Sands Scholars Program

The Sands Scholars Program was established by Bob P. and Sally G. Sands for Howard University students in 2017. The cohort-based, student-centered program, provides advising, support, and enrichment for a community of scholars focused on student success, graduation, and career development.

Robert P. Sands, a retired lawyer, and his wife Sally G. Sands, a retired school teacher, established the Fifteen to Finish Scholarship, for Howard University students residing in California, Missouri, and Minnesota.


The Sands Scholarship application is now open for the upcoming academic year.  The deadline to apply is Wednesday, April 26th by 11:59 pm ET. 

To receive the application online link and instructions, please contact Ms. Theon Gruber Ford at theon.t.gruber@howard.eduTo be eligible for the Sands Scholarship, an applicant must:

  • Be a full-time rising freshman in good academic standing at Howard University
  • Be a resident of California, Minnesota, or Missouri
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above
  • Have a clear financial need


Howard University Freshman Scholars (HUFS)

The Howard University Freshman Scholarship (HUFS) is a merit-based financial aid award, available to incoming freshmen and granted at the time of university admissions. Students are encouraged to work with academic support services in OUS, university academic advisors and the Office of Financial Aid to maintain eligibility for the renewable award. Scholars can access the HUFS Community Blackboard Site as a resource center for information from various offices, including the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Undergraduate Studies.  

Clare Boothe Luce Scholars Program (Women in STEM)

With funding for undergraduate scholarships from the Clare Boothe Luce Program, the Center for Honors and Scholarship Development provides collaborative programming to support women engineering majors in the university’s prestigious Karsh STEM Scholars Program. Programming includes workshops on national competitive fellowships for graduate programs focused on STEM research careers.  

Lomax KIPP Scholarships and Howard KIPP Through College Program

Through the generous support of Martha and Bruce Karsh, Howard University’s Lomax KIPP Scholarships provide funding to cover the gap between financial aid and the cost of attendance. Lomax KIPP Scholarships are named in honor of Michael L. Lomax, CEO and President of United Negro College Fund (UNCF), who was a longtime distinguished advocate and inspiration for African American students seeking higher education. Two Lomax KIPP Scholarships are awarded each year to incoming freshman to support student success through graduation through the KIPP Through College program, an initiative that provides campus support for all KIPP alumni. Currently, 80 KIPP graduates are enrolled at Howard University.