Scholarship Gateways Galore:
                     2002 Update

You'll find powerful Scholarship Gateways Galore here, including our main Black Excel portal (see first listing). You can find this specific listing at  How to Actually Win These Scholarships? Your tutorial? See note at the end of this posting.

                                                                 --Isaac Black

Black Excel Scholarship Gateway

Beinecke Brothers Scholarships

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellowship

Churchill Scholarships

Fulbright Scholarship

Gates Scholarships

Goldwater Scholarships

Javits Fellowships

James Madison Fellowships

Mellon Fellowship

Mitchell Scholarships

Rhodes Scholarships

Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Thurgood Marshal Scholarships

Udall Scholarships

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Ron Brown
The award: leadership, community service, all fields. The deadline is usually in January. This is one of the most prestigious scholarships and it's very, very competitive.

Jackie Robinson Foundation
The award is $6,000 per year. Number of winners: about 100.  It's renewable. Academic merit, leadership, community service, all fields. Deadline is usually in April.

Project Excellence
The award is $4000 or higher (to full tuition). Number of winners: at least 600.  Academic merit, leadership, community service, all fields. Deadline: Feb

United College Fund
The UNCF is one of our major scholarship gateways. The awards are  of varying amounts, and there are a great many under different names and requirements (Grandmet, Duracell, for example). The deadline is usually December.

Kodak Scholarships
The award: varying amounts to $5,000. Number of awards: Varies for those studying in film/cinematography at U.S. colleges.

Intel Science-Talent Search
The award is from $5,000 to $100,000. There are approx. 40 awards in this prestigious competition. You must  present a scientific research project.

Gates Millennium
The Gates Millennium Scholarship is to promote academic excellence and provide an opportunity for
thousands of outstanding students with significant
financial need. The scholarship will cover room, board and tuition for at least 1,000 high school students a year.  Nominations for 2002-2003 will be available November 2001.  Deadline is March 15.

NSBE Scholarships
(National Society of Black Engineers)
Award amount generally ranges from $1,500 to $3,000 for members of NSBE. Number of awards varies. This is primarily for engineering students and others majoring in related disciplines. Deadlines vary, details on the website.

(For Historically Black Colleges)
Students who want the HBCU ROTC scholarship have to enroll at an HBCU.  Award amount: to full-tuition. Many awards. Must have a minimum 920 on SAT or 19 ACT score.  Deadline is November 15.  Details: website.

American Institute of Certified
Public Accountants
For undergraduates studying accounting at a U.S. college with at least 30 credits completed. Awards up to $5,000, with about 300 winners annually. Deadline is in July. Go to website for GPA requirements and details.

Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarships
This is a major competition with over 250 awards going to scholars with academic leadership. And talent qualities. The award amount is from $4,000 to $20,000. You can apply online. The deadline is October 31.

Ambassadorial Scholarships
This is the prestigious Rotary organization's scholarship for students who can speak another language and want to study abroad in the host country of that language. Award amounts are from $10,000 to $23,000 for a 3 month to full year study abroad.  You should have completed at least 2 years of college.

Ronald MacDonald House Charities, the United Negro Fund Charities and the
United Negro Fund
Students must be studying at an HBCU which is a member of the UNCF.  The award is from $1,000 to full tuition.  Approx. 60 students are selected.  The deadline is April 1.

Xerox Technology Minority
This is a good scholarship for minority students studying in areas like chemistry, engineering, physics, and tech areas. The award amount is up to $4000 for undergraduates and more for graduate students. The deadline is Sept 15.

Alpha Kappa Alpha
The above link is to the Chicago headquarters and that gateway of scholarships. Note that there are over 700 AKA Chapters. You would be wise to contact sorors at local locations.  Scholarship opportunities abound. The deadline at AKA headquarters is Feb 15.  Applications must be sent between Dec. 1st and January 30th each year.
Editor's note: all of our Greeks (listed in our Black Excel college guide) offer scholarships. You should tap your local chapters.

This is the major sports association student-athletes are associated with. Awards are given in sports categories, amounts from $3000 to $12,500.  Awards are also available for sports-related study (like sports journalism).  Deadlines vary, as do the number of awards each year.

National Alliance for Excellence
Students can be seniors already in college. They must submit an application that can includes recommendations (academic, art slides), dance (tapes), photographs, and/or other materials that point to talent and achievement in all areas. Awards are for a minimum of one year, and over 100 are granted. Applications can be submitted at any time. The selection process is ongoing.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship
This is one of the most prestigious scholarships, shaped for students who intend to pursue a career
targeted to public service or government. Graduate study should be a goal, with a portion of the funds
directed there.  Must be at least a junior, and your
college must nominate you.  A nomination package
must be created. The awards can reach as high as
$30,000 over the years. Generally, about 80 students are selected.  Deadline is February 1st.

National Association of Hispanics
Awards $1000-$5000 for students interested in journalism as a career can apply. Deadline is Feb. 28.  See website for application and information.

National Association of Black Journalists
$2,500. Students should be attending a four-year
university. They must present three letters of  recommendation from a school adviser, dean, or faculty member. Also, a 500-900 word article on Black Journalist must be presented. A grade point average of 3.0 is desirable. Eligible students must be majoring in journalism--print, photography, radio, or television.  One of those should be a career goal. Deadline is March 31.

Hispanic College Fund
Major site for Hispanic students majoring in business-related areas, A to Z (accounting, human resources, communications, and more. The award amount varies. Over 140 awards granted.  Deadline: April.

Arts Recognition and Talent
Search Awards
These awards are granted to high school or college students (17-19 years of age) who show talent in dance, voice, music, art, photography, jazz, visual arts, writing, or other creative areas. You must audition or submit a portfolio or tape. The award is to be used for freshman year in college. Award amounts: from $100 to $3,000.  Deadline is June 1 or A1 (for registration in specific regions).

Society of Women Engineers
These scholarships are targeted for women who are majoring in engineering or computer science. Award amounts are from $200 to $5000, and at least 90 are granted. The deadline for students already in college is February 1 but is May 15 for high school seniors
entering an accredited program.

      How to Actually Win a Scholarship

In the Black Excel African American Student's College Guide (John Wiley & Sons), I tell you what to do, step by step. This is the "real deal" overview you would get if you were sitting with me one-on-one.
                              --Isaac Black, Founder and Author

(The guide is just  $13.96 at Also available at major bookstores.)

Check out:

  • "Get the Money Guide" (p.87 to p.143 )
  • "Getting Started: Ten Things to Consider Before You Begin Your Scholarship Search" (p.101-103)
  • "Your Scholarship Get-the-Money Tutorial"  (p.104-106)
  •  "Scholarship FAQs" (p.109-110)
  • "Scholarship Sources" (p.113-143)

(Information provided by Isaac Black, Founder, Black Excel:  The College Help Network.)
The Black Excel African American Student's College Guide, by Black Excel Founder Isaac Black, is now on sale at for $13.96. "This book will have rallying impact on our aspiring college students."