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African American Women

Although times have changed for the better, African American women still often find it difficult to get the education needed to become successful in a career. Because of this problem, many groups and organizations offer scholarships for African American women that are designed to alleviate financial burden and to attract African American women to fields in which they are currently underrepresented. Here are some of the great scholarships for black women that are available:

Stan Beck Fellowship

The Stan Beck Fellowship, while not solely scholarships for African American Women, is designed to help students who want to enter a career in entomology or a related field and who have a need based on minority, economic, physical, or environmental limitations. Interested students must submit all materials by July 1. Required materials include completion of the CV template at, a letter of recommendation, a description of academic studies and plans, current transcripts, a statement of need or challenge, a letter of recommendation from an academic advisor, and two letters that support the need or challenge.

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

The Hyatt Hotels scholarships aimed at African American Women were started in 1988 to help minority students pursue a hotel management degree. In order to be eligible for the award, students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for the coming fall and spring semesters, be majoring in hospitality management, be at least a sophomore in a bachelor’s or higher program, be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and be either African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaskan Native. Winners receive a plaque and a $2,000 scholarship. To apply, download and complete the application at the official site and make sure all materials are submitted between January 1 and May 1.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Each year, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program offers scholarships for minorities to 1,000 students across the country. The awards vary based on cost of attendance and financial need and are good through graduation. Gates scholarships are available to African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or American Indian students who are citizens, nationals, or permanent legal residents of the U.S. and who have at least a GED or a 3.3 high school GPA. Applicants must be enrolling for the first time at an accredited U.S. college or university as full-time, degree-seeking students. In addition, applicants must have shown leadership abilities and meet Pell Grant eligibility requirements. To apply, students must complete and submit a personal information form, nominator form, and recommender form by January 16. Forms and additional details are available at

Lagrant Foundation Scholarship for Graduates

Through the Lagrant Foundation, minority graduate students can earn a $10,000 scholarship that will help cover the costs of earning a graduate degree. To be eligible, students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., full-time students at an accredited U.S. college or university, and have at least a 3.2 GPA, and must be majoring in marketing, advertising, or public relations. In addition, students must be African American, Asian American or Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or Native American. To apply, students must complete the official application, submit an essay, write a paragraph detailing college and community involvement, and write a paragraph detailing honors and awards received. The application must also be accompanied by a reference letter, a current resume, and unofficial transcripts from your school. All materials must be submitted by February 28, and official applications are available at the Lagrant Foundation website here.

FWA Scholarships

FWA scholarships are designed to provide assistance to women in the San Francisco Bay Area who are studying finance or financial services. These scholarships provide $5,000 each to undergraduate students and $10,000 to graduate students as well as mentoring and an Associate-level membership in FWA. To be eligible, students must be enrolled in an accredited Bay Area college or university and have at least a 3.4 GPA. Applications are available at the official site and are due by March 24.

Surety Industry Scholarship Program for Minority Students

To be eligible for these scholarships, students must be minority students who have completed a minimum of 30 semester hours of college work in insurance or risk management, accounting, or business and finance. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA and must be enrolled full-time in an accredited U.S. college or university. Applications are due by April 30 and must be accompanied by the Financial Aid worksheet, official academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, and the required essay. Applications are available at

Executive Women International Scholarship Program

The EWISP scholarships for African American women have been named one of the top 12 scholarships in the U.S. by Money magazine. The scholarships are open to high school seniors who exhibit good scholastic achievement, citizenship, leadership abilities, and extra-curricular participation. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000. Details and applications are available at Executive Women International’s scholarship site.

National Association of Black Journalists

The NABJ offers seven different journalism scholarships for African American women, most valued at $2,500 for African-American or foreign-born students who are interested in a journalism career. Scholarships are available to high school and college students who meet all requirements. To apply, students must complete an application and submit it along with transcripts, a resume, an essay, work samples, and references no later than February 28. Applications and details can be found at

AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

The American Association for the Advancement of Science provides scholarships for African American women in the form of summer internships for students who are pursuing a career in journalism and who wish to learn more about science writing. The Internship is with Science magazine at Washington, D.C. and includes 10 weeks of paid experience. Opportunities are open to all undergraduate minority students who are seriously interested in science writing with preference given to journalism majors. Applications must be submitted by March 1. Applications and full information can be found at the scholarship site at

The American Library Association offers the ALA Spectrum Scholarships

The ALA established the Spectrum Scholarship Program in 1997 to address the issue of underrepresented minority librarians as a way of promoting diversity in a larger way. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Hispanic, or Pacific Islander ethnicity. In addition, applicants must attend a graduate library or information studies that is accredited by the ALA or is a recognized NCATE School Library Media program. Recipients will receive a one-time award of $5,000 along with other benefits. Applicants must be submitted from mid October to March 1 and can be done through the scholarship site at

Robin Roberts/WBCA Broadcasting Scholarship Award

Another of the great scholarships for African American women offered by the WBCA, the Robin Roberts awards provide $4,000 a year to a senior female college basketball player who is planning to earn a graduate degree and pursue a career in sports journalism. Eligible applicants must be nominated by a WBCA head coach. Nominations must be accompanied by individual game statistics from the current year, college major and GPA, and a letter of recommendation. Details and nomination forms can be found at

Scholarships for African American women provide a way for this underrepresented group to get the education they need to break through socioeconomic barriers and enter the career field of their dreams. If you are ready to get the degree you have always wanted, apply for these scholarships to help cover your college costs.

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