African American College Grants

African American college grants have been made available through public and private organizations, as well as universities and colleges offering them.  Examples of grants available through universities and colleges are the Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Program and the Frederick Douglass Scholars Program.

The Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Program is a scholarship grant presented by Howard University, popularly known as the “Black Man’s Harvard.”  Named after the first African American president of the university, this scholarship grant provides full-time students upon recommendation by the office of the dean. Recipients of this grant must keep up a GPA of 3.5 above. To apply, recommended candidates must write a personal statement which includes their goals and aspirations in their university career, as well as after graduation.  Meanwhile, the Frederick Douglass Scholars Program is given to freshmen that have a GPA of at least 3.5.  These candidates should have the desire to finish doctoral studies in the same university and should pursue a career in teaching.  An annual stipend allowance of $15,000 is given to the Douglass Scholar, plus full tuition emission and a yearly $1,000 allowance for research. 

Organizations with specific causes offer grants and scholarships for African American students pursuing specific majors that match their organizations’ thrusts.  For example, organizations such as the March of Dimes and the National Black Nurses Association provide grants amounting from $500 to $2,000 for African American students who want to pursue a career in nursing and are enrolled in a four-year nursing course.  On the other hand, African American students who want to have a career in accounting can apply for grants given by AICPA or the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.  Both the financial capacity and academic potential of the applicant is considered.  African American students may also avail of a grant from the American Psychological Association if they plan to pursue a post-graduate degree in Psychology.