Scholarships

For more than three decades the CBCF in partnership with CBC Spouses has awarded scholarships to talented and deserving students. Each year, we award more than 300 scholarships to students that demonstrate leadership ability through exemplary community service and academic talent. Our scholarship programs support current or upcoming college students across a variety of disciplines.

HBCU NREI Scholarship

Open Date: January 2022
Close Date: TBD

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice (NREI) HBCU Social Justice Scholarships were created to encourage and recognize necessary student exposure, experience, and engagement in organizing, political mobilization, and civic participation aimed at advancing equity, freedom, and justice for all, especially the Black community and racial minorities. The funds will be disbursed on an annual basis to undergraduate students attending Historically Black Colleges or Universities with demonstrated experience in social justice, student activism, and/or community service.

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CBC Spouses Essay Contest

Open Date: January 2022
Close Date: TBD

Each year, qualified African-American and Black junior and senior high school students participate in the Essay Contest and Issue Forum. Students are presented with a topic that embodies some of our communities’ most pressing issues and are asked to write an essay to defend their research, analyses, and opinion. Submissions are judged by a special committee of CBC Spouses. Winners and their families are also invited to Washington, DC in September to accept their award and attend a panel discussion on the topic during the CBCF Annual Legislative Conference.

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CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1988 by the spouses of Congressional Black Caucus members to address the educational need in the congressional districts in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships, which disproportionately affect people of color. This opportunity awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated African-American or Black students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degrees in a variety of fields.

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United Health Foundation Louis Stokes Scholarship

Open Date: January 2022
Close Date: TBD

This scholarship was established in 1988 by the spouses of Congressional Black Caucus members to address the educational need in the congressional districts in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships, which disproportionately affect people of color. This opportunity awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated African-American or Black students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degrees in a variety of fields.

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CBC Spouses Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships

Open Date: January 2022
Close Date: TBD

CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship:
This scholarship was established in 2000, in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to ensure that African American or Black students pursuing a degree in the performing arts receive financial assistance. Performing arts include theater, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, marching bands, etc.

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Ally Financial Law and Public Policy Scholarships

Open Date: January 2022
Close Date: TBD

Ally Financial Law Scholars Program:
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Ally Financial Law Scholars Program, sponsored by Ally Financial, seeks to increase the number of qualified, competitive African American or Black students entering the profession of law. This program offers a scholarship award to offset scholar’s cost of attendance. The multi-year award supports students throughout their law school journey.

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CBC Spouses Performing and Visual Arts Scholarships

Open Date: January 2022
Close Date: TBD

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarships:
This scholarship was established in 2006 to provide financial assistance to African American or Black students pursuing a degree in the visual arts. Visual arts include architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production, etc.

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Ally Financial Law and Public Policy Scholarships

Open Date: January 2022
Close Date: TBD

Ally Financial Public Policy Scholars Program:
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Ally Financial Public Policy Program, sponsored by Ally Financial, awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated African American or Black students pursuing an undergraduate degree in public policy or a related discipline including but not limited to political science or public administration.

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Please visit our FAQ page for details on applying for our scholarships. For general information, contact scholarships@cbcfinc.org or 202-263-2800.

Please note: Immediate relatives (defined as one’s parents, step-parents, siblings, spouse, children, step-children, foster children, in-laws, sibling in-laws, grandparents, great grandparents, step-great grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews) of a CBC Member, a CBC Spouse, a staff person of a CBC Member or Spouse, CBCF staff, a member of the CBCF Board of Directors, Member of CBCF, Corporate Advisory Council Member of CBCF, or any CBCF-sponsoring entity are not eligible for CBCF scholarship programs.

It is truly an honor to be recognized for my hard work and community service…My legacy is one that will be measured by lifelong learning and a burning desire to serve humanity through the development and deliverance of ‘lifesaving’ medicines that are both safe and affordable, improving the quality of life for people around the world…I continue to use the knowledge that I have acquired leading towards a successful future. This could not have happened without the support from the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship. My testimony is sincere when I say it transformed my life and hope this wonderful scholarship continues as I know it will have an impact on the lives of so many students.

Leslie Fuqua—CBC Spouses Education Scholarship recipient, 2012 and 2013