Top 3 Full Scholarships for African American Students

By Jonathan Bales , last updated October 29, 2011

There are a plethora of scholarships available to African Americans who plan to attend college. These scholarships range from just a few hundred dollars to the full cost of tuition. Read below for information on three types of scholarships that fall into the latter category.

UNCF-Merck Science Research Scholarships

For those interested in science, the UNCF-Merck Science Research Scholarships are for full tuition, and give African American students an avenue to pursue a career in science. The non-transferable award is for all room and board, tuition, and other education-related fees. The students who receive this scholarship will also earn a $10,000 grant for their school's science department. This grant could be more or less, depending on the cost of tuition for the student.

Spelman College Presidential Scholarship

Spelman is a historically black college, educating African Americans since 1881. Each year, the school gives this full-tuition scholarship to five incoming freshmen women. In addition to the usual academic excellence, eligible students must have also displayed outstanding leadership and work in the community. All room and board and other fees are included in the scholarship. The Spelman College Presidential Scholarship gets renewed every year the recipient stays in school.

Army ROTC/HBCU Scholarships

The Army's Reserve Officers' Training Corp recently created a scholarship fund designed specifically for American Americans. The scholarship fund gives full tuition expenses to black students enrolling in historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). The objective of the Army ROTC/HBCU Scholarship Fund is to get more African Americans to join the armed forces.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have a GPA of 2.5 during high school. Those between ages 17 and 31 may apply, but they must be willing to serve in the Army if and when they are asked. In addition to full tuition, recipients receive money for room and board, books, and other college-related expenses.

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