African American scholarships are available in colleges and universities across the United States and beyond. A college education isn't confined to a textbook or how much extra credit you can receive for completing side projects or doing research for a professor. Higher education allows students to step outside their comfort zone and to develop new relationships while pursuing majors and other interests of their choosing, unlike high school, which can be considerably more rigid in nature as well as schedule. Much can be learned from someone who is not of your background and culture. This experience can be as valuable as the academic knowledge, career preparation, and training you had in mind when you enrolled. This is one of the reasons why colleges offer financial aid packages designed to fill campuses with students of different cultures, economic backgrounds and life experiences. Like other minority groups, African American students can benefit from this search for diversity. Many scholarships are available for minority students, and there are particular ones for those seeking a postsecondary degree.
Explore the awards below for information on the scholarships that may be found at Scholarships.com. Mind you, there are often other criteria, in addition to race and ethnicity, for qualifying for these and most other scholarships, which is why you should conduct a free scholarship search at Scholarships.com to get a list of scholarship opportunities tailored to your specific situation and qualifications. This will save time searching so you can spend that time applying for and, hopefully, winning scholarships.
The Diversity Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally underrepresented groups in the management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel, and tourism industry.
Eligible candidates must have completed, at a minimum, their first year of college at an accredited university; must have a declared major or course of study relevant to the transportation, travel, and [...] More
The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives established this scholarship in honor of Albert W. Dent, the first African-American Fellow of ACHE. This scholarship is offered to provide financial aid to minority students in healthcare management graduate programs to help offset tuition costs, student loans and expenses. Offered annually, the Albert W. Dent Graduate Student [...] More
The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students.
Each applicant must fulfill all the requirements listed below: -Intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession -Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the [...] More
The LITA/LSSI Minority Scholarship, established in 1994, is awarded annually by the Library and Information Technology Association, a division of the American Library Association, and Library Systems and Services, Inc.
The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and automation field who plan to follow a career in that field; who demonstrate [...] More
Spectrum recruits and provides scholarships to students to assist individuals interested in obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and our organization. The aim is to increase the number of racially and ethnically diverse professionals working as leaders in the field of library and information science to best position libraries and institutions at the core of [...] More
The Amos and Edith Wallace Scholarship was founded to reward young, bright African-American students who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to service and education. In order to apply, you must meet the following requirements: Female African- American High School senior graduating from Kanakekee High School in Kankakee, IL. You must possess a minimum 2.8 GPA and plan to attend a [...] More
The AMS Minority Scholarships will award funding to minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students. Funding for the scholarships is provided by donations made by members to the AMS Giving Program. The two-year scholarship is distributed once per year during freshman and sophomore years [...] More
The Annie S. Alexander Memorial Scholarship provides non-renewable awards for students who will pursue or are pursuing full-time undergraduate nursing degrees from accredited post-secondary institutions. Preference will be given to African-American students from Forsyth County. Scholarships will be applied to cost of undergraduate tuition, fees, room and board, and other college expenses. A [...] More
The Barbara Odom-Wesley Spirit of Achievement Scholarship is named in honor of Barbara Odom-Wesley, the chartering president of the Xi Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. This scholarship may be used at any two-year or four-year college or university. Trade, technical, and cosmetology schools are ineligible. Scholarship applicants will be evaluated heavily on the basis of [...] More
Having tuition paid is challenge enough for any student, but not having all the right materials on the first day of class hinders many students from starting a successful educational journey. Better Brothers LA assists Black LGBTQ youth with avoiding this hindrance by offering book scholarships. The scholarships support youth who have been admitted to or are attending an accredited degree, [...] More
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 [...] More
The BLM Squared Scholarship Foundation program is designed to address the financial needs of minority college students and award outstanding high school graduates who plan to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, four-year college or university with financial assistance.
Applicants must be permanent Illinois residents. Scholarships are to be utilized at an institution of higher [...] More
The BLM² Scholarship Foundation program is designed to address the financial needs of minority college students and award outstanding high school graduates who plan to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, four-year college or university with financial assistance. Applicant must be permanent Illinois resident, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be a graduating high school senior and be a minority [...] More
Catharine Lealtad Scholarships are named for Macalester's first African American graduate, Catharine Lealtad, who graduated in 1915. These scholarships are awarded to selected African American, Latino, and Native American students with strong high school records. The Admissions committee selects recipients. There is no special application to complete. Lealtad Scholarships will be renewed at the [...] More
Seeing an educational need in their congressional districts, the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship was established in 1988 by the spouses of Congressional Black Caucus members in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships, which disproportionately affect people of color. This opportunity awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated [...] More
This program was established in 2000 in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to ensure that African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in the performing arts receive financial assistance. Performing arts includes theater, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, marching bands, etc.
Selected applicants will be constituents of a CBC member’s district. To determine your Representative, enter [...] More
The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006 to provide financial assistance to African-American or Black students who are pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Visual arts include architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production, etc.
Selected applicants will be constituents of a CBC [...] More
The Charles Shelton Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide educational scholarships to African-American students pursuing a degree in veterinarian medicine or veterinarian technology. Scholarships are awarded to individuals who have demonstrated an interest and commitment to animal welfare. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, be aa African-American [...] More
The Denver Alumnae Chapter Scholarship is a needs-based scholarship. Applicants must be African-American females who are graduating seniors attending a Denver Metropolitan area high school and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must also have applied to an accredited four-year college or university. Must not be a daughter of a Delta. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More
The purpose of the Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarship is to provide educational awards for deserving young African-American Women. In order to apply, the applicant must be an African-American female; a graduating high school senior who has been accepted into a two- or four-year college or university, or a past Dr. Gussie M. Ware Memorial Scholarship recipient who is currently enrolled in [...] More
The Wynetta A. Frazier Sister-to-Sister Scholarship was created to provide financial assistance to mature African American women in their pursuit of post-secondary education. An applicant must be a returning student, whose education was interrupted by family responsibilities or other personal demands and is now ready to complete college or one who is entering college for the first time because of [...] More
In order to apply for the Edward S. Roth Scholarship, applicants must be graduating high school seniors, current full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in manufacturing engineering. Must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preferences will be given to students demonstrating financial need, minority students and students participating in a Co-Op program. Must be seeking a [...] More
The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or [...] More
The purpose of the Era L. and Frances L. Walker Scholarship is to provide educational resources for African-American males to pursue higher education. Applicants must be a graduating senior from a District #205 public high school with a minimum 2.9 GPA. Students must have been involved in community service and volunteerism and share Era's values including the importance of family, service to [...] More
As an organization, the Express Scripts Foundation recognizes that students interested in dual degrees may have increased financial need, and supports the efforts of academic pharmacy to educate students with diverse interests. The Express Scripts Scholars Program (the Program) provides four (4) $10,000 scholarships to enrolled dual degree students. The awarded students are given $2,500 per [...] More
The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships were established to encourage minority students to pursue college degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The scholarship program was created in 2010 by Dr. Bernard Harris, a former astronaut, physician, and businessman, and ExxonMobil to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing careers in [...] More
Four (4) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District ONLY) seniors who will be the first in their immediate families to go to college. Preference will be given to students who are (or have been) in foster care, homeless, undocumented students and/or LGBTQ, or system-involved. A two to three paragraph essay must accompany the application (between [...] More
The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in transportation, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, PreMed, psychology, Spanish language/literature. The applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen but must have a minimum 3.5 [...] More
The First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial award is available to high school youth who live in the U.S. who identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist and/or secular, and are accepted into two or four-year colleges. Preference is given to students of color (Black/African American, Latino(a), Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who are (or have been) in [...] More
FTE offers financial support for doctoral students who have completed the coursework stage of their Ph.D. or Th.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies. Applicants must be of African descent enrolled or admitted full time in a Th.D. or Ph.D. program in religion, theological studies or biblical studies and be finished with coursework by the beginning of the fellowship year. [...] More
The George Scott Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established by Mr. Kent Hance in memory of his good friend George Scott Jr. to provide scholarships to students to attend Texas Tech University. Preference shall be given to academically-motivated African American students from Lubbock, Texas who will be attending Texas Tech University. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More
The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship is open to students of color (African-American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander) attending a non-profit public or private college/university majoring in fine arts, including all visual and performing arts. Applicants must have financial need, be a Kent County resident, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career. To be eligible for the Black Men Building Resources Scholarship, students must be African American students with financial need residing in Kent County who graduated or received a GED from a Grand Rapids area high school. For [...] More
Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually, primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career. To be eligible for the Hackett Family Scholarship, students must be seniors at, or have graduated from any Grand Rapids public high school in Grand Rapids Michigan and will be an undergraduate student attending an accredited [...] More
The Grand Rapids Community Foundation administers and awards the following Law Scholarships to students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander or Alaskan Native).
The Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship is awarded to students of color currently residing in Michigan (with preference given to West Michigan residents) [...] More
The Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship is awarded to students of color pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States. The applicant must be a current or former resident of Michigan if they are not currently attending a school in Michigan. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
The Gwenn Steward Clements Scholarship provides scholarships to graduating high school seniors from Lexington Senior High School in Davidson County who possess outstanding oral and written skills and who will pursue undergraduate degrees from accredited post-secondary institutions. Students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and be a solid English student (90 average or higher), possessing outstanding [...] More
The Herman J. Neal scholarship supports African-American students in their pursuit of an accounting education and the CPA designation. These scholarships support students with their junior or senior year, or with the additional year, (30 semester hours) needed to sit for the CPA Exam which can include graduate studies. Scholarships cover the costs of tuition, fees, and can include up to $500 in [...] More
In 1988, Hyatt established this fund to provide financial aid to minority students pursuing a degree in hotel management. Eligible students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, or just the fall semester if graduating in December. Applicants must be pursuing a baccalaureate hospitality management major in a U.S. college or university and be at [...] More
The Jesse Jackson Fellows-Toyota Scholarship is a renewable scholarship that awards up to $25,000 dollars annually to deserving African-American college sophomores. Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, be a business or STEM (Science, technology, engineering and/or math) major that can be applied to the automotive industry, [...] More
The Jonathan LaRon Skinner Memorial Scholarship was established by the family and friends of Jonathan Skinner in 2010 in memory of Jonathan LaRon Skinner to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors. To receive consideration, applicants must attend a Forsyth County high school and reside in The Winston-Salem Foundation's service area with preference given to students attending [...] More
Lebanon Valley College offers full-time students Fellowship scholarships which recognize and reward commitment to work, service, and scholarly achievement. For students receiving a merit scholarship this Fellowship will be in addition to that scholarship. The Multicultural Fellowship (MCF) is limited to those high school seniors and transfer students identifying as African-American, [...] More
The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a scholarship for undergraduate studies of religion, journalism, or communications. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be a United Methodist ethnic [...] More
The Mae & Mary Scholarship Fund's mission is to financially assist and to empower young people to experience their unlimited potential through education. We are a charitable educational organization dedicated to the advancement of African Americans pursuing careers in medical and healthcare related fields. Applicants must be African American, graduating high school seniors who plan on attending a [...] More
The YWCA Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship Fund was established in 1993 to provide financial assistance and support to an outstanding African-American female Greater Cincinnati high school senior entering a post-secondary institution. Applicants are evaluated on academic achievement, personal challenges, extra-curricular activities and community service. For more information or to apply, please visit [...] More
We strongly encourage underrepresented groups to pursue STEM fields of study. Because we greatly value a broad range of perspectives and contributions, a large majority of our scholarships will be awarded to female students, underrepresented minority students (African-American, Hispanic or Native American etc.) or students with disabilities. We will review all applications and select final [...] More
The Committee on Minority Scholarships of the Society for Classical Studies (SCS) invites applications from minority undergraduate students for a scholarship to be awarded for the summer. The purpose of the scholarship is to further students' preparation in classics or classical archaeology with opportunities not available during the school year. Eligible proposals might include (but are not [...] More
Minority teacher education scholars program is a collaborative performance-based scholarship program for African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and Native American students. The participants in the program include Florida’s Florida College System institutions and its public and private universities that have teacher education programs.
Applicants must be a resident of the State [...] More
If you plan to teach at a non-profit Illinois public, private, or parochial preschool, elementary school, or secondary school, for which the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has determined that no less than 30% of the enrolled students are African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American, or Native American; and you are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American [...] More
The Richard B. Fisher Scholarship program is a competitive undergraduate scholarship program established to provide outstanding Black, Hispanic, Native American and LGBT students with a financial award for exceptional academic achievement and a summer internship the summer prior to their junior or senior year in college. In order to apply, you must be currently enrolled as a sophomore or junior [...] More
Since its inception, NABA, Inc. has provided more than $11 million in scholarship funds to deserving students preparing to enter various accounting, finance, and business professions. The NABA Corporate Partner Scholarship is for students of African-American (Black) or of African descent who are active Student Member of NABA. You must also be currently enrolled at a four-year United States [...] More
Since its inception, NABA, Inc. has provided more than $11 million in scholarship funds to deserving students preparing to enter various accounting, finance, and business professions. In order to apply, for this scholarship, you must be African-American (Black) or of African descent and an active Student Member of NABA. You must also be currently enrolled at a four-year United States college or [...] More
Since its inception, NABA, Inc. has provided more than $11 million in scholarship funds to deserving students preparing to enter various accounting, finance, and business professions. In order to apply for the NABA National Scholarship, you must be African-American (Black) or of African descent; be an active NABA student member and be currently enrolled at a four-year United States college or [...] More
Through the NACME Scholars Program, NACME provides block grants to colleges and universities that, in turn, award the money to talented African American, American Indian, and Latino students enrolled in engineering programs as part of their financial aid packages.
The NACME’s Scholars (Block Grant) Program provides minority college scholarship support in the form of a lump sum grant to partner [...] More
In order to apply for the NBMBAA scholarship, applicants must be a student entering their first year, or continuing in a full or part-time master's program at an accredited college or university at the time of award; be a financially active member of the National Black MBA Association; and be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be actively involved in their [...] More
The National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) provides annual scholarships for African-American students pursuing a degree in nursing. In order to apply, you must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter (if one exists in your area). If a chapter does not exist within a 50 mile radius of your location you can join NBNA as a Direct Member. Candidate must be currently enrolled in a [...] More
The National Press Club, the leading professional organization for journalists, wants to recruit promising future journalists who will bring diversity to American journalism. The scholarship consists of a one-year scholarship, with an additional $500 book stipend that is renewable up to 3 years.
The competition is open to high school seniors who are preparing to enter college and intend to [...] More
Since inception, more than $5 million has been awarded to undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students. In order to apply, applicants must be a student in their first, second, third, or fourth year enrolled full-time at a participating accredited college or university at the time of award; be a financially active member of the National Black MBA Association; and be a U.S. or Canadian citizen. [...] More
The NSHSS Foundation provides STEM to high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a demonstrated desire to major in any area of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are eligible. Requirements include a personal statement, a list of STEM activities, photo, transcript, and educator recommendation. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More
The Black Employee Resource Group is an organization dedicated to cultivating, sustaining and maintaining an energized network of professionals in support of African American culture throughout the company by providing a supportive environment for optimal career and professional development, mentoring, and community outreach. In order to apply, you must be a college-bound high school senior with [...] More
Page Grants are awarded to Minnesota students of color who attend Minnesota post-secondary schools and agree to complete annual service projects with young children. Students at all levels of academic achievement can qualify for a grant. The selection process highlights an applicant's attitude toward education, willingness to provide service to children, and financial need. To be eligible for a [...] More
The Student Opportunity Scholarship program serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students by providing need-based aid for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are full-time, first-degree students attending accredited institutions in the United States. Student Opportunity Scholarship applicants will explore who God created them to be in a series of essay questions intended for students to [...] More
The Ron Brown Scholar Program (RBSP) honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year). High school senior applicants must excel academically, exhibit exceptional leadership [...] More
To apply for a Morris A. Esmiol, Jr. Scholarship, you must meet be African American and be attending or have been admitted to the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs College of Engineering and Applied Science Program. You will need to provide a copy of the first two pages of your parent's most current, completed federal tax return (IRS form 1040). If you are considered independent, you will [...] More
To apply for the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine Scholarship you must meet the general requirements of the scholarship, and include a copy of your undergraduate grade transcript and if your current transcript if attending CU Dental School. You must attend the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine in order to receive the scholarship. For more information or to apply, [...] More
The Salem Lodge #139/Robert A. Miller Memorial Scholarship was established by Salem Lodge #139 in 2011 in memory of Robert A. Miller to provide scholarships to graduating high school seniors who attend a Forsyth County high school and reside in the Foundation's service area. Applicants must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and be of African-American descent in order to apply. They must also demonstrate [...] More
Capture the Dream, Inc. offers the George Geng On Lee Minorities in Leadership Scholarship to graduating high school seniors and college undergraduate students who will be enrolled full-time at accredited, not-for-profit four-year institutions in the fall term. Each scholarship winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be mailed to their college or university.
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 [...] More
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $28,000/four years to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited four-year college or university of their choice. Applicants show leadership potential and demonstrate a dedication to community service. Students must also demonstrate financial need. Applicants must [...] More
LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship recipients will receive a trip to Cincinnati, OH where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career & professional development workshops and a scholarship and donor recognition reception. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group, studying a field of study that has an [...] More
The Pickard Scholarship Fund was established at The Dallas Foundation to assist African-American male students in Dallas County. Applicants must be African-American male students graduating from high schools in Dallas County. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference may be given to those who can demonstrate financial need. Personal interviews may be required. Renewals are not [...] More
The Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program promotes access to higher education for African American students by awarding scholarships and providing resources through a tailored program throughout college. In addition to monetary support, the Foundation will provide pre-college training and assistance, contact and support from program staff each school year and invitations to workshops and events [...] More
The Vernetta Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed in late 1987 in honor of our departed sister, Vernetta Wilson, an active member of the community whose passion in life was working with young adults. In order to apply, you must be an African-American high school graduating senior with a minimum 2.7 GPA; be an active volunteer in community service activities (minimum 30 hours), a Minnesota [...] More
In addition to receiving a $10,000 Vinson & Elkins Scholarship, each V&E Scholar is offered summer internships. To be eligible to become a Vinson & Elkins Scholar, students must attend and be in good standing at a high school accredited by the Texas Education Agency. The high school must also be located in the greater Austin, Dallas or Houston area. Only high school seniors may apply. You must be [...] More
The Walton-UNCF K-12 Education Fellowship is a leadership and talent development initiative aimed at building a robust pipeline of high-achieving African Americans engaged in education reform in America. The program selects undergraduate juniors from select historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to participate in a leadership development and paid intern placement program that [...] More
Awards under the Wisconsin Minority Undergraduate Retention Grants are made to Wisconsin resident minority undergraduates, excluding first-year students, enrolled at least half-time in independent, tribal, or Wisconsin Technical College institutions. According to the statutes, a minority student is defined as a student who is either an African American; American Indian; Hispanic; or Southeast [...] More
Gucci is releasing a new line of... diversity undergraduate scholarships for students who are "traditionally underrepresented in the fashion industry." The 1.5 million U.S. university college scholarship program is set to run for four years, targeting students who attend four-year universities. Special consideration will be given to those residing in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Toronto and Washington, D.C and/or for those who plan to attend or are currently attending a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). [...]
Not every student who goes to college completes their degree, much less finishes it within the "normal" four-year time frame. The Texas of A&M University has spent years working to re-enroll students who stopped out of college for a year or more, and may have found a solution in partnering with ReUp Education. [...]
A new PBS documentary exhibiting prison education, titled "College Behind Bars" is set to air on November 25 and 26. The four-part series documents the journeys of dozens of incarcerated men and women as they pursue college degrees in the Bard Prison Initiative - deemed one of the most rigorous prison education programs in the United States, according to Inside Higher Ed. [...]