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Scholarships for African American Students

Be sure to also check out Scholarships for All Students, which includes current and ongoing scholarships.

EEF's Scholarships
Deadline: Monday, April 2, 2018
The Educational Enrichment Foundation offers approximately 20 college scholarships to Tucson Unified seniors who successfully complete all State and District graduation requirements (see full descriptions for specific application qualifications). Visit the EEF Scholarship page for more information.

March Scholarships

ACS Scholars Program

To be considered for a scholarship through the ACS Scholars Program, candidates must:
  • Be African-American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • Be a full-time student at a high school or accredited college, university, or community college
  • Demonstrate high academic achievement in chemistry or science (Grade Point Average 3.0, "B" or better)
  • Demonstrate financial need according to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form (FAFSA) and the Student Aid Report (SAR) form
  • Be a graduating high school senior or college freshman, sophomore or junior intending to or already majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or a chemically-related science OR intending to or already pursuing a degree in chemical technology
  • Be planning a career in the chemical sciences.

Award: Up to $5,000
Deadline: March 1, 2018
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Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Each applicant must fulfill all the requirements listed below:
  • Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups:
    Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, Pacific Islander.
  • Enrolling as or enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), emphasis on math or actuarial courses.
  • Entering college freshmen must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 620.
  • Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession.

Award: Varies
Deadline: March 1, 2018
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Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

Scholarship is open to high school seniors of African descent who plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall. Applicant must be pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems or select business programs. Applicant must demonstrate a passion for technology, demonstrate leadership, and have at least a 3.3 GPA.
Award: $5,000
Deadline: March 1, 2018
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Generation Google Scholarship

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • High school seniors who are entering their first year of University 2018-2019‚Äč as a full time student,
  • Must intend to pursue a computer science or computer engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field,
  • Must exemplify leadership & demonstrate a passion for computer science and technology,
  • Must exhibit a strong record of academic achievement,
  • Must be a student from an underrepresented group in computer science (African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Filipino/Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Female, or a person with a disability),
  • Must be available to attend Google's Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in Summer of 2018.

Award: $10,000
Deadline: March 2, 2018
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NANBPWC, Inc. National Scholarship Program

  • Candidate is an African-American graduating high school senior.
  • Candidate must possess a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale by February 1st in the year of graduation.
  • Candidate must be a United States citizen.
  • Candidate must complete an official scholarship application online and submit by deadline.
  • Candidate must submit a 300 word essay on the topic:
    "Explain the Benefits You Have Gained through the Contributions of Two (2) Trailblazer of African Descent (past and/or contemporary) and How It Has Benefited You as a Person."
    Award: Varies
    Deadline: March 1, 2018
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April Scholarship

Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

Applicant must be:
  • U.S. Citizenship;
  • Must be a graduating high school senior, first-year student in an accredited four-year college, or a student transferring into an accredited four-year college;
  • Demonstrated financial need - must have a combined family income of $65,000 or less;
  • Record of academic achievement; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service.

Award: $2,000 per year for 4 years
Deadline: April 1, 2018
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PSAT Resources

Learning Express Library (LEL)

This resource includes tutorials with downloadable materials, timed practice exams, and helpful test taking tips for the PSAT. LEL helps individuals to further their career paths with a robust complement of College and Career Readiness tools. School Center focuses on K-12 skill-building and improvement in math and language arts, College Preparation Center focuses on 9-11 grade AP, PSAT, ACT, and SAT Exams, and College Center focuses on post-secondary education skill-building including practice exams for undergraduate (Accuplacer, Asset, Compass). Learning Express Library will also include updated information about the NEW SAT Exam starting in January.

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Gale Testing & Education Reference Center

Gale Cengage Learning provides individuals with start-to-finish resources with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape your life. This resource includes over 300 practice tests and courses, dozens of ebooks and study materials, information about more than 4,000 schools, scholarships, resume builder, and career module that help you cover subjects from career change to salary negotiation. Testing & Education Reference Center has sections for High School, College Prep, Career, Grad School, and International tools. Each section includes official practice exams (PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP and more) and study materials for accurate and productive student learning.

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Miscellaneous Resources

College Scorecard

U.S. Department of Education's resource for finding and comparing colleges, and financial information.More

How to Help Your Child Prepare for College and Career

A Guide for African American ParentsMore

The Science Behind the Ultimate Scholarship Application

YouTube video that tells how to craft a great scholarship application.More
Ongoing Scholarships

Regional College Access Center

Scholarships for African American or Black students
The Regional College Access Center helps students prepare for, apply to, and succeed in college. We serve students, families and educators in Tucson and Pima County.

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) Scholarship Programs

Applications and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the scholarship programs and the application process can be found at

The HERBERT LEHMAN SCHOLARSHIP is named after the former Governor and United States Senator from New York State in recognition of his integrity, persistence, and valor on behalf of numerous civil rights causes. Lehman Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors, high school graduates and college freshmen attending four-year, accredited colleges and universities who have a demonstrable interest in advancing the cause of civil rights and/or serving the public interest.

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students.More

American Chemical Society Scholars Program

American Institute of Chemical Engineers: Minority Scholarship

Bill Dickey Scholarship Association

Gates Millennium Scholars

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program selects 1,000 talented students each year to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. We provide Gates Millennium Scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.More

Historically Black College & University Scholarships

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

(high school seniors only)More

Maureen L. & Howard N. Blitman, P.E., Scholarship to Promote Diversity in Engineering

National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ)

Ron Brown Scholarships

United Negro College Fund

Administers scholarships, fellowship and institutional grants that support students at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels.More