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Scholarships for African American students in Cincinnati starting college in 2023.

Scholarships for African American high school seniors in Cincinnati – no essay.

Academic scholarships for Black high school students.

Scholarships for students attending HBCUs.

List of scholarships for Black students attending law school.

Searching for scholarships? The search for scholarships begins here for African-American students living in Greater Cincinnati. It does not matter if someone is a high school senior, an incoming freshman, or a college student already enrolled.

More than $100,000 of scholarship money is available to African-American students to pay for college. Students can enjoy free money for college from grants and scholarships to pursue the college of their dreams!

Looking at schools outside of the Greater Cincinnati Area? The Voice of Black Cincinnati’s National Scholarship database offers financial aid opportunities for high school, college, and nursing students.

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Merit-based and grade point average-based scholarship awards are available to African-American freshmen and undergraduates to pay college tuition. Sometimes, international students, Hispanic students, and other underrepresented minorities can apply for these free scholarship opportunities.

There are many different types of scholarships. The selection criteria range from gender to academic performance and extracurricular activities such as athletic scholarships. Some applications require a scholarship essay and other applications have no essay.

Students can apply for these scholarships and earn free money for their college education. Also, students should consider seeing if they qualify for a federal Pell Grant for the most opportunities to receive financial help possible!

When applying for college, consider attending an accredited HBCU or getting a major or minor in Africana Studies from the University of Cincinnati, Xavier University, or Northern Kentucky University. Interested in STEM? Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Integrative Natural Science and Mathematics (CINSAM) may be a good option!

*Students are encouraged to confirm information before applying for available scholarships and grants listed or submitting applications. Confirm deadlines, required documents such as a letter of recommendation, and submission formats such as online scholarship submission. 

Scholarships for African American high school seniors in Cincinnati

American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholarship Program

Must be an African American high school senior who has applied to college with a major in STEM programs.

Anita B. Brown Scholarship

Must reside in the Cincinnati, Hamilton, Fairfield, or Middletown area, be an incoming freshman with proof of college/university attendance

Anthony Munoz Scholarship

Must be enrolled in a high school in Greater Cincinnati or enter an eligible Greater Cincinnati/Tri-State college or university.

Archbishop Alter Scholarship Programs

Must be an African American senior in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and looking to attend a two or four-year university.

Caleb Brown Jr. Foundation Scholarship

Must be an African American male graduate of a Cincinnati-area school and accepted into an accredited four-year college or university.

Cincinnati Aspire Foundation Scholarship

Must be a male of African American descent graduating from high school and plans to attend an HBCU in the fall after graduation.

Cincinnati NAACP Scholarship

Must be an African American student graduating from a Cincinnati Public School and shown leadership or leadership potential in their academic pursuits and personal lives.

Related Article: NKU Offers Scholarships to Students Majoring in STEM Disciplines

Delta Sigma Theta Scholastic Achievement Award

Must be a female high school senior of African American descent with a 2.75 GPA, demonstrated leadership, and partaken in community service.

Doris Larkin McAdams Memorial Scholarship Fund

Must be an African American female high school senior graduating from a Greater Cincinnati area high school and attending an accredited four-year college or university.

Fred Heisel Jr. Grant Foundation Scholarship

Must be an African American male high school student with a 2.8 GPA and a letter of acceptance to enroll at a higher institution.

GE Aerospace Greater Cincinnati African American Scholarship Fund

Must be an African American high school graduate with a 2.8 GPA entering into a 2–5-year associate’s or bachelor’s degree.

Helen Lee Gentry Scholarship

Must be an African American student that lives a Christian lifestyle, exemplifies academic excellence, and contributes to our community.

Les Birdies Golf Club Scholarship

Must be African American female high school senior who plays golf and plans to enroll in an accredited institution—transcript “C” average minimum.

Mamie Earl Sells College Scholarship

Must be an African American high school female in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky with a 3.0 GPA and demonstrated ability to overcome adversity.

Related Article: Apply for FAFSA federal student aid and money for college

Ohio Civil Rights Transportation Symposium Scholarship

Must be an Ohio resident in a post-high school studying construction or STEM-related fields, have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, and be eligible to work in the United States.

Rising Stars Scholarship

Must have an unweighted 3.0 GPA, a strong commitment to continual education, community involvement (including community service with the foundation), and two letters of recommendation.

The Lawrence Home Association Academic Grant for Minority Women 

Must be an Episcopal church member and pursue post-secondary education in a degree program or on a postsecondary track toward professional certification.

The MOLES Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship

Must be an African American graduating high school senior in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky with a 3.0 GPA or higher, a U.S. citizen and be accepted to an accredited four-year university.

Wilma E. Lacy Memorial Scholarship Program

Must be African American female non-traditional college student with financial need and completed one semester/12 credit hours toward an undergraduate degree at an accredited university in Greater Cincinnati.

Scholarships for African American law students in Cincinnati

Shanda L. Spurlock Memorial Scholarship

Must be an African American student attending the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, or University of Dayton law schools and demonstrate leadership potential and dedication to their community.

Theodore M. Berry Scholarship

For African American students who attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Williams A. McClain Scholarship

Must be an African American student residing in Hamilton County, Ohio, and attending any ABA-accredited law school. Must demonstrate leadership potential and dedication to the community.

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College costs and scholarship information can be overwhelming in the search for scholarships, but it is all up to each individual. Free college is possible through student scholarships.

Looking for scholarships is worthwhile. With multiple ways to pay for school, students may be able to eliminate or reduce student loan debt. Graduate and have college repaid in no time! Apply for a scholarship today.

Please let us know if we have missed any college scholarships available to Black students in Cincinnati. If any other local organizations would like to have their scholarship listed here, please get in touch with The Voice of Black Cincinnati.

Written by: Crystal Kendrick

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