25 Scholarship Opportunities for Dayton-area African-American Students

The Dayton Foundation and the African-American Community Fund, a component fund of The Dayton Foundation, offers scholarship opportunities for African-American students planning to attend a two- or four-year college, a historically Black college or university (HBCU) or a technical school. The following is a selection of scholarship opportunities for the 2023-2024 school year, with scholarships ranging from $450 to $4,000. These and other scholarship opportunities are available through the Foundation's ScholarshipCONNECTSM. The application deadline is 4 p.m., Friday, March 3, 2023.

The Wahid Abdullah Memorial Fund, Founded by Jim Bucher provides scholarships to Montgomery County graduating seniors who wish to pursue studies in communications or journalism at a four-year institution.

  • Award: Up to $1,000

Dora A. Carson/Keith A. Byars Scholarship Fund was established to assist graduating Dayton Public Schools’ seniors who are scholar athletes and exemplify academic, school and community involvement, and spiritual growth. Graduating seniors from any Dayton Public School who have participated in a varsity sport may apply.

  • Award: Up to $1,000

Hazel Carter Scott Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Montgomery County African-American students who plan to attend a four-year, post•secondary institution on a full-time basis. Students must have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

  • Award: Up to $1,500

Marquetta D. Colbert/Colbert Family Health Scholarship Fund was established in 2018 to award a scholarship to a graduating Dayton Public Schools senior who plans to major in nursing. Students must have a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

  • Award: Up to $1,000

The Culture Works Leonard P. Roberts Memorial Scholarship Fund recognizes Mr. Roberts’ career as a businessman and his passion for the arts by offering scholarships to Dayton Region graduating high school seniors or local college students who demonstrate participation in and patronage of the arts. Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA and be a graduating senior living in the Dayton Region or a college student, at any level, living in and attending college in the Dayton Region.

  • Award: Up to $4,000

Pearl A. Dale and Audrey Parker Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to Greater Dayton students wishing to further their education at an accredited college or university. The fund serves as a memorial to these two African-American sisters and longtime Dayton Public Schools educators, both of whom overcame odds to graduate with master’s degrees in the 1950s.

  • Award: Up to $1,000

Robert S. Early, Sr., Memorial Youth Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Dayton Public Schools students who participate in golf, baseball or softball extracurricular activities.

  • Award: Up to $1,000

The Major John F. Harris, Jr., Memorial Scholarship Fund affords Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps graduates from Dayton Public Schools the chance to further their education at an institute of higher learning. Students should demonstrate leadership skills through exemplary participation in school and community activities, have a GPA in the 2.0-3.0 range and have passed all sections of the Ohio Graduation Test.

  • Award: Up to $500

Nelson J. Houck and Alvin R. Houck Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance to Montgomery County high school graduating seniors who have participated in cross country or track and field activities and are planning to attend a two- or four-year college, community college or university. Students must be planning to continue participating in cross country or track and field in college.

  • Award: Up to $1,000

William A. Lumpkin Endowed Scholarship Fund supports students graduating from Dayton Public Schools or Trotwood-Madison City Schools.