Fifteen New Scholarships
              From Black Excel

FLASH: The links to previously posted Black Excel Scholarship Lists are noted below. Most of the lists are still helpful. Many scholarships are posted annually, so you would be wise to visit, and check out those links for new dates and deadlines.  Note, too, that the Black Excel African American Students Guide, also
lists hundreds of scholarships with a how-to-get-the-money chapter.  --Isaac Black, Black Excel Founder

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             The Doublemint A.C.E. Grant Program
      (From Doublemint & Venus & Serena Williams)

Special to Black Excel

The Doublemint A.C.E. Grant Program was recently announced by Venus and Serena Williams on the CBS Early Show. The goal is to highlight the distinctive contributions that college students are making on campus or in their communities. Many grants will be awarded by Doublemint Gum and the Williams sisters. Students 18-25 years old are eligible or their "service organizations." You apply by going to for the official rules and an application.  You may submit an essay or a VHS tape demonstrating your "distinctive" contributions.  Selected recipients will receive an initial grant of $1,000, and will have the opportunity to receive an additional $100 for each ace Venus or Serena serve during selected WTA tournaments. One DOUBLEMINT A.C.E. grant recipient will be personally chosen by Venus and Serena Williams for a grant of $10,000 from the pool of winners. You apply via the site or mail from now to February 18, 2002. Go to the site for extra details and instructions.

             Microsoft Scholarships for 2002-2003

Microsoft is offering full-tuition scholarships totaling $540,000
for the 2002-2003 academic year. Postmark deadline: Friday,
February 1st, 2002.  A large majority of our scholarships will be
awarded to female and minority students." Scholarships will
cover 100 percent of the tuition for the 2002-2003 academic year at the college you attend.  Winners must complete a salaried
summer internship of 12 weeks or more at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.  To apply you must be enrolled in computer science or computer engineering, or a related technical discipline (go to website).  An application includes a resume, transcript, and a letter of referral from a faculty or academic advisor. You must also essay questions and provide other info. You forward applications to: Microsoft Scholarship Program/One Microsoft Way/Redmond, WA 98052-8303.  Go to
for specific intructions or contact

          Coca-Cola Corporate/UNCF Intern Program

This internship/scholarship collaboration provides educational opportunities for African American, Asian, Hispanic, and other minority students.  You can win a $10,000 scholarship, a summer internship in Atlanta and a $2,500 monthly salary.  The application deadline has been extended to 12/14/01.  Students at UNCF colleges or majority institutions are eligible.  Business-related majors, including study in areas like Engineering, Journalism, Computer Science, and Communications are okay.  Go to http://www.coca cool_opportunities/index.html for extra info
and an application. Click on "about internships" to get to the right gateway.

           8th Annual 'My Turn' Essay Competition

Kaplan, Inc. and Newsweek announce the eighth annual "My Turn" Essay Competition. High school students get the opportunity to showcase their writing ability and compete for academic scholarships.  The competition gives students a forum for expressing their point of view and, perhaps, a chance to meet the rising costs of college. Ten finalists will be selected, with the first place winner receiving $5,000, the second place winner receiving $2,000, and eight additional winners receiving $1,000.  Ten honorable mentions will also be selected.  In addition to the scholarship, a winning essay may be published in Newsweek magazine. Entry forms and official rules are available online at or by calling 1-800-KAP-TEST.  The deadline for entry is March 1, 2002.  Winners will be announced in April.

    The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship competition, is sponsored by the US Department of State. It is open for the winter/spring term of academic for travel between Jan. 1 and April 30, 2002. The scholarships go to students with financial need who are underrepresented in study abroad to apply. The award is for $5,000. In the last cycle, 2,232 students applied for 139 awards. Info and materials are available online at ttp:// You can contact the Institute of International Education (IIE) at (713) 621-6300 ext 25, or toll free at (888) 887-5939 ext. 25, or by email at

  The Colgate University Fellowship in Creative Writing

Colgate University (English Department) invites applications for its Fellowship in Creative Writing.  Writers of poetry, fiction, or fictional or prose fiction who have recently completed an MFA, MA, or PhD in creative writing, and who need a year for the completion of their first book, are encouraged to apply. The selected writer will spend the academic year (beginning in late August and concluding in early May) at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. The fellow will teach one creative writing
course each semester and will give a public reading from the work in progress. The fellowship carries a stipend of $27,000 plus travel expenses; health and life insurance are provided. Applications must arrive by January 15, 2002, consist of a resume, three letters of application, one of which must address the candidate's abilities as a teacher; and either (1) a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages of fiction (complete short story or novel excerpt); (2) 20 single-spaced pages of poetry or (3) a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages of nonfiction (complete essay or excerpt of a full length work). Applications may be sent to Creative Writing Fellowship, c/o the Department of English, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY 13346-1398.

                Gates Millennium Scholarships: 2002

The Gates Millennium Scholarships (for academic excellence)
will continue to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with financial need. The scholarships will cover room, board, and tuition for 4 years. Nominations for 2002-2003 can now be forwarded.  Note that the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) is the administrator of the GMS initiative. Go to:
for details. Deadline: material must be postmarked before
February 2001.  Address: GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS
P.O. Box 1434/Alexandria, Virginia 22313/Toll-Free Phone:
1-877-690-GMSP (4677)

    The American Library Association Scholarships
                  (Spectrum Scholarship Initiative)

The "Spectrum Initiative" is to recruit applicants and award
scholarships to African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian/
Pacific Islander and Native American/Alaskan Native students
for graduate programs in library and information studies. The
American Library Association has committed resources for 50
annual scholarships of $5,000 a year for the Initiative's first five
years. Black Excel suggests that you review the lists of the
1998-2001 of Scholarship Recipients. Note that the winners go on to attend large state universities where there are graduate programs in library and information studies.The deadline for applying is March 1st, 2002!  The on-line application form is available at the Spectrum  For more info or to website or contact: Spectrum Inquiry Line 1.800.545.2433 ext. 4276 or email

                   The 2001 Hurston/Wright Award
                             (For Fiction Writing)

The Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award has been established by novelist Marita Golden to honor excellence in fiction writing by students of African descent enrolled full time as undergraduate or graduate students in any college or university in the United States. The first-place award of $1,000 and second- and third-place awards of $500 will be presented at a ceremony in July to the writers of the best previously unpublished short story or novel excerpt. To apply for the 2001 Hurston/Wright Award you should submit two (2) copies of a typed (double-spaced) manuscript of no more than twenty-five (25) pages to: The Hurston/Wright Awards/P.O. Box 77287/Washington, D.C. 20013.  All entries must be postmarked no later than December 31, 2001. For more info call (301) 459-0142, email at or go to:

                     Bannerman Fellowship Program
                                 For Activists of Color

The Bannerman Fellowship Program is designed to honor outstanding activists of color by giving them an opportunity for reflection and renewal. Each year, ten Bannerman Fellows receive an award of $15,000 to take sabbaticals of three months or more.  The Fellows may use their sabbaticals in whatever way they think will best re-energize them for the work ahead. Past fellows have used the time and resources to travel, study, visit with other activists, read, relax, acquire new skills, explore new interests, evaluate, and plan. To qualify, an applicant must have at least ten years experience as a community activist working for social change and be a resident of the US.  For more info and an application, visit or write to the Bannerman Fellowship Program/ 1627 Lancaster Street/
Baltimore, MD 21231. Deadline: December 1, 2001 E-mail:

                             IRTS Summer Fellows
          (International Radio and Television Society)

From the IRTS Foundation: "Please encourage outstanding juniors, seniors, and grad students to apply for the IRT Summer Fellowship Program, June 4th - August 3rd  2002. Those selected receive transportation to and from New York City, housing, and a stipend to defray the cost of food, intra-city commuting, and personal expenses. Fellows receive a one-week orientation to the business, followed by an eight-week internship in a position that complements their career goals. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet industry leaders and get impressive work experience."  For more info go to or contact Michelle Marsala/Manager, Events & Press Relations/IRTS Foundation/212-867-6650 x. 303.

                      Target All-Around Scholarships

Target's All-Around Scholarships for Students will provide funds to high school seniors and college students who are committed to community service and education. Target will award four $10,000 scholarships and more than twenty-one hundred $1,000 scholarships. Eligible students must be 24 or under and be enrolled in college (2- or 4-yr) no later than the fall, 2002-2003 year.  An application and essay are necessary.  Preference will be given to students who reside in a community where a Target store is located. Complete guidelines and application forms are available at: ttp://
community_scholarships.jhtml. Deadline: November 1, 2001. The contact number is (800)  537-4180. Ask for the Target All-Around Scholarship program  manager.

            SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers)
                     Engineering Scholarships

These corporate-sponsored scholarships range in value from $1,000 to $10,000. To qualify, the applicant must enroll in an engineering program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) at a university of the applicant's choice. Judging will be based on the criteria established by the sponsor and as outlined in the individual scholarship descriptions at the website.  Visit for more info.
Deadline:  December 1, 2001

          Discover Card Tribute Award Scholarships

This scholarship program was created to "applaud exemplary
accomplishments" and support "education and training beyond high school."  Nine scholarships are being offered in each state, including an extra nine national awards—over 460 scholarships in total.  You are eligible to apply if you are a high school junior with at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA and stellar accomplishments in three of the following areas (Special Talents, Leadership, Community Service or Obstacles Overcome).   Applications are available at tribute.htm.  Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday, January 11, 2002.

                          Essay Competition

This essay/scholarship competition is open to all U.S. High School students. Ten winners will win up to $5,000.  You must submit a creative or insightful 500-1,000 word personal essay on a topic of your choice.  But first, you must carefully read and follow the Official Rules at  The deadline is March 1, 2002. Send your entries to: KAPLAN/NEWSWEEK "MY TURN" ESSAY COMPETITION, 888 7th Avenue, NY, NY 10106.