image05The CBCF has awarded scholarships to talented and deserving students for nearly three decades. Each year, we award more than 200 scholarships to students across the United States. Recipients demonstrate leadership ability through exemplary community service and academic talent, while other received need-based scholarships to reward their persistence in pursuing a quality education. Our scholarship programs support current or upcoming college students across a variety of disciplines.

Current Scholarships

CBC Spouses Performing Arts Scholarship

  • Open Date: February 1, 2019
  • Close Date: April 15, 2019

This program was established in 2000 in honor of the late Curtis Mayfield to ensure that students pursuing a degree in the performing arts receive financial assistance. Performing arts includes theater, drama, comedy, music, dance, opera, marching bands, etc. Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students.

CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship

  • Open Date: February 1, 2019
  • Close Date: April 15, 2019

The CBC Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship was established in 2006 to provide financial assistance to students who are 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. Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students.

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship

  • Open Date: February 1, 2019
  • Close Date:April 15, 2019

Seeing an educational need in their congressional districts, the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship was established in 1988 by the spouses of Congressional Black Caucus members in response to federal cuts in spending for education programs and scholarships, which disproportionately affect people of color. This scholarship awards scholarships to academically talented and highly motivated students of all majors who intend to pursue full-time undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degrees. Selected applicants will be qualified African-American or black students.

Testimonials from Past Scholarship Recipients:

  • “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

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Please visit our FAQ page for details on applying for our scholarships. For general information, contact 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.


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