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Frederick Douglass Bicentennial Scholarship (Deadline: November 16, 2018)

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Who Can Apply: The inaugural application will open during the 2018-2019 academic year, with annual applications thereafter through the 2038-2039 academic year. Applicants for the program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be enrolled full-time as a rising senior at any accredited public or private four-year historically black college or university (HBCU).
  2. Possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale as verified through submission of a current transcript.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to community service.
  4. Have a demonstrated, unmet financial need as verified by their college or university.
  5. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) form.


  1. Two (2) letters of recommendation from faculty members on how the applicant reflects the values espoused by Frederick Douglass.
  2. Responses to two (2) essay questions:
    • In 500 words, please discuss your primary interests, career aspirations, what motivates you and how you intend to impact society. Share significant leadership experiences, community involvement and achievements to date.
    • In 500-700 words, please discuss the impact Frederick Douglass had on society and how his legacy inspires you in today’s world.

(The first requires the applicant to assess self-awareness, leadership and community involvement; the second requires the applicant to address the impact Frederick Douglass had on society in the 19th century, and its relevance today as our nation continues to fight for equality.)

3. A current transcript.

Deadline: November 16, 2018

Amount: $10,000

Learn More: https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/f05c25c1-bbae-4a37-966b-6a510f6c308f