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:
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.
This scholarship is for African American students who intend to eventually go into the ministry and are going for their undergraduate degrees. As such, these students have some different guidelines than most of the other DHM Scholarships.
These students most likely will not be under the care of a Region preparing for ordination and do not need a regional reference. The three references needed are:
These students do not need to be taking any specific undergraduate courses, such as ministerial or preparing for ministry; they must only convey a desire to eventually enter the ministry.
Application form deadline: March 15
Reference and transcript deadline: April 15
Applications received after the March 15 deadline will be declared ineligible.
No exceptions to deadlines.
By completing an application, you will be considered by the scholarship team of DHM. The maximum award for any recipient is only one scholarship award per academic year. It is each applicant’s responsibility to make sure all required documentation is received in DHM’s scholarship office before the deadline, including application, references, and verification from the institution registrar that you are currently enrolled as a student (high school-first year/college for every other year).
To be eligible for the African American scholarships you must meet the following five criteria:
For your information: Applicants must apply or reapply each year to receive scholarships. There are no automatic renewals.