About

The Negro Academic Scholarship Fund (NASF) has a rich history dating back to January 1970, when it was established by a group of dedicated Black residents of Palm Springs, California.
The Negro Academic Scholarship Fund (NASF) has a rich history dating back to January 1970, when it was established by a group of dedicated Black residents of Palm Springs, California. The organization was founded with the mission of providing equal education opportunities and quality education to young students with academic promise, who were graduating from local high schools but lacked sufficient funds.
 
In its early days, NASF met with the Principal of Palm Springs High School and two high school counselors to determine the criteria for scholarship awards. Today, NASF continues its mission of assisting approximately 35 students attending colleges and universities throughout California and the United States.
Originally limited to the Palm Springs High School Scholarship Program, NASF has since expanded its reach to include Cathedral City High School, Desert Hot Springs High School, and Rancho Mirage High School. Over the past 50 years, NASF has awarded scholarships to numerous local youth, ranging from $500 to $1000. Our recipients have gone on to attend and graduate from top universities such as Grambling University, USC, UCLA, Morehouse, Langston University, Washington State, and San Diego State, among others.
 
At NASF, we remain committed to providing financial assistance to students and opening doors of opportunity through education. We look forward to continuing our mission and serving the community for many years to come.

BOARD MEMBERS

Janice Harrell

President

Ruben Harrell

Member

Bobbie Salaam

Member

Evelyn Roberts

Member

Wayne Gilchrist

Member

Fenita Kirkwood

Member

Gracie Jenkins

Member

Ceatrice Murrell

Member

Anjanae Miller

Member

Thelma Ware

Treasurer

Linda Strange

Member

Cynthia Session

Secretary

Joe Ann Crawford

Member

Mission &
Values

We prepare you to launch your career by providing a supportive, creative, and professional. Our mission is to prepare students to understand, contribute to, and succeed in a rapidly changing society, thus making the world a better and more just place