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National Scholarships 

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High school students who are eager to learn more are excellent candidates for a wide range of national scholarships. There are numerous opportunities available, whether you are looking for at colleges or trade schools.

Financial aid can make higher education more accessible to students of color. The government provides financial assistance to some students. However, government assistance is frequently insufficient for many students. Tuition rates are not a true representation of the total cost of education, which can rise incrementally each year. Scholarships are an excellent source of additional funding.

What the AAYLC Can Do for You

The AAYLC wants to push your boundaries and expand your levels of knowledge as you become a lifelong learner and positive influence in your community.  We want to help college-bound and trade graduates to afford the cost of higher learning. By offering a list of national scholarships, we hope that you can pursue your dreams.

While we promote our annual Wynn/Marchman youth leadership scholarship opportunity for students residing in the Pikes Peak Region, there are also other options that may fit your field of study at the national level. We regularly update our scholarship listings. Please contact us to get your scholarship on the list!

Click on each national scholarships below to view additional details and apply for ones that you qualify for now!  




United Negro College Fund


A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”®  For more than seven decades, this principle has remained at the heart of UNCF, enabling us to raise more than $4.8 billion and help more than 450,000 students and counting not just attend college, but thrive, graduate and become leaders.  Wouldn’t you like to start school this year with some extra financial support? Look at some of the scholarships and internships UNCF offers high school and college students that can help them get to and through college.  Many scholarships for all ethnicities are available throughout the year. Complete the applications before the offers close.  For more information and application, please click here. 

Scholarships for Black & African American Students


A number of scholarships and financial aid opportunities are earmarked specifically to support degree attainment and graduation for Black and African American students. Several organizations offer even more specific scholarships for Black women and students in STEM. For more information and application, please click here. 

Youth for Understanding


YFU advances intercultural understanding, life-long learning, global competencies, mutual respect, and social responsibility through transformational educational exchanges for generations of youth, families, and communities, supported by dedicated volunteers and professional staff.

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

January 2024

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship empowers minority high school seniors with financial support and guidance for higher education. Established in 1973 by Rachel Robinson to honor her husband's legacy, it now includes the inspirational Jackie Robinson Museum in New York City. If you're a dedicated minority senior with academic excellence and a commitment to community service, sixteen this opportunity to pursue your educational dreams. For more information and application, please click here. 

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

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January 2024

Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published. Apply to one of these scholarships from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!  For more information, please click here.

The Balams Firm Scholarship

February 3, 2024

THE BALAMS FIRM is committed to recognizing talent and rewarding excellence. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for deserving students to reach their potential by supporting the cost of higher education. The Balams Firm is proud to announce that they are taking applications for an individual to win a $2,500 scholarship to help them accomplish their educational goals.  For more information, please click here.

Horatio Alger Association

March 15, 2024

The Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need. For more information and application, please click here. 


May 15, 2024 is dedicated to helping seniors and their families in their quest for a better life. Aging impacts everyone and as the aging population explodes over the next 30 years, wants to bring more awareness to the key issues we face. We will be awarding an annual college scholarship to an individual that best demonstrates to us why "Aging Matters" to them. For more information and application, please click here. 

Prosperous Investments Scholarship


May 31, 2024

Prosperous Investments wants to increase scholarship & trade school, college/university awareness of high school seniors, to encourage high academic achievement in our youth and reward hard-working high school seniors and assist in collegiate expenses. For more information and application, please click here. 

American Trucks Student


June 15, 2024 (Fall Sem.)

Oct 15, 2023 (Spring Sem.)

2x $2500 scholarships for students pursuing a career in construction management or the traditional building trades such as HVAC, carpentry, electrical, or related fields of study. One Scholarship will be awarded for the fall semester and another for the spring each year  For more information, please click here.

Extreme Terrain Student


2x $2500 scholarships for students pursuing a degree in biology, Environmental Studies, Civil Engineering, Environmental Research, Land Use, Earth and Atmosphere Studies, Sustainable Land Management, Parks and Recreation, or Sustainable Agriculture Systems. One Scholarship will be awarded for the fall semester and another for the spring each year. For more information, please click here.

June 15, 2024 (Fall Sem.)

Oct 15, 2023 (Spring Sem.) Student Scholarships

November 1, 2024 wants to help empower students to reach their education goals. To do that, they are offering several opportunities to those who are pursuing college degrees. Their scholarships award provides some financial relief for the high cost of college. Please review the various options:

Ron Brown Scholarship

December 1, 2024

The Ron Brown Scholar Fund, established in 1996 in honor of the late Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, provides a life-changing opportunity for future African-American high school students. The Ron Brown Scholarship provides $40,000 for higher education, as well as mentoring and leadership experiences. This program is a commitment to developing future leaders dedicated to excellence and public service, anchored in the core values of integrity, community and individual growth. African American high school students who embody these principles are encouraged to apply and embark on this transformative journey. For more information and application, please click here. 

DoD Smart



December 1, 2024

The DOD Smart Scholarship Program allows scholars to pursue STEM education and begin their career in a prestigious civilian position with the Department of Defense (DoD).  What are the benefits to pursue this program?  1) Full tuition and education related educational expenses.  2)Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 - $38,000 a year depending on degree level (may be prorated depending on award length).  3) Summer research internships ranging from 8 to 12 weeks. 4) • Health Insurance allowance of up to $1,200 per academic year. 5)  Employment placement at a DoD facility upon degree completion.  For more information, please click here.

PTCB Exam Practice Test Scholarship

December 1, 2024

Their annual Essay Writing Scholarship, aimed at recognizing and supporting exceptional students in their educational pursuits. This scholarship is open to all current college or university students, providing an opportunity for graduate students across various fields to showcase their talents and dedication. Award amount pf $1500 is available to undergraduates and graduate students currently enrolled in accredited colleges or universities worldwide.  For more information and application, please click here. 

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