Full tuition scholarship opportunities for African-Americans run the gamut from needs-based awards to academic scholarships that reward those who bring home high grades. The benefits of a full tuition scholarship are numerous and include the ability to concentrate on school without worries about tuition payments. Moreover, a full tuition scholarship means you can use other awards or financial aid to pay for living expenses while in college, which takes the pressure off of having to work while attending school.
ARMY ROTC Scholarship (For HBCUs)
The Army has numerous scholarships, one of which is geared toward minorities attending Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs). The award is full tuition and is only given to those enrolled in an Army ROTC program. The Army website says that numerous awards are given; however, recipients must have at least a 920 on the SAT or a 19 on the ACT. As of February 2011, the deadline for the application is November 15.
Ronald McDonald House Charity/United Negro College Fund Scholarship
To receive this award, students must be enrolled at an HBCU and be a member of the United Negro College Fund. This scholarship is geared exclusively toward sophomores with at least a B average or higher. The amount of the award ranges from $1,000 to full tuition for the 60 students chosen to receive it annually. As of February 2011, the deadline to apply is April 1.
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Microsoft Minority Scholarship
Microsoft offers a minority scholarship for African-American, Hispanic, or Native American students based on academic merit who are pursuing an interest in technology and computer science, both educationally and professionally. Students are chosen based on their eligibility for the award, their interest in entering the software industry and financial need. This scholarship pays both full and partial tuition and is accompanied by a summer internship at Microsoft's Redmond, Washington offices. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must be a minority, enrolled in a bachelor's degree program full-time with an obvious direction towards computer science or technology.
NSA Undergraduate Training Program
Geared toward minorities with an interest in computer science or engineering, the National Security Agency's program is for high school seniors. It provides full tuition for those chosen, as well as books and a salary and summer job during the undergraduate years. Qualifications for this award include U.S. citizenship, a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and a 1200 on the SAT or a 27 on the ACT.