Balac Essay Scholarships

There are billions of dollars in HBCU scholarships, grants, and internships that are available for students wishing to attend college. One of the best sources for scholarships is your high school counselor or college advisor. If you are a member of a minority group, you can expect to find an wide variety of scholarships. There are many business, civic, and social organizations that have put forth all types of scholarship offers to minority group members. To make your search easier; we have compiled a list of over 100 HBCU scholarships to help you find money for college.

HBCU SCHOLARSHIPS: Academic and Merit Based

TMCF/Lowe’s GAP Scholarship

    • Award: $500 to $3,100
    • Description: The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, in partnership with Lowe’s, is pleased to provide need-based merit scholarships to graduating seniors.
    • Administered by: Thurgood Marshall College Fund
    • DEADLINE: Nov. 30

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HBCU SCHOLARSHIPS: Community Service

Denny’s – Tom Joyner Foundation Hungry For Education Scholarship

  • Award: Up to 12 deserving students from HBCUs will receive a $2,500 scholarship
  • Description: HBCU students must submit an essay of 200 words or less on the topic, “Describe your most memorable community service or activity to combat hunger.”
  • Administered by: Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Corporation
  • DEADLINE: Dec. 1

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GEICO HBCU Tailgate Tour Community Contest

  • Award: $1,000 scholarship for yourself and another $1,000 for the charity of your choice
  • Description: HBCU students can submit a 1-minute video describing the work you do in your community for a chance to win a $1,000 scholarship for yourself and another $1,000 for the charity of your choice!
  • Administered by: GEICO
  • DEADLINE: Oct. 31

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Lexus Verses and Flow HBCU Scholarship

  • Award:
  • Description: A program that will award students at our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) for their academic excellence as well as their community involvement.
  • Administered by:
  • DEADLINE: Sept. 4

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HBCU SCHOLARSHIPS: Entertainment Industry Scholarships

Walt Disney Company, UNCF Corporate Scholars Program

  • Award: Up to $1000
  • Description: For students pursuing an off-camera career in the entertainment industry
  • Administered by: The Walt Disney Company
  • DEADLINE:May 15

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HBCU SCHOLARSHIPS: Needs-based Scholarships

The H.O.P.E. Scholarship Initiative

  • Award:
  • Description: Undergraduate students attending an accredited HBCU
  • Administered by: The H.O.P.E.
  • DEADLINE: July 1

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Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholarship

  • Award:
  • Description: The ‘Full Ride’ scholarship program that will cover all the expenses of one student planning to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in the fall of 2015.
  • Administered by: The Tom Joyner Foundation
  • DEADLINE: January 16

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HBCU SCHOLARSHIPS: Study Abroad Scholarships

HBCU SCHOLARSHIPS: STEM Scholarships (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

BASF/Alfred Chisholm Memorial Scholarship Fund

  • Award: up to $2,000
  • Description: The scholarship is available to undergraduate sophomore, junior and senior students enrolled at HBCUs. Applicants must complete the online application and upload the following materials: 2 letters of recommendation, a 250 word essay and most recent official transcript.
  • Administered by: BASF Corporation
  • DEADLINE: Nov. 14

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Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (African-American undergraduate students)

  • Award: up to $3,000 per year
  • Description: DFBSST identifies students through the assistance of Engineering and Science Department deans and professors at pre-selected, predominantly Black colleges and universities. DFBSST requests the deans and faculty members to identify a specified number of students that they would like to be considered for scholarships, and to pass on DFBSST scholarship application forms to these students.
  • Administered by: Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology
  • DEADLINE: June 15

Apply for Scholarship

HBCU SCHOLARSHIPS: Various Scholarships

Cappex $1,000 Easy College Money Scholarship (Monthly Essay Contest)

  • Award: $1,000
  • Description: Currently enrolled in high school or college or plan to enroll in the next 12 months.
  • Administered by: Cappex
  • DEADLINE: June 30

Apply for Scholarship

ThePensters essay writing contest

  • Award: $1,000
  • Description: Take a part in ThePensters persuasive essay writing contest and win up to a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Administered by: The Pensters
  • DEADLINE: May 31

Apply for Scholarship

UNCF Scholarships

  • Award:
  • Description: Scholarships, programs, internships, and fellowships.
  • Administered by: United Negro College Fund, Inc

Apply for Scholarship


Academic and Merit Scholarships

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program

  • Award: They’re offering up to $25,000/year for 100 first-time freshman, renewable up to four years. They are also offering $2,000/year for an additional 1,000 incoming students.
  • Description: The Buick Achievers Scholarship Program wants to reward those who have succeeded both inside and outside of the classroom, who may not be able to attend college without financial assistance. It’s a reward for what you’ve made of yourself, and the difference you are making for others..
  • Administered by: Buick
  • DEADLINE: March 31

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Coca−Cola Scholars Program

  • Award: upto $1,250
  • Description: The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
  • Administered by: Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

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Architecture and Design Related Scholarships

Disability Scholarships

Essay Scholarships

First Generation Scholarships

Government and Public Policy Scholarships

Hospitality Scholarships

Journalism and Digital Media Scholarships

Law and Criminal Justice Scholarships

Military Scholarships

Needs-based Scholarships

Non Profit and Philanthropy Scholarships

STEM Scholarships (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

  • American Medical Association (AMA) Minority Scholars Award (Medical student tuition assistance)
  • American Geological Institute Minority Participation Program Scholars (For students pursing careers geo sciences)
  • American Psychological Association (Students pursing the practice of psychology)
  • AIChE Minority Scholarship Award(Undergraduates studying chemical engineering)
  • APS Minority Scholarship (Students majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore
  • American Chemistry Society Scholars Program(Chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or chemically-related )
  • American Physical Society Minority Scholarship (High school students planning to major in physics)
  • Ethnic Minority Bachelor’s Scholarships (Students must also be enrolled in an undergraduate nursing degree program)
  • HP Scholars (For students pursing careers in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering)
  • Microsoft Scholarship & Internships (Computer science and related technical disciplines)
  • NASP–ERT Minority Scholarship Program (For Graduate Training in School Psychology)
  • National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) Scholarship Program(For students enrolled in engineering programs)
  • National Honor Society College Scholarships (Must be nominated through high school chapter)
  • National Society of Professional Engineers Education Foundation(Students pursuing engineering degree)
  • Shell Oil Company Scholarships (High school students pursuing engineering or geosciences in college)
  • Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science Program (SOARS) (Students pursing atmospheric and related sciences)
  • Stan Beck Fellowship (Graduate or undergraduate students in entomology or related disciplines)
  • Surety and Fidelity Industry Scholarship Program (For minority students pursing the areas of insurance/risk management, accounting, or business/finance)
  • The Actuarial Foundation Diversity Scholarship (High School Students, College Sophomore or Junior)
  • The Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program (High school students)
  • The National Institutes of Health Scholarship Program (Biomedical, behavioral, and social science health)
  • UNCF/Merck Science Initiative (Undergraduate, graduate & post graduate)
  • Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program (College students studying technical or engineering degrees)

Student-Specific Scholarships


Academic and Merit Scholarships

Essay Scholarships

Journalism and Digital Media Scholarships

Law and Crimial Justice Scholarships

Needs-based Scholarships

STEM Scholarships (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

Various Scholarships

Visual Arts Scholarships

  • CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship (For undergraduate OR a current high school seniors pursuing a major in the visual arts such as, but not limited to, architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production and other decorative arts) DEADLINE: May 1


Theology Scholarships

STEM Scholarships (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

First Generation Scholarships

Various Scholarships


Business and Entrepreneurial Scholarships

STEM Scholarships (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)


    • Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund – Macy’s and the American Heart Association are offering sixteen $2,500 tuition-focused scholarships for minority women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in healthcare fields. DEADLINE Dec. 31



Journalism and Digital Media Scholarships

Non-traditional Scholarships

Vocational Scholarships


Student-Specific Scholarships

Journalism and Digital Media Scholarships

STEM Scholarships (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)




2017 Scholarships Available For Black Students

Every year, more than $50 billion dollars in scholarships are given away to students of all ethnic backgrounds. This number includes many awards that are given only to African American students and other minorities.

Such opportunities are needed because African Americans continue to show the greatest need in the area of financial assistance. Even more, the education gap between minority students and their white counterparts is still very wide.

This web site was designed to help African American students find the latest scholarships and grants that are being given away by non-profit organizations, government agencies and major corporations.

Most of these programs aim to assist disadvantaged people who come from poor families and can not afford to pay for college. However, there are also programs that recognize and award students who can demonstrate excellence in education, sports, community service, etc. regardless of their financial status.

Most scholarships can be renewed for multiple years, and do not have to be repaid as long all of the agreed-upon terms are being met. Even more, scholarships can typically be used for, not just tuition, but also to pay for rooming, books, and other college needs!

Below are the top scholarship awards available this year:


Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest
A writing contest pertaining to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.


McKesson Pharmacy Scholarship
Designed to assist pharmacy students who plan to continue their education.


National Achievement Scholarship
Established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding African American high school students.

National Black Police Association Scholarships
For students pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and other related areas.

National Institute of Grants For Women
Designed to help women and girls find funding for college education, and more.

National Institute of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship
For students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing science and health-related research.

National SMART Grant
Available to full-time students who are majoring in science, math, technology, engineering, and more.


Ron Brown Scholar Program
Seeks to identify African American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society.

Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship
Seeks to recognize outstanding young people who are promoting American values on college campuses.


Siemen Competition
Competition for individual or team research projects in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.


Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
For first-generation students majoring in business, finance, science, engineering, and more.

Tri-Delta Scholarships
For students who excel in chapter and campus involvement,community service, academics, and more.

Tylenol Scholarship
For students pursuing a career in health care who can demonstrate leadership and academic qualities.


United Negro College Fund Scholarships
Administers 400 different scholarship programs so low-income families can afford college, tuition, and books.

U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship
For high school seniors planning to enroll or college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors already enrolled.

USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
For students seeking a Bachelor's degree in agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors.


Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program
Provides merit-based scholarships to minority students studying business, finance, economics, and more.


William B. Ruggles Right To Work Journalism Scholarship
Available to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in journalism or a related field.

Writer's Digest Annual Short Story Competition
Contest for writers who can compose the best fictional short story, written in 1,500 words or less.


Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
For academic high-achievers in science, engineering, and information technnology.

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