Black History Essay Scholarship

Florida Prepaid College Foundation is proud to sponsor Gov. Rick Scott's Black History Month student essay contest — "A Celebration of Innovative African-American Leaders." Three lucky winners will be selected to receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship from the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

This year's topic is about an African-American scientist, inventor, scholar or educator, and their influence on the state of Florida.

To enter, write a 500-word (max) essay on the topic and submit it by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 2, 2018.* Students must be in grades 4-12 and a Florida resident to participate. For complete contest rules and regulations, or to download or submit your entry form, click the link below.

Good luck!


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Complete submission must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 2, 2018, to be considered. Check website for additional details.

Black History Month, also known as National African American History Month, is the time in which Americans celebrate the achievements of African Americans throughout history.

That makes this month the perfect time to celebrate the achievements of up-and-coming history makers, too. That means students like you!

There are abundant scholarship opportunities from notable African American advancement organizations, like the NAACP, UNCF and the Congressional Black Caucus, Inc., just to name a few.

This is in addition to the many opportunities from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), like Dillard University, sororities or fraternities, such as the Iota Phi Theta Fraternity and foundations in the like, such as the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation and Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Celebrate your heritage with a scholarship and consider using your education to make a difference in the world like the many honorable African Americans who have rewritten history time and time again.

Who knows, YOU could be the next person the world is celebrating!

Remember, when you’d like to find scholarships within specific categories, check out Fastweb’s Scholarship Directory to find awards by school year, ethnicity, race, unique situations and more!

To help better organize your scholarship search, please note that the following awards for African American students are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of the list.

Apply for the following African American scholarship opportunities today to help pay for school.

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest

Deadline: 2/28/18
Available to: High School Seniors through College Juniors
Award Amount: 30 Awards of $5,000

Regions is proud to recognize and celebrate Black History Month and the contributions of African-Americans. Tell us about an African-American who has inspired and motivated you, and have the chance to secure a $3,500 or $5,000 scholarship. Your essay should, in 500 words or less: (a) address how an African-American individual has been an inspiration in your life, and (b) discuss the contributions of the African-American individual who has served to inspire and motivate you.

Learn more about the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest.

ALA Spectrum Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/18
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: Varies

The ALA Spectrum Scholarship is open to graduate students at ALA-accredited or recognized master’s degree programs in library and information studies or school library media. You cannot have completed more than a third of the credit requirements for your degree at the time of the award (June 1). To be eligible for this award, you must be a member of one of the underrepresented groups in the library profession: American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African-American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or Latino/Hispanic. Only U.S. and Canadian citizens are eligible.

Get more information on the ALA Spectrum Scholarship .

LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship

Deadline: 3/01/18
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: Varies

The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship is open to citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada who have applied for admission to an ALA accredited master’s degree program in library and information studies. In order to apply, you must not have completed more than 12 semester hours (or its equivalent) towards the master’s degree. You must also demonstrate a commitment to a career in library automation and information technology and be a member of one of the underrepresented groups in the library profession: African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino/Hispanic, or American Indian/Native Alaskan.

Get more information on the LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship .

P.O. Pistilli Scholarship

Deadline: 3/09/18
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: 7 Awards of $4,000

The P.O. Pistilli Scholarship is available to high school seniors who demonstrate high achievement in math and science courses. To be eligible, you must express a strong desire to pursue a career in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or computer science and demonstrate substantial financial need. Additionally, you must be part of an underrepresented group (female, African – American, Hispanic, Native American, and disabled students). You must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be a U.S. resident at the time of application, and plan to attend an accredited U.S. college or university.

Get more information on the P.O. Pistilli Scholarship.

Lawrence A. Holt Scholarship Fund

Deadline: 3/16/18
Available to: High School Seniors through College Freshmen
Award Amount: $1,000

The Lawrence A. Holt Scholarship Fund is available to African – American high school seniors attending Garrett Academy of Technology. You must plan to major in architecture or engineering at a two – or four – year college and demonstrate a passion for sports and community service to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Lawrence A. Holt Scholarship Fund.

Law School Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: 4/02/18
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 2 through Year 3
Award Amount: $2,000

The Law School Diversity Scholarship is available to students attending an accredited law school. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be a member of an ethnic, racial, or other minority group or demonstrate a defined commitment to issues of diversity within your community. Additionally, you must have completed at least one semester at an accredited law school to qualify for this award. A one page typed essay describing how you have utilized your time promoting ethnic diversity within your community is required. Alternatively, you may write about how you will use your law degree to promote ethnic diversity in the future.

Get more information on the Law School Diversity Scholarship .

Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 2
Award Amount: $30,000

The Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship is available to minority students who have an interest in the financial services industry. Two 500-word essays and an interview are required.

Get more information on the Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship.

Trustee Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Senior through College Freshmen
Award Amount: From $25,500 – $27,000

The Trustee Diversity Scholarship is available to admitted freshmen at Rice University. You must demonstrate diverse life experiences and contributions to diverse groups to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Trustee Diversity Scholarship.

George Washington Carver Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: From $11,000 – $15,000

The George Washington Carver Scholarship is open to entering freshmen and transfer students at Simpson College who have distinctive and broadly diverse backgrounds.

Get more information on the George Washington Carver Scholarship.

Diversity Advancement Program Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $15,000

The Diversity Advancement Program Scholarship is open to graduate students at Rutgers University, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy who are from underrepresented populations.

Get more information on the Diversity Advancement Program Scholarship.

Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: $15,000

The Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Scholarship is available to full-time entering students at Rutgers University, School of Law, Newark. You must have a substantial educational background or demonstrate a cultural disadvantage to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Scholarship.

William Randolph Hearst Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $16,150

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation Endowed Scholarship is available to full – time, minority undergraduate students at Savannah College of Art and Design. To be eligible, you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed at least 45 credit hours. Both domestic and international students may apply; however, the recipient must permanently reside in the United States after the completion of his or her studies.

Get more information on the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Endowed Scholarship.

Duracell/National Urban League Scholarship and Internship Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Juniors
Award Amount: 5 Awards of $10,000

The Duracell/National Urban League Scholarship and Internship Program is available to minority juniors at Wilberforce University who rank in the top 25% of their class. You must also be interested in majoring in courses that will lead to a career in engineering, sales, marketing, manufacturing operations, finance or business administration.

Get more information on the Duracell/National Urban League Scholarship and Internship Program.

Arrupe Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: $11,400

The Arrupe Scholarship is available to entering freshmen at the University of Scranton. You must be a minority student to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Arrupe Scholarship.

Royce Osborne Minority Student Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Senior
Award Amount: 5 Awards of $4,000

The Royce Osborne Minority Student Scholarship is open to minority students who are attending an entry- level radiologic sciences program. You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial aid, and be a United States citizen or permanent resident to be considered for this award.

Learn more about the Royce Osborne Minority Student Scholarship.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Scholarship is available to students at a historically black college or university that is a member or associate member of the IES consortium. Your school must also transfer at least 75 percent of home school aid to IES. You also must be planning on studying abroad to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Scholarship.

Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores through College Juniors
Award Amount: $10,000

The Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence is available to Black, Latino, and Native American undergraduate students who are interested in the financial services industry. You must have a minimum 3.4 GPA, demonstrate team – oriented leadership, and be involved in service to your campus and / or community to be eligible for this award.

Learn more about the Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence.

Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: $10,000

The Diversity Scholarship is available to entering students at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

You must demonstrate a commitment to diversity as it relates to your interest in psychology in order to qualify for this award.

Priority is given to applicants who belong to ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, and sexual identity groups that have traditionally been underrepresented populations in the field of psychology.

Get more information on the Diversity Scholarship.

Coastal Advertising Marketing Professionals Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $750

The Coastal Advertising Marketing Professionals Diversity Scholarship is open to undergraduate minority students who are majoring in an advertising-related major such as advertising, marketing, communications, public relations, graphic design or photography. To qualify for this award, you must be at least a second-semester freshman attending a two-year or four-year college or university in Florence, Georgetown or Horry County in South Carolina or in Brunswick, New Hanover, Robeson or Columbus County in North Carolina.

Get more information on the Coastal Advertising Marketing Professionals Diversity Scholarship.

DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Blogging Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 5 Awards of $500

The DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Blogging Scholarship is available to minority undergraduate students who have been accepted to participate in a study abroad, intern abroad, language immersion abroad, or volunteer abroad program offered through a DiversityAbroad.com partner organization.

You must have a minimum 2.75 GPA at an American college or university to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Blogging Scholarship.

Ryan L. Thorne Technical Achievement Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores
Award Amount: $500

The Ryan L. Thorne Technical Achievement Scholarship was established by a graduate of Community College of Philadelphia, provides $500 toward tuition to an outstanding student pursuing a baccalaureate degree in a Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or Technology at a four-year institution. African-Americans and students of African descent are encouraged to apply.

Get more information on the Ryan L. Thorne Technical Achievement Scholarship .

African/African-American Nursing Student Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The African/African-American Nursing Student Scholarship is available to African and African-American students at Cedarville University. You must be majoring in nursing and have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the African/African-American Nursing Student Scholarship.

Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund is open to students in an AATA- approved art therapy program. You must be a member of an ethnic minority group and demonstrate financial need to qualify for this award.

Learn more about the Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund.

F. Armstrong Scholarship – Cornell College

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshman
Award Amount: $16,000

The F. Armstrong Scholarship is open to entering freshmen at Cornell College who contribute to campus diversity.

Get more information on the F. Armstrong Scholarship – Cornell College.

Reginaldo Howard Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: 100% of Tuition

The Reginaldo Howard Scholarship is available to first-year students of African descent at Duke University.

To be considered, you must demonstrate outstanding leadership ability, scholastic achievement, community involvement, and evidence of serious commitment to a life of service to others.

Get more information on the Reginaldo Howard Scholarship.

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $2,000

The Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students is available to minority students who are majoring in hotel management. You must be at least a sophomore student enrolled full – time at a four-year university. You must also be a US citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students.

Manhattan Central Medical Society Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 3
Award Amount: $2,000

The Manhattan Central Medical Society Scholarship is available to African-American medical students.

You must be enrolled at a school in the greater New York area to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Manhattan Central Medical Society Scholarship.

Black Professional Association Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Black Professional Association Scholarship is available to African-American students at the University of Akron. You must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. Preference will be given to students from the Cleveland area.

Learn more about the Black Professional Association Scholarship.

Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship is open to young professionals, undergraduate and graduate students who seek experience in HIV-related public policy and government affairs.

You must have strong research, writing and organizational skills and a willingness to work in a professional office. Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment is critical.

Familiarity with HIV-related issues and the legislative process is preferred.

People of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals, and HIV positive individuals are encouraged to apply.

Get more information on the Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship.

Diversity Out-of-State Tuition Waiver – University of Idaho

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to Graduate Students, 5th Year
Award Amount: Varies

The Diversity Out-of-State Tuition Waiver is open to students from diverse ethnic backgrounds attending the University of Idaho.

You must not be a resident of Idaho and have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Diversity Out-of-State Tuition Waiver – University of Idaho.

Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

The Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics Program is open to medical students who are members of an underrepresented minority.

You must demonstrate interest in pediatrics with an emphasis on nutrition to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics Program.

YMCA of Greater Rochester Enhancement of Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores through College Seniors
Award Amount: $3,000

The YMCA of Greater Rochester Enhancement of Diversity Scholarship is open to racial/ethnic minority students who have a strong interest in YMCA involvement.

You must be a full- or part-time matriculated student at an accredited college or university with a minimum of one semester completed.

You must also intern at least half-time (16-20 hours per week) at the YMCA during the school year and full-time during the summer, and have an interest in post-graduate career opportunities with the YMCA to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the YMCA of Greater Rochester Enhancement of Diversity Scholarship.

Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund is open to students in an AATA-approved art therapy program. You must be a member of an ethnic minority group and demonstrate financial need to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Cay Drachnik Minorities Fund .

ExxonMobil Scholars Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $7,500

The ExxonMobil Scholars Program is open to undergraduate African American, Latino American, or Native American students at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. You must be seeking a degree in chemical, mechanical, or civil engineering to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the ExxonMobil Scholars Program.

Smoot Memorial Book Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Seniors through Graduate Students, Year 4
Award Amount: Varies

The Smoot Memorial Book Scholarship is available to dental students at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center. You must be a underrepresented minority student or from an economically disadvantaged background to be eligible for this award. First preference will be given to African – American students.

Get more information on the Smoot Memorial Book Scholarship.

Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Awards from $1,000 – $4,000

The Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color is available to African – American, Asian American, Hispanic, and Native American students at Nebraska Wesleyan University. You must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color.

Otis A. Peeler Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Juniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Otis A. Peeler Scholarship is available to students at East Tennessee State University. You must be a rising junior majoring in mathematics with at least a 2.7 GPA to be eligible for this award. Preference will be given to African American students.

Get more information on the Otis A. Peeler Scholarship.

BASF Endowed Scholarship – LSU

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The BASF Endowed Scholarship is available to students enrolled in the College of Agriculture at Louisiana State University. You must have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to African American students.

Get more information on the BASF Endowed Scholarship – LSU.

Bevin and Vito Cetta Endowed Scholarship Fund

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

The Bevin and Vito Cetta Endowed Scholarship Fund is open to full-time African – American undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Get more information on the Bevin and Vito Cetta Endowed Scholarship Fund.

Union Contractors of AGC Minority Fund for Oregon African Americans in Construction Engineering Management

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Union Contractors of AGC Minority Fund for Oregon African Americans in Construction Engineering Management is available to African-American students at Oregon State University. You must be majoring in construction engineering management, be a resident of Oregon and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Union Contractors of AGC Minority Fund for Oregon African Americans in Construction Engineering Management.

BONUSINTERNSHIPS!

The AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors

Deadline: Varies

The AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship is open to minority undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in science writing. You must be enrolled in an academic program at the time you submit your application to be eligible for this internship. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a degree in journalism.

Learn more information about the The AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship.

BRAG Summer Internship Program

Available to: College Juniors through College Seniors

Deadline: Varies

The BRAG Summer Internship is available to African-American (and other students of color) students who are interested in pursuing a career in retail or a related field. You must have completed your junior year or be a senior student who will graduate in the Fall of the year you do the internship, have a GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate a genuine interest in retail as a possible career choice to qualify for this award.

Learn more information about the BRAG Summer Internship Program.

INROADS Internship Program

Available to: College Freshmen

Deadline: Varies

The INROADS Internship Program matches underrepresented minority students with internship opportunities with more than 60 major corporations, including Fortune 500 companies. Students who have career interests in Business, Engineering, Computers and Information Sciences, Retail Store Management, Sales, Health, or Marketing are encouraged to apply. You must be either a graduating high school senior who has been admitted to an accredited college or university or a college freshman or sophomore to be eligible for these internships. High school students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, college students must have a minimum 2.8 GPA. All applicants must be permanent residents of the United States.

Learn more information about the INROADS Internship Program .

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