Scholarships for African-Americans Studying STEM

These organizations offer college scholarships for black students who are studying a STEM major.

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Like Latinos and women, African-Americans are underrepresented in STEM fields. If you're interested in studying for a STEM degree in college, there are several organizations out there willing to help you out financially. Here are some of them:


The software giant's "Blacks at Microsoft" scholarships are awarded to high school seniors interested in studying engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or business. The $5,000 scholarships are renewable each year.

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

OBAP offers a variety of scholarships to black students interested in becoming pilots or entering the aerospace field.


Oracle offers $10,000 scholarships to those attending historically black colleges and universities (and a variety of other universities) who are studying computer science, engineering, software development, or business. Winners will also participate in an eight-week paid internship at Oracle.

Gateway to Leadership Program

For students at HBCUs who are interested in finance, business, or economics, the Gateway to Leadership Program will earn paid internships at a variety of banking firms such as Legg Mason, Prudential Investments, and ING Investments.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Each year, 1,000 minority students interested in studying computer science, engineering, mathematics, science, and several other non-STEM majors earn good-through-graduation full-ride scholarships.

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering

Each year, NACME awards $4 million to minority students who are studying engineering. More information about application requirements and deadlines will be available in the spring.

National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates

NAMEPA awards scholarships to students studying engineering who are transferring from community colleges to four-year institutions.

National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists

NABGG awards scholarships to four full-time undergraduate students studying geoscience. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and applications are due April 30.

National Society of Black Physicists

NSBP awards three scholarships to sophomore and juniors studying physics. Act quickly: Scholarship applications are due by January 13.

National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE, in partnership with companies such as Caterpillar, BP, ExxonMobil, and General Mills, offers dozens of scholarships worth a total of several million dollars annually to students studying engineering. Check out its scholarship vault for deadlines, awards, and eligibility guidelines.



Google, with the United Negro College Fund, offers several $10,000 scholarships to students studying computer engineering, computer science, or software engineering. Winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.

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