The Black Girl 44 Scholarship Makes Internships Accessible

The Black Girl 44 Scholarship Makes Internships Accessible

For African-American women college students planning to intern in Washington, DC this fall, the Black Girl 44 Scholarship can be what makes the dream come true. This scholarship is making DC internships accessible.

Created by former Obama White House alum, Deesha Dyer, The Black Girl 44 Scholarship will award three $1,500 scholarships to Black/African-American women college students who have earned a Washington, D.C. internship that relates to policy, community engagement, community service, advocacy, global relations or politics for Fall 2019.

This private and independent initiative is supported by contributions from more than 55 Black / African-American women who worked in the Obama White House.

Access and Opportunity in Internships

When I managed a DC/MD based non-profit internship program, one of the biggest hurdles to placing interns was the cost of affordable housing. Even with paid internships, the cost of short-term housing, AirBnB rentals or even university housing (for summer internships) makes interning in big cities expensive. This scholarship is shining a light on the issue and trying to make a difference.

Scholarship recipients will be chosen from an application process that runs from June 19 to August 10, 2019. Winners will be notified in August and they will receive their scholarship award at a September luncheon in Washington, D.C.

To find out if you qualify for the Black Girl 44 scholarship, check the details,

Internships Are the Gateway

For certain companies or industries, interning in a major metropolitan area is how students will break into the industry. Internships often serve as the gateway to careers on Wallstreet, in the entertainment world, professional sports and many other industries. Those industries are often ran from primarily major cities. For the students who don’t have the money to take an unpaid internship, or a paid internship in a city they can’t afford to live in, they are at a disadvantage.

Don’t shy away from applying to an internship because housing seems to be an issue. Apply, but then work your sources to find out where, how much and what is possible. If you never get the call for an interview, then you’ve done some research for another time. If you don’t even apply, you will never know. In my book, The Internship Manual, I detail step by step how to find housing in major cities for summer internships. For a quick read, check my blog post, I Got an Internship, Now I Need Housing to get you started first. Don’t let housing hold you back if there is a way for you to make your dream internship happen.

Get In Formation: Beyonce Launches Scholarship for Young Women

Get In Formation: Beyonce Launches Scholarship for Young Women

On the one year anniversary of the release of the visual album, Lemonade, Beyonce’ has announced the creation of the Formation Scholars award. According to her website, the Formation Scholarship program is designed “to encourage and support young women who are unafraid to think outside the box and are bold, creative, conscious and confident.”

Recipients must be studying creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies. Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, the scholarship will be awarded to an incoming or current undergraduate or graduate student at one of the following four participating institutions:

Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)
Howard University (Washington, D.C.)
Parsons School of Design (New York City)
Spelman College (Atlanta, GA)

Application and deadline information is available from each participating institution. Information regarding amounts has not yet been released.

Scholarships on Your Radar

If you are in the process of applying to college or a current college student, this needs to be on your radar. With the rising costs of attending college, any amount of scholarship money can help you keep down the student loan debt.

In addition to this opportunity, keep on the look out for small and large scholarship available from community organizations, a parent’s employer, civic organizations, fraternities or sororities, churches, banks, credit unions and so many other places. Searching for scholarships should be a daily activity for both incoming and currently enrolled college students.

For scholarship search tips, visit The College Money Maze and The Ultimate Scholarship Guide for help.