Where to Find College Scholarships for African Americans
By Mark Cook
, last updated October 24, 2011
Scholarships are readily available for students based on a wide array of criteria, most notably financial need, academic merit, and ethnic background. Your personal heritage can be a huge factor in determining which scholarships to apply to, as these are most limiting meaning there will be the least amount of competition for such offers. For African-American students in particular there are a great amount of scholarship programs for which you should look into. Here are a couple ways you can find some of these scholarships.
The Sallie Mae Fund
The Sallie Mae Fund should be every African American student’s homepage when searching for scholarship opportunities. This is an amazing online resource that is completely devoted to helping African American students find scholarship opportunities. This is a charitable organization that has connections to over 300 scholarship opportunities for African American students of all ages. On their site you can easily sort through the available scholarships by age, GPA, and even choice of major. You can even browse these opportunities by deadlines so you can find those applications that require completion soonest. They have the best scholarship listings including opportunities from the United Negro College Fund and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. Since it began its scholarship resource program in 1995 the Sallie Mae Fund has provided more than 6,350 students with scholarships totaling over $15.5 million.
BlackStudents.com is a fantastic resource for any African American student needs. In addition to helping find scholarships, they also offer internship and career counseling and services. They keep an up to date list of all scholarships for African Americans as well as detailing the specific requirements for each. This is a great source because they also offer advice on how to write your scholarship essays and when you should have all your documentation together by.