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The Blackberry Vine Scholarship

The Blackberry Vine First-in-Family Scholarship provides funding to African American students who plan to attend a Historically Black College/University (HBCU). This scholarship is available to Starkville High School seniors who will be a part of the 2019 graduating class. For more information and the application requirements, download the document here: The Blackberry Vine First-in-Family Scholarship Application

Herbert Lehman Education Fund

The mission of the Herbert Lehman Fund is to help transform the promise of racial equality into a social, economic, and political reality for all people by supporting talented undergraduate students who need financial help to stay in school and successfully complete their bachelor’s degree.


HBCU Connect

Every quarter offers scholarship dollars to students attending HBCUs to help with books, tuition or other educational expenses.  The only stipulation is that you must be attending or planning to attend an HBCU, and you will need to submit a brief essay and bio to be considered.  Currently the scholarship is distributed quarterly, but could soon be a monthly distribution to lucky students.


Hope Scholarship
The H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Education) Scholarship Initiative was founded in 2010 by two Howard University alumni committed to serving their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are geared toward rewarding deserving students with scholarships through the assistance of grassroots level fundraising and corporate sponsorships.


Jackie Robinson Foundation

A not-for-profit organization preserving the legacy of Baseball Hall of Fame great Jackie Robinson through the distribution of scholarships in higher education, while creating educational and leadership development programs for minority youths.


National Association of Black Journalists

The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), in partnership with CNN, offers the NABJ/CNN Scholarship for aspiring African-American broadcast journalists. There are four awards available each year, and the competition has an annual deadline in mid-March. The maximum award is $25,000 ($6250/year renewable for four years). Unlike some other merit-based scholarships on this list, this award doesn’t require applicants to live in any specific state or attend any specific school, as long as they are pursuing an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism.


Ron Brown Scholarship Program

This program offers a renewable $10,000 award ($40,000 total over four years) to outstanding African-American high school seniors for use at any four-year college or university. We love the generous award amount as well as the flexibility it offers for students to attend the schools of their dreams. The Ron Brown Scholar program’s annual deadlines are in early November and January. The scholarship offers an excellent opportunity for high school students demonstrating outstanding academic and leadership credentials combined with significant financial need.


Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund provides merit scholarships for students who plan on attending historically black colleges and universities, while simultaneously embracing business, higher education, and professional sports.


Tom Joyner Foundation

The Tom Joyner Foundation and Denny’s Corporation, franchisor and operator of one of America’s largest full-service restaurant chains, today announced the fifth annual Hungry For Education (HFE) scholarship program, created for students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who have helped combat hunger.


United Negro College Fund

A well-known and well-represented united college fund primarily organized to raise money for the nation’s historically black private institutions of higher education.