2016 is expected to be a great year for students because a record-number of foundations and organizations are planning to give away billions of dollars in legit scholarships. These scholarships usually have different criteria to qualify, but once obtained can be used to pay for college tuition, books, and room and board.
The problem is the information is not always readily available to those who can use it the most. The information doesn’t always trickle down to those most in need of help until it’s too late. Let’s face it, white Americans who don’t finish high school sometimes have better job prospects than black Americans who go to college. Not to mention college debt is crippling black graduates’ ability to gain wealth, so our young men and women have to work twice as hard.
This year BW wanted to help get the word out, help make this information more readily available, help level the playing field!
Here are the top 2015-2016 scholarship programs for African-American and minority students with upcoming deadlines in December or January:
#1 – Tom Joyner Foundation “Full Ride” Scholarship: Awards a full scholarship to one student to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with high academic records. The deadline to apply is in January of each year.
#2 – The Gates Millennium Scholars Program (The Bill Gates Scholarship): Awards scholarships each year to African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American students who plan to enroll full-time in a two-year or four-year college or university program. The deadline to apply is in January of each year.
#3 – Burger King Scholars Program: Designed to help high-school seniors who are looking to start college next year. Annually, the program awards more than $1.4 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students. Applicants must be residents of the United States or Canada, and must be graduating high school seniors. The deadline to apply is in December of each year.
#4 – Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund For Women: Aims to ease the financial burden to students and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in medicine. Also, champions greater inclusion of multicultural women in the nursing and medical industries. The deadline to apply is in December of each year.
#5 – Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program: Gives high school students who are active it sports and in their communities, as well as outstanding students, an opportunity to win a $20,000 college scholarship. Students must be planning to attend a four-year college. The deadline to apply is in December of each year.
#6 – Ron Brown Scholar Program: Provides scholarship awards to African-American high school seniors who are excelling in their academics, exhibiting exceptional leadership potential, and actively serving in community service activities. The deadline to apply is in January of each year.
#7 – Dell Scholars Program: Recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles to pursue their educations, and are now serving as positive role models in their communities. Awards hundreds of scholarships each year annually, and since 2004, has given away more than $31 million in college funding. The deadline to apply is in January of each year.
#8 – Generation Google Scholarship For Minorities, Women and Disabled Students: Helps minority students who plan to attend college and study computer science and technology. Eligible students must be African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, female, or one who has a disability. The deadline to apply is in January of each year.
#9 – United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarships: Provides extraordinary amounts of scholarship opportunities for minority students with financial need. Scholarships include educational assistance for students attending participating Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCU) and other colleges as well. The deadlines to apply vary for each year.
#10 – Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships For Minority Students: Gives financial aid awards to Black, Hispanic and Asian eligible high school students with high academic performance and community service as well as financial need. The deadline to apply is in January of each year.
To see and apply for hundreds of other 2015-2016 scholarships, visit www.ScholarshipsOnline.org.