The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST) is an endowment fund which provides scholarships to African-American undergraduate students who enroll in scientific or technical fields of study at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
DFBSST identifies students through the assistance of Engineering and Science Department deans and professors at pre-selected, predominantly Black colleges and universities. DFBSST requests the deans and faculty members to identify a specified number of students that they would like to be considered for scholarships, and to pass on DFBSST scholarship application forms to these students.
To be eligible for scholarships offered by DFBSST, all applicants must meet the following criteria:
- African-American, undergraduate student majoring (or intending to major) in a technical field of study (i.e., engineering, math, science, etc.),
- Be enrolled (or identify his or her intention to enroll) at one of the predominantly Black colleges or universities listed below, and
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Academic achievement (grades and SAT scores, especially science/math),
- Personal essay describing career goals, current and past relevant extracurricular activities, etc.,
- Recommendations (teachers and guidance counselors), and
- Financial need.
Applicants are first ranked based on consideration of items 1, 2 and 3 above. If two (2) applicants are considered to be equal, the candidate with the greatest financial need is ranked higher.
The amount of the scholarships awarded each student is determined by the DFBSST Scholarship Committee. Scholarships are based on merit and financial need. Scholarship awards are up to $3,000 per year. Support is renewed annually, for a maximum of four (4) years, as long as the students remains in good academic standing at the same institution, maintains at least a 3.0 in their major, enrolled in a full-time, undergraduate science or engineering curriculum, and submits a renewal application.
Applications can be obtained by contacting the science or engineering department at one of the schools listed below. We do not distribute applications directly to students. All applications must be obtained through and pre-screened by the schools. There can be no exceptions. Scholarship applications are currently available at the following schools:
|Bennett College||Morehouse College|
|Clark Atlanta University||Morgan State University|
|Elizabeth City State Univ||North Carolina A&T State Univ|
|Fisk University||Prairie View A&M University|
|Florida A&M University||Southern University|
|Fort Valley State College||Spelman College|
|Hampton University||Tennessee State University|
|Howard University||Tuskegee University|
|Langston University||Wilberforce University|
|Lincoln University (PA)||Xavier University of Louisiana|
Scholarship applications become available April 15th and must be submitted by June 15th. Scholarship recipients will be notified in early September.
- A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
- A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare
This scholarship competition is open to all U.S. high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs.
Feb 1, 2016 AXA Achievement Community Award: Seniors who “demonstrate ambition and self-drive as evidenced by outstanding achievement in school, community or work-related activities” can apply apply for this scholarship. Apply at https://us.axa.com/axa-foundation/community-scholarships.html.
Feb 3, 2016 UNCF STEM Scholars Program: African-American seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA who wish to pursue a STEM major may be interested in applying for this. For more info, go to their website https://scholarships.uncf.org/Program/Details/3c41df47-d142-4e21-8d79-e10bd880a347
Feb 2, 2016Ziegler Firm Scholarship: Seniors- have an interest in the law? Write an essay on the designated topic and you could win this $1000 scholarship. http://brianzeiger.com/scholarship/
Feb 5, 2016 Walter Harrison Scholarship: Seniors who have been accepted into a post-secondary institution and will answer the autobiographical essay application may qualify for this, apply at: scholarshiphttps://cobbemc.com/walter-harrison-scholarship
Feb 11, 2016 Courageous Persuaders Scholarship: Students in 9th-12th grades can enter this competition by making a commercial warning their peers about underage drinking. For contest details, visit the site http://www.courageouspersuaders.com/contest.htm
Feb 15, 2016 Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship: Seniors who demonstrate leadership, dedication to community service, and have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21, apply for this scholarship opportunity http://www.jackierobinson.org/apply/
Feb 23, 2016 Lewis Elementary School Scholarship: Seniors who attended Lewis Elementary School for at least 3 years may apply for this scholarship by completing the application https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0kdeBr01sjWOHRjVVF2aDd6TEE/view
Feb 25, 2016 Cobb EMC’s Washington Youth Tour: Juniors can enter to win this scholarship/ amazing Washington summer internship https://cobbemc.com/youthtour
Feb 29, 2016 Buick Achievers Scholarship Program: Seniors planning to enroll full time in a 4 year college or university next year and want to study engineering, technology, or design related to cars may qualify for this scholarship: http://buickachievers.com/?utm_source=MDRe1&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BA2016
March 1, 2016 Georgia Business Aviation Association and Foundation Scholarhips: Seniors with at least a 3.0 who are going to pursue a college education as a professional pilot or in aviation may qualify for the scholarship. Application is http://gbaa.org/
March 2, 2016 State Farm Good Neighbor Scholarship: Seniors with between a 2.5 and 3.2 GPA and plan to attend a 2 or 4 year school full time in the fall may apply for this scholarship https://www.scholarshipamerica.org/statefarmgoodneighborscholarship/
March 11, 2016 Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Alpharetta-Smyrna Alumni Chapter Scholarship: African-American male seniors who have at least a 2.5 GPA and a minimum 1100 SAT or 20 ACT score may qualify for this scholarship. Copies of the application are here:http://krimsoncommunityfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-Scholarship-Application.pdf
March 18, 2016 Andrew College Pitts Scholarship: Students applying to Andrew College can fill our an addition application for this scholarship: https://www.andrewcollege.edu/pitts
May 23, 2016B. Davis Scholarship: Juniors and Seniors can apply for this $1000 scholarship by going to the site and writing an essay on the specified topic. Please apply: http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm
June 1, 2016 Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship: Seniors aspiring to attend a post-secondary institution for an animation related degree may submit an essay on a designated topic, apply at: http://www.animationcareerreview.com/animationcareerreviewcom-aspiring-animation-professional-scholarship-program
June 30, 2016Aspiring Nurse Scholarship: Seniors wishing to pursue a career in nursing can apply for this scholarship opportunity http://www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com/articles/2016-aspiring-nurse-scholarship
Who Can Apply?
To apply, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Attending or planning to attend an accredited U.S. college or university for undergraduate or graduate studies
- A high school, college or graduate student or a student planning to enter college
How Do You Apply?
To apply, complete the online application form. You can also print out the application and mail it to:
2261 Market Street #291
San Francisco, CA 94114
Selection is based on the written essay and focused on creativity, content and a commitment to the cause of deleting cyberbullying. The awards are one-time only and not renewable.
Deadline and Important Dates
- Deadline: June 30, 2015
- Winners selected and notified by: July 31, 2015