Nurturing the next generation of activists and community leaders includes investing in their education.

We know many students need funding to support their college education. NAACP has partnered with various businesses, including Dark & Lovely, Kering, and Vans, to provide undergraduate and graduate scholarships to college-bound students.


More than $800,000 is available across 10 grant programs for students who apply by June 18. We’re looking for exceptional students ready to make an impact in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), marketing, communications, the arts, and more.

Applicants must:

  • Be a member of the NAACP. If you are not a member of the NAACP, join today.
  • Be African American or a person of color.
  • Be currently enrolled full-time or accepted to an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Be a graduating high school senior, undergraduate student, or graduate student.
  • Possess a grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 system.
  • Demonstrate interest in a relevant field of study where applicable.

We know the expenses and debt accumulated during college can make it harder for Black graduates to securely step into their future. Let’s ensure equity in educational opportunity and prepare students for success in school, work, and life.

SEIU 722 Scholarship

SEIU Local 722 scholarship applications will be made available to members on May 1st who are in good
standings (current dues payer for 1 year prior to application deadline).

Completed applications with all supportive documents must be received in the union office no later than
July 1st. There will be no exceptions.

The Alton Akinsegun Scholarship will be awarded to union members in good standing: current dues
payer for 1 year prior to application deadline; who meets the criteria set forth in this application.

The Marchel Smiley Scholarship will be awarded to children under the age of 23 who has a legal
guardian (proof may be required) that is a member of SEIU Local 722 in good standing (current dues
payer for 1 year prior to application deadline). The child must meet the criteria set forth in the application.

Click here to download copy of application. 

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