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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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Scholarship Opportunities

200 Free Scholarships for Minorities

(New Updated Listing)
Created by Black Excel

This 200 Free Scholarship List is created by Black Excel, and it's our latest.  We have featured over 1,000+ scholarships at our website. Remember that most groups provide scholarships on an annual basis, so don't stress yourself over any one particular deadline. Students are advised to target "good" scholarship sources...and apply every year.

1) Ron Brown Scholar Program (Scholarships)

2) UNCF Scholarships 2012

3) Black Students  - Scholarships and More For African American Students

4) FastWEB Scholarship Search

5) HSF Hispanic Scholarship Fund

6) QuestBridge. Great Program. Scholarship Resources Page

7) Scholarships (including Minority)

8) United Negro College Fund Scholarships

9) Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarships

10) Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

11) FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid (scholarships)

12) United Negro College Fund

13) Gates Millennium Scholarships (Annual)

14) McDonald's Scholarships (Annual)

15) Urban League Scholarships

16) Scholarships by Category

17)  National Merit Scholarships

18)  Black Excel Scholarship Gateways

19) FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

20) Scholarship & Financial Aid Help

21)  NAACP Scholarships

22)  First Generation Student Scholarships

23) ScienceNet Scholarship Listing

24) Asian American Scholarships

25) Siemens Foundation Competition

26) College Board Scholarship Search

27) International Students Scholarships & Aid Help

28) Minorities & Disabilities Scholarships

29) Guaranteed Scholarships

30) Hope Scholarships and Lifetime Learning Credits

31) Disabled War Veterans Scholarships

32) Sachs Foundation Scholarships

33) Student Inventors Scholarships

34) A Better Chance Scholarships

35) African American Scholarships (various areas)

36) Private Scholarships For Seniors

37) ScienceNet Scholarship Listing

38)  Scholarship, Loan, Tuition Help

39) Princeton Review Scholarships & Aid

40) Coca-Cola Scholarships

41)  Scholarship of the Month

42) Alphabetical List of Scholarships by Field of Study

43) National Federation of The Blind Scholarships

44) Ayn Rand Institute

45) Federation of Musicians Scholarships

46) Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

47) Nursing Scholarships

48)  College-Bound High School Seniors - Scholarships           

49) AFROTC High School  Scholarships

50) Minority Scholarships

51) Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students

52) The Elks National Foundation Scholarships

53) MacDonald Scholarships

54) Multicultural Scholarships and Opportunities

55) African American Scholarships

56) Marine Corps Scholarships

56) Minority Student Scholarships (55 Listed)

57) Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships

58) Dream Deferred Essay Contest

59) STATE FARM INSURANCE Hispanic Scholarships

60) National Scholarships at All Levels

61) School Without Walls

62) Burger King Scholars

63)  Major Scholarships and Fellowships

64) Nursing Scholarships Opportunities

65) Lagrant Scholarships: Minorities, Public Relations & Other

66) Students With Autism Scholarships

67) Scholarships for Students Working for Peace and Justice

68) Students With Epilepsy Scholarships

69) Gateway to 10 Free Scholarship Searches

70) Scholarships for Study Abroad

71) Adventures In Education Scholarship Search

72) Urban League Scholarships with Gillette

73) New York Urban League Scholarships

74) Jerry Bartow Scholarship Fund

75) Nordstrom Scholarship Program

76) Will To Win Scholarships

77) The Big Sun Scholarships (Students on Sports Teams)

78) Scholarships for Women

79) American Chemical Society Scholarships

80) Sallie Mae Grants and Scholarships

81) Scholarships List and Search

82) TG's Milton G. Wright Scholarship Drawing

83) Adventures in Animation (Paying for College)

84) Hispanic Scholarship Fund

85) African American College Grants

86) African American Scholarships (various areas)

87) Scholarships For Hispanics

88)  Scholarships for Single Mothers

89)  Girls Going Places Entrepreneurship Scholarship

90) Astronaut Scholarship Foundation

91) Jeanette Rankin Grant/Scholarship For Low-Income Women (over 35)

92) Minority Undergraduate Fellows Program

93)  Shell Oil Scholarships

94) College Connection Scholarships

95) Super College Scholarships

96)  African American College Grants

97) Best Buy Scholarships (over 1,000)

98)  Student Loan Consolidation (read Info)

99)  Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

100)  Master List of Scholarships

101)   Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)-Key to everything

102)   AES Engineering Scholarships (Essay)

103) The Roothbert Fund Scholarships

In the Black Excel African American Student's College Guide (published by John Wiley & Son and available at, there's a chapter that tells you exactly what to do with regard to "getting the money"!  Finding a scholarship is just the first step. -Isaac Black, Founder of Black Excel: The College Help Network (BlackExcel)

104) Gateway to 10 Free Scholarship Searches

105) International Students Help and Scholarships

106) Elks National Foundation Scholarships (Over 500

107) Black Excel Scholarship Gateway

108) Peterson's Aid and Scholarships Help

109) Coveted National Scholarships

110)  Scholarships for Military Children

111) Martin Luther King Scholarships

112) New York Women in Communications Foundation (Other States)

113) Art and Writing Awards

114) Edison International Scholars Program

115) Law Enforcement Scholarships (Every Three Months)

116) Chicana/Latina Foundation

117) Civil Rights Defense Fund

118) Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

119) Online Associate Degree Scholarship

120) Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarships

121) Asian American Journalist Association

122) American Assoc. of University Women

123) Scholarships by State

124) African American Scholarships (various areas)

125) Engineering School Scholarships

126) Scholarship News

127) Recession Relief Scholarships

129) Orphan Foundation of America

130) September 11th Scholarship Funds

131) Past Presidents' Legacy Scholarships

132) American Fire Sprinkler Scholarship Contest

133) Mensa Scholarship Essay Scholarship

134) Miss America Scholarships

135) Davidson Fellow Scholarships

136) Federal Student Aid Portal

137) Josh Gibson Foundation Scholarship (Baseball Essay)

138) The National Society of High School Scholars

139) Alger Association Scholarships (Horatio)

140) Collegiate Inventors Competition

141) Alphabetical Index to Scholarships and Aid

142)  Alphabetical List of Scholarships by Field of Study

143)  National Federation of The Blind Scholarships

144) Union Plus Scholarship Database

145) Scholarships for Single Mothers

146)  Federation of Musicians Scholarships

147)  Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

148)  Coca-Cola Scholarships

149) Scholarships on the Net (1500 Links)

150)  Minority Nurse Gateway of Scholarships

151) NAACP Scholarships

152) Bowling Scholarships

153) Red Cross Presidential Intern Program

154) Scholarships by Category

155) Scholarships for Women

156) Major Scholarships and Fellowships

157) Scholarships in Criminal Justice & Related Fields

158)  African American College Grants

159)  Multicultural Scholarships and Opportunities

160)  Journalism Fellowships

161)  KFC Colonel's Scholars Program

162)  Nursing Scholarships Opportunities

163)  Minorities & Disabilities Scholarships

164)  Lagrant Scholarships: Minorities, Public Relations & Other

165)  First Generation Student Scholarships

165)  Students With Autism Scholarships

166)  Disabled War Veterans Scholarships

167)  National Society of Arts and Letters Scholarships

168)  Scholarships for Students with Epilepsy

169) Asian American Scholarships

170)  Urban League Scholarships

171)  Sachs Foundation Scholarships

172)  Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest

173) APS Minority Scholarship (Physics)

174) Courageous Persuaders Scholarships

175) Annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest

176) Students With Disabled Parents Scholarships

177) Microsoft University Careers Scholarships

178) The "Negro Spiritual" Scholarship Foundation

179) Siemens Westinghouse Competition (Now College Board)

180) Native American Scholarships

181)  Alzheimer's Awareness
College Scholarship

182) USA Access Education Scholarships

183) Scholarships for Military Children

184)  American Nuclear Society Scholarships

185) Questbridge College Prep Scholarships

186) National Association of Negro Musicians Scholarships (contact branches)

187) The National Society of High School Scholars

188) William A Lee Memorial Scholarships (Chicago)

189) The National Society of High School Scholars

190) Japanese American Citizens League Scholarships

191)  Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships

192) National Federation of The Blind Scholarships

193) Family Dollars Scholarships

194)  African American Scholarships (various areas)

195) Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarships

196) SEIU Lottery Scholarship Program

197)  Scholarships for Study Abroad

198)  Scholarships from Kitchen & Bath Association

199) Americanism Essay Contest

200) Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation

201) 25 Great Scholarships for Students

202) The Gates Millennium Scholars

203) AAUW Community Action Grants
(scholarships for women over 40)

204) The UNCF General Scholarship

205) Armstrong, Earl & Patricia - HBCU Scholarship/Grant

206) ABC Studios Production Associates Program

207) United Negro College Fund/Berbeco Senior Research Fellowship

208) HBCU Scholarships/Grants

209) United Negro College Fund/ChevronTexaco Scholars Program


Scholarship Gateway provided by Isaac Black, Founder
Black Excel: The College Help Network

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