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January 28, 2020 3:19 PM
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
February is Black History Month and the annual, month-long celebration and recognition of the stellar achievements made by African Americans in U.S. history. The Black History Month 2020 theme is African Americans and the Vote, paying tribute to the 19th Amendment and 15th Amendment, which granted women's suffrage and gave black men the right to vote, respectively.

February is Black History Month and the annual, month-long celebration and recognition of the stellar achievements made by African Americans in U.S. history. The Black History Month 2020 theme is "African Americans and the Vote," paying tribute to the 19th Amendment and 15th Amendment, which granted women's suffrage and gave black men the right to vote, respectively.

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In observance of Black History Month (also known as National African-American History Month), Scholarships.com celebrates the academic, athletic, artistic, and music achievements of African American students by featuring African American scholarships for high school students and scholarships for African American college students. Featured Black History Month scholarships for African American students include African American scholarships offered by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), United Negro College Fund (UNCF), Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and various Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). These organizations are just some of the many that address education funding inequities for African American students by providing college scholarships to African American women and college scholarships for African American men who demonstrate excellence inside and outside the classroom.

Carry on the legacy of black excellence by commemorating your diversity, history, heritage and achievements. Leave your mark in history and make your higher education dreams a reality with the help of college scholarships for African American students - starting with this list of Black History Month 2020 scholarships. For a full list of scholarships for African Americans, click here.

100 Black Men of Prince George's County, Inc. Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000
Deadline: June 7
Scholarship Description: Students applying for the 100 Black Men of Prince George's County, Inc. Scholarship must be either graduating seniors or matriculating undergraduate students who are residents of Prince George's County Maryland or mentees of the 100 Black Men of Prince George's County. Must be pursuing degrees in STEM with a strong preference for student pursuing computer science-related fields.

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Award Amount: $4,000
Deadline: May 2
Scholarship Description: Applicants to the Actuarial Diversity Scholarship must be of Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Island descent, is pursuing a career in the actuarial profession and will be a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited educational institution. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. Entering college freshmen must have a minimum ACT math score of 28 or SAT math score of 600.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Award Amount: $20,000
Deadline: March 8
Scholarship Description: Applicants for the Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship must be high-school seniors of African descent and must plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the year following high-school graduation. Students must plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs. A minimum 3.3 GPA is required.

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

Award Amount: $8,200
Deadline: April 30
Scholarship Description: The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship awards academically-talented and highly-motivated African-American or Black students pursuing an associates, undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degrees in Political Science, Public Policy, Public-Administration, International Relations, Public Affairs, Mass communications, African-American Studies, Legislative Affairs, Pre-Law, Criminal Justice, American History and/or Juris Doctor.

CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship

Award Amount: $3,000
Deadline: April 30
Scholarship Description: The CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship ensures that African-American or Black students pursuing a degree in the performing arts receive financial assistance. Qualified applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited academic institution, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

Award Amount: $3,000
Deadline: March 31
Scholarship Description: The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established to provide financial assistance to African-American or Black students who are pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Qualified applicants must be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited academic institution, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

DBMG - Diablo Black Men's Group

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: April 15
Scholarship Description: The Diablo Black Men's Group (DBMG) is a non-profit organization which provides scholarships to college-bound African-American males students graduating from high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. These one-time scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000.

GRCF Black Men Building Resources Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: March 1
Scholarship Description: 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.

James Hunter Anthony & Gerald E. Blackshear Endowment Scholarship

Award Amount: $8,000
Deadline: Varies
Scholarship Description: The James Hunter Anthony & Gerald E. Blackshear Endowment is for incoming freshmen who have graduated from an Illinois high school in the amount equal to full tuition and fees for an academic year. Renewable for up to four years, provided you maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

Award Amount: $8,500
Deadline: January 5
Scholarship Description: The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen who have outstanding academic records; have overcome economic or educational hardship and have a serious commitment to addressing issues of social justice as servant leaders or as scholars. This scholarship ranges from $6,500-$8,500 and is renewable.

Martin Luther King School Dream Foundation

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: March 1
Scholarship Description: The Martin Luther King School Dream Foundation providers scholarships for students who received high school diplomas or GED's no earlier than spring 1999; had a minimum two years' attendance at Martin Luther King Elementary School; have been accepted into a program at any accredited post-secondary school; have written an essay about their career and future dreams, and can document twenty or more community service hours during high school.

NACME Scholars (Block Grant) Program

Award Amount: $16,000
Deadline: Varies
Scholarship Description: The NACME's Scholars (Block Grant) Program provides minority college scholarship support in the form of a lump sum grant to partner institutions who enroll students from three sources – first-year students identified by NACME or the partner universities, transfer students from two-year colleges, and currently enrolled students who have completed at least one year of engineering study.

National Black MBA Association Inc. (NBMBAA) Graduate Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: March 1
Scholarship Description: The Martin Luther King School Dream Foundation providers scholarships for students who received high school diplomas or GED's no earlier than spring 1999; had a minimum two years' attendance at Martin Luther King Elementary School; have been accepted into a program at any accredited post-secondary school; have written an essay about their career and future dreams, and can document twenty or more community service hours during high school.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Scholarships

Award Amount: $6,000
Deadline: April 15
Scholarship Description: 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 nursing program (B.S.N., A.D., Diploma, or L.P.N./L.V.N.) and in good scholastic standing at the time of application. You must also have at least one full year of school remaining.

NCAE Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

Award Amount: Varies
Deadline: April 15
Scholarship Description: Students applying for the NCAE Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship must be North Carolina residents enrolled in a public high school in their senior year. Criteria for selection include character, community involvement, and scholastic achievement (minimum 2.5 GPA). F

Pacific Gas & Electric Company Black ERG Scholarship

Award Amount: $6,000
Deadline: April 15
Scholarship Description: The Black Employee Resource Group is dedicated to cultivating and maintaining an energized network of professionals in support of African American culture, focusing on career and professional development, mentoring and community outreach. All majors eligible; encouragement given to STEM, business, environmental or energy-related emphasis. Must plan to enroll full-time in an accredited college or university in California.

Seeds of Fortune Inc. Scholars

Award Amount: $500
Deadline: December 1
Scholarship Description: Applicants of Seeds of Fortune Inc. Scholars must be NYC High School 10th or 11th graders attending a Public School or Catholic School and identify as a female student of color. Must have a minimum 2.7 GPA and must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

UNCF CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Business Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000
Deadline: March 31
Scholarship Description: UNCF CVS Pharmacy, Inc. Business Scholarships are available to students studying business and business-related fields. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA; demonstrate financial need; pursue an undergraduate degree or are planning a graduate/professional degree. Must also be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident.

UNCF STEM Scholars Program Scholarship

Award Amount: $25,000
Deadline: March 3
Scholarship Description: The UNCF STEM Scholars Program was designed to identify and provide scholarship and academic support for a total of 500 talented African American high school students who aspire to earn STEM degrees and to pursue careers in STEM fields. The application is open for high school seniors who are entering college as first-time freshmen in the fall.

William Randolph Hearst Foundation U.S. Senate Youth Program

Award Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Varies
Scholarship Description: Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies.

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