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Ray Charles Foundation/ UNCF Endowed Scholarship

Ray Charles Scholarship

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) has partnered with the Ray Charles Foundation to help African-American students with high academic promise that have significant financial need. Scholarships will be awarded to students who meet the following recommended eligibility criteria, and will be renewable up to one year.

Students must be an African-American junior enrolled full-time at a UNCF member HBCU, must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and must have a demonstrated unmet financial need as verified by their college or university

The Ray Charles Foundation's mission is to administer grants for scientific, educational and charitable purposes; to encourage, promote and educate, as to the causes and cures for diseases and disabilities of the hearing impaired and to assist organizations and institutions in their social educational and academic advancement of programs for the youth, and carry on other charitable and educational activities associated with these goals as allowed by law.

The mission and purpose of the foundation came from Ray Charles himself. In 1996, under his direction and guidance, the foundation embarked on a pattern of generous contributions and donations to various educational institutions across the United States.

The deadline for this scholarship is usually in JUNE of each year, and the award amount is usually $4,500.

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