HBCU Spotlight – Howard University

Howard University SealHistorically 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.

Before becoming a Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall's most famous case was Brown v. Board of Education.
Before becoming a Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall’s most famous case as a lawyer was Brown v. Board of Education.

Howard University

Located in Washington D.C., Howard University was founded in 1867 shortly after the end of the Civil War by the First Congregational Society of Washington D.C., and throughout its history this institution has played an important role in the development of the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights movement, and other historic events. Howard has produced many notable alumni, including Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist Toni Morrison; activist and author Stokely Carmichael (also known as Kwame Ture); the first president of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe; lawyer and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall; classic American novelist, Zora Neale Hurston; former mayor of New York City, David Dinkins; and former NASA astrophysicist and ousted prime minister of Mali, Cheick Modibo Diarra. There are many scholarships available to Howard’s students, including those listed below. To find out more, visit: http://www.howard.edu/financialaid/grants_scholarships.htm

Scholarship High School GPA SAT (CR+Math)/ ACT Scores OtherRequirements Award Renewal GPA
Presidential 3.75 1500/34 NA Tuition, Fees, Room, Board, $950 Book Voucher, & Laptop 3.3
Laureate NA NA National Achievement Finalist Scholars who designate Howard as their First Choice Tuition, Fees, Room, Board, & $950 Book Voucher 3.3
Founders 3.5 1400/32 NA Tuition, Fees, Room, Board & $500 Book Voucher 3.3
Capstone 3.25 1300/29 NA Tuition, Fees, Room 3.3
Legacy 3.0 1170/26 NA Tuition & Fees 3.0

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