Scholarship & Youth Opportunities

Summer Internship: U. S. Department of Education, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The Department of Education (ED) offers internships for interested students seeking valuable work experience in government and federal education policy and administration. Student volunteers have the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the Department's mission to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.


ED offers internships in the fall, winter/spring, and summer. Typically interns are with the Department for eight to ten weeks (some can stay shorter or longer depending on circumstances). Go to the student intern page on for more details.


If you are interested in interning at the Department of Education, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities please send your resume and interest statement to Elyse Jones at: no later than March 11, 2019.


WHIHBCU Competitiveness Scholar Nomination Form NOW AVAILABLE!

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (Initiative) is excited to announce that the 2019 HBCU Competitiveness Scholars nomination period is now open! Last year we had 63 scholars representative of 54 HBCUs and this year we expect an even greater turn out!

This student recognition program is designed to honor current HBCU students for their competitiveness, i.e., successfully preparing to compete for top opportunities that improve standards of living in their communities. For the specified academic school year, Scholars will serve as representatives to the Initiative of their respective institutions and communities. The Initiative will provide outreach and engagement opportunities for Scholars as well as information and resources to disseminate among their fellow students. Scholars will participate in regional events, webinars, and monthly web chats with Initiative staff and other professionals from a wide range of disciplines.  Scholars also will have opportunities to engage with one another to showcase individual and collective talent across the HBCU spectrum.

The President or Chancellor will determine the nominee from their institution. The Initiative will accept no more than one nominee per school. Although each HBCU is allowed one (1) nominee, institutions may appeal to the Initiative for one (1) additional nominee. The WHIHBCU will work with the President or Chancellor on a case-by-case basis to review, approve or deny each appeal. The HBCU Competitiveness Scholar nomination form must be endorsed and submitted by the President, Chancellor or designated surrogate. The Initiative will electronically collect nominations and narrative responses.


More information on how to apply and eligibility is attached and can be found HERE all nomination forms must be sent to: by the submission deadline April 30, 2019.




MPAA Sponsored Contest for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) Students

This year, as part of their commitment to support emerging creators from diverse backgrounds, the MPAA is holding a contest (this “Contest”) to design the cover of its annual report on the global Theatrical and Home Entertainment Market Environment (“THEME”). For the first time ever, eligible students in creative disciplines at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are invited to exercise their creativity and compete for cash prizes. 


The contest rules can be found here.  We do ask for your apologies for the seemingly short turnaround period but as this is the very first contest of this nature. The winner will be announced in the upcoming weeks as the report goes to print at the end of March. 


The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

USDA 1890 National Scholars Program
The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employee benefits, fees, books, use of a laptop, printer, and software while on scholarship and room and board each year for 4 years to students pursuing a bachelor's degree at the following universities:  1890 Program Directory

For more information please click on the following link:

OG&E Energy Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to attract, recruit and retain a diverse workforce in the Oklahoma City area. OGE believes that a more diverse student population in engineering majors is important and will better prepare students for success in an increasingly multicultural workplace. The goal of the Science & Engineering Division at OSU-Oklahoma City is to provide the latest technology and instruction in the architecture, construction, engineering and science fields. The division strives to keep the latest technologies in the classroom and provide the best educational opportunity for all students. This scholarship is open to all students who meet the eligibility criteria with a preference given to underrepresented applicants.  To learn more visit:


Call:  (405) 945-3220

Oklahoma's Promise

The Oklahoma Legislature has set up a unique program for eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students that will help pay for their college education if their family's income is $50,000 or less at the time the student applies for the program. This program is Oklahoma's Promise.  The deadline for eighth, ninth and tenth-grade students to enroll in Oklahoma's Promise, formerly known as the Oklahoma Higher Access Learning Program (OHLAP), is June 30.

The program will pay for a student's education in any state college or university provided the student meets certain financial, educational and character requirements.

To be eligible, a student's family income must be less than $50,000 at the time of enrollment. In addition, each student must enroll in and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA in certain courses in high school, maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA throughout college, attend class regularly and avoid legal trouble.

Families interested in learning more about the eligibility requirements of Oklahoma 's Promise or downloading an application can visit online at or call the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education at 1-800-858-1848.

School Nutrition Association (SNA) Annual National Conference Scholarships

The School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) offers the following scholarship opportunities to SNA members:


  • SNA Conference Scholarships:  Multiple $1,500 scholarships to SNA members to attend SNA’s Annual National Conference for the first time



  • Kathleen Stitt Award:  Gives one participant of the ANC School Nutrition Research & Best Practices Showcase $500 to help defray travel expenses incurred to attend the conference


Scholarships Available For Black Students

Every year, more than $50 billion dollars in scholarships are given away to students of all ethnic backgrounds. This number includes many awards that are given only to African American students and other minorities. Such opportunities are needed because African Americans continue to show the greatest need in the area of financial assistance. Even more, the education gap between minority students and their white counterparts is still very wide.


This web site was designed to help African American students find the latest scholarships and grants that are being given away by non-profit organizations, government agencies and major corporations. Most of these programs aim to assist disadvantaged people who come from poor families and can not afford to pay for college. However, there are also programs that recognize and award students who can demonstrate excellence in education, sports, etc. regardless of their financial status.

Resources for Students and their Families
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NCGA William C. Berg/BASF Scholarship Recipients

For over a decade, the National Corn Growers Association and BASF Corporation will award five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field.

Applications are available by September on the NCGA website and winners will be selected in January. Recipients and a parent or guardian will enjoy travel and lodging to attend the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California to be recognized at the NCGA Banquet and have the opportunity to learn more about modern agriculture.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must be entering at least his/her second undergraduate year at an accredited junior college, college or university.

  • Applicant must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in an agricultural, agribusiness, or an Ag vocation field.

  • Applicant must be an NCGA member or son/daughter of an NCGA member.

  • Employees and the families of employees of NCGA or any division of BASF or their subsidiaries are not eligible for the scholarship.

  • Applications must be postmarked by December 2, 2017.

Download the NCGA Action App today!

Affordable College (Financial Aid Opportunities for Women)

A Bloomberg study revealed that women with MBAs earned a median of $35,000 less than men eight years after graduating from business school. One particularly painful effect of that earning divide is that it makes paying off student debt loans, which continue to balloon, harder for women at work.

As gender pay gaps widen, loans weigh more heavily on women than on men. It can take women with MBAs over a year longer than men to pay back their student loans.















To ensure, men and women alike are presented with ample financial aid opportunities to help ease tuition costs. Our college financial experts at have assembled 29 excellent scholarships for women attending college.

Feel free to reach out with questions or comments!

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