Target Scholars 2021

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Target, in partnership with UNCF, has established the Target Scholars Program to provide 1,000 need-based scholarships of up to $5,000 to first-year Black students enrolled at select Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs) with a demonstrated interest in pursuing a career in technology, leadership or design. This program will provide students with four years of academic support as well as mentoring, internship opportunities, networking and more throughout their college career – and is just one way that Target’s supporting the next generation of Black talent, helping build the workforce for the future.

Students will be awarded in the 2021 - 2022 academic school year.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Be African American/ Black.
  2. Have a required minimum GPA of 2.75.
  3. Be a U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident.
  4. Incoming Freshmen/First-Year student.
  5. Be planning to enroll full-time at one of the selected HBCUs.
  6. Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a career in one of the following areas:
    1. Technology- Technology fields of study include computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, cybersecurity, mechanical engineering, and other technology related majors.
    2. LeadershipLeadership fields of study are inclusive of all majors and focus on desire to impact others, our communities, and workplaces through inclusive leadership and development of self and others to have a positive impact on both business and people.
    3. Design-  Design fields of study include fashion/apparel design, fiber, textile, weaving arts, graphic design, industrial and product design, textile sciences and engineering, and technical design.
  7. Have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have a demonstrated unmet financial need, as verified by the applicant's academic institution.

Application Requirements

  1. Submit one letter of recommendation from a non-relative.
  2. Respond to two essay prompts. (see application for details)
  3. A final high school transcript or evidence of completion of the GED.
  4. A full copy of the 2021 – 2022 school year FAFSA student aid report (SAR).

Letter of Recommendation Guidance

One letter of recommendation (LOR) is required to complete this application. The recommender must be a non-relative. The LOR must be made through the online Applicant System and must be received by the application due date. Emailed LORs will not be accepted.

Applicants should give the recommender ample time to complete the LOR by entering all recommender information (name and email) as early as possible. The recommender will be sent automated instructions at the email address provided to submit the LOR in the Applicant System. Applicants will receive "Invite References" reminders until a recommender is invited.

Applicants who have submitted complete applications will be notified of scholarship decisions within 8 - 10 weeks after the application closing date.

If you have questions about this scholarship, contact Angela Mobley (

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