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Scholarships

Supporting students in their educational pursuits is key to nurturing the next generation of activists and community leaders.

Each year we offer need-based and merit scholarships to outstanding and qualified Black students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees as part of our NAACP - Scholars and Professionals: Internships, Ready Youth and Employment (N-SPIRE) program. Through the generosity of our donors, we advance efforts to ensure equity in educational opportunity that prepares students for success in school, work and life. 

Our scholarships range in dollar amount, academic interests, and age. Whether you are a graduating high school senior or early in your professional career, we are pleased to provide financial opportunities and recognition to assist with collegiate and post-educational endeavors. Please be sure to review individual scholarship eligibility requirements and deadlines.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be a member of the NAACP. If you are not a member of the NAACP, join today.
  • Be African American or a person of color.
  • Be currently enrolled full-time or accepted to an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate student, or graduate student for applicable scholarships.
  • Possess a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system.
  • Demonstrate interest in a relevant field of study where applicable. For additional information, see the scholarship you are applying for.

Get To Know Some Of Our Scholarship Awardees

Mikyah McClain - Building Beautiful Futures Scholarship Recipient

Mikyah M. - Building Beautiful Futures Scholarship Recipient

"My proposed career path is being an orthodontist. When I got my aligners during my senior year of high school, my life changed! I was able to have perfect teeth without the expensive, troubling process of metal braces within a matter of months. As an orthodontist, my dream is to create beautiful smiles for children, teens, and adults because everyone should feel confident and proud of their own smiles."

Shakir Booker - Empowering Imagination Scholarship Recipient

Shakir B. - Empowering Imagination Scholarship Recipient

"The challenge of enhancing my leadership skills absorbs me and has evolved over time because of the education I've received so far. It is what transforms each of us into better people. Leading by example to continue my education will encourage others in my family and community to better themselves."

Jada Kirkland - GRIT Scholarship Recipient

Jada K. - GRIT Scholarship Recipient

"As I've matured, philosophy has allowed me to retain my childlike curiosity about the world and life. When practicing it, I'm free to question everything and not be haunted by the unknown. Nothing compares to the joy I feel when philosophy provides me a new perspective on life."

Calvin Bell, III - Happy Day Scholarship Recipient

Calvin B. - Happy Day Scholarship Recipient

"I continuously explore the intersection between political research and computer science because I am interested in how they can unite to positively impact the lives of minorities in urban communities. While being mindful of the bias that technology carries, we can utilize its means for job creation and city innovation."

Nadia Duncan - Katherine McIntyre Scholarship Recipient

Nadia D. - Katherine McIntyre Scholarship Recipient

"Ever since I discovered theatre I have always been excited about learning. The experiential, the intellectual, and the metaphysical are all combined to create fantastic worlds on the stage. I earned an undergraduate degree in it, and I'm still diving back in to learn more. The amazing thing about engaging with theatre is that the work is never over. Whether you've been doing it for a year or 50 years, there always something new to discover."

Daniel Sykes - Creative Sole Scholarship Recipient

Daniel S. - Creative Sole Scholarship Recipient

"I believe the most significant challenge we face now is the very harsh reality of hate and racism that we face in our country. As in recent years, it has become blunter, causing tensions to be high and more. As well as having the understanding that everyone doesn't have the same opportunities and being able to embrace the diversity that we have in our country. Putting forth and creating programs to help our society as a whole, understanding the harsh history but also working to make things right."

Past scholarship opportunities

The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship

This $2,000 scholarship is in honor of the late Agnes Jones Jackson who was a long time NAACP member from the San Francisco branch. This is a non-renewable scholarship opportunity.
Find more information, including guidelines, on the Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship.

Building Beautiful Futures Scholarship

Powered by Dark and Lovely, this $10,000 scholarship is awarded to women, ages 18-25, who attend 4-year institutions and are seeking a communication, marketing, finance, business, or science-related degree. The award is renewable for 4 years upon condition of your ability to maintain a GPA of 2.7 or higher.
Find more information, including guidelines, on the Building Beautiful Futures Scholarship.

Empowering Imagination Scholarship

The $5,000 Empowering Imagination Scholarship powered by Kering is awarded by NAACP to college students majoring in creative fields. The award is not renewable.
Find more information, including guidelines, on the Empowering Imagination Scholarship.

Grit Scholarship

The $10,000 Grit Scholarship will be awarded to deserving students majoring in Journalism during the 2021-2022 school year. This scholarship is not renewable .
See more information, including guidelines, on the Grit Scholarship.

Happy Day Scholarship

The Happy Day Scholarship will be awarded to deserving students majoring in STEM during the 2021-2022 school year. They $12,500 scholarship is payable over 2 years and is not renewable.
See more information, including guidelines, on the Happy Day Scholarship.

Hubertus W. B. Willems Scholarship

This $3,000 scholarship is awarded to a male, U.S. citizen who attends an accredited institution in the United States and is majoring in engineering, chemistry, physics or mathematical sciences. This scholarship is not renewable.
See more information, including guidelines, on the Hubertus W. B. Willems Scholarship.

Institute of Integrated Nutrition Scholarship

The Institute for Integrative Health Scholarship will award 35 full scholarships to individuals interested in pursuing its comprehensive, online Health Coaching Training Program. Designed for adult learners, the program focuses on nutrition, nutrition science, wellness concepts, and coaching methods and theories.
See more information, including guidelines, on the Institute of Integrated Nutrition Scholarship.

Katherine McIntyre Scholarship

The $3,000 Katherine McIntyre Scholarship is awarded annually to commemorate the life of Katherine McIntyre. This scholarship is not renewable.
See more information, including guidelines, on the Katherine McIntyre Scholarship.

The NAACP Creative Sole Scholarship, powered by Vans

The Creative Sole Scholarship powered by Vans is awarded annually to students majoring in creative fields including Art, Architecture, English, Journalism, Music, Communications, Design, Marketing and Photography. We will award $5,000 scholarships that recipients can renew for 4 years with a GPA of 2.7 or higher.
See more information, including guidelines, on the NAACP Creative Sole Scholarship, powered by Vans.

SmileDirectClub Scholarship

The SmileDirectClub scholarship is awarded annually to students majoring in STEM. We will award $15,000 scholarships, payable in equal installments of $3,750 for up to 4 years.  Students must maintain a GPA of 2.7 or higher.
See more information, including guidelines, on the SmileDirectClub Scholarship.