One of most significant challenges that black women face in society today is limited opportunities in the past. At the moment, less than 2 percent of employees in most colleges throughout the United States are African-American women. Getting a college education and getting financial support to help pay for the education are increasingly important and can help open the door to numerous opportunities.
There are many small, independent scholarships that are specifically designed for African-American women. Many of the scholarships are only good at certain universities. There are other national scholarships that African-American women may wish to consider applying for that may be available or eligible to African-American men as well.
At the moment, there are more black women attending college than there are black men attending college. There are plenty of opportunities out there for African-American women from any background to be able to afford to go to college without having to take out student loans.
Apply to many different scholarships.
It’s important for any prospective student or current college student who needs financial assistance to look for as many different scholarships as they can to apply to. Most scholarships are based on accomplishments, including academic grade point average, extracurricular activities, and any type of work they’ve done throughout the community, especially as a volunteer.
For African-American women who have put themselves in a good academic position are going to be in a better position to earn more rewards and awards in the future. That doesn’t mean, though, that an African American female student who didn’t excel in high school is going to be relegated to relying on student loans or other grants.
How to put yourself in a better position.
For any African-American female student who may not have the kind of grades out of high school that would allow her to qualify for certain scholarships, there are other alternatives. Enrolling at a junior or community college and living at home for a couple of semesters can give that student the opportunity to work harder and establish good grades. Once those grades have increased, she may very well be eligible for a lot of scholarships she previously had been ineligible for. On top of that, when a scholarship committee reviews applications, they will see the determination and change in the student since they graduated high school and that can inspire them to seriously consider rewarding them with a scholarship.
Here are some scholarships for black women that may just be your ticket to a better college career and experience.
Ada F. Hartog Memorial Scholarship
This particular scholarship is made available to female African-American students who are enrolled in the nursing program at Peace University in New York. In order to be considered for this particular scholarship, students need to maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA and be able to show a specific financial need for assistance.
Female African-American students who are enrolled in the nursing school program at Pace University can visit the website here for more details.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarship
This scholarship is open to any college student, regardless of race, but preference is given to African-American women. It’s important to be able to show a specific financial need for assistance and also be a first-generation college student. What this means is the student needs to be the first one in her family to be attending college.
Any students who are interested in learning more about this $500 scholarship can visit their website here.
Bernadine Johnson Marshall-Martha Belle Scholarships
This scholarship is worth $1,500 and three of them are awarded. They are awarded to first, second, or third year African-American female law students who are currently matriculating at an accredited law school in the United States.
In order to be considered for this particular scholarship, applicants have to have a legal residency in New Jersey and be able to document a financial need for assistance. They also need to submit a writing sample and show they have been actively involved in community service.
Any interested students can learn more by visiting this website here.
Cleveland County Negro Women’s Club Scholarship
This specific scholarship is made available to any African-American female student who is currently enrolled at Cleveland Community College. The student needs to demonstrate a specific financial need for assistance. There are some other requirements and they can be viewed at the website here.
Ethnic Minority Scholarship-African American
For female African-American students who are enrolled full-time in an undergraduate course at Randolph-Macon Women’s College, this particular scholarship can be tremendously beneficial for their college career.
In order to be considered for the scholarship, they need to be active and full-time members of the United Methodist Church for at least one year prior to their application.
Applicants who are awarded the scholarship are invited to reapply each academic year. In other words, it is not an annual scholarship but each potential candidate has an opportunity to receive financial support and assistance every year through this program. You can learn more about this scholarship here.
CESDA Diversity Scholarship
The deadline to apply for this $1,000 scholarship is March 6. It is made available through the Colorado Educational Services and Development Association. Interested candidates need to be first generation college students and part of an underrepresented ethnic or racial minority. They also need to show specific financial need for assistance.
Applicants need to be Colorado residents and high school seniors at the time of the application. In order to be considered for this scholarship, students need to maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.8 or higher. They also need to enroll in a two or four-year Colorado college or university the following fall after graduation.
They would need to take at least six credit hours during the fall semester in order to qualify. Interested candidates are encouraged to check out the website here.