Black and African American Student Success

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Black and African American Students Can Succeed at California Community Colleges

California Community Colleges offers many on-campus resources and support services to help you reach your academic goals. Learn more about our programs and services, including financial aid and scholarships, transfer opportunities, state and federal assistance programs, and career education support.

Don’t miss this podcast!

The EDUCATE. ELEVATE. podcast shares stories and inspiration from California community college students, alumni, and administrators. Tune in to hear from students who refused to let the challenges in their life or the myths they heard, keep them from becoming leaders and difference makers. You’ll hear inspiring stories of hope and get connected to the resources you need to make your dreams a reality.

Check back often for more student stories and college myth-busting tips.

In this episode you will discover:

  • Introduction to the EDUCATE. ELEVATE. podcast. - Opening Remarks (1:33)

  • Panel discussion - featuring:

    Dr. Abdimalik Buul - award-winning professor and visiting executive of educational excellence and the equal employment opportunity program for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

    Taneil Franklin - current student and former foster youth at Los Angeles Trade Technical College studying political science, plans to use the Associate Degree for Transfer program to continue her studies at Howard University.

    Treshawn Weatherspoon - California community college alum who transferred to Nightingale College for his Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

    Jessica Wright - California community college alum and student advocate who used the Associate Degree for Transfer program to transfer to California State University, Fresno, and is pursuing her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.

    Daniel Abercrombie - current student at Sierra College and a disabled veteran, is obtaining two Associate of Arts degrees in Psychology and Behavioral Science and plans on transferring to a four-year university to secure a bachelor’s degree.

    Jeremiah Stephens - current student at Los Angeles Southwest College studying journalism and serving as the President of the Associated Student Organization.

    Panel Introductions (2:51)
    Panel Discussion (18:07)

  • Closing Remarks (2:33)

Did you happen to miss an episode? Catch up by visiting the full episodes list of the Educate. Elevate. podcast!

Dual Enrollment

Get a head start, save money and time toward achieving your college goals. Dual enrollment is your opportunity to enroll in community college classes and earn college credit that may count toward your high school diploma. Some dual enrollment college courses can also count toward your high school diploma.

College Close to Home

Find success right around the corner.

We understand students can face numerous challenges, like financial insecurity, access to resources, racial discrimination, and underrepresentation. Whether we’re working with community leaders and organizations or speaking directly to students, we’re committed to helping Black and African American students improve the future for themselves, their families, and their communities. It’s all part of our goal to help all students reach their educational goals and succeed in life.

Find your local college to learn what opportunities are right around the corner.

Apply for financial aid

There's financial aid available to help cover college costs like tuition, textbooks, supplies—and sometimes even rent.

To get started, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (CADAA). You can apply for financial aid year-round. No matter your financial situation, it's always free to apply, opening the door to most types of financial aid.

Use our locator tool to get contact information for your local college financial aid office to learn more. Here are just a few financial aid options:

The Gates Scholarship


This highly selective, last-dollar scholarship is available for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households.

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Ron Brown Scholar Program


Applicants for this scholarship must be low-income Black or African American high school seniors. This selective program looks for students who demonstrate an interest in public service, entrepreneurship, and community involvement.

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AMS Minority Scholarships


The American Meteorological Society awards this scholarship to minority students. Applicants must be starting their first year of college and intend to pursue a career in atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.

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American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) Scholarship


AABE awards 13 annual scholarships to underrepresented minority high school seniors, including African Americans. Students must pursue a major in business, technology, engineering, mathematics, or one of the physical sciences.

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Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Spouses Education Scholarship


Eligible applicants include Black and African American students pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. High school seniors may also apply. Applicants must live or go to school in a CBC Members district.

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National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Scholarship Program


The NBNA offers numerous scholarships for Black and African American students pursuing a career in nursing. Students must be NBNA members currently enrolled in a nursing program.

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KnowBe4 Scholarship for Black Americans in Cybersecurity


Administered by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education, the KnowBe4 scholarship is open to Black and African American students. Applicants must be pursuing a degree focused on cybersecurity or information assurance.

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ACS Scholars Program


Open to applicants intending to major or are already majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or another chemistry-related science AND planning to pursue a career in a chemistry-related science as well.

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Associate Degree for Transfer

We’ve partnered with the CSU system, fully online and out-of-state universities and independent colleges and universities in California to guarantee saved spots for Black and African American transfer students looking to move on and earn their bachelor’s degree. Don’t miss out on this guaranteed transfer opportunity.

Guarantee Transfer to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

We’re proud to partner with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to offer guaranteed transfer to students who receive at least a 2.0 GPA and 30 transferable units. More than 30 HBCUs currently participate in our program, with more to come.

Career Education

Undecided on your major? Thinking of exploring your culinary skills? Always dreamed of creating your own business? With over 200 hands-on career training programs, you’re sure to find something that works for you. The road to your future starts with enrolling in a career education program at a California community college.

Undocumented Student Resources

California Community Colleges knows “undocumented” applies to students from all backgrounds, including Black students not born in the U.S. We understand the challenges undocumented students face and are here to help with a variety of resources.

  • California Department of Social Services/DACA Support
    California Department of Social Services funds programs and provides community education that helps immigrants living in California, including DACA students.
  • Immigration Legal Resource Center
    Immigration Legal Resource Center works with immigrants, community organizations and the legal sector to help build a society that values diversity and rights.
  • Supporting Undocumented Students
    California community colleges offer numerous services to undocumented students including students with a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) work permit and those without one

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