by Stephen Garner

Vans has partnered with the NAACP to launch the ‘NAACP Creative Sole Scholarship Powered by Vans.’

This scholarship program aims to support African American students by providing them with monetary aid to use towards their college education as they pursue a creative career across a variety of disciplines including art, music, journalism, marketing, design, communications, or architecture.

Applications for the NAACP Creative Sole Scholarship Powered by Vans opened today and will remain open until June 18, 2021.

Fifty students will be selected as recipients of the scholarship by N-SPIRE, a committee within NAACP that focuses on the creation, development, and awarding of scholarship programs. The selected students will be announced on August 9th and each will receive $5,000 to use towards their tuition fees.

As a way for Vans to continue supporting these students throughout their entire college education, Vans will award the selected students $5,000 each year that they are enrolled up until four years, which means one student could receive a total of $20,000 through the program, if eligibility requirements continue to be met. Vans hopes to incentivize the selected students to complete their full college education and graduate at the end of the four years.

“Vans’ commitment to tackle racism while ensuring diversity and inclusion become a mainstay across communities and industries is an essential step in the fight against institutional racism,” said Yumeka Rushing, chief strategy officer at NAACP. “We look forward to a sustained partnership that brings about change for the Black community.”

To learn more about the application process, eligibility or to share with friends or family who may be interested in applying for the scholarship, please be sure to visit