HBCU Scholarships

HBCU stands for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCU are institutions of higher education that were established mostly before 1964 and aim to serve the black community of America. There are currently 105 HBCUs in the United States. These scholarships are available for black minorities of the US but in some cases people from non minority classes who are going to attend a HBCU are also eligible. One example of a HBCU scholarship is the one provided by the HBCUCONNECT.com. This scholarship makes available an amount of $1,000 for up to 4 minority applicants. This scholarship is available for students who are enrolled or are planning to enroll in a HBCU. It is only available for African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans. The current deadline for the application process has passed long ago (June 1st 2010) but the applicants can keep this scholarship in mind for the next academic year. This scholarship requires the applicant to write a 350 word essay on topics related to the black community or black personalities or history, etc. Another opportunity is provided by the US Air Force ROTC to college students of any major. This scholarship is open for non-minority applicants as well who are attending a minority institution. The good thing about this scholarship is that if an applicant meets the eligibility criteria he is sure to get the scholarship money. The applicants apart from being US citizens should pass the Air Force Officer Qualifying test and the Air Force Officer ROTC Physical Fitness Test. The applicant must not be taking advantage of a scholarship opportunity already and should also pass the age, moral and certain other eligibility requirements for the scholarship. The HBCU ‘PACKARD’ Sit Abroad Scholarships are also available for minority students who plan to study in programs outside the US. This was a review of the various HBCU scholarships that are available. The applicants have a variety of other minority scholarships available other than specific HBCU scholarships. The applicants should carry out an extensive search on the internet or consult local listings. Belonging to a specific scholarship worthy group can be quite advantageous towards the procurement of some scholarship money. It is also advised to gather information about the eligibility criteria and deadlines before applying for a scholarship. The application forms should be retained for future reference. The applicants must also not underestimate the importance of community service which could help distinguish them from other applicants.