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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 4-year college or university. You will also need two letters of recommendation from 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 2- or 4-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 from. 


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 escape the trauma of student loan debt!


There is also the option of grants. A grant is free money that does not need to be repaid. It is given to college students to help them pay for their college funds so that they may get a good education. USA Grant Applications is a an amazing place to start in your grant search. Get access to multiple grants by filling out their online application. You will be able to apply for as many grants as you like after paying one small application fee.


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


It is sad that most people never apply for any kind of college funding because they don’t know how or who to apply to, or they feel it is too hard. Be dedicated to high learning and begin the process today. You never know what the outcome will be until you start. If there are any other local organizations that would like to have their scholarship listed here, please contact The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


Another way to finance college, is to receive high test scores on your submitted ACT or SAT. This will open doors for colleges and universities to offer you their private scholarships, grants, work-study programs, full-rides and more. Below are frequently asked questions about the ACT and SAT.

ACT and SAT Frequently Asked Questions

How many sections are in the ACT?
There are four sections on the ACT, and they are always offered in the same order: English, Math, Reading, and Science. If you take the ACT with Writing, the Writing section will be last. Every section is scored out of 36 points, except for Writing, which is scored out of 12 points.


What is the ACT composite score?
All correct answers are account. No points are taken off for wrong answers. These are called your subject test scores. These scores range from 1 to 36. Your Composite score is the average of your four multiple-choice subject test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number. If you left any test completely blank, that score is reported as two dashes and no Composite score is computed.


What is the SAT?
The SAT has four sections, as well an optional essay. The first section will be Reading, followed by Writing and Language, then the no calculator section of Math, followed by the Math section you’re allowed a calculator on. If you decide to take the SAT essay, it’ll be the final section of the exam. Most SAT questions are multiple choice, but five questions on Math No Calculator and eight questions on Math Calculator will be grid-ins.


How is the SAT scored?
When you take the SAT, you’ll be given a total score between 400 and 1600. The SAT has two major sections: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (combined from Reading + Writing and Language), and Math. You can earn a scaled score of between 200 and 800 points on each section. But where does the scoring scale come from?

You start with a raw score for each topic area. Your raw score is simply the number of questions you answered correctly; skipped or wrong questions do not add or subtract from your raw score. That number is then converted into a scaled score through a process called equating—the College Board is a bit cagey about how exactly this works, but it’s based on years worth of data rather than how people do on a specific test date.

The average SAT score is 1068, with some variation from year to year, but what counts as a good score for you will really depend on where you’re looking to apply. To get into a top-tier school you’ll likely need to score about 1500 or higher, but for the local branch of the state university you might be just fine with a 1050.


When should you take the ACT/SAT?
It is recommended that you test the test at least two to three times. Your best scores will be submitted. You should start ACT/SAT testing in your junior year of high school while the information is still fresh.


What ways can I prepare for the ACT and SAT?
There are plenty of courses you can take online to prepare. PowerScore Test Preparation offer FREE testing for both the ACT and SAT. Others may feel better with tutor. Varisty Tutors is a good place to begin your search. They offer one-on-one and online sessions.




The Voice of Black Cincinnati is a media company designed to educate, recognize and create opportunities for African Americans. Want to find local news, events, job posting, scholarships and a database of local Black-owned businesses? Visit our homepage, explore other articles, subscribe to our newsletter, like our Facebook page, join our Facebook group and text VOBC to 797979.


Written by Crystal Kendrick

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


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