SMART Scholarship

The application for the SMART Scholarship for Service Program is now open at 

The application will close on December 16, 2013.


The SMART Scholarship is an opportunity for students pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a Department of Defense facility.  Scholarships awarded include a stipend of $25,000 to $38,000 a year, full tuition, health insurance contribution, and book allowance. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Please visit for more information.


If you or any students have any questions please email



Women in International Trade Scholarship

Women in International Trade (WIT), provides and educational scholarship for students interested in pursuing a career in international development, international relations, international trade, International economics, or international business.

The next deadline, for Spring 2014, is 7/15/2013

Freshman Year: What Should I be Doing?

tortuguero13As a freshman, you aren’t going to be eligible or competitive for the major scholarship competitions because you have only just started college and don’t yet have a developed resume or even a GPA, if you are in your first semester. This is the time that you will want to spend developing skills and interests that will make you competitive for major awards later on in your academic careers.

A few things to keep in mind:

Grades are important. Grades aren’t going to be the end all be all of scholarship competitions. If you have a 4.0 GPA but haven’t done much else, you aren’t going to have a very competitive application for future awards. Still, if you’ve done a ton and have a low GPA, you won’t be competitive for the awards, either. Freshman year is the time to establish a strong GPA and it is also the time to start developing study habits that will help you maintain a good GPA throughout your academic career. If you are struggling with a class, get help. Visit the Center for Academic Excellence on campus for free tutoring, or go to the writing center if you are having trouble with papers. Always remember that you aren’t only learning facts and information in college, but you are also learning how to learn.

Get to know your faculty members. These are the people who will be writing your letters of recommendations. They will also be the people who will be providing you with guidance throughout your academic career. They are a resource, so use them. Get in the habit of stopping by a professor’s office hours at least once a semester.

Get involved in research. This is especially important if you are a STEM student who is planning on going to graduate school. Research will be crucial to helping you get fellowships and assistantships, which will likely be research based. If you don’t go to graduate school, research is still important because it is job experience and will establish for a future employer that you are a hard worker. Research isn’t just relevant to STEM fields, however. You will find research opportunities in any field of study. Work with your teachers and advisers to find appropriate opportunities.

Develop a plan for study abroad and/or learning another language. Many post-graduate scholarships and fellowships that provide students with opportunities for international travel are geared towards students who have some experience with another language. Also, studying abroad will help you develop connections in other countries and will also give you a broader worldview, making you more competitive for graduate schools and for employment.

Campus Involvement The most important thing to remember here is not to spread yourself too thin. It is far better to be very involved in a couple of organizations than to be marginally involved in many. Pick opportunities that align with your career or personal interests and get involved with these. You likely won’t be able to walk into a leadership position, but you’ll want to get started freshman year working your way up to one. Is there an organization or volunteer opportunity that you’d like to see on campus or in the community that doesn’t exist? Start one! The most important thing to ask yourself is this: how will the campus or community be better after I’ve left?

Summer Activities Think about what you’d like to spend your summer doing. There are many opportunities for paid research as well as internships. See Ms. Whiteside as well as Career Services to find the right opportunity for you.

For more information on student activities or if you are interested in starting an organization, visit Student Affairs.

For more info on freshman year opportunities, check out: Scholarships and Fellowships Freshman Year

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship is our general scholarship and is also our largest. This scholarship does not have a specific major requirement, and is open to students of all academic fields.


To be eligible for the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship, applicants must:

· Be preparing to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree full-time or be a current full-time student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university
· Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
· Exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities

* Preference will be given to CBC member constituents (individuals who live in or attend school in a CBC member district/state). Being a CBC member constituent is NOT a requirement to be eligible for this scholarship.

June 6, 2013

Application Materials
The completed online application must be submitted by close of business (5 p.m. EST) on June 6, 2013.  The additional required materials must be received by our office by the close of business ( EST) on the deadline date. The following items will be requested through the online application:

1. A completed application form
2. A personal statement essay from the student (500-1,000 words) that addresses all four (4) of the topics listed on the application in one cohesive essay
3. Two (2) letters of recommendation. One recommendation should come from a community or public service leader (i.e. church leader, community leader, volunteer organization). Email addresses will be requested of each recommender for electronic submission of the letter. Hard copy letters will not be accepted.
4. Copy of detailed Federal Student Aid Report (SAR); this report comes from the US Department of Education, not your institution
5. One (1) page resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service and special skills
6. A recent photograph suitable for publication; i.e., a cap and gown picture, or other professional quality and professionally dressed photograph

*PLEASE NOTE: Our online application has two segments. The first is the general application which collects materials relevant for all of our programs. Once you have completed and submitted this portion, you will be brought to a section showing all opportunities for which you may be eligible. This second segment is where you can see and answer opportunity-specific questions for each scholarship/internship/etc., such as personal statements, additional references, artwork samples, essay questions, etc.

Additional Required Materials
All the above documents should be submitted through the online application. The following two documents are to be mailed to the organization. We must receive these documents before the deadline date:

1. Graduating high school seniors must provide proof of enrollment (such as an acceptance letter) into institution of study for 2013.
2. Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended. Freshmen level students must also submit high school transcripts.

These two documents should be mailed to the following address:

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
1720 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Call (202) 263-2800 or email for additional information. You can also visit our FAQ page.

Riversville Foundation Scholarship

Riversville Foundation is committed to widening the net of student scholars throughout the United States. Selected rising sophomores are encouraged to submit documents to compete for a $12,000-$15,000 renewable award until the completion of their undergraduate matriculation.

Students must meet the following criteria in order to apply:

  • Minimum of a 3.0 of a 4.0 Scale
  • Freshman status at the time of application
  • Demonstrated unmet financial need (as verified by their college or university)
  • Students must be an African American and US citizen
  • Student must submit 2 essays, transcript and letter of recommendation for consideration
  • Student must be enrolled in a 4 year degree program at one of the accredited college or universities listed: Morehouse College, Claflin University, Howard University, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Southern University and A&M College, North Carolina A&T State University or Tennessee State University

Recipients will receive awards for the 2013-14 academic year after verification of enrollment and financial need, but no sooner than August 1, 2013.

Deadline: Friday, May 31 2013

Frito Lay Arts Scholarship 2013

The Frito Lays Arts Scholarship will award $5,000 scholarships to an eligible student majoring in the arts for the 2013-14 academic year. Scholarship proceeds came from a consumer contest entitled Frito-Lay Black History Month Art Contest. The contest ran between January 21, 2013 and March 4, 2013.

To be eligible for this scholarship applicants must:

  • Have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Attend a 4-year accredited college or university in the United States
  • Major in Performing or Visual Arts related field
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

Deadline: Friday May 31, 2013

CDM Smith/UNCF Scholars Program 2012-13

From the UNCF Scholarship Website:

CDM Smith in association with UNCF, have established a scholarship and summer internship program for undergraduate student (or student who are enrolled to start a Master’s program in Fall 2013) who have a 3.0 graduate point average or better and who are majoring in a variety of engineering, science, or construction disciplines. Some of these programs include environmental, chemical, civil, structural, geotechnical, electrical and mechanical engineering, as well as geology, geography, geoenvironmental, geographic information systems, hydrology, hydrogeology and construction management.

Program components include an 8-10 week summer internship, mentorship, and academic scholarship for the ensuing academic year or first-year masters program. Students will be selected by CDM Smith. The internship will consist of a summer work program that must start no later than June 17th, 2013 and run through at least August 16th, 2013. Selected students will have an opportunity to work on a number of engineering projects at a CDM Smith Office in the domestic United States. The key to this concept will be CDM Smith assignment of a mentor to each student participant. After the successful completion of the summer internship, participants will receive a $6,000 academic scholarship to help cover expenses for the next academic year.

Annual per-student award includes the $6,000 academic scholarship but also a paid internship, and up to $2,500 in living and housing reimbursement for students relocated beyond 50 miles of their home or school address. Students will intern at a CDM Smith office, based on the availability of appropriate CDM Smith assignments. Internship locations include, but are not limited to: Albany, NY Cambridge, MA, Chicago, IL Dallas, TX Denver, CO Edison, NJ Falls Church, VA Irvine, CA Orlando, FL and Phoenix, AZ.