01/04/2014 11:04 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Top 10 Scholarships For African American Students With Deadlines In January 2014

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The new year is here, and it's time for students to get back to work. This year, more than $50 billion dollars will be given away in scholarships, and many of these programs have deadlines that are fast-approaching.

Scholarships are free monetary gifts that can be used to pay for college tuition, books, and boarding. Most scholarship programs require students to excel in academics, sports, or in an essay competition.

Here they are top 10 scholarships with upcoming deadlines in January 2014:

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