African-American Scholarship Fund

About the fund

The Executive Committee of the United Christian Missionary Society (UCMS) established the Negro Student Scholarship Fund in June 1939 with funds raised for Central Christian Institute in Kentucky. The funds constituted a special scholarship fund for a period of six years from June 1939. The income is to aid worthy African-American young men or women desiring to participate in Christian service and obtain a college education. Other monies were added to this fund, such as:

  • In 1957, the alumni group of the Southern Christian Institute collected money for the purpose of building a gym for alumni on the properties of the Southern Christian Institute. As this need no longer exists, it was resolved that the total amount of these funds be invested in the Negro Student Scholarship Fund.
  • In 1958, the proceeds from the sale of the Taylor Memorial Fellowship House, located at 4133 Rookwood Avenue, Indianapolis, were also added to the Negro Scholarship fund with the understanding that the earning of the funds will administered by the Joint committee on Scholarships.


On December 9, 2009, the Joint Scholarship Committee of Disciples Home Missions changed the name of the Negro Student Scholarship Fund to the African-American Scholarship Fund. This was done to reflect the language of the early 21st century in the United States of America.

Submit an application.