1. Can international students apply?
You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
- 2. How do I know if I live in the district of an African-American member of congress who is a member of the CBC?
3. Can I apply for the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship even if my district is not represented by an African-American member of Congress?
Yes, you are eligible to apply.
4. Can I apply to multiple scholarships?
Yes! Applicants can apply to as many of our scholarships as they would like—as long as they meet the eligibility requirements for each scholarship.
5. It says high school seniors must provide proof of enrollment. What type of document should I submit?
A college acceptance letter would be an example of proof of enrollment. Please mail a copy to the same address to which you mail your transcripts (see question #12).
6. Can I apply for a scholarship if I attend a community college?
Yes, you can apply if you are pursuing an associate’s degree as a full-time student.
7. Are there scholarships for students pursuing an undergraduate degree?
Yes. All of our scholarships are open to student seeking an associate or bachelor’s degree.
8. Are there scholarships for students pursuing a graduate/doctoral degree?
Yes. The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship and the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship are open to students pursuing a master’s, JD, PhD, etc
9. When should I submit my application and recommendation?
Applications and recommendations must be submitted before the deadline. Transcripts must be received by close of business on the deadline date. Recommendation letters are to be uploaded by recommenders through the online application per instructions provided. Special Note: For those applying to the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship, the application must be postmarked by the deadline provided. The application is on paper and is NOT online. You will find the application here.
10. When will the applications be posted online?
Online applications typically open each year between mid- to late December.
11. What are the deadlines?
The deadlines for each scholarship are posted at www.cbcfinc.org/scholarships.
12. Where do I send my supporting materials?
Transcripts and any needed proof of acceptance should be mailed to:
[Name of Scholarship]
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
1720 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20036
Special Note: For those applying for the CBCF General Mills Health Scholarship, the application is separate and has special requirements. For information on applying for this scholarship and mailing materials, please visit this page.
13. When and how will I be notified?
Recipients will be notified via email and through our application portal, AcademicWorks, upon completion of our selection process. Applicants not selected will be notified via email. Depending on the deadline of the scholarship, this could occur between July and October.
14. Who will receive the award check?
CBC Spouses Education and Performing Arts and Visual Arts scholarship checks are mailed to your academic institution. Louis Stokes Health Scholars and General Mills scholarship checks are mailed directly to the student.
15. When are the checks disbursed?
Single disbursement awards are typically sent out to your institutions between August and November. For awards that require two disbursements, the first check is sent between August and November and the second check is sent in January once the midterm requirements are completed.
16. What is the financial award of each scholarship?
- Spouses Education: Varies
- General Mills Health: $2,000
- Performing Arts: $3,000 per student for up to 10 students
- Visual Arts: $3,000 per student for up to 10 students
- Louis Stokes: $5,000-$8,000 per student for up to 12 students
17. Do the scholarship awards cover one academic year or only one semester?
Our Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program is a multi-year scholarship. Each year the funds are divided in half—one half is disbursed for the fall semester and the final half is disbursed for the spring semester. The remaining scholarships only have one disbursement for the entire year.
18. Are there any course credit requirements for these scholarships?
You must be enrolled as a full-time student during the semester for which the scholarship award is disbursed. Being enrolled as a part-time student will automatically forfeit your scholarship for that designated semester, and your institution will need to return to CBCF any funds already distributed for that semester.
19. How do I renew my scholarship?
Louis Stokes Health Scholars renew their scholarship by maintaining their eligibility and submitting mid- and end of year reports and materials. All other scholarships are not renewable; you must re-submit an application for consideration each year.