Associates Scholars Empowerment Program

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Daughters of Charity Inc., in partnership with UNCF, created the Associates Scholars Empowerment Program to assist Black/African American students pursuing a certificate or an Associates degree. This year, the program is awarding 50 students with need-based scholarships of up to $2,500.

To apply, you must be a Black/African American student enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited U.S. based, two-year degree granting institution or an accredited, UNCF approved, certificate granting program in the upcoming academic year. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.25 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or show completion of a GED at the time of the initial award. 

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

Selected students will receive a need-based award, up to $2,500, for the 2022 – 2023 academic year; the scholarship may be renewable for one additional year.

Preference will be given to students with a focus on trades or allied health professions.

Former incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements:

  1. Submit an online application;
  2. A 500-word essay. (See application for essay details);
  3. A recent summary transcript of the applicant's academic record or an official GED document. (Former incarcerated applicants may contact UNCF regarding other academic records) 
  4. A Letter of Recommendation 

An email confirmation will be sent to applicants who have submitted complete applications. If you do not receive this email, the application was probably not submitted correctly.

Final awards are also announced by email within 10 - 12 weeks of the application closing date.

If you have questions about this scholarship, contact Ambrose Price (

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