Scholarships that Provide Academic Support & Career Development

on December 16, 2016

When it comes to scholarships, students often focus on how well different programs will fund them when they get to college; but did you know there are scholarships programs that will help students find and develop their careers after graduation?  These scholarships not only award generous dollar amounts, but also provide support and career development programming to help students succeed after school.

Note: Many of these scholarships are for specific majors or career paths, are location-based, and/or require a commitment to service after graduation.  Carefully check the eligibility requirements before applying.


Apple HBCU Scholars Program

Scholarship Award: $25,000 for the selected students’ senior year

Development Support Offered: Students participate in a summer internship with Apple in Cupertino, California, and a year-round development program to prepare for post-graduation careers, pairing with an Apple employee mentor during their senior year.

Eligibility Requirements:  This program targets STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math majors) but opportunities exist for students in all majors. Applicants must be enrolled at a full-time at a four-year accredited HBCU/PBI (Predominately Black Institution) in the second-to-last year of study, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.


Golden Apple Scholars Program

Scholarship Award: Up to $23,000 total, which breaks down to:

  • $2,500 per year for freshmen and sophomore years
  • $5,000 per year for junior and senior years
  • $2,000 stipend each summer for Summer Institute work

Development Support Offered:  Scholars participate in paid 4-week Summer Institutes each summer, and get job placement assistance through seminars and workshops, academic support, and portfolio preparation. Scholars are provided with ongoing mentoring and classroom support throughout college and during early years of teaching.

Eligibility Requirements: This program is for students in Illinois interested in becoming educators who plan to attend one of Golden Apple’s 52 Illinois partner universities, and have a qualifying composite score on the ACT or SAT. Scholars commit to teaching for five years in schools-of-need throughout Illinois.


American Association of Colleges of Nursing / Johnson & Johnson Minority Nurse Faculty Scholars Program

Scholarship Award: $18,000, with $1,500 of each award will be held in escrow to support travel/per diem/lodging costs for the awardee’s participation in AACN’s February 2017 Faculty Development Conference.

Eligibility Requirements:  This program is for students who are part of an unrepresented minority group, enrolled or already accepted into a doctoral nursing program (i.e. PhD, DNP) or a nursing master’s program.  Accepted students are also expected to work with their mentors, attend the AACN Faculty Development Conference, and sign a letter of commitment.

Emma Bowen Foundation for Minority Interests in Media

Scholarship Award: Varies

Development Support Offered:  Students receive an hourly salary working for a number of media-focused corporations that prepares them for a variety of opportunities after graduation. Additionally, the Foundation offers a number of programs to its accepted students, including their Summer Conference, Career Fair for graduating seniors, Link Mentoring Initiative and more.

Eligibility Requirements: High school seniors and college freshmen of color with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and an interest in media careers.  Students should also be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents and attending a four-year program at an accredited college or university.


CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Scholarship Award: $18,000 per calendar year for tuition, room and board, books and other costs.

Development Support Offered: Paid summer break employment in the student’s chosen career path with annual salary, benefits, and paid transportation and housing in Washington, D.C.

Eligibility Requirements:  High school seniors entering a 4-5 year college program, 1500 SAT or 21 ACT score, 3.0/4.0 scale high school GPA or higher, financial need, and willingness to commit to continued employment with the CIA for 1.5 times the length of time participating in the program.

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