The Onuoha Fellowship

The Onuoha Fellowship is a four-year program for outstanding African-American high school seniors who exhibit academic excellence, leadership capabilities, and a passion for bringing world-changing entrepreneurial ideas to life. Upon the award of the Fellowship, students will receive a $500 scholarship and will be matched with a mentor who will help guide them through their undergraduate experience. Additionally, in partnership with BLK Capital Management, fellows will participate in a six-month education program covering the basics of financial literacy and investing upon entering into their freshman year of college.

The fundamental purpose of the Fellowship is to provide financial support, mentorship, and education to a cohort of African-American students as they enter into higher education. This program is entirely tailored to each students’ academic needs in whichever field he or she shows interest. There are no favored or required areas of study. Competitive applicants should illustrate a keen interest in entrepreneurship and an ability to work on extracurricular projects and ideas. The main objectives of the Fellowship are to unite a community of underrepresented students under the premise of academic achievement, community service, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy - the four pillars of the program. Throughout the four years of the Fellowship, students will form lifetime bonds amongst their cohort peers and will be encouraged to lean on each other for support in their endeavors. Additionally, Fellows will be expected to participate in community service activities throughout each year in the program.

The resources of the Fellowship extend throughout the United States and can occur remotely, allowing students to pursue any accredited, four-year college of their choice. Interested applicants must apply as current seniors in high school to be selected into a cohort.

Current Fellows

MEDHANIE IRGAU

Stanford '24

BOLUWAJI ODUFUWA

Harvard '24

RACHEL CLINTON

Stanford '24

ADERONKE ADJARE

Yale '24

MATTHEW NYARKO

Princeton '24

MAKENNA TURNER

Stanford '24

Application Criteria

Entrepreneurial Spirit

  • Creativity and originality of independent projects worked on in the past

  • Demonstrated resilience in a non-academic setting

Demonstrated Leadership Capabilities

  • Influential character and positive attitude that attracts other high quality teammates and supporters

  • Validated motivation and discipline to make important decisions that affect others

Academic Ability

  • Exceptional academic performance and demonstrated intellectual ability

  • Outstanding writing and verbal abilities

2021 Application Timeline

January - April:

Interested African-American high school seniors may apply for the Onuoha Fellowship

April 30th:

Final deadline for applications to be considered for the 2020 cohort

Mid-May:

Semi-finalists are notified.

Early June:

Finalists are notified and invited to the virtual interview round

August - September:

5-10 students will be notified of their selection into the Fellowship and will receive a $500 scholarship.

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