The United Negro College Fund and Historically Black Colleges and Universities offer many grants and scholarships to African-American students, according to CollegeScholarships.org. There are also many more public and private organizations that offer grants and scholarships to African-American or minority students.
To apply for a grant or scholarship through UNCF, you must go through the application process online at UNCF.org. The organization recommends that you fill out a FAFSA form before applying, because many of the scholarships offered by UNCF require it. There are a lot of scholarships listed at UNCF.org, some of which only apply to certain areas. Most of these are achievement-based.
There are many organizations with a focus on helping African-American students in specific fields. The National Black Nurses Association offers several grants, scholarships and fellowships for nurses who are currently in four-year programs. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants offers grants for minorities in undergraduate or graduate programs based on academic merit and financial need. The American Psychological Association has a minority fellowship program that provides funding for minority students in graduate-level psychology programs, according to CollegeScholarships.org.
There are some grants and scholarships for minority students offered by corporations, like Coca-Cola and Microsoft. Finally, there are federal and state grant and scholarship opportunities for minority students. Fill out a FAFSA form to find out if you qualify for these, notes CollegeScholarships.org.