Development Goal for Black Students in Science and Technology

From the DFBSST website:



The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST)is an endowment fund which provides  scholarships to African-American undergraduate students who enroll in scientific  or technical fields of study at Historically Black Colleges and Universities  (HBCUs).


Selection Process

DFBSST identifies students through the assistance of Engineering  and Science Department deans and professors at pre-selected, predominantly  Black colleges and universities.  DFBSST requests the deans and faculty  members to identify a specified number of students that they would like to be  considered for scholarships, and to pass on DFBSSTscholarship  application forms to these students.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for scholarships offered by DFBSST, all   applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • African-American, undergraduate student majoring (or intending to major) in a technical field of study (i.e., engineering, math, science, etc.),
  • Be enrolled (or identify his or her intention to enroll) at one of the predominantly Black colleges or universities listed below, and
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic achievement (grades and SAT scores, especially science/math),
  2. Personal essay describing career goals, current and past    relevant extracurricular activities, etc.,
  3. Recommendations (teachers and guidance counselors), and
  4. Financial need.

Applicants are first ranked based on consideration of items 1, 2 and 3 above. If two (2) applicants are considered to be equal, the candidate with the greatest financial need is ranked higher.

Award Determination

The amount of the scholarships awarded each student is determined by the DFBSST Scholarship Committee.  Scholarships are  based on merit and financial need.  Scholarship awards are up to $2,000  per year. Support is renewed annually, for a maximum of four (4) years,  as long as the students remains in good academic standing at the same  institution, enrolled in a full-time, undergraduate science or engineering  curriculum, and submits a renewal application.

Obtaining a Scholarship Application

Applications can be obtained by contacting the science or engineering department at one of the schools listed below.  We do not distribute applications directly to students.  All applications must be obtained through and  pre-screened by the schools.  There can be no exceptions.   Scholarship applications are currently available at the following schools:

Bennett College Morehouse University
Clark Atlanta University Morgan State University
Elizabeth City State Univ North Carolina A&T State Univ
Fisk University Prairie View A&M University
Florida A&M University Southern University
Fort Valley State College Spelman College
Hampton University Tennessee State University
Howard University Tuskegee University
Langston University Wilberforce University
Lincoln University (PA) Xavier University of Louisiana

Scholarship applications become available April 15th and must be submitted  by June 15th.  Scholarship recipients will be notified in early September.


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