HBCU Scholars Empowerment Program

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Daughters of Charity Inc., in partnership with UNCF, created the HBCU Scholars Empowerment Program to assist Black/African American students receiving four-year degrees at Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) or Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This year, the program is awarding 25 students with a need-based scholarship up to $5,000.

To apply, you must be a Black/African American student admitted to or enrolled as a full-time college freshman at an accredited U.S. located, four-year, Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) or Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the upcoming 2022 - 2023 academic year. Applicants must also have a minimum 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or show completion of a GED. 

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 $5,000, for the 2022 – 2023 academic year.   The scholarship may be renewed for three additional years or until a degree is earned.

Preference will be given to Pell Grant eligible students and/or students with a focus in technology, health, or teaching professions.

Application Requirements:

  1. Submit an online application;
  2. A one-page essay (See application for essay details);
  3. A resume of activities and leadership;
  4. A recent academic transcript and/or offical GED record;
  5. A Letter of Recommendation (LOR)
    - The recommender cannot be a family member.
    - The individual recommender chosen by the student, should be an educator, academic advisor / counselor, employment supervisor, or a community leader with whom the student interacts.
    - The letter should provide key details about the interactions between the recommender and the applicant.  And the recommendation should highlight the applicant’s personality, work habits, and skills.

*Applicants should give the recommender ample time to complete the LOR by entering all recommender information (name and email) as early as possible. The LOR must be made through the online Application System and must be received by the application due date. Emailed LORs will not be accepted.

Scholars will be selected upon the basis of academic performance, the essay’s content and quality, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, financial need, and the 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 Angela Mobley. (angela.mobley@uncf.org).

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