African American Scholarships for Women
Summary: There are several organizations at various levels of business that strive to assist African American woman reach their financial goals. These organizations achieve this by providing scholarships and educational opportunities.
If you are an African American woman, then there are many scholarships specifically geared to help you achieve your academic goals. Whether you are an aspiring athlete, scientist, or lawyer, there are scholarships specifically created for you.
The NCAA, or National Collegiate Athletic Association, is a governing body of college and university sports and athletics programs. This association sponsors scholarships for minority women through its Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarships for Careers in Athletics program. This scholarship program is designed to increase the number of female and minority candidates in the different athletic events by providing financial assistance for those seeking to attend a college or university. To qualify for this scholarship program, candidates must be of color, female, and applying to graduate programs in the sports-related fields.
The Black Women in Sports Foundation funds several scholarships for women of African American descent. Their Madeline Kountze Dugger-Kelly Scholarship is awarded to black women currently enrolled in a graduate program who were previously active in undergraduate sports. Candidates are assessed based on their community service and personal character.
The Black Women in Sisterhood for Action, BISA, promotes the education and career advancement of black women in financial hardship. BISA also assists by providing transportation and life coaching.
NHBW, National Black Hook-Up of Black Women, Inc, began in 1973 as a way for African American women and their families to find assistance in areas such as the arts, culture, and health. This organization funds scholarships through the Sister to Sister program. The recipients of this scholarship are minority women who are going back to school without the financial support of their family. There are also scholarship programs that are geared for black women who are about to or have already graduated high school and wish to further their educations.
In New Jersey, the Association of Black Women Lawyers of New Jersey, or ABWL-NJ began in 1975 to assist the women of New Jersey to continue their educations. This association funds candidates who are African American, female, and pursuing a law degree. These candidates are awarded scholarships based upon their need and community service record.
The Association of Black Women Physicians (ABWP), established in 1982, strives to improve public health and welfare through public outreach. Their Rebecca Lee, MD Scholarship is named in recognition of the first black female physician who graduated medical school one year before the end of slavery in 1864. Qualified candidates are black women who either reside in Southern California or are enrolled in medical school in Southern California. Applicants are evaluated based on academic merit, financial need and community outreach.
No matter what field of study the African American woman wishes to study, there are plenty of scholarships available to make that dream a reality.