ViacomCBS Scholarship 2021

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ViacomCBS is a leading global media and entertainment company that creates premium content and experiences for audiences worldwide. Driven by iconic consumer brands, its portfolio includes CBS, SHOWTIME, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+ and Pluto TV, among others.

Developed in partnership with UNCF, the ViacomCBS UNCF Scholarship Program will provide need-based scholarships to rising African American college juniors who exemplify strong leadership abilities, and demonstrate an interest in media, entertainment, or sports. This scholarship will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year and is renewable for up to 1 year for awardees who continue to meet eligibility requirements.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Self-Identify as African American/Black/belonging to the African Diaspora, and be a US citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Be enrolled as a full-time student for the fall 2021 semester as a college junior at any UNCF member institution or other HBCU.
  3. Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have a demonstrated unmet financial need, as verified by the applicant’s institution.

Application Must Include:

  1. An official or unofficial current academic transcript.
  2. One letter of recommendation.
  3. One 3-5 minute video (see video submission details below).
  4. One UNCF Release Form (download link on the right of this page).

Applicants selected to advance to the semifinalist round will be required to submit a ViacomCBS Video Release Form to be considered for this award. Selected semifinalists will be contacted by UNCF in August 2021 with the form, and will have 1 week to return the form to UNCF.

Video Submission Details

Applicants must submit a 3-5 minute video recorded on their cell phone. Details and instructions are located in the application, and also on the 2021 ViacomCBS Video Submission Details document (download link on the right of this page).


Letter of Recommendation Troubleshooting

Applicants will invite references during the application process, and should also email the How to Submit a Letter of Recommendation document (download link on the right of this page) to their reference for additional guidance. Emailed letters of recommendation to UNCF will not be accepted at any time.

Applicants who have submitted complete applications will be notified of scholarship decisions by November 30, 2021. Please contact Brandi Williams with questions about this scholarship that have not been answered above. 

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