Let’s discuss a sample of some college scholarships that remain available to check out.

Many actions by the civil rights activists of the past have made it easier than ever to acquire scholarships for black high school seniors, allowing them to receive the money they need to advance in higher education and make a better future for themselves. There are hundreds of these minority scholarships, and each of them is based on specific values named by their founders. Below are a few of them.

1. The Ron Brown Scholar Program

Named in honor of Ronald H. Brown, the first African-American appointed to the Cabinet post of Secretary of Commerce and the first to serve as Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is a program set up to award African-American high school seniors scholarships based on a set list of criteria. Students must excel in their academics, exhibit outstanding leadership potential, perform community service and demonstrate financial need. Awards of $10,000 will be awarded to no less than 10 students per year, renewable. This means over the course of four years, a total of $40,000 will be awarded to the student.

2. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Named in honor of the late Jackie Robinson, breaker of the color barrier in Major League Baseball, this scholarship of up to $7,500 per year is awarded to minorities graduating from high school, showing leadership potential, a dedication to community service, and a plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year institution in the United States. Applicants must have at least a 1000 on their combined math and critical reading sections of their SAT’s and/or a composite score of 21 on their ACT, and have a demonstrated financial need.

3. The United Negro College Fund

The UNCF has compiled more than 35 scholarships for African-American high school seniors and current college students. Each of the scholarships have specific requirements, such as requirements for residency in a certain state, the desire to study abroad, and some general scholarships for academic merit and public service.

The three foundations named above as far as scholarships for black high school seniors are great places to start on your search for minority scholarships and grants.

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