NAACP Offers $800k+ in Scholarships Through N-SPIRE Program

The NAACP is now accepting applications for more than $800,000 in scholarships for Black high school seniors and college student
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The NAACP is now accepting applications for more than $800,000 in scholarships for Black high school seniors and college students.

Nurturing the next generation of activists and community leaders starts with an investment in their education. Each year the association offers need-based and merit scholarships as part of the NAACP - Scholars and Professionals: Internships, Ready Youth and Employment (N-SPIRE) program.

This year, 170 awards range from $3,000 to $15,000 thanks to the support of various donors, including Dark & Lovely, Vans, and SmileDirectClub.

Applications will be reviewed and scored by the N-SPIRE Committee, NAACP leaders who volunteer their time to read applications, review transcripts, and select recipients for approval.

"Across all racial groups, Black borrowers hold the most student loan debt despite also being consistently underserved by postsecondary institutions," said NAACP Chief Strategy Officer, Yumeka Rushing. "The increasing costs to obtain a degree can keep college out of reach for many students. These scholarships aim to make college more affordable so that students are able to securely step into their futures."

The scholarship portal will close on June 18 at 6 p.m. ET. Students will be notified of award on August 9.

Click here for eligibility requirements and scholarship details.

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