Historically, many black males have not had the opportunity to pursue higher education in the United States. In recent years, private and nonprofit foundations have rallied to help support black men become future leaders who are successful in their educational and career goals. Scholarships, grants, and educational mentorships have helped many black males make strides in their educations and careers.
Jackie Robinson Foundation
The Jackie Robinson Foundation offers a scholarship of up to $7,500 for black and minority students who aspire to go to college but could otherwise not afford to do so. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is committed to providing mentorship to students as part of a mission to create future black leaders of America. Qualifying students must be applying for a BA at a four-year accredited university. The award will help assist in covering tuition, living expenses, book, and other costs related to achieving a college degree.
One Hudson Square 75 Varick Street 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10013-1917 http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/programs.php
United Negro College Fund
The United Negro College Fund is the largest minority education organization in the United States. In the past 66 years, it has raised more than $3 billion to help assist over 350,000 African-American students go to college and achieve their educational goals. One scholarship offered through UNCF is the GHEENS Foundation Scholarship. This $2,000 is available to eligible students enrolled in a two- to four-year college with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. UNCF also helps assist black students interested in getting their teacher's degree through the Sieman's Teacher Scholarship. Students must be majoring in education. The amount varies depending on the financial need of the students. Contact UNCF for more information on scholarship opportunities.
United Negro College Fund 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive P.O. Box 10444 Fairfax, VA 22031-8044 http://www.uncf.org/
Black Male Initiatve
In an effort to promote educational advancement for black men, City University of New York is offering scholarships to attract more African-Americans into its programs. One of the programs through CUNY is the Skadden, Arps Honor Program in Legal Studies. It offers merit and need-based scholarships to black males interested in pursuing a degree in the legal profession. In addition to monetary assistance, the Skadden, Arps Honor Program mentors and provides preparation for a degree in law. It also assists students in receiving a paid summer internship at a law firm, as well as help with the LSAT and law school preparation.
160 Convent Avenue New York, NY 10031 (212) 650 7000 http://www1.ccny.cuny.edu/prospective/socialsci/skadden/
100 Black Men of America Scholarships
Another organization that offers help to black males seeking a college education is 100 black Men, Inc. This is a national organization with chapters all over the United States. Look into the chapter in your state for specific scholarship and grant opportunities.
100 Black Men of America , Inc. Headquarters (World) 141 Auburn Avenue Atlanta, GA 30303 http://www.100blackmen.org