Scholarships for Black Girls

by Oubria Tronshaw
There are scholarships available to black girls.

African American females often have a difficult time paying for college. A large number of black girls are raised in single parent households, and their custodial parent lacks the funds to pay for both the cost of living and education. It's important to provide black girls with a list of scholarships available to them; everyone deserves the tools to live a fulfilling and rewarding life.

Girls Going Places Scholarship

Black girls applying for the Girls Going Places Scholarship must be between 12 and 18 years old. Applicants must be nominated by an adult in an original 1000 word essay. The essay should discuss how the nominee has begun working toward being financially independent, how the nominee demonstrates entrepreneurial and financial skills, and how the nominee positively affects her school, community, and the lives of her peers. Winners will be picked according to the clarity and originality of the essay, and how closely the attributes listed in the nominating essay relate to the scholarship's theme.

Black Women In Sisterhood For Action Scholarship

Black Women In Sisterhood for Action (BISA) offers a scholarship for inner-city African American female high school seniors who demonstrate financial need. The applicants must show potential to lead their peers and excel academically, and must have some idea about their future career pursuits. The scholarship includes a financial gift, books, tutoring, transportation, counseling, mentoring of both students and their parents, networking opportunities, and monthly contact with an designated BISA member.

National Scholarship

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs (NANBPWC) is a non-profit organization that offers scholarships to young black girls who are budding professionals or entrepreneurs. The National scholarship is given to a black female high school senior with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The applicant must fill out an application form online, and also submit a 300 word essay titled "Why Education is Important to Me."

Jack and Jill of America Foundation

The Jack and Jill of America Foundation is dedicated to ensuring the educational and professional success of African American Youth. The foundation offers scholarships to African American high seniors who are preparing to earn a bachelor's degree at a 4 year college or university. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, be a graduating high school senior, and submit an online application.

Fred Luster Sr. Education Foundation

Luster Products, the Chicago based corporation that manufacturers hair products for the African American community, offers scholarships for young black boys and girls who wish to go to cosmetology school or college. To apply for a cosmetology school or college scholarship, contact the American Health and Beauty Aids Institute.

About the Author

Oubria Tronshaw specializes in topics related to parenting and business. She received a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Chicago State University. She currently teaches English at Harper Community College in the Chicago area.

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