UPS Scholarship Program 2021

The UPS Scholarship provides 18 need-based awards, up to $5,000.00, to Black/African American, graduating college Seniors at HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). 

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA on the 4.0 scale.
  2. Must file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year.
  3. Must have demonstrated unmet financial need, verified by the student’s college or university’s financial aid office.
  4. Must be enrolled full-time at a UNCF member institution or other 4 -year accredited HBCU.
  5. Must be Black/African American.  
  6. Must be a graduating college senior.

Application Requirements: 

  1. Applicants must submit via UNCF’s online scholarship application portal by December 9, 2021.  All parts of the application must be completed and submitted by the deadline.
  2. One letter of recommendation from a non-family member
  3. Essay – Applicants must submit a one-page personal statement online, regarding the student’s career interests.
  4. An official or unofficial academic transcript that includes Spring 2021 enrollment.  

 Letter of Recommendation Guidance:

  1. One letter of recommendation (LOR) is required to complete this application. The recommender must not be a family member / relative. The LOR must be made through the UNCF online Application System and must be received by the application due date. Emailed LORs will not be accepted.
  2. 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. 
  3.  If a recommender does not receive the automated instructions via email, applicants should download the How to Write a Reference Without an Invitation Code document, found on the right side of this page, and email it to their recommender. 

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applicants who have submitted complete applications will be notified of scholarship decisions within 8 weeks after the application due date.

Please direct any questions to Ms. Marissa Simms (

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