One of the largest needs of African American communities is good role models. Without good role models in a child's life it is very difficult for the child to make a decision about what he wants to be when he grows up. The more limited his or her mentors are the more limited his or her imagination will be. It is hard for a child to believe that he or she can be a doctor or a lawyer or a business owner if he doesn't see anyone like him that is already fulfilling those roles. That is why it is important to have African American scholarships available to young people who have shown the desire to become positive role models in their communities.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund gives motivated students several options for scholarships. Their scholarships are awarded through the student's schools and are both merit based and awarded based on financial need. Students who apply must have a scored of 25 or higher on the ACT examination, a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a math/verbal score of 1650 or higher on the SAT's. Student should already be approved at one of the 47 approved schools. Among other requisites, applications should include and essay, a resume and/or personal information form, financial aid information, and letters of recommendation.There are several African American scholarships available through the NAACP that give student with varying interests options to consider. The Agnes Joan Jackson Scholarship is specifically for members of the NAACP. Applicants must be full time students and have an overall average GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The applicants have a demonstrated financial need and be 25 years of age or younger. Their application should include three letters of recommendation, an essay, and official transcripts. The Roy Wilkons Scholarship is available to any student entering college as a freshman. They also should have a 2.5 GPA or higher and while an NCCPA membership is preferred, it is not necessary. They also should include references, transcripts, and financial verification information. Students of scholarships through the NCCPA can receive anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000.