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Scholarships for African American students in Cincinnati starting college in 2022.


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.


If you are an African American graduating senior in Cincinnati, an incoming freshman, or an African American college student enrolled in a Cincinnati college or university in the fall of 2022, your scholarship search starts here. More than $100,000 of scholarship money is available to African American students to pay for college. Free money for college from grants and scholarships to pursue the college of your dreams!

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


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The selection criteria range from gender to academic performance to extracurricular activities such as athletic scholarships. Some applications require a scholarship essay and other applications have no essay. Apply for these scholarships and you could earn free money for your college education. Also, consider seeing if you 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 right for you!


*Before applying for scholarships and grants listed or submitting your application, students are encouraged to confirm the deadlines for the academic year, required documents such as a letter of recommendation and submission formats such as online scholarship submission. 


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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.


Anthony Munoz Scholarship
Must be enrolled in a high school in Greater Cincinnati and be enrolled or entering an eligible Greater Cincinnati/Tri-State college or university.


Archbishop Alter Scholarship Programs
Must be an African American senior and Catholic in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.


Black Nurses Association of Greater Cincinnati Scholarship
Must be African American and enrolled in an accredited nursing school as an RN, LPN, or in an STNA program.


Caleb Brown Jr. Foundation Scholarship
Must be an African American male high school graduate of a Cincinnati-area school.


Cincinnati Aspire Foundation Scholarship
Must be a male of African American descent. Must be a graduating high school senior whose plan is to attend college in the fall after his high school graduation.


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



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


DGL Cincinnati Foundation Scholarship
Must be a graduating African American male senior of the Greater Cincinnati schools with high academic achievement.


Doris Larkin McAdams Memorial Scholarship Fund
Must be an African American female high school senior graduating from a Greater Cincinnati area 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 letter of acceptance to enroll at a higher institution.


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
Must be African American female high school senior who plays golf and is enrolling 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. Must be able to demonstrate the ability to overcome adversity.


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National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Scholarship Contest
The Freedom Center wants to know: What kind of ancestor will you be? Submissions must be in the form of a two-minute video. In the video, explain the lesson future generations will learn from your story.


Ohio Civil Rights Transportation Symposium Scholarship
Must be an Ohio resident enrolled in a post-high school studying construction or STEM-related fields with a GPA of 2.5 or higher and eligible to work in the United States.


Rising Stars Scholarship
Must have an unweighted 3.0 GPA, a strong commitment to continual education, community activity/involvement, including community service with the foundation, two letters of recommendation on official letterhead


The Lawrence Home Association Academic Grant for Minority Women 
Must be in pursuit of post-secondary education in a degree program or on a postsecondary track toward a professional certification,
must be signed by a member of the clergy in the Diocese of Southern Ohio.


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 citizen of the United States, be accepted to an accredited four-year college/university.


Wilma E. Lacy Memorial Scholarship Program
Must be African American and have completed one semester/12 credit hours toward an undergraduate degree at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the Greater Cincinnati area.



Scholarships for African American law students in Cincinnati:


Shanda L. Spurlock Memorial Scholarship
Must be an African American student attending either University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, or the University of Dayton law school who has demonstrated 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
For African American students and Hamilton County, Ohio residents attending any ABA-accredited law school who demonstrates leadership potential and dedication to the community.



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




Cincinnati African American ScholarshipsA lot of this student scholarship information can be overwhelming, in the search for scholarships, but it is all up to you. Free college is possible through student scholarships. With multiple ways to pay for school, you may be able to eliminate or reduce student loan debt! You’ll be a graduate and have college repaid in no time.

Please let us know if we have missed any college scholarships available to Black students in Cincinnati. We will gladly add more opportunities to our list as we continue to encourage high school students to apply for scholarships. If there are any other local organizations that would like to have their scholarship listed here, please contact The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


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Written by Crystal Kendrick

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


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