2021 Scholarship

Zipwhip + The National Black MBA Association:

Supporting Black Leaders of the Future

Discriminatory policies and racial inequity affect Black Americans in many major facets of life, including higher education. In 2019, 29% of the Black population aged 25 to 29 held a bachelor’s degree or higher, compared to 45% of the white population in the same age group. This has led to a vast underrepresentation of Black people in fields of science, mathematics, education and engineering.

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Black Americans make up less than 5% of the technology industry’s workforce in Silicon Valley, and the percentage of Black people that hold executive positions in the industry may be as low as 1%.

As a growing technology company, we feel a great sense of responsibility to help build a more equitable industry. That’s why we’re committed to helping Black students earn college degrees and enter the workforce with greater opportunities. We’ve partnered up with The National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) to lighten the financial burden of college for one Black student and provide resources to aid in their success as they pursue their degree.

Scholarship details

The selected student will receive $5,000 from Zipwhip for college expenses and an annual NBMBAA student membership, which includes access to their career success network, professional development, local chapter virtual events and more.

All applications must be submitted by June 14, 2021 and we will announce the winner on Monday, July 26, 2021 on the Zipwhip blog and the student will be contacted directly. 


  • Legal U.S. resident
  • 18 years or older
  • Black student currently enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate program at an accredited college or university
  • Not open to employees of Zipwhip or NBMBAA or immediate family members of those employees
  • Limited to one entry per student
  • Submit a typed essay on the topic below

How to apply

Please fill out the form below. All applications must include an answer to our writing prompt in 500 words or less. 

About Zipwhip

Zipwhip is the leading business-texting platform in North America, helping more than 30,000 organizations engage their customers and drive growth through texting. Zipwhip has text-enabled more than 5 million landline and toll-free phone numbers so that businesses can reach their customers immediately, on the channel they prefer. Organizations can text-enable their business lines in minutes and seamlessly fit texting into their existing workflows using Zipwhip’s out-of-the-box software or customizable APIs. And with the most direct carrier connections of any texting provider, Zipwhip offers the fastest and most reliable message delivery in the industry. Interested in joining the team? Check out career openings here.

About the NBMBAA®

NBMBAA® is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) member-based professional organization which leads in the creation of educational, wealth building and growth opportunities for Black students, professionals, and entrepreneurs. Representing more than 20,000 members within 40 professional chapters, 33 Leaders of Tomorrow® chapters and over 500 corporate and non-profit partners, the Association is dedicated to developing alliances that create intellectual and economic wealth in the Black community through its five channels of engagement: career, education, entrepreneurship, leadership, and lifestyle.