HBCU Spotlight – Fisk University

The Fisk University Seal features the images of some of Fisk's original Jubilee Singers.

The Fisk University Seal features the images of some of Fisk’s original Jubilee Singers.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have served a vital and transformative role in the history of America. Many of this country’s most prominent civil rights activists, politicians, actors, scientists, scholars, and public figures attended or taught at HBCUs, and for students of all backgrounds who want to connect with and be inspired by this history, HBCUs can provide an excellent education and a sense of pride in the extraordinary accomplishments of the many students who have gone before them.

There is, however, another potential benefit of attending an HBCU. Many of the top HBCUs offer generous merit-based scholarships to students who have met certain GPA and test score requirements. In this series, we have profiled some of the top HBCUs in the country to show you the kinds of opportunities that exist at these historic institutions.

Fisk University

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Fisk University was founded in 1866 shortly after the end of the Civil War by members of the American Missionary Association and Northern abolitionist and philanthropist, Clinton B. Fisk. Many of the Universities early leaders happened to be music lovers and oversaw the foundation of a Mozart Society and a choir known as the Fisk Jubilee Singers, which developed an international reputation, performed for Queen Victoria, and raised enough money from their first European tour to build Jubilee Hall, which is now designated as a National Historic Landmark.

W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the major figures of American History.

W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the major figures of American History.

Throughout its history, Fisk has produced alumni who have gone on to become some of the United States’ most influential figures, including sociologist, author, and activist W.E.B. Du Bois, journalist and activist Ida B. Wells, activist and congressman John Lewis, and many other politicians, musicians, scholars, writers, scientists, inventors, movers, and shakers. There are many scholarship opportunities available to Fisk students, including the ones listed below. To find out more, visit: http://www.fisk.edu/admissions/scholarships

Scholarship High School GPA SAT/ACT Scores Award Renewal GPA (and other requirements)
Erastus Milo Cravath Presidential Scholarship 3.7 1860/28 Full tuition, fees, room & board, and books (up to $1,000) Recipient must earn a minimum of 12-18 credit hours per semester, maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA and perform 50 volunteer hours per semester or 100 per academic year
Ella Sheperd Moore Scholarship 3.5 1700/25 Full tuition Recipient must earn a minimum of 12-18 credit hours per semester, maintain a 3.2 cumulative GPA and perform 50 volunteer hours per semester or 100 per academic year
Clinton B. Fisk Academic Scholarship 3.0 1590/23 $5,000 to $10,000 Recipient must earn a minimum of 12-18 credit hours per semester, maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and perform 50 volunteer hours per semester of 100 per academic year. Pre-approval of volunteer service is required.
Fisk Performance Award for Music Majors NA NA $5,000 Audition and Music Department recommendation. Contact Music Department.
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