Education / Mentoring

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The Sonoma County Chapter is committed to the intellectual development of youth in the community especially African American youth by providing activities that address: Academic Achievement, Positive Self Identity, Life Skills, Social and Emotional Wellness, Moral Character Development, a strong Work Ethic and Lifelong Learning. The Chapter provides services to assist with the understanding of College/university eligibility requirements, admissions, financial aid, and scholarships. In addition, we offer our own college scholarships (explained below). These activities are offered to youth through Group Mentoring and by individual presentations.

Helping Youth

Our members visit schools from elementary to high schools to talk to young people about success in life. When the youth see successful black men like us, they feel that they can accomplish anything. Many of these young people don’t have access to interaction with black professionals.

In addition, we offer workshops and information based on request from local schools. All of this is done in a group discussion format with both students, their parents and the general community attendance.

How To Apply For Scholarships

Consider the following as you start your scholarship investigation:

You may be required to write an essay, pass a written exam, or complete a project demonstrating your potential. Programs may specify how scholarship funds must be used, set time restrictions for disbursing the funds, or set a ceiling on qualifying family income. Scholarship funds may be paid directly to the college .Failure to meet certain requirements could jeopardize your ability to keep the scholarship. Be mindful of deadlines.

Scholarship Application Tips

  • Be organized. Stay on top of deadlines, gather all pertinent documents, and make copies of everything you submit. It is a good idea to send your applications by certified mail to ensure receipt.
  • Be honest. Don’t exaggerate your grades, memberships, skills, or qualifications. It is better to focus on the scholarships for which you might be eligible.
  • Follow instructions carefully. Some scholarships require you to write an essay and others may want letters of recommendation. Send in what is requested and proofread everything. Typos and missing materials can cost you a scholarship.
  • Use Scholarship Search by Sallie Mae®. It’s the fast, easy, and FREE way to search for more than 5 million college scholarships. Find the scholarships that match your profile the best and start making a list of the ones you would be interested in applying for.

Local Scholarships

Local scholarship providers like to see people from the community succeed and so they often offer local scholarships available only to residents of a particular geographic region. Since the number of students who qualify is limited based on location, the chances of winning local scholarships are often greater than the odds of winning national scholarships.


As a California resident you should conduct a free college scholarship search at, you will find information about myriad financial aid opportunities that can more than cover your college expenses. Using your location as a search criterion, can help you find awards restricted to students living or attending a college in California.


When applying for nationally competitive awards that are typically funded by government agencies or private foundations and trusts. The 100 Blackmen of America does award national scholarship money. . The 100 will serves students of Sonoma County attend any college or university as undergraduate and graduate student. Remember, you do not need to be an Honors student to apply for national scholarships. Each competitive scholarship has its own rules, guidelines, and deadlines for submitting applications. Always READ and refer to the official rules when preparing your materials.

Email us at with your contact information, and which school you want us to visit. We will contact you to schedule a time for us to visit your school and talk to the students and parents.