships available for black women.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) provides designated need-based scholarships to black women with outstanding academic credentials. Those are usually awarded for the pursuit of a general bachelor’s degree. However, the organization also offers merit-based scholarships to women interested in pursuing a degree in fields such as medicine and nursing, education, law and African-American studies. You can visit naacp.org to find out more information, sign up for scholarship alerts, and more.
Another important source of college funding for black women is The United Negro College Fund. The organization is one of the oldest of its kind in supporting the educational advancement of minorities in the United States. The organization administers a general scholarship fund available to black women. It also has a number of merit-based scholarships that support the education of black women interested in economics and business. You can visit uncf.org to search all of the scholarships, as well as find out if the eligibility requirements fit your situation.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation is yet another organization that seeks to promote the educational advancement of black women in particular. The foundation distributes scholarships across the country based on the academic achievement, financial need and leadership potential of the candidates applying. Their largest goes to a black woman and is worth $7,500 per year.
While these are some of the most important sources of scholarships for black women that support a general undergraduate education, there are number of national scholarships available to black women in more specific fields. These scholarships are given by organizations such as The National Black Nurses Association, The National Association of Black Journalists, and The National Science Foundation.
Ultimately, the key to obtaining the best scholarships is not just about finding them, but also applying in abundance. You can maximize your chances of receiving a scholarship by applying to as many as possible, being sure to submit quality essays, letters of recommendation. In the end, applying careful attention to a multitude of scholarship applications is the best way to go.
If you are a black woman looking for scholarship options, visit all of the websites above, as well as other locations. Search the colleges at which you plan to apply to see if they have any scholarship opportunities available for minorities. There is a lot of money available out there, and it is up to you to find it.