February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements of African Americans and their role in shaping the history of the United States and Canada. Black History Month was established in 1926 by Harvard historian Carter G. Woodson and remains a strong tradition today.

While we at Scholly honor the hard hard work, sacrifices, and accomplishments of the black community all year round, we think Black History Month is a great reason to share a few of our favorite scholarships for African American students.

Below are the highlights for several amazing scholarships for African American students. For more information on each, click the name of the scholarship.

Also, please note that all of these scholarships require short essays as part of the application. Don’t be dissuaded from applying! Instead, check out our 2020 guide for how to write a scholarship essay that will help you win big!

Our Top Picks: Scholarships for African American Students

National Black McDonald’s & Dr. Pepper Scholarship

Amount: $5,000 (each to 12 students!)

Due Date: March 9, 2020

Quick Facts: This scholarship is offered through the combined financial efforts of The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), National Black McDonald’s Operators Association, and Dr Pepper. It is awarded to students attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) and predominantly black institutions (PBIs).

  • To be eligible for this scholarship, you’ll need a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • You’ll also need to include your FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR), a letter of recommendation, your transcripts, and a 500-word essay answering a supplied prompt about the hospitality industry.

A. Grace Lee Mims Vocal Scholarship

Amount: $10,000 (renewable up to 2 years)

Deadline: March 15, 2020

Quick Facts: This scholarship is offered through the Cleveland Foundation, an organization primarily centered around serving and empowering communities in the Greater Cleveland area.

  • The A. Grace Lee Mims scholarship is offered to African American students pursuing a graduate-level education in vocal performance or music education.
  • You must be enrolled full-time in an accredited program, and provide 3 letters of recommendations, a recording of a recent performance, a personal statement, and an approximate academic budget.

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

Amount: Up to $20,000! (a $5,000 renewable scholarship for up to 4 years).  2 students will win this prize and up to 24 runners-up will win a one-time scholarship of $2,500.

Due Date: April 10, 2020 11:59 PM Pacific Time

Quick Facts: Microsoft is proud to offer college funding to African American students interested in pursuing a degree in a technology-related field.

  • To apply, you must be a current high school senior planning to attend college next year, and you’ll need a GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Applicants must also demonstrate a passion for technology and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or certain business programs (e.g. finance, business administration, or marketing).

Mae & Mary Legacy Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

Amount: Varies annually

Due Date: April 30, 2020 11:59 PM EST

Quick Facts: This scholarship is awarded by the Mae and Mary Legacy Foundation, an educational non-profit organization committed to unifying communities and giving back to African American students entering the medical and healthcare professions.

  • To qualify for this scholarship, you must be a graduating high school senior who is planning to pursue a career in the healthcare profession.
  • An application “packet” is required including: a photo, resume, cover letter, essay, letters of rec, and transcripts.

Carrington-Philbert Scholarship

Amount: $2,500 (to at least one student)

Due Date: May 1, 2020

Quick Facts: This scholarship was founded by Malcolm Carrington and Sherwin Bridgewater in loving memory of their grandparents, who instilled “indomitable values of education, pursuing knowledge and achieving excellence in spite of circumstances.”

  • To apply, you must be rising university or college freshman.
  • You’ll also need to upload your transcripts, a photo, a letter of recommendation, and essay.

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