Grants for African-American Female Students

by Billy Max
There are several financial opportunities for African-American female students.

Several organizations recognize the disadvantages that African-American women face in trying to achieve their dream careers. These entities contribute significantly in ensuring that African-American female students continue to access school grants for university education.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux Scholarship for African-American Women

This scholarship is specifically aimed at promoting the educational needs of African-American Women. The scholarship program supports female African-American students who are enrolled in the fields of economics and journalism. Applicants must be attending an accredited college or university. Students studying related programs such as political science may be eligible for the program. Applicants must be sophomores or juniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must be U.S. citizens. Potential candidates are required to write an essay on the relevance of the program. Applications must be submitted before March 1 every year. The scholarship program awards $1,000 that can be used to pay tuition fees.

The National Black Nurses Association

The scholarship program provides support to African-Americans who are interested in pursuing a career in nursing. The organization has membership in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean. Though recipients are both males and females, more women have benefited from the program since they enroll in large numbers in the nursing profession. Applicants must be enrolled in a four-year nursing program. Additionally, they have to be members of the local association of nurses. Applicants must complete a written essay and submit two letters of recommendation. The amount awarded ranges from $500 to $2,000.

The ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The American Bar Association Legal Opportunity Scholarship program aims at promoting equal representation in the legal profession. Particularly, African-American women are among those targeted to promote racial diversity in the law profession. A diverse group of law students benefit from the program, each being provided with $15,000 in financial aid. The program provides close to 20 scholarships every year, and about 200 students have benefited since its inception.

Black Women in Sisterhood for Action (BISA)

This is a group that focuses its activities on the educational benefit of young African-American women. One of the key areas is to provide scholarships to disadvantaged black women living in cities. Applications can be done online. You might be required to prove that you are economically disadvantaged to qualify for the program.

Other Programs

Various other programs have a high chance of benefiting African-American women, including the National Association of Black Accountants Scholarship Program, the United Negro College Fund Scholarships, and the American Association of University Women Career Development Grant, among others.

About the Author

Based in Los Angeles, Billy Max has been an assistant professor of mechanical engineering with a state university, and has been writing engineering and business and finance-related articles since 2005. His articles have appeared in IEEE Transactions and Business Solutions websites. Max holds a doctorate in engineering, and concentrates on technology, policy and business development.

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