Celebrate Black History Month with Seven Great Scholarships

Celebrate Black History Month with Seven Great Scholarships
Izzy Hall

February has some notable holidays – including the month-long celebration of Black History Month. According to the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Black History Month’s 2021 theme is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” At, we know college-bound students are thankful for the help their families give them in paying for college. That’s why applying to scholarships is so great – scholarships not only help you achieve your dream of going to college but also help ease the financial burden on your family. If you’re a Black student attending college in the Fall of 2021, take a look at the following winter- and spring-deadline scholarships! And be sure to do a free scholarship search for even Black Scholarships at the state and regional level.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Award Amount: $20,000
Deadline: March 8, 2021
Scholarship Description: Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. Applicants for the Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship must be high-school seniors of African descent (for example, African-American, African, or Ethiopian); must plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation and plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs (such as finance, business administration, or marketing).

Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship Program

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: March 12, 2021
Scholarship Description: Lockheed Martin will award up to 200 renewable scholarships of $10,000 each. Awards are open to individuals studying eligible engineering or computer science majors, who demonstrate financial need and come from underrepresented or under-served communities.

For A Bright Future Global Scholarship Program

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Scholarship Description: For A Bright Future provides annual scholarships to underrepresented students with outstanding achievement and the drive to pursue higher education in select fields. Students have the opportunity to receive one scholarship a year. They are granted upon assessment of need and university selection. The average award amount is $2,500. The maximum amount is $10,000.

The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

Award Amount: $8,000
Deadline: April 1, 2021
Scholarship Description: 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. Applicants must be African-American, graduating high school seniors; first-year students in an accredited four-year college; or students transferring to an accredited four-year college.

LEAD Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: April 15, 2021
Scholarship Description: The LEAD Scholarship Foundation offers a one time financial award of varying amounts to students of African descent in their senior year of high school. The number of awards distributed and award amount varies each year. Scholarship awards can vary and can reach a maximum of $5,000. Applicants must be legal residents of the United States, plan to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or university, present strong communication skills, demonstrate financial need and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Scholarship Description: The Joshua David Gardner Memorial Scholarship Endowment provides scholarships to undergraduates at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Students who are U.S. citizens, ages 17-25 and are admitted or enrolled in an accredited four-year historically black college (HBCU) or university in the United States are eligible to apply.

Carrington-Philbert U.S. Undergraduate Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,500
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Scholarship Description: The Carrington-Philbert Scholarship program will award a $2,500 one-time scholarship to an entering U.S college/university freshman. Applicants should be African American.

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