If the tradition, history, and culture of an HBCU is calling your name, now is the time to begin exploring your options. There are many local organizations dedicated to preparing students for the college application process. Mentoring programs, including Boys II Men, organize tours of HBCUs for high school students and their parents.

Sororities, fraternities and alumni groups also arrange tour groups and provide a wealth of information to interested students and their families. The Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is preparing for the 30th annual HBCU bus tour this spring. You can find more information and plan ahead for next year’s tour on the Delta Sigma Theta website here.

Scholarship opportunities are available at every HBCU. In addition to Presidential Scholarships for students who demonstrate overall excellence in their high school careers, a multitude of performance and need-based scholarships are offered.

The following national organizations provide scholarship opportunities for students as well:

Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund

Jackie Robinson Foundation

Ron Brown Scholar Program

United Negro College Fund

Ford Foundation Scholarships

Don’t forget to enlist the assistance of your school’s guidance counselors; they’re fantastic resources to find scholarship opportunities to make your college goals a reality!