African American students every year have the opportunity to apply for many scholarships from various organizations in celebration of African American history.  These scholarships are usually given to African American students and are designed to inspire the next generation of Black history makers.


Below are the top 7 Black history month scholarships for 2016 (Some have deadlines in January, but most are in February!), please read the qualifications and feel free to apply and/or forward to others:


#1 - Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: In addition to a financial scholarship, this foundation also provides its scholars with mentoring and leadership development opportunities, and internships. Only for minority high school students in the United States.


#2 - Steve Harvey/ Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program: Under the umbrella of the Steve and Marjorie Harvey Foundation, this program offers scholarship awards and once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures.


#3 - Ron Brown Scholar Program for African Americans: Provides scholarship awards to African-American high school seniors who are excelling in their academics, exhibiting exceptional leadership potential, and actively serving in community service activities.


#4 - Frito-Lay “Create to Celebrate” Black History Month Art Contest: Applicants have to submit online an original piece of art created in any medium (video, song, photo, sculpture, painting, etc) that celebrates African American achievement.


#5 - Buick Achievers Scholarship Program: Awards scholarships to students who excel in the classroom and give back to their communities. Special consideration is given to students who are female, minorities, first-generation college students, military veterans and military dependents.


#6 - Tom Joyner Foundation "Full Ride" Scholarship: Awards a full scholarship to one student to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with high academic records.


#7 - Congressional Black Caucus Foundation/ General Mills Health Scholarship Program: Open to both undergraduate and graduate students who plan to major in health-related studies. Academic achievement, leadership qualities and service to the community are required. Preference will be given to African-American students.


To find hundreds of other 2016 scholarships, visit


To apply: Go to and click on the link “Initiate application process”. Applications are due by February 19, 2016. This is a fluid deadline.

Selected applicants to this program will receive up to U.S. $800 travel grants to attend the 2016 International Microwave Symposium on May 22-27, 2016 in San Francisco, CA. The goal of Project Connect is to provide students with an opportunity to participate in social and career development opportunities, which include: panel sessions with speakers from industry, government and academia with a special focus on entrepreneurship; assistance with effective resume writing and graduate school applications; and, most importantly exciting networking opportunities with the microwave community. Candidates should be members of under-represented groups in engineering (this includes women, American Indian/Native, African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino).

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