Career Resources for Black/African Americans



Community for Accredited Online Schools, Scholarships for Black College Students - This website provides information on how African-American students can find and win scholarships, and the different funding sources out there.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation, Scholarship Program - The JRF scholarship is awarded to outstanding high school graduates who plan to earn a baccalaureate degree from an accredited, four-year college or university.

National Society of High School Scholars - The NSHSS Foundation scholarships are targeted toward high school seniors, or rising college freshmen, who belong to groups generally under-represented in these careers.

National Society of Black Engineers, Scholarships - The NSBE offers several private and corporate-sponsored scholarships and awards for black engineering students.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship - This scholarship opportunity provides funding to minority students enrolled in one of the technical sciences or engineering disciplines.

Ron Brown Scholarship Program - The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund – This award is for students with financial need who will attend historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), with preference for those who attend a publicly supported HBCU.

Walt Disney Company UNCF Corporate Scholarship - For African-American students interested in pursuing an off-camera entertainment career in a field such as film, hospitality management, journalism, and digital media.

Open Education Database, African American Scholarships - African-American scholarships refer to scholarship programs that are only available to African-American students, or those of African-American or African descent., African American Scholarships - You will be amazed at this website’s list of substantial scholarship opportunities for African Americans at educational institutions. Some scholarships are localized, but the majority offered are nationwide.

Black Scholarships – Here is an exhaustive online directory of scholarships and financial aid opportunities for African American and other minority students.

EMPOWER Scholarships - The EMPOWER Scholarship, administered by Courage Kenny Foundation, encourages and supports ethnically diverse students who are pursuing a career in a medical or rehabilitation field.

American Bus Association, Diversity Scholarships - The Diversity Scholarship focuses on broadening the number of traditionally underrepresented groups in the management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel, and tourism industry.

American Chemistry Society, Scholars Program - The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, and are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields.

American Meteorological Society, Minority Scholarships - The AMS Minority Scholarships will award funding to minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students.

Brown and Caldwell, Minority Scholarships - These are scholarships opportunities of a $5,000 Minority Scholarship to support minority students who are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession.

Entertainment Software Association Foundation, Scholarships - This is a scholarship program to assist women and minority students who are pursuing degrees leading to careers in computer and video game arts.

United Negro College Fund - UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members.


Jobs and Grants

African American Careers – Here is a powerful search index for the purpose of locating a job opportunity across the country in any job sector.

Black Career Network – Great opportunities may be found here for diverse talent career seekers. Featured jobs, career events, jobs by category and more.

Black Jobs – This online resource was created to promote well-paying job opportunities for African American job seekers and help to reduce the high rate of unemployment in Black communities.

BCWN, Jobs – The Black Career Women’s Network provides a great tool in your search for employment opportunities. Search by keyword, location, and/or category.

Business Grants for African Americans - African American entrepreneurs may qualify for a business grant at a national or a state level.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants – This organization fosters and encourages participation in government contracting by socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses. They issue Black business grants, minority business grants, and women business grants.

Minority Business Development Agency, Business Grants - On an annual basis, the MBDA organizes various ‘angel investors’ with the primary objective of supporting small businesses with minority business grants.


Networking and Associations

National Society of Black Engineers – The NSBE is one of the largest student-governed nonprofit organizations in the U.S. Its purpose is to support and promote the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology.

National Black Nurses Association – This organization works to provide a forum for black nurses to advocate for and implement strategies to ensure access to the highest quality of healthcare for persons of color.

Blacks In Technology - Blacks In Technology is the largest community and media organization that focuses on black women and black men in the technology industry.

Black Scholarships – There are many organizations and associations identified here that help African American and minority students attend college and pursue careers.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Network (HBCU) - HBCUs have prevailed into the 21st century, as a nurturing ground for future African-American leaders.

The Association of Black Psychologists - The Association of Black Psychologists was established to promote and advance the profession of African American Psychology, influence and affect social change and develop programs whereby psychologists of African descent can assist in solving problems of Black communities and other ethnic groups.

National Association for African Americans in Human Resources - The NAAAHR is an inspirational and unique career development and networking organization for Black and African American human resources practitioners that provides networking, career opportunities, educational and professional development, mentorship and coaching and tools, tips and resources.

The Executive Leadership Council – This organization is committed to advancing the role and contributions of Black executives and preparing the next general of corporate leaders.

ColorComm - ColorComm is an essential organization for women of color in all areas of communications including Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Advertising Print Media, Broadcast, Digital and more.

First in the Family – You may want to take a look at this website and check out the tips, planning checklists, videos, hard facts and words of inspiration from first generation students who have gone before you.

I’m First! - I’m First! was created by nonprofit Center for Student Opportunity in 2013 to provide students who lack a family history of higher education with inspiration, information, and support on the road to and through college and is now an initiative of Strive for College—a national nonprofit that also runs a national online mentoring program for college-bound students.

American Association of Blacks in Energy - The American Association of Blacks in Energy is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensuring the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies, regulations, R&D technologies and environmental issues.

First Gen Fellows - Here is an incredible listing by state of many nonprofit organizations primarily supporting low income and/or first-generation students.

National Association of Black Accountants - This nonprofit membership association is dedicated to bridging the opportunity gap for people of color in the Accounting, Finance, Consulting, Information Technology and other related business professions.

Black Career Women’s Network – BCWN is a national career development enterprise dedicated to fostering the professional growth of African American women.

National Association of Black Journalists - The organization was founded in 1975 and is comprised of journalists, students and media-related professionals that provide quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of African-American journalists worldwide.


Startup and Entrepreneurship

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program - The primary remedial goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.

Black Girl Ventures – This organization funds and scales those tech-enabled, revenue-generating businesses founded by people who identify as black/brown and women. This is accomplished via coaching, crowdfunding and community.

Black Founders – The mission of this organization is to increase the number of successful black entrepreneurs in technology by developing global programs that equip entrepreneurs, inspire innovation and allow the sharing of resources and knowledge.

National Black Association, Scale Up Pitch Challenge – In support to create and support wealth building opportunities for its members, this Challenge is a pitch competition designed to encourage members to create startups that are scalable. This competition provides the unique opportunity to connect with early state investors and venture capitalists who are ready to invest.


Education and Development

The National Museum of African American History and Culture – For the teacher and educators, the programs and resources available are designed to ignite critical thinking skills and creativity, to generate self-pride and inspire life-long learning for diverse audiences.

Black Past – This is a phenomenal source of information for educators, teachers, students and parents relative to the history of African ancestry around the world. Information in the form of curriculum, study guides, online exploration, events, institutions, documentaries and so much more is available.

HBCU Lifestyle, Your Black College Journey Starts Here - As a prospective student exploring your higher education opportunities, having over 100 HBCU’s to choose from means that you will have access to a variety of degree programs and academic options. Here for your guidance is HBCUs 101.

NY Public Library, Digital Schomburg - Relying on the expertise of distinguished curators and scholars, Digital Schomburg provides access to trusted information, interpretation, and scholarship on the global black experience. Users worldwide can find exhibitions, books, articles, photographs, prints, audio and video streams, and selected external links for research in the history and cultures of the peoples of Africa.

Big Future, College Search – This powerful search index lets you set the diversity parameter in your exploration of colleges and universities.

College Preparation for African American Students – If you don’t mind opening a .pdf file, this is a fantastic document sponsored by CLASP about college readiness for African American students.

Affordable Colleges, HBCU’s - This guide takes a look at the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities both in the past and present, as well as where they’re headed in the future.