New for class of 2018 graduates!

Please review the following FAQs for information about new scholarship opportunities for students to attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities, beginning with the senior class of 2018.

FAQs for HBCU Scholarships

As a result of a gift from a generous donor, Say Yes to Education National will be making available a limited number of scholarships to eligible Say Yes Scholars admitted to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) – beginning with students matriculating in Fall 2018.

Q1: Who is eligible to apply for a Say Yes Scholarship to an HBCU?

A: High school seniors in Say Yes partner communities who meet the locally- established eligibility criteria for a Say Yes Scholarship, and who have applied to an HBCU, beginning with students matriculating to college in Fall 2018.

Q2: How much is the scholarship and what does it cover?

A: Those awarded Say Yes National Scholarships to an HBCU will receive a scholarship of up to $10,000 per year, for up to five years, to attend the HBCU of their choice, public or private, if admitted through the institution’s admissions process. Scholarships may be used to cover cost of attendance beyond tuition, except at HBCUs in Say Yes’s Higher Education Compact (see Q5 below).

Q3: How are recipients selected?

A: A limited number of such scholarships will be made available within each Say Yes chapter. Recipients will be chosen by a selection committee that will include representatives from the local Say Yes chapter, as well as Say Yes National.

Q4: How do students apply, and what is the deadline for doing so?

A: Applications are due no later than Feb. 15, 2018, and recipients will be notified no later than April 2, 2018. To apply, students must do so through Say Yes’ eScholarship portal. Once logged in, they should:

  • Select “HBCU school” in school selection pull-down menu
  • Add the name(s) of the HBCU(s) to which they are applying in the comment section
  • Upload a personal statement. Student can use the personal statement from the Common Application or from their application to the HBCU
  • If a student’s personal statement does not already address this question, s/he must include a BRIEF (no more than 200 words) paragraph answering the question, “Why would you like to attend this Historically Black College or University?”
  • Report cumulative high school GPA, and upload copy of high school transcript if available
  • Report family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from a completed FAFSA
  • If selected for the HBCU Scholarship, students must upload to eScholarship a copy of their official admission letter to the HBCU of their choice to complete their eligibility for the award

Q5: What is the relationship between Say Yes’ HBCU Scholarships and those offered through the organization to in-state public colleges or universities, or to the more than 100 private colleges and universities in the Say Yes Higher Education Compact?

A: Say Yes’ HBCU Scholarship program is separate from the scholarships offered through the organization to in-state public colleges or universities, as well as its private college partners. In the event that a student applying in 2018 for the Say Yes HBCU Scholarship is admitted to an in-state public college or university that is designated as an HBCU (such as those in North Carolina) – or to Bennett College or Simmons College of Kentucky, two private HBCU’s that are members of the Say Yes Higher Education Compact — then Say Yes’s last-dollar tuition policy at those institutions will take precedent.

Q6: How can I learn more?

A: Please direct questions about Say Yes’ HBCU Scholarship to the Say Yes Scholarship Director in your community, whose contact information is listed below. To learn more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities, visit https://sites.ed.gov/whhbcu/one-hundred-and-five-historically-black-colleges-and- universities/


Allison Newman, Scholarship Director at 716.247.5310 ext. 204 or anewman@sayyestoeducation.org

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