Top Scholarships for Black Students in April 2022




By Will Geiger

Updated: March 31st, 2022

Historically, access higher education has not always been equal. Many groups, including African American and Black students, have been left out of educational opportunities.

Because of this, many colleges and scholarships aim to support African American students as they pay for college. These scholarships include specific scholarships for African American women, full ride scholarships, and scholarships generally for students from minority backgrounds.

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Top African American scholarships for 2022:

$1,000 Andrew Perez Mental Illness/Suicidal Awareness Education Scholarship

  • Eligibility: BIPOC high school or undergraduate students who struggle with mental health
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: April 14, 2022

$1,000 Black Students in STEM Scholarship Fund

  • Eligibility: African American high school seniors with a 2.5 GPA or above planning to study STEM at HBCUs
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: June 30, 2022

$1,000 Michigan Future of the Arts Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Michigan BIPOC high school seniors or undergraduate students pursuing art or design
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Deadline: May 19, 2022

$500 Chang Heaton Scholarship for Music Excellence

  • Eligibility: First-generation, BIPOC undergraduate or graduate students  pursuing theater or music degrees
  • Amount: $500 (five $500 scholarships are awarded!)
  • Deadline: June 25, 2022

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

  • Eligibility: High school seniors who identify as African American
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Deadline: March 15, 2022

KnowBe4 Scholarship for Black Americans in Cybersecurity

  • Eligibility: African American or Black students who will be an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in cybersecurity or a related field.
  • Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Deadline: April 18, 2022

National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club Scholarships

  • Eligibility:  There are a variety of scholarships available for college bound high school seniors, women over age 35, and single women
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: April 20, 2022

Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program

  • Eligibility: Rising seniors with documented financial need who attend an accredited HBCU with a minimum GPA of 3.5
  • Amount: $10,000 (2 scholarships are awarded!)
  • Deadline: November 18, 2022

APF Queen-Nellie Evans Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Minority graduate students committed to improving marginalized communities
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Deadline: January 21, 2023

Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships

  • Eligibility: Incoming/full-time college students at one of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF) 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Amount: Up to $10,000
  • Deadline: Varies from January – February / Spring Scholarships: August – October

NAACP Scholarships

  • Eligibility: African American/person of color high school senior, undergraduate, or graduate students with a 3.0 or above GPA. Must be a member of the NAACP
  • Amount: Varies
  • Deadline: Varies

Tips for African American students applying for scholarships

What you should know about HBCUs

HBCUs have historically been extremely important in the education of Black students. For many years, they were the only universities that admitted Black students. Fortunately, this is no longer true. However, they continue to provide unique benefits for Black students across the country. Here is a list of some of the highest-rated HBCUs:

School  Location Enrollment Tuition  Acceptance Rate
Spelman College Atlanta, GA 2,120 $29,972 43.4%
Howard University  Washington, DC 6,526 $28,440 36.1%
Xavier University of Louisiana  New Orleans, LA 2,530 $25,947 60%
Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL 2,394 $22,679 51.7%
Hampton University Hampton, VA 3,714 $29,287 36%
Morehouse College Atlanta, GA 2,238 $28,847 99.8%

There are many scholarship opportunities specifically for Black students attending an HBCU. These include the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame General Scholarship. We also have a full list of HBCU scholarships to check out.

Frequently asked questions about scholarships for Black students

Are there scholarships specifically for Black women?

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs offers several scholarships specifically for Black women. If you are looking for other scholarships for women, we’ve got you covered with our top scholarships for women list that’s updated each month!

Do I qualify for scholarships for Black students if I am multiracial?

Yes, you do! Though they may exist, we have never seen a scholarship that requires 100% Black heritage. And you can apply to scholarship opportunities meant for any race or heritage you identify with. So, if you are Black and Hispanic, you can apply to scholarships targeted towards either community.

What are the advantages of HBCUs?

Though every student’s needs are different, HBCUs can be a great option for some Black students. Studies have shown higher levels of engagement and higher graduation rates among Black students at HBCUs. Additionally, they often have more institutional aid set aside for Black students.

Summary of scholarships for Black students

  1. $1,000 Andrew Perez Mental Illness/Suicidal Awareness Education Scholarship
  2. $1,000 Black Students in STEM Scholarship Fund
  3. $1,000 Michigan Future of the Arts Scholarship
  4. $500 Chang Heaton Scholarship for Music Excellence
  5. Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships
  6. KnowBe4 Scholarship for Black Americans in Cybersecurity
  7. National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club Scholarships
  8. Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship Program
  9. APF Queen-Nellie Evans Scholarship
  10. Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
  11. NAACP Scholarships

Upcoming scholarships for Black students

Center for Advancing Opportunity Undergraduate Research Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Open to students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU)
  • Amount: up to $7,500

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Eligibility:Rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
  • Amount: $45,000
  • Opens: September 1, 2022

Gates Scholarship

  • Eligibility: High school seniors of African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American who are Pell-eligible
  • Amount: Full funding for all college costs not covered by FA and family contribution
  • Opens: July 15, 2022

Generation Google Scholarship 

  • Eligibility: Open to all high school seniors and college students who excel in technology. Historically underrepresented  groups, such as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students are especially encouraged to apply
  • Amount: $5,000 to $10,000

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Open to high school seniors from minority backgrounds.
  • Amount: up to $30,000 over 4 years

Men of Courage Barbershop Challenge

  • Eligibility: African American men over the age of 18
  • Amount: $10,000 for first place and $5,000 for runner-up
  • Opens: July 1, 2022

Ron Brown Scholars Program

  • Eligibility: African American students with demonstrated financial aid who are high school seniors.
  • Amount: up to $10,000 per year

TMCF | McDonald’s Black and Positively Golden Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior at Thurgood Marshall College Fund Member-Schools during the 2022-2023 academic school year.
  • Amount: $15,000

UNCF General Scholarship

  • Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and graduate students attending a UNCF member college
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Opens: June 2022

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