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Many Cincinnati African American scholarships go unnoticed by local students each year.


Cincinnati Scholarships for African American students.

Find scholarships for Cincinnati high school seniors.

Local scholarships for college. 

Cincinnati African American scholarships are available each year around this time. Local African American fraternal, social and professional organizations give away scholarships worth more than $50,000 each year to high school students. These opportunities will help cut down on student loans.


The criteria range from gender to academic performance to economic need to fields of study. Although application processes vary by the deadline, required documents, and submission formats, African American students in the Greater Cincinnati area are eligible to apply for these scholarships. A few have submission deadlines as early as January. For others, you will need to check back for updates.

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This list will help Black American students pursue their dreams of higher education.  The information in this article is as current as of the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to taking action. 

*All are scholarships unless otherwise noted

Doris Larkin McAdams Memorial
Deadline: January
Must be a female high school senior graduating from a Greater Cincinnati area attending an accredited four-year college or university. You will also need two letters of recommendation from a teacher or guidance counselor, and a clergy, community leader or employer.


Wilma E. Lacy Memorial
Deadline: January
Must have completed 1 semester/12 credit hours towards an undergraduate degree at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the Greater Cincinnati area.


Mamie Earl Sells
Deadline: January
Must be a Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky high school female with a 3.0 GPA.


Fred Heisel Jr. Grant
Deadline: February
Must be a male high school student with a 2.8 GPA and letter acceptance to a higher institution.


Delta Sigma Theta Scholastic Achievement Award
Deadline: February
Must be a female high school senior preferably of African American descent with a 2.75 GPA and community service.


Rising Stars Scholarship Program
Deadline: February
Must be a male high school senior with a GPA of 3.0 or higher with a strong commitment to continual education and community service. Must also demonstrate financial need.


American Association of Blacks in Energy
Deadline: March
Must be a high school senior who has applied to college with a major in STEM programs.


Cincinnati youth education programs your child can benefit. 


DGL Cincinnati Foundation
Deadline:  March
Must be a graduating male senior of the Greater Cincinnati schools with high academic achievement.


Archbishop Alter
Deadline: April
Must demonstrate economic need, academic potential, leadership potential, parish involvement, community involvement, career goals and motivation.


Caleb Brown Jr.
Deadline: April
Must be a male high school graduate of a Cincinnati-area school.


Erica J. Holloman
Deadline: April
Must be a female currently enrolled at an accredited four-year university in the greater Cincinnati area with a minimum GPA of 2.5. A second scholarship is available under this name for a graduating female senior with a 3.0 – 4.0 GPA.


Red Rose Scholarship Senior Award
Deadline: April
Must be a high school senior with good community service and academic achievement.


Minority Empowerment Initiative Trust
Deadline: May
Must be a high school graduate living in the Diocese of Southern Ohio, who have been admitted to an accredited school or program of advanced learning are eligible to apply for a grant. Priority is given to those students with the greatest economic need, as judged by the MEIT board.


NKU Offers Extends Hands to STEM Students.

Some of these deadlines are quickly approaching so get those applications going! For those still deciding on where to go to college, Cincinnati schools not only have high graduation rates, but students also receive better salaries.


A lot of this information can be overwhelming, but it is all up to you. With multiple ways to pay for school, you may be able to reduce or eliminate student loan debt!


Need more? Find it in The Voice of Black Cincinnati Scholarship Database


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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


    1. Thank you for following The Voice of Black Cincinnati. Unfortunately, we are not aware of scholarships to obtain a barber license. We will update our listing if we learn of these opportunities.

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