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Available Scholarships:


Wilberforce University National Alumni Scholarships: The National Alumni Endowed Scholarships are awarded each year to academically qualified students by the Wilberforce University Alumni Committee. To qualify students must submit a completed application with supporting documentation to the Office of Student Financial Services by the application deadline of February 26th of each year. (Eligibility specifications of each scholarship award is provided on the application. Click here to view the requirements.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Chi Lambda Chapter. Male graduating high school seniors and second to fourth year university students are urged to compete for a limited number of scholarships that will be awarded by Chi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. All applicants must have a 3.00 or better GPA.

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Scholarships Minority accounting majors can apply for scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 per year from the AICPA organization. Applicants must have a 3.00 GPA or better, complete an AICPA application and submit a current academic transcript with the application. Selection made by AICPA.

Army ROTC (Reserve Officer’s Training Corps) ScholarshipsThe Army ROTC is a program which combines college courses in military science with summer training sessions to turn students into officers. Four, three and two-year ROTC scholarships are available and awarded on a competitive basis. These scholarships will pay for tuition, books, and supplies. In addition, there is an allowance of up to $2,000 each school year that the scholarship is in effect. To qualify, applicants must have good grades, be a citizen, have a minimum SAT of 850 or ACT of 17, and meet the age and physical requirements. For more information contact Central State University Wilberforce, Ohio 45385, Attention ROTC Department.

Athletic Scholarship Fund Wilberforce UniversityAt the discretion of the Athletic Director, head male/female basketball coaches, and Wilberforce University’s President, limited awards are made to impact players on the university’s NAIA sports teams. Eligible players should contact the Male/Female Basketball Coaches and the Athletic Director for further details. Deadline: February 1st.

Black Professionals Association Charitable FoundationThis organization provides the University an annual award of $1,000 to enrolled students from the Greater Cleveland area. Cleveland area applicants seeking this award should have a 2.8 or better GPA, demonstrate financial need, show evidence of strong involvement in community and school affairs, and be of African descent. Recommendations and selection of the awardees made by the Admissions/ Financial Aid Sub-Committee.

Cleveland Scholarship Program, Inc. Students from the greater Cleveland area are given financial assistance as well as post-high school counseling regarding educational and career opportunities available to them. “Last Dollar” grants range from $400 to $900 per academic year. Selections for scholarships are made on the basic criteria outlined by the Cleveland Scholarship Programs, Inc. For more information write to: Cleveland Scholarship Programs, Inc. 850 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1000 Cleveland, Ohio 44114 or call (216)241-5587

The College Fund/UNCF, Inc. Since Wilberforce University is one of the 42 member UNCF schools, students who have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (from either high school or at WU) will have their names submitted to The College Fund/UNCF in late July for consideration for one of The College Fund/UNCF scholarships. The College Fund/UNCF makes the selection of their scholarships based on GPA, state residence, and major. The student need not submit an application to apply for The College Fund/UNCF’s scholarship although some of The College Fund/UNCF scholarships require essays, recommendations, and transcripts. Contact the Office of Student Financial Services for more information.

The Columbus Leisurettes, Inc. Scholarship Program: Established in 1957, this professional and civic organization is comprised of retired educators. Eligible candidates for the $1,000 Columbus Leisurettes, Inc. Scholarship awarded annually must be single minority males or females in good standing with all of the school’s regulations. In addition, eligible candidates must have a 3.0 or better GPA, be at least sophomores, American citizens, residents of Columbus, Ohio, and high school graduates of the Columbus Public School System. Applicants must complete The Columbus Leisurettes, Inc. Scholarship application, submit a copy of their official Wilberforce University academic transcript, three letters of recommendation:

The Dayton Foundation: Dayton area students who possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 and current college students who possess a minimum GPA of 2.5 can compete for this $1,000 scholarship. Students competing for the scholarship must show evidence of strong involvement in community and school affairs. Applications may be obtained from the Admissions Office and the Office of Student Financial Services. Selection of the recipient for this scholarship is made by the Admissions/Financial Services Sub-Committee.

Dayton-Montgomery County Scholarships: This scholarship is open to any graduating senior attending one of the high schools in Montgomery County. The scholarship is based on financial need and academic promise. For more information, contact the high school guidance counselor or the Dayton-Montgomery County Scholarship Program at 348 W. First Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402 or call 937-262-5338.

Duracell/National Urban League Scholarship and Intern Program: Duracell/National Urban League Scholarship and Intern Program is for minority students and junior university students who rank within the top twenty-five percent of their class scholastically and who are interested in majoring in courses leading to a professional career in engineering, sales or marketing, manufacturing operations, finance or business administration. They should apply for one of five $10,000 scholarships and summer internships. Selection made by the National Urban League and Duracell. Deadline: February 1st.

George H. Valentine Endowed Scholarship Fund: Established in 1976 to memorialize George H. Valentine, ‘22, by his wife, Mary F. Valentine, Class of ‘35. This fund provides two $1,000 scholarships for juniors and seniors in the areas of Business Administration and/or the Humanities who have a minimum GPA of at least 2.5.

I Know I Can Scholarship Program: I Know I Can Scholarship Program is in conjunction with the Columbus Public Schools, Columbus, Ohio, and provides assistance to students graduating from any of the 17 Columbus Public High Schools. The maximum grant is $1,200, and it can be renewed until the student receives a bachelor’s degree. The student must maintain a 2.00 GPA to remain academically eligible. For more information, contact I Know I Can, 270 E. State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or call 614-469-7044 or 614-365-5608.

John F. Morning, Sr. Memorial Lecture Fund: The purpose of the John F. Morning, Sr., ‘24, Memorial Lecture Fund, established in 1978 by the late Mrs. Juanita B. Morning and the Alumni Association in memory of her late husband, is two-fold: (1) To bring distinguished business and industry leaders to give public lectures on topics of common interest to the WU academic community and general public and (2) to reward an outstanding student in the Business and Economics Division. One $1,500 scholarship is awarded annually by the Business and Economics’ chairperson.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Scholarship Program: The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship was established in the memory of the late Agnes Jones Jackson who was a long time NAACP member from the San Francisco branch. Applicants for the Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship must have been current regular members of NAACP for at least one year, be under the age of 25, a U.S. citizen, and must be able to demonstrate financial need. Applications should be accompanied by three letters of recommendation (at least one should be from an applicable NAACP branch official), and required documents. Graduating high school seniors must possess at least a 2.5 GPA, undergraduate students a 2.0, and graduate students must possess a 3.0. Application deadline is February 1st. Additional information and scholarship applications may be obtained by writing Dr. Beverly P. Cole, Director of Education, NAACP, 4805 Mt. Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215.

National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), Inc. Scholarships: African-American accounting majors with a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA who have completed at least 12 hours of accounting should complete a NABA application, provide a copy of their academic transcript and two recommendations to the NABA Scholarship Program by February 1st. Selections made by NABA.

The Ohio Conference Lay Organization: The Ohio Conference Lay Organization of the African Methodist Episcopal Church sponsors a scholarship program for its active members who attend Wilberforce University. Educational awards range up to $1,000 per selected students. Interested students must have a GPA of 2.0 or better, demonstrate a commitment and involvement in community affairs, submit a copy of their high school or Wilberforce University academic transcript, and a completed and signed recommendation.

The Ohio Space Grant Consortium Grant Program: These highly competitive scholarships among Ohio Colleges are awarded based on academic performance, essays on research goals, and recommendations. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $3,000 annually and are awarded to students from the Engineering and Computer Science Division.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Delta Alpha Chapter: This $500 award is open annually to Dayton area students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above. Selection made by the Delta Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

The Philadelphia Alumni Association Scholarship Fund: To be considered, the student must demonstrate a strong potential for achievement and exhibit high motivation towards success. Eligible applicants must be enrolled full-time students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better or entering freshmen who have a 2.8 or better GPA and are graduates in the top third of their high school class. Interested students must submit their academic transcripts, a personal data sheet (resume), including a biographical sketch, family life, hobbies and career goals, and a 300 word essay on why they chose their anticipated course of study. Contact the Wilberforce University Alumni Affairs’ Office, Wilberforce University, Wilberforce, Ohio 45384 for further information. Applications must be received by February 1st. Notifications will be made by July 31st.

Wilberforce University Academic Scholarship: Awarded annually to high school seniors with no previous college attendance who have a 3.0 or better GPA in their recognized academic courses. Scholarships are renewable if 3.0 or better GPA’s are maintained annually, and range from $2,000 to $11,560.

The William L. Clay Scholarship and Research Fund: Academically talented and economically disadvantaged students from the First Congressional District of the St. Louis, Missouri, area (St. Louis County and St. Louis City) are eligible to apply. Recommendations are made by the William L. Clay Scholarship and Research Fund. Students will receive annual room and board scholarships at the discretion and joint agreement of the Fund and Wilberforce University. William L. Clay Scholars must reside in the First Congressional District and may be high school seniors, college freshmen or sophomores when they first apply. For more information write to: The William L. Clay Scholarship Review Committee, c/o Mr. Ernest Nashville/Ms. Hazel Mallory, Educational Advisors, P.O. Box 11906, St. Louis, Missouri 63112.

William O. Walker Scholarship Fund: The William O. Walker Scholarship Fund was established in 1980 by Naomi and William O. Walker, ‘16, to provide scholarship assistance to students majoring in Mass Media Communications with an interest in print media. Eligible Mass Media Communications applicants must be at least a sophomore, have a 3.0 GPA, and submit an original published periodical article. Instructors from the Mass Media Communications Department will determine who will receive the $1,000 scholarship given annually at the University’s Honor’s Assembly. As the award is intended to be disbursed in the upcoming school year, the recipient must be enrolled for that period.

Women for Women and Wilberforce Scholarship: This scholarship was established by Wilberforce University and its 16th President and first female Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Yvonne Walker-Taylor, ‘36. This scholarship is for women of any major who are full-time juniors or seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.3. There is one award per school term, amount ranging from $2,500 to $3,000.


The official method of communication for the Office of Student Financial Services is the campus e-mail address provided the Wilberforce University Informational Technology Department. To stay informed and aware, students should check this email address at least once per week.

New students who are not yet admitted to Wilberforce University will be contacted initially using the email address supplied on the FAFSA, Once a student is admitted and a campus email address is assigned, the Office of Student Financial Services will use only the campus assigned e-mail address.


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