The application window has officially opened for a new scholarship available to those students looking to further their education at a historically Black college or university (HBCU). Students that have graduated or are graduating from a high school in Memphis or Shelby County have until Friday, March 31, to apply.
What it is:
The Memphis City Council HBCU Fund offers $1 million in scholarships to HBCUs, to be split evenly between the 2023-24 and 2024-25 academic years. There will be 100 scholarships that range from $2,500 to $15,000 awarded this round.
LeMoyne-Owen College is Memphis’ only HBCU. (File photo: Lauren Turner)How it came to be:
City Council chairman and HBCU alumnus Martavius Jones advocated for the fund and it was created by the Memphis City Council
in September 2021. The $1 million comes from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was signed into law by President Biden in March 2021.
How to apply:
The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
is administering the Memphis City Council HBCU Fund and those students interested can apply via the Community Foundation website, which is available HERE
. Students must have graduated or will graduate from a high school in Memphis or Shelby County to qualify for the HBCU scholarship. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 31.
Why it’s important:
“The Memphis City Council recognizes the financial hardship that students and families experience in their efforts to pay for a college education,” says Memphis City Council Chairman Martavius Jones. “As a graduate of an HBCU, I understand how valuable these particular institutions are for developing young people so that they are able to return to the City of Memphis and make a lasting, positive impact in their community.”
Learn more about the Memphis City Council HBCU Fund online
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