NAACP’s Uplift Scholarship for African American Students

By Bright Silas

Scholarship snapshot

Amount: $10,000

Scholarship Scope: Partial

Target Country: United States

Target Audience: African Americans

The Uplift scholarship is one of the many opportunities available for Black students through the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

For a full scope of offers, check out our previous article highlighting 11 NAACP scholarships that are currently available. 

About the Uplift scholarship

The Uplift scholarship is a prestigious award created to provide financial assistance to Black students or students of color who are pursuing higher education. It is a non-renewable scholarship opportunity awarded on a merit basis.

Outstanding students considered for this scholarship award must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership potential, and a commitment to their communities through their academic achievements, extracurricular participation, and community service.

In addition to the financial support, recipients are granted access to a network of professionals and mentors who can provide guidance and support throughout their academic and professional careers. Other benefits include a chance to attend NAACP events and conferences, where they can meet other scholars and professionals in their field of study, and there, find the opportunity to build connections and explore career options through networking.

Scholarship amount

The Uplift scholarship offers a one-time award of $10,000 to 30 qualified applicants. This brings the total award value to $30,000 annually. It is one of the scholarships offered by the NAACP that gives a substantial award amount to its recipients. This award covers the cost of tuition, fees, books, and other educational expenditure. 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Uplift scholarship, a student has to meet all the following eligibility criteria:

  • Must be a member of the NAACP organization. This article will address some information on how you can become a member.
  • Must be under 25 at the time of application submission.
  • Must be a Black or African American.
  • Must be a U.S citizen or resident. 
  • Must be enrolled full-time or accepted to an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Must be a graduating high school senior or undergraduate student for applicable scholarships.
  • Must possess a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system. 
  • Must exhibit an interest in pursuing a career in any field/study.
  • Must indicate financial need.
  • Students must also show leadership skills, community involvement, and a commitment to social justice.

How to apply

As stated previously, you must be a member of the NAACP organization in order to be eligible to receive the Uplift scholarship. NAACP membership comprises three sections namely: The Regular Annual membership, Lifetime membership, and Corporate membership.

The NAACP encourages anyone who desires to join to choose a membership type that best fits them. If you are not already a member, you can join by visiting the organization’s website and completing an online application.

Application documents

As a full-fledged member of the NAACP, you can now apply for the Uplift scholarship You will need the following documents to apply:

  • Copy of your NAACP membership card or membership application. 
  • Official transcript. 
  • Two recommendation letters from teachers or professors in your major field of study
  • A one page essay
  • Your student aid report.
  • Personal statement outlining your academic and professional goals.
  • Evidence of acceptance or full-time enrollment in an accredited college or University.

Application process

If you are a qualified student, you need to apply online with all necessary credentials through the NAACP’s Inspire Initiatives scholarship portal. You can access that portal here.

Selection Process

A scholarship committee made up of NAACP leaders scores applications, reviews transcripts, and selects recipients for approval. If selected, you will receive a notification from the Inspire scholarship portal. The selection committee’s decision is final and cannot be appealed.

You can find additional information on the Uplift scholarship directly from the NAACP website

The Uplift scholarship is part of a series of scholarship opportunities available for Black students through the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Find other opportunities in the series in the list below:

How to Get NAACP’s Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship Award 2023
‘All-American Homecoming’ Grand Slam Scholarship for HBCU Students
Dark & Lovely Presents: Building Beautiful Futures Scholarship for Young Black Female Students
Walmart’s Empowering a Better Tomorrow Scholarship for African American Students
NAACP’s Hubertus W. V. Willems Scholarship for Black Male Students
James Weldon Johnson Scholarship for Students From Underepresented Groups
Katherine McIntyre Scholarship Awards for 25 African Americans
The NAACP Creative Sole Scholarship for African American Students in Creative Fields
The NAACP X Society Awards Scholarship for African American Students
NAACP’s Uplift Scholarship for African American Students
Write Her Future Scholarship for Young Black Female Undergraduates 2023

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