Resources for African-American Students

Resources for African-American Students

Please note that this is not a comprehensive list! You’ll want to run your own Google searches, establish accounts with free online scholarship databases, talk to your school’s scholarship officers or guidance counselors, and investigate at local libraries or book stores to supplement the material included here.


Online Databases

Fill out your profile forms carefully, check your account frequently (we suggest once a week), and be sure to update your information as it changes. Also be sure to create a separate email address for your online scholarship databases.

Online Lists of Scholarship Links

In some cases, these lists are a year or more old, so be sure to double-check information and deadlines with the organization offering the scholarships.

  • com scholarship links

  • com African-American scholarship links

  • org’s 100 Minority Scholarships Gateway

  • Tuskegee University’s African-American scholarship links

  • Nationally Coveted College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships & Postdoctoral Awards for African-Americans


Individual Scholarships and Scholarship Programs

  • The Gates Millennium Scholars

  • Fisher Broadcasting Scholarships for Minorities

  • National Press Club Journalism Diversity Scholarship

  • Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program

  • StraightForward Media Minority Scholarships

  • Diversity Abroad Scholarships

  • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

  • American Geological Institute Minority Participation Program

  • American Society of Criminology Undergraduate Student Minority/Mentor Research Grant

  • The UNCF Merck Science Initiative



If you don’t see an organization here that represents your specific career goals or interests, try running a Google search!

  • Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology

  • The Thurgood Marshall College Fund

  • National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

  • The National Organization of Minority Architects

  • The Jackie Robinson Foundation

  • The United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

  • The Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies


Other Websites and Web Pages

  • Scholarships for Black Students at Black Students.Com

  • Edu Inc. Common Black College Application

  • American Institution of CPA (AICPA) Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students

  • Actuarial Foundation Diversity Scholarship

  • Diversity Scholarships at Be An Actuary.Org


  • Black & Minority Sections of College Scholarships.Org

  • Microsoft Internship and Tuition Scholarship

  • Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Scholarships

  • American Meteorology Society Minority Scholarships

  • Minority Scholarship in Classics and Classical Archaeology – See more at:



Don’t forget to search the “old-fashioned way,” too. Some funding won’t appear online and may only be listed in publications like these. You don’t have to buy these books to access them: visit your local public library or the UCLA Scholarship Resource Center library.

  • Beckham’s Guide to Scholarships: For Black and Minority Students, 2005, Barry Beckham
  • Eight Steps to Help Black Families Pay for College: A Crash Course in Financial Aid, 2003, Thomas LaVeist, Will LaVeist, and Tom Joyner
  • Higher Hopes: A Black Man’s Guide to College, 2012, R. D. Smith
  • The 2007-2009 African American Scholarship Guide for Students & Parents, 2007, Dante Lee and Jarmell Sims
  • The African American Scholarship Guide, 2012, Yvonne Rose and Tony Rose
  • The African American Student’s College Guide: Your One-Stop Resource for Choosing the Right College, Getting In, and Paying the Bill, 2000, Isaac Black
  • The African American Student’s Guide to College Success, 2015, F. Erik Brooks Ph.D.
  • The Black Girl’s Guide to College Success: What No One Really Tells You About College That You Must Know, 2007, Sheryl Walker