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Since its inception, NABA, Inc. has provided more than $11 million in scholarship funds to deserving students preparing to enter various accounting, finance and business professions. For fiscal year 2014, NABA awarded $242,830 and the amount continues to grow annually. Through the generous contributions of individuals, groups, and organizations that share NABA's desire to break through the economic barriers students of color often experience, NABA offers an average of 50 national scholarships annually ranging from $1,000 - $10,000.

NABA National Scholarship  $1,500
Corporate Partner Scholarships (various)  $1,000 - $10,000
NABA Member Scholarship Awards (multiple)  $1,000 - $3,000

 To be eligible to receive an award, Applicants must:
  • Be African-American (Black) or of African descent.
  • Be currently enrolled at a four-year United States college or university as a full-time (12 semester hours or equivalent), undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, or first-year senior accounting, finance, or business major or be a full-time graduate student (9 semester hours or equivalent) enrolled or accepted into a master's-level business program. Current high school students are not eligible.
  • Meet a minimum grade point average.

Helpful Documents

The following documents can help you navigate the online National Scholarship Application process. Please use as needed.

NSA Application Checklist – a complete listing of all documents and guidelines.

Guidelines for submitting Letters of Recommendation

Major GPA Calculation Worksheet

2015 National Scholarship Application (PDF Document)

Where do I mail my application? 
Mailed in applications are not accepted. 
When will monetary awards be distributed? 
Monetary awards are mailed after the NABA Annual National Convention, to be held June 10th -13th, 2015. Each recipient will need to provide proof of enrollment for the Fall semester. If the award is to be used towards tuition for the upcoming semester, please be advised that it can take several weeks to receive the award once proof of enrollment is received. It is important to make plans around tuition accordingly.  
What is proof of enrollment? 
All scholarship recipients are required to show proof that they will be matriculating as a full-time student for the semester following the annual convention (Fall Semester).  The same applies to those scholars going on to graduate school.  Proof of enrollment can take the form of a letter from the registrar or receipt/confirmation of your online registration from your school. It must include your name, listing of courses for the fall semester, and an indication that it is from your school’s official website. 
Are scholarship awards made payable to the student or the school? 
Awards are made payable to the scholarship recipient unless otherwise requested. Awardees will be sent a Travel and Summer Form which should be used to indicate where the check should be mailed.  If you change your residence before receiving your funds, please notify the NABA National Office
Are all National Scholarship Program recipients expected to attend the annual national convention? 
Attendance is not required, but desired. NABA will select a limited number of students for attendance sponsorship. Those selected to attend will have their hotel and airfare expenses covered for the duration of the convention. The convention officially begins for all students (non-scholars as well) on Wednesday, June 10th and ends Saturday, June 13, 2015. 
Can I schedule interviews during the convention? 
Yes. However, interviews cannot be scheduled during any of the formal student – related events.   
Once I am a confirmed scholarship recipient, what should I do next? 
All NABA National Scholars will receive periodic emails from a special scholar-related email account ( which will provide information about participation in the annual national convention, distribution of scholarship awards and other updates. 
Will scholars be expected to cover any expenses during the convention?  
Yes. Scholars invited to attend the convention will be expected to cover incidentals including meals not provided during regular convention programming, ground transportation (from/to airport in home city and convention city) and any personal charges placed on the hotel room account. 
Will scholarship recipients have a hotel room of their own? 
No. All scholars will have a same gender roommate at the convention.   

To find additional sources of funding, visit any of the following websites:

Regional Student Conferences

NABA's Regional Student Conferences are its largest and most diverse event for students each year. The Regional Student Conferences bring together hundreds of professional and student members, academics, and corporate representatives.

At the conferences, students can interview for internships and permanent positions, in addition to attending interactive sessions on topics such as: Developing Dynamic Interviewing Skills, Dress for Success, and Transitioning from College Student to Business Professional.  While the focus of the conferences rests primarily on career development and job placement, there are many opportunities for social networking as well.

NABA Regional Student Conference Information.