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Scholarship Announcements: African American Scientists, Cherokee Nation Members, Student Athletes

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Hello scholarship seekers! It’s Friday at the Financial Aid Finder, which means I’ve got three hot scholarship opportunities with upcoming deadlines. School may be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean you’re on a scholarship vacation. In fact, there’s no better time to hunt and apply for scholarships!

This week, I have a $2,000 renewable scholarship from the Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology, a scholarship for members of the Cherokee Nation, and a scholarship for student athletes.

If you want to find more scholarships with upcoming deadlines, try using a free scholarship search engine. Check out our article to learn which are the best free scholarship searches — and which ones you should skip. You can also learn more about how to win college scholarships by checking out our articles on the scholarship application process, scholarship essays, and the truth about unclaimed scholarships.

1. The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST): Up to $2,000

DFBSST is an endowment fund that provides scholarships to African-American undergraduate students studying engineering, science or other related technical fields at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Applicants must be identified and pre-selected by the deans and professors of their university. Eligible candidates must be African-American undergraduate students majoring in a technical field of study. Candidates will be evaluated on their academic achievement, particularly in math and science, a personal essay that describes their career goals, recommendations, and financial need. The amount of each award will be determined by the Scholarship Committee, but will not exceed $2,000 per year. Scholarships can be renewed annually for four year as long as the student remains in good standing at his or her university. See the above link for a complete list of participating HBCUs. See website for deadline.

2. Cherokee Nation Higher Education Scholarship: Varies

The Cherokee Nation Higher Education Office offers scholarships to Cherokee high school students as a means of strengthening the tribe’s sovereignty, increasing the capacity of its citizens and promoting the Cherokee language and culture. Scholarship recipients must agree to volunteer for the Nation one hour for every $100 they receive in scholarship money. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of merit and financial need, which will be determined, in part, by their FAFSA. (For more information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, see our FAFSA Workshop Series). The application must be submitted by mail and can be downloaded here. See website for deadline.

3. BigSun Scholarship: Varies

If you’re a student athlete, you are eligible for this scholarship — regardless of what sport you play or how good you are! To apply, write a short essay answering one of the following questions:

Have you ever struggled for something and succeeded? What made you feel that you were successful?


Have you ever struggled for something and failed? How did you react to this?

Eligible applicants must be enrolled or planning to enroll in the fall in a post secondary institution. Essay must be submitted by email to [email protected]. See website for deadline.

Good luck with your applications.

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