Every year, billions of dollars in financial aid and scholarships are given away to students to help them pay for college tuition, books, and other college-related expenses. As the year winds down, here are the top national scholarship programs for African American students and others that are still accepting applications:
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#1 – Ford HBCU Community Challenge: The Ford HBCU Challenge invites college students to submit their ideas for building sustainable communities for a chance to win a college scholarship and other awards. Students must have a strong interest in their communities and the environment. Project ideas must include innovative ideas on how to build sustainable communities. The deadline to apply is in December 2017.
#2 – Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship: The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program is designed to help cultivate minority students for potential recruitment in the field of technology. The scholarship amount award depends on the student’s tuition balance, academic excellence and classification. The deadline to apply is in September 2017.
#3 – Coca-Cola Scholars Program: The Coca-Cola Scholars Program is a very competitive program for high school seniors throughout the United States. Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company, the largest soft drink company in the world, the program awards millions every year in college funding. The deadline to apply is in October 2017.
#4 – Apple HBCU Scholarship Program: The Apple HBCU Scholarship Program is offered to eligible college students who are in their final year of college at a HBCU institution. Eligible students include those who are majoring in Computer Science, Information Science/Technology, Mathematics, and/or Engineering. The deadline to apply is in October 2017.
#5 – Will.i.am Scholarship Foundation (The I.Am.Angel Foundation): Established in 2009 by Grammy-winning Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am (William J. Adams), this program is open to high school seniors who plan to attend a four-year college and pursue degrees in the STEM and arts fields. The scholarship covers all college expenses, including tuition, books, fees, and room and board for four years. The deadline to apply is in December 2016.
#6 – Burger King Scholars Program: The Burger King Scholars program is designed to help high-school seniors who are looking to start college next year. Annually, the program awards more than $1.4 million in scholarships to more than 1,000 students. Applicants must be residents of the United States or Canada, and must be graduating high school seniors. The deadline to apply is in December 2017.