Due dates for scholarship applications vary.
1) Ron Brown Scholarships---The award: Leadership, community service, all fields. This is one of most prestigious scholarships and it's very, very competitive. The deadline is usually in November. Details at site.
2) Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship---The award: up to $6,000 per year. Approximately 100 winners. Renewable. Must be minority Senior High School student. Academic merit, leadership, community service, all fields. Deadline is usually in April. Details at site.
3) United College Fund Scholarships--- The UNCF is one of the major scholarship gateways. The awards are of varying amounts, and there are many under different names and requirements (Grandmet, Duracell, for example). The deadline is usually December. Details at site.
4) NACME Scholarships---National Action Council For Minorities in Engineering.
Award amounts to $20,000, and many are awarded. Must be an engineering student. Go to website for details, or contact financial aid officials at your college. Deadline: ongoing.
5) Gates Millennium Scholarships---The Gates Millennium Scholarship is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need. The scholarship will cover room, board and tuition for at least 1,000 high school students a year. Also open to current college students. Go to website for details. Deadline: January, see site for details.
6) NSBE Scholarships---(National Society of Black Engineers). Award amount: Generally range from $1,500 to $3,000 for members of NSBE. Number of awards varies. This is primarily for engineering students, and others majoring in related disciplines. Deadlines vary. Details at website.
7) ARMY ROTC Scholarships---(For historically black colleges.) Students looking to enroll at a HBCU must enroll in the Army ROTC. Award amount to full-tuition. Many awards. Must have minimum 920 on SAT or 19 ACT score. Deadline: see website for details.
8) American Institute Of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships---(AICPA). Full-time graduate or undergraduate students eligible. Awards up to $5,000 with about 300 winners annually. Deadline: June 1. Go to website for GPA requirements and details.
9) Developmental Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology Scholarships---Award amount: $2,000 and renewable. Several scholarships granted. This is for science or engineering students at HBCU. Deadline is June 15.
10) Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarships---This is a major competition with awards going to over 1400 "scholars" each year with academic, leadership, and talent qualities. The award amount is from $4,000 to $20,000. You can apply on-line. The deadline is October 31.
11) Ambassadorial Scholarships---This is the prestigious "rotary" organization scholarship for students who can speak another language and want to study abroad in the "host" country of that language. Award amounts are from $10,000 to $23,000 for a 3 month to full year of study abroad. You should have completed at least 2 years of college work.
12) Ronald McDonald House Charities ---Four types of scholarships available (you can only apply to one). Deadline: February, see site for details.
13) Xerox Technology Minority Scholarship---type in "Scholarship" in the search engine. This is a good scholarship for strong minority students studying in areas like chemistry, engineering, physics, and "tech" areas. The award amount is up to $4,000 for undergraduates and more for graduate students. The deadline is Sept. 15. Go to web location for details.
14) Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships---The above link is to the Chicago headquarters and that gateway of scholarships. Note that there are over 700 AKA Chapters, and you would be wise to contact AKA at local chapters for specific cholarship opportunities. The deadline at AKA headquarters is April 15. Applications (at the website) must be sent by April 15. *Editor's note: all of our Greeks (listed in our Black Excel college guide) offer scholarships, and you should contact your local chapters.
15) NCAA Scholarships---(National Collegiate Athletic Association). This is the major NCAA sports association student-athletes are associated with. Awards are given in all sports categories, amounts from $3,000 to $12,500. Awards are also available for sports related study (like sports journalism). Deadlines vary, as do the number of awards each year.
16) Harry S. Truman Scholarship---The is one of the most prestigious scholarships, shaped for students who intend to pursue a career targeted to public service or government. Graduate study should be a goal, with a portion of the funds directed there. You must be a college junior at time of selection, and your college must nominate you. A "nomination" package must be created. The awards can reach as high as $30,000 over the years. Generally about 80 students are selected. The deadline is February 3rd. Go to website for details.
17) National Association of Hispanic Journalist---Awards from $1000 - $5000 Students interested in journalism as a career can apply. Deadline is Feb 28th. See web site for application and information.
18) National Association of Black Journalists---NABJ offers 10 scholarships. Awards up to $5,000. Black high school seniors, undergraduates, or graduate students to be eligible. They must present three letters of recommendation from a school adviser, dean or a faculty member. Also, a 500-800 word article on a Black journalism must be presented. A grade point average of 3.0 is desirable. Eligible students must be majoring in journalism-print, photography, radio or television. One of those should be a career goal. Deadline is March 17. Go to website for details.
19) Hispanic College Fund Scholarships---Major site for Hispanic students majoring in business-related areas, A to Z (accounting, human resources, communications, and more). The award amount varies. Over 140 awards granted. Deadline is March 15. Go to website for details.
20) Arts Recognition And Talent Search Awards---These awards are granted to high school or college students (17, 18 years of age) who show talent in dance, voice, music, art, photography, jazz, visual arts, writing, or other creative areas. You must audition or submit a portfolio or tape. The award is to be used for freshman year in college. Award amounts from $100 to $3,000. Deadline is June 1 or April 1 (for registration in specific regions).
21) Society of Women Engineers Scholarships---These scholarships are targeted for women who are majoring in engineering or computer science. The minimum GPA is 3.5/4.0 for freshman applicants and 3.0/4.0 for sophomore, junior, senior & graduate applicants. Award amounts are from $1000 to $10,000, and at least 90 are granted. The deadline for students already in college is February 1st; deadline is May 15th for high school seniors entering an "accredited" program. See site for details.
22) American Institute of Architects/American Architectural Foundation Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship---This is a scholarship for minority students enrolling in architecture programs. Awards are from $500 to $2500. Generally 20 students are selected. Nominations in December, application due in January. Go to website for details.
23) National AMBUCS Scholarship for Therapists - (AMBUCS - American Business Clubs.) Students who are studying physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, or hearing audiology can apply. Open to college juniors or seniors. Awards based on academic achievement, financial need, a "committment to local community," and other factors. Award amounts range from $500-$1500 per year. Deadline: April 15. See site for details.
24) Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund (MALDEF) Scholarships - Several scholarships available, see site for complete listing and contact information. Scholarships given for athletes, women, students of certain universities, and students with certain career goals. Deadlines vary.