Scholarships for Black History Month and Scholarships for African American Students

Did you know there are scholarships focusing on Black History month as well as those specifically for African Americans?

For example, Blacks@Microsoft (BAM) offers $5,000 scholarships to outstanding high school seniors of African or American descent who are interested in pursuing careers in technology. The scholarships are renewable for up to 4 years for a total of $20,000. They also have $2,500 BAM technology stipends available. Deadline: April 10.
Or consider the Apple HBCU Scholars Program for outstanding undergraduate, Masters, Law or Ph.D. students attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Those selected will receive a $15,000 merit-based scholarship and participate in a 12-week internship during the summer of 2020. See this page for more information.  Deadline: Rolling deadline until the program is full. Our suggestion – DON’T WAIT if you qualify. 

On a general level, the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest* is available to ALL high school seniors who write about an African-American who has inspired and motivated them. Students can earn a $5,000 or $3,500 scholarship. Deadline: February 29.

Two additional scholarship examples for outstanding African American students are the Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship and the Wynetta A. Frazier Sister-to-Sister Scholarship. The Dr. Arnita Young Boswell Scholarship is for graduating high school seniors and the Wynetta A. Frazier “Sister-to-Sister” Scholarship is for mature adult learners continuing their education. Visit the
NHBW, Inc. web site to get additional information. Deadline: February 28, 2020.

Attend the Essay Writing Workshop for Scholarships and College in Arlington on March 28

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Marianne will be doing a series of workshops in Bainbridge, Cairo, and Thomasville, Georgia this February. If you’re interested in attending a workshop, please contact your GEAR UP coordinator.


March 1, 2020 – 6:00 pm to 9:15 pm ET 
If you can’t attend, consider The Scholarship Success Toolkit.
February 25, 2020 – 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm ET  
March 4, 2020 – 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm ET  
March 3, 2020 – 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm ET. If you can’t attend this live session, consider our new comprehensive online learning course, How to Write Amazing Scholarship and College Essays.

* Webinar attendees become eligible for the Ragins/Braswell National Scholarship.
Note:  If you’re an educational institution interested in using a PO, please send an e-mail to

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Scholarships For College Students and/or High School Students

(up to $5000 for current college students in the U.S. or Canada) 
May 16 – “One Planet, Many People” Video Contest  (up to $1000 for high school seniors and current college students. This can also be used by international students and for study abroad) 

Scholarships For High School Students  and Scholarships for Middle School Students

February 14 – “WHAT’S YOUR STORY” ONLINE VIDEO CONTEST  (up to $10,000 available for 9th through 12th grade students)
February 29 –  Sweet and Simple Scholarship   ($1500 available to students 13 to 19 years of age)
To get more upcoming deadlines, see The Scholarship Monthly Planner

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