In addition to federal financial aid, many Connecticut College students pursue scholarships from outside sources. The following scholarships are available to African-American students through various foundations and organizations. This is a list of some of the top scholarship opportunities available for black students. We have provided links to the scholarship website, information about applying for awards, and the application for these grants. Please check the scholarship website for details on application deadlines.
ACS Scholars Program: The American Chemical Society awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students who want to enter the fields of chemistry or chemistry-related fields.
Beautiful Minds Scholarship: A $1000.00 award available to minority graduating high school seniors. Applicants are required to submit an essay on the topic "Finding My Purpose."
Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism: Offers training, paid internships, and cash awards to college students or recent graduates interested in pursuing careers in journalism.
Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund: Provides need-based grants to students who are able to do academic work at the college level and are actively working for peace and justice. Applicants must demonstrate active participation in struggles for civil rights, economic justice, international solidarity or other progressive issues.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program: The nation's largest minority scholarship program. The scholarships can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the college or university of the recipients’ choice.
Google United Negro College Fund Scholarship: The Google-UNCF Scholarship is awarded annually to a group of African-American students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in computer science or computer engineering. Scholarship recipients will receive an academic scholarship as well as be invited to attend the Annual Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, CA.
LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship Program: Provides funding for students attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations.
Maureen L. and Howard N. Blitman, P.E., Scholarship to Promote Diversity in Engineering is awarded annually to a high school senior from an ethnic minority who has been accepted into an ABET-accredited engineering program at a four-year college or university.
Microsoft Scholarship: A Microsoft scholarship provides a leg up so you can pursue undergraduate studies in computer science and related technical disciplines.
NAACP/Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship: Applicants must be a current NAACP member, a U.S. citizen, a full-time student in an accredited college, maintain a 2.5 undergraduate GPA, demonstrate a financial need, and be under the age of 25.
NAACP/Bennett Scholarship Program: Applicants must be a current NAACP member, a U.S. citizen, a full-time student in an accredited college, maintain a 2.5 undergraduate GPA, demonstrate a financial need, and be under the age of 25.
NAACP/Willems, Hubertus W. V. Scholarship for Male Students: This scholarship is awarded to male students who plan to study Engineering, Chemistry, Physics or Mathematical Sciences in undergraduate or graduate school.
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholars Program: Provides financial support to minority engineering students who have demonstrated financial need. To be eligible students must enroll in an engineering program at a partner university, maintain a minimum required GPA (varying from 2.5 – 2.8); and register for the NACME Student Online Resume Directory.
National Association of Black Journalists Scholarships: NABJ awards more than $60,000 in scholarships annually to deserving students interested in pursuing careers in journalism.
National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity: The National Press Club awards up to $10,000 over the course of four years to a high school senior with the aim of furthering diversity in journalism.
NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Scholarships: Twenty-six $6,000 postgraduate scholarships – 13 for women and 13 for ethnic minorities – who are enrolling in a curriculum that will assist the applicant in obtaining a career in sports administration. Six of the scholarships are available to Division III students only.
RMHC/African-American Future Achievers: Annual scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors who have at least one parent of African-American heritage. Students must live within the boundaries of a participating Ronald McDonald House Charity Chapter.
Ron Brown Scholar Program: Seeks to identify African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership potential, participate in community service activities and demonstrate financial need.
Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation: By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to, surviving in, and graduating from college, the SCSF plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults.
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) Scholarship Programs: UNCF provides operating funds for 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Scholarship: A candidate must be a resident of New York City and of African-American, Latino, Asian or Native American background who demonstrates strong potential for academic achievement and proven leadership ability. $3,500 will be awarded to scholarship recipients.