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There are several Cincinnati African American scholarships that go unnoticed by local students each year.

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.

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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Here is a list of local Cincinnati African American scholarships that can help students pursue their dreams of higher education.  The information in this article is as current as the publication date. Readers are encouraged to confirm the information prior to taking action. 

Doris Larkin McAdams Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: January
Description/Criteria: Female high school senior graduating from a Greater Cincinnati area attending an accredited 4-year college or university.

Mamie Earl Sells Scholarship
Deadline: January
Criteria/Description: Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky high school female, 3.0 GPA.

Fred Heisel Jr. Grant
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Male high school student with a 2.8 GPA and letter acceptance to a higher institution.

Delta Sigma Theta Scholastic Achievement Award
Deadline: February
Description/Criteria: Female high school seniors preferably of African American descent with a 2.75 GPA and community service.

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

American Association of Blacks in Energy Scholarships
Deadline: March
Description/Criteria: High school senior who has applied to college with a major in STEM programs.

DGL Cincinnati Foundation Scholarship
Deadline:  March
Description/Criteria:  Graduating male seniors of the Greater Cincinnati schools with high academic achievement.

Archbishop Alter Scholarship
Deadline: April
Description/Criteria: Demonstrate economic need, academic potential, leadership potential, parish involvement, community involvement, career goals and motivation.

Caleb Brown Jr. Scholarship
Deadline: April
Description/Criteria: Male high school graduate of a Cincinnati-area school.

Erica J. Holloman Scholarships
Deadline: April
Description/Criteria: 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
Description/Criteria: High school senior with good community service and academic achievement.

Minority Empowerment Initiative Trust Scholarship
Deadline: May
Criteria/Description: High school graduates 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.

Tommie Lewis Sr. Scholarship Fund
Deadline:  June
Description/Criteria:  African American students that excel in academic life, and who have also demonstrated a strong interest in pursuing an education and/or career in chemistry, engineering or scientific technology.

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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. If there are any other local organizations that would like to have their scholarship listed here, please contact The Voice of Black Cincinnati. You can also check out our Scholarships database.


The Voice of Black Cincinnati is a media company designed to educate, recognize and create opportunities for African Americans in the region. Visit our homepage, explore other articles, subscribe to our newsletter, follow us on Facebook or text VOBC to 797979 for local news, events, job postings, scholarships and a database of local Black-owned businesses.

Marissa Staples, Writer
The Voice of Black Cincinnati

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