The following is an informational list of our scholarship & grant programs, placed here for your convenience. NEED does not allow new applicants to apply for specific scholarships listed below; all new applicants must begin with the general form. Both printable PDF and online versions of our application are accepted.


Last Dollar Grants

To apply, click here to complete Unmet Need Application- closed will reopen March 2018.

NEED’s flagship program awards nearly one million dollars a year to eligible students in order to fill the gaps when all local, state, and federal college funding sources have been exhausted. Many of the students receiving “Last Dollar Grants” are African American, first-generational, low income, at-risk students.

Adopt-A-Student Program

Students who apply for assistance from NEED may be selected into the "Adopt-A-Student" program. Through this program, an donor selects or asks NEED to select an individual which meet their set criteria. The donor then provides an annual grant of $1,000 for each year the student completes college. In return, NEED keeps the donor abreast of the student's progress and provides opportunities for mentoring and other interaction if the donor requests it. There is no separate application for this program and students cannot request enrollment into it. Students are notified by NEED if they are selected to be enrolled in the program. These grants may be either need based or merit based.

NEED Church Matching Scholarship Program

This program enables churches to:

  • Get more for their money
  • NEED will provide a $0.50 match for every $1.00 awarded by a church scholarship
  • Up to $1,000 in matching funds per student

"For He repays man according to his work, and makes man to find a reward according to his way."

- Job 34:11

If you have any questions, need any additional information, or are interested in participating in this program, please contact Rhonda Brooks at 412.566.2760

Download NEED's Church Matching Program flyer here »

NEED Leadership Scholarship

Each year NEED awards five (5) $5,000 Leadership Scholarships to deserving African American graduating high school seniors.  The scholarships will be paid out over four years in annual disbursements of $1,250.


You can also find more information on other scholarships and financial resources at: