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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.
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.