Black women are more likely than any other group to achieve undergraduate degrees, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Since all those hard-earned academic achievements come with a steep price tag, it is important for students who fit the demographic to have ready access to information about scholarships for Black women.
NANBPWC National Scholarship
The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NANBPWC) is a non-profit organization that offers several scholarships to African-American women. These include the National scholarship granted to a high school senior with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The applicant must fill out an application form online and also submit an essay. Other scholarships for Black women through NANBPWC include the Dr. Julianne Malveaux scholarship, the Dr. Blanca Moore-Velez Woman of Substances scholarship and the Peola Smith-Smith Educational Leadership scholarship.
Jack and Jill of America Foundation
The Jack and Jill of America Foundation is dedicated to ensuring the educational and professional success of African American Youth. The foundation offers African American scholarships to high school seniors who are preparing to earn a full-time bachelor's degree at a 4 year college or university. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, submit an online application with references and complete an essay.
Fred Luster Sr. Education Foundation
Luster Products, the Chicago based corporation that manufacturers hair products for the African American community, offers African American scholarships for students who wish to go to cosmetology school or college. To apply for a cosmetology school or college scholarship, contact the American Health and Beauty Aids Institute.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund
This organization partners with corporations such as Lowe's and Boeing to provide African American scholarships to students attending historically Black universities. These financial awards may be merit-based or need-based with varying application processes and qualifications for each scholarship.
United Negro College Fund
The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has provided African American scholarships, including grants for Black women, since the 1940s. The program began as an alliance among historically Black colleges in response to the financial pressures of the Great Depression and World War II. As the largest, most effective advocacy organization for minority students' educational needs, UNCF has helped over 45,000 students earn degrees to the tune of more than $4.8 billion. Students can use the website's search tool to find specific opportunities (such as scholarships for Black women) or complete the general application online, which serves as a matching tool to find scholarship opportunities for individual students.
Oubria Tronshaw specializes in topics related to parenting and business. She received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Chicago State University. She currently teaches English at Harper Community College in the Chicago area.