North County African American Women’s AssociatioN SCHOLARSHIPS

The North County African American Women’s Association Scholarship Program is designed to support the  educational advancement of females of African American descent in the community and students who have participated in an NCAAWA Mentoring program (Becoming A Global Citizen and/or Global Ambassadors Programs).


Congratulatory Message from Congressman Mike Levin

About Our Scholarship Programs

Twenty-seven years ago the North County African American Women’s Association (NCAAWA) granted its first scholarship to a nursing student who was part of the OUSD Regional Occupations Program. The purpose of that scholarship was to assist that student in fulfilling her dreams as a young mother to become a nurse. She did just that. Through our continued efforts as an organization, we have sustained our mission of assisting women and girls to achieve their educational goals through our this program. We are proud that our annual Gentlemen’s Gourmet Fundraiser and our community partners have contributed more than $447,000 to assist in helping approximately 250 applicants of African American descent in achieving their dreams of attending community college, four-year colleges and universities, trade and technical schools and even doing graduate studies. We have also added another element to this effort by including a special scholarship, the Global Mentoring Scholarship, for middle and high school students who have participated in our mentoring programs to be supported regardless of race. We are proud to engage, empower, and inspire these future leaders in our communities.

NCAAWA would like to thank the following donors for their generosity:

Watkins Wellness Logo
Alec Babiarz
Lawrence A Appley Foundation Inc.
Neighborhood House Association Logo
The Paak logo
Vista Community Clinic Logo
Dr. Antonia Issa LaHera
Lillian Adams
Lynne Calkins

Applying for scholarships

Our scholarship application process is open from January 1, 2024 thru March 31, 2024 11:59 pm. We are ONLY accepting online applications. Application will not be reviewed without an official transcript. Official transcript must be requested from counselor or registrar with a signature, date, and stamp. Scholarship recipients must present confirmation of enrollment at a four-year college, community college, graduate school, trade/technical school, or ROP to receive their award.  Confirmation of enrollment must be received by SEPTEMBER 30, 2024.  Scholarship recipients will forfeit award if the deadline is not met. PLEASE NOTE:  Financial Awards will be mailed to awardees within 10 days of receipt of verifiable enrollment confirmation. If you'd like to get more information on scholarships, please contact us at

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Additional Scholarship Opportunities

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Program for 2024

Sponsored by the City of Oceanside — Funded by Community Donations

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarships are awarded in June each year to graduating seniors and are for one, two or four years of school only. Download the application to review eligibilty requirements and apply. Applications are due April 17, 2024.

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Applicant must be a female of African American descent, graduating high school senior, ROP, trade school, community college, four-year college, or adult student.

Graduate students enrolled in a degree program or certificate course of study are also eligible.

Applicant resides or attends school in the following communities: Carlsbad, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Oceanside, San Dieguito, San Marcos, Vista.

Must have C average and Community Service record.

Must be enrolled with a minimum of 12 units in a college, ROP, trade, technical, or graduate school for the entering semester. Full-time graduate students are evaluated on an individual basis. Verification of full-time status will be required.

Must submit a complete application, resume, official transcript, and two signed and dated current letters of recommendation (from the last 12 months) from teachers, ministers, employers, or community organizations.  An electronic signature is allowed and the letter must be within the last 12 months.

An official transcript must be must be signed, dated, and stamped by the registrar or counselor to upload.

A photo and media release form must be submitted with the initial application package to be used for publicity purposes.

All required documents must be submitted at the time of deadline in order to be evaluated for consideration of an award!


Applicant must be a graduating high school senior who has completed at least one or more semesters, virtually or in person, with Becoming a Global Citizen (BGC) and/or Global Ambassadors (GA) mentoring programs. (Virtual students may live outside North County boundaries.)

NCAAWA has a memorandum of understanding for students who attend Cal State University San Marcos. Click below to get more information.