ADP HBCU Scholarship Program 2021

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The ADP HBCU Scholarship Program provides need-based scholarship assistance to help reduce financial barriers to college completion for high-potential college students from low- to mid-income families, attending historically black colleges and universities (“HBCUs”).

The Program will provide scholarship assistance to two (2) cohorts of students as described below:

ADP HBCU Scholarship Program Eligibility Requirements

Cohort 1  - Sophomore Scholars Program

Applicants for Cohort 1 must meet the following criteria

1. Be enrolled as a full-time college sophomore at any of the undergraduate UNCF member institutions, beginning Fall 2021. 

2. Preference shall be given to candidates who are first-generation college students.

Cohort 2  - Junior Scholars Program

Applicants for Cohort 2 must meet the following criteria:

1. Be enrolled as a full-time  college junior at any of the following 9 HBCUs beginning Fall 2021:

 Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA), Hampton University (Hampton, VA), Kentucky State University (Frankfurt, KY), Lincoln University (Lincoln, PA), Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), Norfolk State University (Norfolk, VA), • Southern University (Baton Rouge, LA),  Spelman College (Atlanta, GA) , Texas Southern University (Houston, TX).

2. Preference shall be given to candidates  who are first-generation college students and those attending any of the following HBCUs:

 Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA), Lincoln University (Lincoln, PA), Norfolk State University (Norfolk, VA), Texas Southern University (Houston, TX).

Applicants for Sophomore Scholars Program (Cohort 1)  and Junior Scholars Program (Cohort 2) must meet the following additional eligibility criteria:

i. Be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the U.S.

ii.  Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) form and have a demonstrated, unmet financial need as verified by their college or university.

iii. Possess a minimum cumulative college grade point average (“GPA”) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

vi. Be Pursuing in any the following fields of study: Business, Communications, Information Technology/Computer Science.  Example majors are:

* Business (e.g. accounting, business administration and management, finance, human resources management);

*  Communications (e.g. advertising, business communications, communications, marketing, public relations); 

*  Information Technology / Computer Science (e.g. computer engineering, computer information systems, computer programming, computer science, computer software & applications, computer systems analysis/networking, data entry/mining/processing, information science, software engineering).

v. Demonstrate involvement in community and/or campus-based activities, programs or clubs, or part-time work.

ADP HBCU Scholarship Program Application Requirement

For award consideration, all applicants must  submit the  ADP HBCU Scholarship Program online application by the applicable deadline (October 14, 2021), complete with the following application materials:

i. A statement describing any extracurricular activities, honors and awards, community service, campus-based activities, programs or clubs or part-time work.

II.  A full copy of their most recent FAFSA student aid report.

III.  A letter of recommendation from a non-family member.

IVUp to 500 word essay about your  career interest.

ADP HBCU Scholarship Program Letter of Reference Guidance

Applicants must "invite” their reference to submit a reference during the application process and contact their reference to confirm the receipt of the invitation information through the system. If you need more information or guidance regarding the letter of reference/recommendation, please click the link on the right of this page, and download and share the documents with your reference. Emailed letters of recommendation to UNCF will not be accepted at any time. 

ADP HBCU Scholarship Program Renewability

Selected students will receive a $5,000 need based scholarship in the fall 2021. The ADP HBCU Scholarship is renewable program provided students continue to meet the above eligibility criteria. Scholarships for eligible students will be renewed as follows:

1. The selected college Sophomore Program Scholars will receive up to $5,000 per year based on need,  for no more than two (2) consecutive academic years (four semesters) immediately following the initial award.

 2. The selected college Junior Program Scholars will receive up to $5,000 per year, based on need, for no more than one (1) academic year (two semesters), immediately following the initial award.

 For additional questions, please contact Girmu Habte.

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