Undergraduate HBCU Scholarships Guide
Average HBCU Tuition for a Bachelor’s Degree
Grants for HBCU Degree Students
Undergraduate Scholarships for Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- National Forum for Black Public Administrators: Scholarship for Black students enrolled preferably at an HBCU who demonstrate outstanding merit, leadership and scholarship related to public service.
- Award: $2,000 to $10,000.
- Witt O’Brien’s Resilience through Diversity Scholarship: Award for Black students enrolled in their third year at an HBCU with an interest in community building and responding to disasters with resilience.
- Award: $5,000.
- Go On Girl’s Aspiring Writer Scholarship: Award for women of color enrolled in their first, second or third year at an HBCU with an interest in the literary pursuits of people of African descent.
- Award: $2,000.
- Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship: Scholarships for Black high school students with a passion for technology and plans to attend a four-year college or university to pursue a degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems or select business programs.
- Award: $20,000.
- Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Abroad HBCU Scholarship and Tuition Fund: Award open to students enrolled at an HBCU to apply toward the cost of an IES program to study abroad and purchase airline tickets.
- Award: $2,000.
- Apple HBCU Scholars – Thurgood Marshall College Fund: Merit-based scholarship and position in an internship program, paired with a mentorship for students enrolled at an HBCU studying computer science, engineering or non-technical areas of business.
- Award: $15,000.
- Institute for Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea HBCU Scholarship: Award for students enrolled at an HBCU who have demonstrated leadership through community service or other activities to attend a Semester at Sea voyage and earn a year of undergraduate credits.
- Award: $10,000.
- 100 Black Men National Scholarship Program: Award for mentees of the 100 Black Men program or affiliates who are high school seniors or enrolled at an accredited university, to be applied to tuition, room and board and books.
- Award: $1,000 to $5,000.
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Inc.: Merit- and need-based scholarships for full-time undergraduate students with at least a 3.0 GPA who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement, community service or leadership in their community.
- Award: Varies.
- Olay Face the Stem Gap Scholarship: Award for women of color enrolled as second-year students at an accredited university studying in a degree program for science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
- Award: $2,500.
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HBCU Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship FAQs
Scholarship deadlines may vary depending on the university or organization offering the scholarship, or the type of enrollment, such as early decision applications. The Department of Education recommends students begin researching and applying for scholarships during their senior year of high school to ensure enough time for making decisions about attending college.
Students may take note of the deadlines listed by organizations and apply as early as possible in case there is an early decision window to take advantage of.
Requirements may vary by the university or organization offering the scholarship, so students should be sure to read the entire application before beginning. It may be beneficial to have a school counselor, teacher or school administrator help by reading over the completed scholarship application to make sure you didn’t leave out any required materials. Organizations may not accept incomplete applications or notify applicants of missing or incomplete information.
Some scholarships may ask for a personal statement, while others may offer specific writing prompts for applicants to answer. No matter the topic, an essay for scholarship applications is truthful and effective at capturing the essence of who you are, according to Purdue Owl’s scholarship essay guidelines.
If you’re unsure where to start, you may consult your school counselor, English language teachers or previous scholarship awardees for advice and reviews of scholarship essays.
Some scholarships may require one or more recommendations from a teacher, mentor, employer or other professional who can vouch for your qualifications and eligibility. Be sure to read the full instructions on the application and check with your school counselor for additional information or advice.