Target, the retail giant and a longstanding donor and partner of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), will make higher education more affordable this fall for 1,000 first- year Black students at more than a dozen public and private historically Black colleges and universities through need-based scholarships of up to $5,000. The new Target Scholars Program will provide students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing careers in technology, leadership, or design with four years of academic support as well as ongoing mentoring, internship opportunities, networking, and more throughout their college career.
One of the key benefits for students selected for the Target Scholars Program will be immediate access to dedicated college success coaches who will deliver frequent and intentional engagement aimed at supporting the academic progress and professional development of Target Scholars. Engagement will be geared toward acclimating students to the college experience and preparing them for key college milestones throughout their postsecondary experience to avoid barriers to persistence and completion.
“For more than 20 years, Target has been a committed partner in helping UNCF achieve its important mission of supporting more HBCU students getting to and through college and shining a light on the powerful impact that UNCF and HBCU grads are making all over the world,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, president and CEO of the United Negro College Fund. “We are thrilled to expand our partnership as Target invests in the incoming class of HBCU students to help more Black students begin their journey in higher education and come closer to their career goals. This new scholarship fuels our ability to move the needle further for deserving, talented students who want to earn degrees, but just lack the resources to do so.”
Students who wish to apply to become a Target Scholar can apply here. Applications are due by June 16, 2021. Scholarships will be awarded and administered by UNCF. Recipients will be notified by August 31.