Scholarships programs are put in place to help students, desirous of studying, complete their studies without having to worry about how to fund their studies. All kinds of scholarship programs are in existence that helps students to go back to school /colleges, finish their degree and get moving with their life and career.
There are certain scholarships that only targets certain demographic groups such as scholarship programs for African-American women. By taking advantage of these group specific scholarships, African-American women can take this opportunity to study and build their career, so they can build a financially secure future for themselves.
In this article, we will be exploring some of the scholarship options Afro-American women students have at their disposal:
1. The National Scholarship: This program helps out African-American high school students, who want to continue their studies at some accredited college/university. But applicants are required to meet all the eligibility criteria to qualify for this scholarship, failing to follow through with all the guidelines can result in disregarded application. Also, all application must be received by 1, March every year and applicant must be studying in high school at the time of applying for this program. You can find an application form for this scholarship on website of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs website .
2. The Essence Scholars Program: enrolling in this program can also be quite good for African-American women as scholarships under this program are often granted to those who express their yearning for education. The last date to apply for this scholarship program every year is October 15 and you can find application United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) website .
3. Dr. Wynetta A. Frazier “Sister to Sister” Scholarship: It is one of the most sought after scholarship. Under this program, scholarships are awarded to women, 30 or older especially single mothers, who don’t have support of family or spouse. This scholarship can make a huge difference in your life, if you wish to continue your studies to make a better future for yourself and your children.
To qualify for Sister to Sister scholarship, you must fulfill these requirements:
- If you have left studies for family related issues.
- Have a strong desire to return to studies.
- Eagerness to enter college anew.
- Also, you must have a letter of acceptance from an accredited college/university.
- 30 years or older.
- Have valid school transcripts, demonstrating re-acceptance into a college program.
- Can prepare 300-500 words essay.
4. Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship: is reserved only for African-American women. Anyone female, who’s currently enrolled into an accredited college/university in need of financial help for her studies, can apply. Before applying, know this that this scholarship is granted to only those students who are studying economics, journalism or fields related to just mentioned subjects. Application must be submitted by 1, March of every year and don’t forget to fulfill all the eligibility requirements, so you qualify for the scholarship. Applicants can get forms from the website of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.
5. The AARP Foundation: is another excellent source of scholarship and women over the age of 40, desirous of continuing their studies can apply. But remember, this scholarship is strictly for women in low income group or with limited resources. After getting the scholarship, applicants are required to enroll into a college/university within six months.
6. The Jeannete Rankin Foundation: is also an amazing program that grants scholarships to women with lower income. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how obtaining education will help them better their and their families’ life. Applicants must be 35 or older and deadline is in March. Applicants are also required to attach an easy with their application form.
Above mentioned programs are only few examples of scholarship programs at disposal of African-American women. Most importantly, apply for a scholarship programs is not a cake walk as one has to prove herself worth getting a scholarship. You should be better prepared to win it if you really want to improve your life and career.