With the generations of private, state and federal supporters, the opportunities available for attending college or university and funding options available for African Americans has never been better. When once American were plagued with racial bigotry, now opportunities for African Americans collegiates have never been better.
With all of the excellent educational resources available to African American students today, college and university enrollment is the highest it has ever been. Some excellent sites on African American college grants include Scholarships.com, the United Negro College Fund and the Government Grants for Minorities website.
United Negro College Fund
One of the oldest and most recognized organizations devoted exclusively to African American educational advancement is the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Founded in 1944, this organization sets a foundation for educational growth, as coined in their motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste". The list of donors to this fund has continued to increase over the years making the United Negro College Fund one of the largest supporters of African Americans college goals. Along with directly distributing a multitude of fellowships, scholarships, and grants to African American students at all university and college levels, the Fund also provides financial support to a large number of historically black universities and colleges.
In the United States there are approximately 40 historically African American colleges offering students strong support for social and education advancement. In Atlanta, Georgia, Spelman College offers African American women first-rate educational opportunities through grants, for example. The United Negro College Fund participates with Spelman College to distribute grants to financially challenged students. Another Atlanta-based college that offers African American student's grants is Morehouse College. They offer these grants based on program major, athletic excellence, or academic excellence. The musical department has music department grants for students with a passion or mastery of music and musical instruments. In Washington D.C., Howard University awards African American grants and scholarships for students who have excelled academically. Two other grants Howard University award each year are the Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Program and the Frederick Douglass Scholars Program, both for African American academic achievers.
Association and Organization Grants
The National Black Nurses Association extends grants ranging from $500 to $2,000, to help African American women pursue their nursing degree program. Another nursing grant available is the March of Dimes Nursing Scholarship for minority students. The American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA) offers minority students grants based on their academic merit, pending their full-time enrollment status. The U.S. Department of Educations has federal funds available to help disadvantaged and minority students. There are also grants available in many states to educate minority regional students. Many large corporations also have grant programs including AT&T and Coca-Cola.