Black & African American Grants

Posted on July 19, 2015 in Minority Grants

Going to college is an expensive prospect. Thankfully for African American students who are looking for funding for college, many specific African American grants are available that target African American students. While affirmative action has caused some confusion and disruption, many grants are still available for these students. African Americans form one of the largest minority groups in America, so many minority grants are available to help them attend college. Some are government grants, but many other sources, such as private foundations and even business organizations, provide grants as well.

United Negro College Fund

The United Negro College Fund is probably the best well-known example of an organization providing African American grants. They have been awarding grants and scholarships to African American students for more than 60 years. Each year, they award more than 10,000 scholarships, grants and fellowships to low-income and moderate-income African American students. The UNCF is a fantastic resource for African American students – they can usually grant up to about 94 percent of the requests they receive. You have probably heard their famous slogan, “A Mind is Terrible Thing to Waste.”

Grants from Colleges and Universities

Colleges and Universities themselves are also good sources of African American grants. Most schools are trying to increase their diversity and one good way to do so is by offering grants to minority groups. This gives an opportunity for many African American students who might not otherwise have been able to attend college.

Grants from Historically Black Colleges and Universities

There are a group of schools known as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities that are a good source of grants for African American Students. Many of these schools were founded to give African Americans an opportunity for higher education, so they offer many grants to those students. A couple of examples are Tuskegee University and Morehouse College.

State Grant Programs

Check the state you live in for more African American grants. The state government usually have a good number of grants available, some of which are aimed at minority groups.

Miscellaneous Grant Programs

Below are a few examples of African American grants aimed directly at African American students from various sources:

The Sachs Foundation is a not-for-profit foundation in Colorado that wants to provide African American students from Colorado with financial aid in the form of scholarships and grants.

The African American Success Foundation, Inc. provides educational grants to African American students who want to research the history of African American success in education and business.

The American Geological Institute also offers Minority Participation Program Geoscience Student Scholarships to African American (and other minority students) studying in an undergraduate geoscience studies program.

The National Black Nurses Association has available many grants, scholarships and fellowships for African American nurses enrolled in four-year nursing programs. Average grant awards are between $500 and $2,000.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is committed to increasing diversity in account by offering grants to minorities based on financial need and academic merit.

Opportunities for African American students to obtain grants are plentiful if you know where to look. Remember, persistence is key to obtaining the funds that will lead to the education you want.

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