Scholarship Infomation

The Bethune-Cookman University scholarships recognize academic excellence. Their major purpose is to encourage outstanding students and assist them along the path to leadership and service to humanity.

Institutional Scholarships

Academic Scholarships

Bethune-Cookman University recognizes outstanding achievement in prospective students by offering a range of scholarship programs and in our enrolled students by recognizing and rewarding continuing academic achievement.  For incoming students, scholarship consideration is based on credentials submitted with the student’s application for admissions.  Students who meet criteria specified for a scholarship and have been accepted for admission to the University will be recommended to the scholarship committee for consideration.    To be considered, the student’s high school transcript must include the seventh (7th) semester grades; therefore, an official award of the scholarship will be made only after the 7th semester grades are received.  Awards are made on an “as long as available” basis, and are prioritized by the date of receipt of the 7th semester official transcript.  Please apply for admissions well before February 1 to be considered since there are a limited number of scholarships.

Academic Merit Award (Returning Students) -  Click here to download the application.

Endowed Scholarships

BCU Scholarship Application submissions open annually on March 1 – and closed May 1.  Applicants must apply online at   Click here for “Thank You Letter” instructions.

Performance Scholarships

For information on performing arts awards such as the Band and Concert Chorale, you should contact the Music Department at (386) 481-2772. Those interested in Athletic Awards should contact the Athletic Compliance Department at (386) 481-2201.

External Scholarships

  • United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Scholarship
  • United Methodist Leadership Scholars
  • United Methodist Scholarship & Loan Programs

State of Florida Scholarships

Other External Scholarship Programs

External Scholarships are recognized on the student's awards upon receipt of an Award Letter from the Outside Scholarship agency. It is the responsibility of the student to provide enrollment information to the organization granting the scholarship. Here is an examples of some outside agencies are sororities, fraternities, churches, community organizations, business, and schools. The outside agency check must be received by the end of the term to prevent problems with the student's accounts.


AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program
For women 40+ seeking new job skills, training and educational opportunities to support themselves.

Academic Competitiveness Grant
For first-year and second-year college students who graduated from high school.

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship
For minority students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.

Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship Fund
For students who demonstrate excellence in leadership, diversity, integrity and academia.

American Copy Editors Society Scholarship
Available to junior, senior and graduate students who will take full-time copy editing jobs or internships.

AORN Foundation Scholarship
For students studying to be nurses and perioperative nurses pursuing undergrad and grad degrees.

Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship
For students who indicate a sincere interest in an automotive related career.

AWG Minority Scholarship For Women
Encourages young minority women to pursue an education and later a career in the geosciences.

AXA Achievements Scholarship
Provides more than $600K in annual scholarships to 52 students - one from each state.


Beacon Partners Healthcare IT Scholarships
Awarded to a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the IT Healthcare field.

Best Buy Scholarship
For students in grades 9-12 who plan to enter a full-time undergraduate program upon high school graduation.

Burger King Scholars Program
For high school seniors who have part-time jobs and excel academically in school.


CIA Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Developed to assist minority and disabled students, but open to all who meet the requirements.

Coca-Cola Scholars Programt
Four-year achievement-based scholarships given to 250 high school seniors each year.

Congressional Black Caucus Scholarship Spouses Application


Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Recognizes and awards the extraordinary who excel in math, science, and technology.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund
Need-based scholarships for college students are part of the progressive movement in their community.

Dell Scholars Program
For students who demonstrate a desire and ability to overcome barriers and achieve their goals.

Development Fund For Black Students in Science and Technology
For students studying science or technology at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

District of Columbia Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program (DCLEAP)
Formerly the D.C. SSIG Grant, are need-based, undergraduate study grants of up to $1,000 per year. These grants can be used at any post-secondary institution in the country. LEAP awards must be reapplied for each year.

District of Columbia Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG)
Private College Option: Provides up to $2,500 per year for up to five years toward tuition costs at D.C.-area private colleges (includes D.C., Prince George's, Montgomery, Arlington and Fairfax counties, the City of Alexandria). Provides up to $2,500 per year for all private historically black colleges and universities in the United States.

District of Columbia College Access Program (DC-CAP) Last Dollar Awards
Provides college "last dollar" award scholarships of up to $2,000 per year (up to five years), to DC public high school students, to help make up the difference between a student's resources, financial aid and actual college expenses.

Discovery Scholarship
Annual scholarship for high school juniors to support continued education and training beyond high school.


Ed Bradley/ Ken Kashiwahara Scholarships
Open to full-time students who are pursuing careers in radio and television news.

EMPOWER Scholarship Award
Designed to increase diversity in the medical rehabilitation field by awarding students of color.

ESA Foundation Computer and Video Game Scholarship Program
For minority and female students majoring in a field related to computer and video game arts.


Fulbright Scholar Program
Sends faculty and professionals abroad each year to lecture and conduct research.

Future Engineers Scholarship Program
For students pursuing a career in engineering who shows outstanding academic performance.


Gates Millenium Scholarship
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; established to help low income minority students.

Go On Girl Book Club Scholarship
Supports authors of the Black African Diaspora who want to write their way to college money.

Google Anita Borg Scholarship
For women who excel in computing and technology, and are active role models and leaders.


Hallie Q. Brown Scholarship
For African American women who have a minimum C average, and can demonstrate financial need.

HBCU Study Abroad Scholarship
Provides travel opportunities for students of color who are traditionally under-represented in such programs.


Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program
Provides fellowships to students who excel in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Javits-Frasier Teacher Scholarship Fund
To increase diverse students' access to talent development opportunities through teacher training.

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund
For low-income women who have a vision of how their education will benefit themselves and their community.

Joe Francis Haircare Scholarship
For cosmetology and barber school students who can demonstrate a financial need.


KFC Colonel's Scholars Program
For college-bound students who can demonstrate financial need, and have a GPA of at least 2.75.


Lincoln Forum Scholarship Essay Contest
A writing contest pertaining to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War era.


McKesson Pharmacy Scholarship
Designed to assist pharmacy students who plan to continue their education.

Miami Dade CAP Scholarship
Your CAP, Inc. Grant will be disbursed on a semester basis. If your award letter says you will receive $500, you will receive $250 each semester. For more information click here.


National Achievement Scholarship
Established in 1964 to provide recognition for outstanding African American high school students.

National Black Police Association Scholarships
For students pursuing careers in law enforcement, criminal justice, and other related areas.

National Institute of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship
For students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are pursuing science and health-related research. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National SMART Grant
Available to full-time students who are majoring in science, math, technology, engineering, and more.


PMI Educational Foundation Scholarships
Established for students in the field of project management or a project management related field.


Riverside National Bank Scholarship Program

Ron Brown Scholar Program
Seeks to identify African American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society.

Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship
Seeks to recognize outstanding young people who are promoting American values on college campuses.


Siemen Competition
Competition for individual or team research projects in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.


Thurgood Marshall College Fund Scholarships
For first-generation students majoring in business, finance, science, engineering, and more.

Tri-Delta Scholarships
For students who excel in chapter and campus involvement,community service, academics, and more.

Tylenol Scholarship
For students pursuing a career in health care who can demonstrate leadership and academic qualities.


United Negro College Fund Scholarships
Administers 400 different scholarship programs so low-income families can afford college, tuition, and books.

U.S. Bank Internet Scholarship
For high school seniors planning to enroll or college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors already enrolled.

USDA/1890 National Scholars Program
For students seeking a Bachelor's degree in agriculture, food, or natural resource sciences and related majors.


Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program
Provides merit-based scholarships to minority students studying business, finance, economics, and more.


William B. Ruggles Right To Work Journalism Scholarship
Available to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring in journalism or a related field.

Writer's Digest Annual Short Story Competition
Contest for writers who can compose the best fictional short story, written in 1,500 words or less.


Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
For academic high-achievers in science, engineering, and information technnology.

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