Scholarships for Students

Your search for African American scholarships doesn't need to be difficult. There are organizations, advocacy groups, and foundations ready to recognize students aspiring to go to college.​​


Learn more about scholarships for African American students 



Illinois African American Family Commission

The IAAFC develops, evaluates and advocates for public policies, plans, research and programs that will strengthen and preserve families, family economics, workforce participation, health, safety, education and training, and quality of life for African Americans.


Learn more about the IAAFC


Illinois Free Clinics

There are a total of 472 clinics in the state of Illinois. Chicago has a total of 159 clinics and the city with most clinics in Illinois. The next city with most clinics is Belleville with a total of 12 clinics.

Learn more about the free clinics in the state, most who receive federal grants to help people in need

Mental Health Support 

Mental Health America (MHA) is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. They offer prevention services, intervention for those at risk, as well as treatment. 

Learn more aboutMHA programs and services that help Americans fight thru mental illness


HBCU 101

Considering an HBCU? From what to consider to applying to life at a Black College, this free fun guide will help you as you begin your HBCU journey.

Get the HBCU 101 guide here 

Free Job Training Programs in Illinois

The main federal funded job training program that is available in Illinois is the WIA - Workforce Investment Act. It combines several different non-profit and government resources into one overall workforce development system. 

Read more about the free job training programs in Illinois here 

Child Care Resource Center

Need help paying for child care? Learn more about eligibility, application processes, services, and more. ​The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is funded by the Illinois Department of Human Services and assists low income parents with child care payments in the various counties. 


Learn more about free services for child care in Illinois 


Whatever It Takes

Whatever It Takes (WIT) is an organization at the University of Chicago. We aim to level the playing field in test prep by offering free ACT and SAT test prep courses to high school students in the Chicago area. 

Learn more about Whatever It Takes and free SAT and ACT prep services in Chicago

Learn about health issues  that commonly and primarily effect African Americans - such as vitamin deficiency and treatment, sickle cell research, diabetes, colon health, PTSD and ADHD - as well as tips for hair and beauty, weight loss, healthy cooking habits and recipes, fitnesses, and more. 

VisitBlackDoctor.organd learn how they have become a trusted resource for health in the Black Community

College Admission Counseling

The Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling is an organization of counseling professionals dedicated to serving students as they explore options and make choices about pursuing postsecondary education 

Read more about the mission of the IACAC and how they empower students in Illinois 

Top Grants for Minority Business Owners 

Every year billions of dollars are awarded in the form of free money and other types of funding. Most people know this money exists, but just don’t know where to apply, how much they qualify for, or even where to get an application. 

Find out the top ten grants available to minority owned businesses, and how to reach them 


Steps to Launch Your Business in Illinois

There are many important rules and procedures that must be addressed when starting your own business. Learn about the steps needed to start a business, as well as tax information, tips on understanding sole proprietorship vs. an Inc, and more. 

Learn more about how to start a business in Illinois and become an entrepreneur today 

Illinois Chapters: Money Management International

MMI offers free budget and debt counseling to those who need help with budgeting, money management skills, and credit issues. Certified counselors take the time to thoroughly understand your situation and provide you with specific advice. 


Read about MMI and their services here 

Free Rehab Centers

Finding hard to locate resources for assistance with alcohol, drug and other rehab related problems is what is all about. We scoured thousands of government and non-profit resources to find the most affordable, free, and sliding scale resources. 

Struggle with addiction or know someone who is? Please direct them to this resource

SNAP Employment & Training Job Placement

Participants receive intensive case management and follow-up, education, job skills training, pre-employment services, and unsubsidized job placement with retention services. 

Learn about SNAP and services for residents in Illinois here 

Financial Aid for Black Students

Affordability is a concern for all college-bound students, especially African Americans. Fortunately a number of scholarships and financial aid opportunities are earmarked specifically for us. 

Click here to read more on what financial assistance is available for Black students