Students who plan to attend one of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) often wonder how to best fund the cost of their college education. Many students may not realize that there are a number of scholarships that are available to help them achieve their dream of attending college. One of the best ways to determine whether you are eligible for any scholarships is to complete the FAFSA application as early as possible. This form will quickly enable applicants to see whether they can receive any federal or state aid. In addition to scholarships based on the FAFSA form, students may wish to consider these HBCU scholarships:
Tom Joyner Foundation Full Ride Scholarship: Just as the name of this award suggests, this scholarship covers complete tuition and fees for one lucky recipient. In addition to receiving money for tuition, each scholar will also receive a living stipend to assist with the cost of paying for textbooks, room, and board. The scholarship can be renewed for a maximum of ten semesters, provided that the scholar maintains eligibility. In order to apply, students must be in their final year of high school. Only students who hold at least a 3.50 grade point average and at least a 30 on the ACT will be considered. All applicants must be citizens of the United States and complete an application prior to the July 1st deadline. Furthermore, it is critical that applicants are able to show a history of extracurricular involvement. Only students who plan to attend a HBCU will be considered. Additional information is available at this website.
Lexus Verses and Flow HBCU Scholarship: Students who are interested in applying for this scholarship can find the application form and full details located at this website. In order to be eligible to apply, students must be attending an HBCU school. Only students in their last three years of college will be considered. All applicants must demonstrate leadership experience and only ten applicants per school are permitted. Students must create a video and a written essay in order to apply. Additional application materials include letters of recommendation, a photo, and a three-minute presentation. Only students who hold at least a 3.0 grade point average are eligible to apply. The scholarship provides awards that are valued at $5,000 to two recipients.
IES Abroad Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Scholarships: This scholarship is only open to students who attend a HBCU that is also affiliated with IES Abroad as either an associate or members school. Furthermore, all applicants must have applied to IES Abroad and must agree to write a brief statement about their experience abroad if they are chosen as the recipient. Students who are chosen to receive this award receive a scholarship worth $2,000. This amount is broken into two different components, such that the recipient receives $500 to cover their cost of their airfare and a $1,500 credit towards their IES Abroad program cost. Additional information about this award can be found here.