The black students’ matter scholarship is a scholarship that is set aside for the purpose of supporting black students who face some form of racism and unfavorable condition when contesting for scholarships in the United States. The black students’ matter scholarship was birthed after the murder of George Floyd by the police and subsequently the protest that followed all across the United States and other countries of the world.

The black students’ matter scholarship program is not the concept of one organization, but of several organizations that are interested in seeing disadvantaged and intelligent black students go through their college education without financial burden.

List of Black Students Matter Scholarships

  1. The MacKenzie-Childs Black Lives Matter Scholarship for Design

The MacKenzie-Childs Black Lives Matter Scholarship for Design was established by McKenzie-Childs, a company well-known for its cheerful, bright, and distinctive home furnishing designs. Its goal is to inspire people to follow their goals and advance their skills in applied arts and design.

The business is providing four $5,000 scholarships to Black high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students who are pursuing higher education at any institution or university in the United States.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be an African American
  • At the time of application, you must be a senior in high school, an undergraduate, or a graduate student at a U.S. institution or university.
  • Must be a resident of one of the 50 United States of America or of the District of Columbia.
  • Age requirement of at least 18 years.
Steps on How to Apply

Those who are interested in applying must prepare an essay of at least 750 words about where they get their creative and artistic inspiration from and how they see it influencing their future. The application deadline for this scholarship is on or before June 30 and the award is $5,000 for four recipients.

  1. Ron Brown Scholarship

The Ronald H. Brown Scholarship Program annually grants $40,000 in scholarships ($10,000 per year for four years) to 20 or more gifted and financially struggling African American high school seniors who exhibit “a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship, and global citizenship” in memory of Ronald H. Brown. More than 300 students have benefited from the scholarship program since it began in 1996.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Need to be Black or African American
  • Academic prowess
  • Must demonstrate great leadership potential
  • Must engage in volunteer work
  • Financial need must be proven
  • Be a citizen of the United States or possess a visa card for a permanent resident.
  • Must be a senior in high school at the time of application.
Steps on How to Apply

Applicants must submit an application that includes numerous essays, an official transcript, two letters of recommendation, and details regarding their academic and financial situation in order to be considered.

Application cutoff date:

  • Deadline for Early Applications: November 1 of each year
    the ninth day of January each year.
  • Prize: $40,000 ($10,000 per year)
  1. NAACP Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

The NAACP grants $2,000 scholarships to current undergraduate and graduate students in the United States who are members of the group in memory of the late Agnes Jones Jackson, a longtime member of the organization from the San Francisco branch.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be an active NAACP member
  • Must be an American citizen.
  • By the deadline for applications, the applicant must not have turned 25.
  • Must be accepted or enrolled in a U.S. college or university that is accredited.
  • Must prove a need for money based on federal poverty guidelines
  • Seniors in high school and undergraduates must be enrolled full-time.
  • Seniors in high school who are graduating and undergraduates must have a GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Graduate students may enroll either full- or part-time.
  • Graduate students need to have a GPA of at least 3.0.
Steps on How to Apply

Students must complete the application and provide proof of their financial need in accordance with the federal poverty requirements in order to be considered for one of the 20–40 Agnes Jones Jackson scholarships awarded each year. The deadline for this application is on or before July 17 and the prize is $2,000 for about 20 to 40 recipients every year.

  1. Jack and Jill of America Foundation Scholarship

The Jack and Jill Foundation of America annually provides scholarships worth up to $2,500 to Black graduating high school seniors who will be entering their first year at accredited four-year institutions and who have a passion for community service as part of its commitment to the successful development of African American youth as future leaders.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Must be enrolled full-time for the academic year 2021–2022, an incoming freshman at a 4-year institution with accreditation.
  • Must be an American citizen or lawful permanent resident who is African American.
  • During the academic year, one must have conducted at least 60 hours of active community service.
  • Must have submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have a proven unmet financial need, as determined by the financial aid office at your institution.
Steps on How to Apply

Applicants must submit an application together with a one-page essay, academic records, and a completed community service verification form in order to be considered. The deadline for this application is on or before June 8 and the prize is $2,500.

  1. Mos Black Students Matter Scholarship

Black students who are actively participating in a racial justice movement are eligible to apply for scholarships from Mos, a nonprofit that assists students with finding funding for education. Over $70,000 has already been raised since Mos announced the scholarship.

All scholarship recipients can anticipate receiving $500 to go toward their studies. The application process is brief and uncomplicated because the scholarship’s aim is to make it simple for students to get funding to assist with their college expenses.

Eligibility Requirements:

Any Black student actively participating in a racial justice movement who is applying to, or already enrolled in, college or graduate school.

Steps on How to Apply

Students who are interested only need to complete a brief survey and mention their participation in a racial justice campaign. Applicants can share already published blog entries, videos, and other content on social media. Submission cutoff date: Although there is no fixed deadline, awards will begin to be given out on June 25 and the scholarship money is $500.

  1. Black Minds Matter Scholarship

Black Minds Matter (BMM), a grassroots project created to develop African American youth leaders for the 21st century in the fields of art, education, and political activity, provides low-income high school and college students with $500 BMM scholarships every year.

Historically Black institutions and universities receive great preference from BMM even though there are no rigorous eligibility restrictions for the award.

Strong work ethics, evidence of overcoming adversity, academic talent, leadership potential, the capacity to communicate and solve problems, a love of music, and the capacity to drive social change for the twenty-first century are the basic qualities that BMM seeks in applicants.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Applicants or students must be Black and enrolled in or attending a college or graduate program.
  • Must be a member of a racial justice movement actively.
Steps on How to Apply

Applicants must submit an application that includes an essay, a two- to five-minute video performance, a letter of recommendation from a respectable music instructor, and documentation of enrolment in order to be considered. This scholarship is open all throughout the year and the scholarship money is $500.