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The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST) is an endowment fund which provides scholarships to African American undergraduate students enrolled in scientific or technical fields of study at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).


The Development Fund was established by a group of concerned black technical professionals who realized that it is essential to provide financial assistance to talented black students who choose to pursue scientific or technical careers. Additionally, these students are supported at historically black institutions of higher learning, where it has been demonstrated that they will experience the highest rates of retention and graduation.

The Development Fund provides scholarships of up to $3,000 per year, for a period of up to 4 years. Deans and faculty members of engineering and science departments of predominately Black colleges and universities identify students they would like to be considered for scholarships. The DFBSST Board of Directors make the final selection based on academic achievement, personal essays and financial need.

Since its inception, the fund has provided over $700,000 in scholarships to more than 230 students pursuing an education in science and technology.

The Board is made up a group of technical professionals who volunteer their time and resources to support the goals of the fund. There are no paid Directors or Staff members at the fund.


Updated April 13, 2024
Donald L. Hinson, Jr.