UNCF/Best Buy Scholars Program 2020

APPLICATION DUE DATE EXTENDED TO APRIL 30, 2020

Recommendation requirement is waived for this program cycle only - the recommendation is now optional.  If provided, the recommendation should be from an adult, non-family member.

The UNCF/Best Buy Scholars Program is a multi-year partnership that seeks to achieve the following:

    • * Reduce financial barriers to a college degree for low-income students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need.
    • * Create a pipeline of college-educated minority professionals poised to assume fulfilling careers in the consumer electronics retail industry

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

Scholarship – Up to $20,000 per academic year, renewable for three years

* College Success Coach – aimed at supporting the student’s academic progress and professional development

* Online Learning Community – online resources to empower and prepare scholars for academic and personal success

* Early Career Coaching

* Attendance at UNCF Student Leadership Conference

* Best Buy E-Mentor

* Possible Internship Opportunities at Best Buy Headquarters in Minneapolis, MN

SELECTION CRITERIA

* Preference will be given to students who are active high school participants in a Best Buy Teen Tech Center or key Best Buy non-profit partner.  Make sure to identify your participation from the drop-down menu in the application.

* The selection process will focus first on students from Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri or Ohio captured from your permanent state address entered in the application.

* Must be a U.S. Citizen

* Must be African-American with intentions to enroll full-time as a freshman in the academic year 2020-2021 at a HBCU.  Preference will be given to students who enroll at Central State University, Howard University, University of District of Columbia, North Carolina A& or Wilberforce University.

* Must have a minimum cumulative high school 2.5 GPA (unweighted) on a 4.0 scale.

* Must have financial need; preference will be given to students who are Pell Grant eligible.

* Must have interest in one of the following majors:  business, information technology, finance, data sciences, communications and marketing.

* Must submit a personal essay that describes your career goals and aspirations.

* Recommendation requirement is waived for this program cycle only - the recommendation is now optional.  If provided, the recommendation should be from an adult, non-family member.

* Must upload current high school transcript.

* Must complete the online application - Click the "Apply" tab above to get started!

QUESTIONS?

Contact Crystal Terry - crystal.terry@uncf.org

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