As part of our effort to give back to the community, we are pleased to present the National Black Marathoners’ Association Scholarship Program. This scholarship will provide a minimum of two awards ($1,000 minimum) for the 2023/2024 academic year.  The awards will be given to deserving high school seniors. To be considered for these scholarships, students must complete an application demonstrating that all eligibility requirements are met. NOTE: These scholarships are renewable, based on the student's academic progress.

Who may apply?

Applicants for the 2024/2025 program year must:

  • Be a socially and/or economically disadvantaged student finishing her/his senior year of high school.
  • Attend a United States high school.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
  • Be accepted for enrollment in a US college or university.
  • Have competed on the high school cross country team, competed in a distance event (1500 meters or greater) on the high school track team, or completed a full, certified 26.2-mile marathon. (Note: Your finishing time is not considered in the selection process and you do not have to compete at the collegiate level.)

What criteria are used in the judging? 

Applicants will be judged based on their:

  • Past academic achievement in high school.
  • Leadership skills or community service.
  • Completed application.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the program is April 30, 2024.

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2019 NBMA Hall of Fame Banquet Speech by scholarship recipient Kayla Key

College Scholarship Donations

The NBMA doesn’t have a membership fee. Instead, we ask that our members make voluntary donations to support the organization and to provide scholarships to deserving high school students. Since the NBMA is a not-for-profit organization, 100% of your donation is tax deductible. Your tax-deductible checks or money orders should be sent to

National Black Marathoners’ Association
PO Box 180912
Dallas, TX 75218-0912

Please, press the button to make a one-time donation or recurring monthly tax-deductible donation of $5 or $10 with your debit/credit card or PayPal.