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Free Grants For African American Students

Are you are a black student looking for a fully funded sponsorship to college, search no more, Because that problem would be solved by these scholarships for black people.

recent study by the Brookings Institution found that college degrees don’t eliminate the income gap between white and Black employees. This is principal because Black students finance their education through debt.

Racial income disparities filter down to family members who might only be able to assist by taking out personal loans or co-signing on student loans, rather than offering personal funds to offset costs. Thus, Brookings found that college degrees—and their accompanying debt burden—make middle-class existence more fragile for Black graduates than white.

The hope is that student loan forgiveness may eliminate some of the disproportionate burdens, but there’s no way to know when or if relief will ever come. Instead, for Black students, their search for funding must continue well beyond college admission.

In the intervening years, searches for scholarships and fellowships can minimize debt and improve graduates’ likelihood of holding onto their earnings after graduation. These nine scholarships specifically target Black and African-American students and are accepting applications from current students right now.

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Scholarships For Black Students Going Unclaimed

1. The Arthur and Evonne Whitmore Scholarship for 2021

The Arthur and Evonne Whitmore Scholarship for 2022 is accepting applications. According to the United Negro College Fund website, applications are open to full-time enrolled Black students attending a UNCF Member Historically Black College or University (HBCU).  Scholarship recipients will receive a $2,933.32 merit scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Eligible students must identify as Black and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Act fast to learn more about the application requirements; this one closes on September 8, 2021.

2. The Go On Girl Book Club

The Go on Girl Book Club is awarding $1,000 to both an aspiring writer and an unpublished author. Each awardee must attend an HBCU. In 1991, the organization started as a reading club dedicated to literary works by authors of the African Diaspora and has now grown to 51 chapters across the U.S. The applications do not appear to have a deadline, but only one winner will be awarded in each category.

3. The Synovus Bank/Calvin Smyre Endowed Scholarship

The Synovus Bank/Calvin Smyre Endowed Scholarship assists Black students attending colleges and universities within Synovus’ regional footprint of Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, and South Carolina. One scholarship annually will be designated for a student enrolled at Georgia House of Representative Calvin Smyre’s alma mater Fort Valley State University (FVSU), an HBCU in Fort Valley, Georgia, where he serves as Chairman of the FVSU Foundation.

Applicants must be residents of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, or Tennessee who are focusing their studies on finance and banking-related fields. Black sophomores with both an unmet financial need (complete the FAFSA form) and a cumulative GPA above 2.5 (as a full-time student) at any accredited four-year institution in the above-mentioned states are encouraged to apply. Essays, transcripts, and recommendation letters are required before October 11, 2021.

4. Ceiba Diversity Scholarship

The Ceiba Diversity Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison helps fund the study abroad costs associated with the tropical conservation semester, typically held in Ecuador or Belize. Awards range from $1,000 to $20,000 depending on the need and length of the study period. These awards directly enable minority students with a financial need to gain international experience in biological and conservation research. Students applying for the Spring 2022 Tropical Conservation Semester have until October 15, 2021, to apply for this funding opportunity.

5. The Social Change Fund

The Social Change Fund was founded by NBA veterans Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade to address some of the most pressing social issues facing the Black community in America. While their causes vary—from voting rights to gender pay equity—funds are distributed both to individuals and organizations. The current cause is mental health, and the target recipients are students of color seeking a degree in mental health, social work, and psychology-related fields.

There are two available awards of $5,000. Applicants are asked to complete a 400- to 600-word essay response to the question, “what is your utopian vision for optimal mental health for the Black community? How can mental health care and advocacy help achieve social justice for communities of color?” The deadline is November 1, 2021.

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