Maggie O’Neill is a researcher and writer living in Northern Nevada. She specializes in higher education content and has published multiple in-depth guides on scholarships, grants and financial aid for minorities, veterans and students with disabilities. She has more than fifteen years of professional experience in journalism, online media and higher education research.
Paying for college can be tough for anyone. Tuition, room and board, parking, lab fees and other expenses put constant pressure on paychecks and set up students for years of lingering loans. According to the U.S. Department of Education, undergraduate students at four-year institutions paid an average of $13,927 per year for tuition and fees in 2012.
For certain segments of the population, however, a number of unique opportunities exist to help defray these costs. Fortune 500s, state governments, advocacy groups and other entities with educational interests offer scholarships to students based on merit, need and/or personal characteristics. Microsoft’s “Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship”, for example, offers qualifying African-American high school seniors up to $5,000 per year to complete their undergraduate education.
Student and faculty diversity at the college level is vital to the quality of higher education in the United States. That said, the purpose of this guidebook is two-fold:
To discuss, in detail, minority scholarships, grants and other financial aid available to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT and female students.
To help minority students look for and land scholarships through resources and expert advice.
Before diving into scholarship information and resources, it’s important to look at the continued diversification of post-secondary students in the United States.
The National Center for Education Statistics reports that the number of 18-to-24-year-old African-American students enrolled in postsecondary education reached 32 percent in 2008. This was an increase from 1980 when just 20 percent of such students sought an education. Full-time African-American students also received the most financial aid among all minority groups, reports the NCES.
Eighty-five percent of these minority students received financial aid as of 2008, according to the NCES. Hispanic students, along with Asians/Pacific Islanders, had the greatest enrollment increases from 1976 to 2008, the 2010 NCES report shows, but just 13 percent of Hispanic adults had a bachelor’s degree.
The U.S. Census Bureau shows that of 2012, this group of minorities was the fastest growing in the U.S., increasing by 530,000 that year. They received the second highest amount of financial aid and, along with Hispanics, had greatest enrollment increases from 1976 to 2008.
This ethnic group accounts for two-tenths of one percent of the entire U.S. population. Just 15 percent of Native American adults had a postsecondary degree as of 2008, and they were among the ethnic groups that received the least amount of funding, although still close to the other groups,from federal financial aid.
Changes across the country are occurring for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students. Although federal financial aid is not tracked for this group, progressive support is showing through in other ways. For example, more than 100 LGBT Centers now exist on college campuses.
Women account for slightly more than half of the population in the U.S., and their numbers have grown rapidly in education, too. Females re now earning more degrees than males, and, in 2008, African-American women obtained more than double the number of degrees as African-American men.
These minority groups can find many ideas in this resource-rich guide about applying for scholarships to help afford a college education. Remember that education does pay, and those with a college degree earn more over a lifetime that those without — and this is true not just for minorities but also for all adults in the U.S.
Many different types of scholarships are available to minorities, LGBTQ, and women. These scholarships can be used as a supplement to financial aid or to assist students who are not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Minorities can receive more than one scholarship, so it may be worthwhile to investigate the different organizations having scholarships available. In this section, we take a look at scholarships offered through these groups, including charitable organizations, corporations, institutions, advocacy groups, government and professional associations. We can’t cover them all, however, so look to our scholarship list for more ideas.
From Ronald McDonald House Charities to the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, charitable organizations are stepping up to the plate to advocate for the educational rights of minority groups. Recognizing that students of all races can succeed through support and recognition, these organizations speak volumes with their scholarship offerings, indicating they value diversity in education and the workplace. For example, since 1985, the Ronald McDonald House alone has offered $52 million in scholarships through its local affiliates and global offices.
Small and large companies alike have many scholarships available to minority students. These include Microsoft, Southwest, and Xerox and others, but students looking for resources outside of these can simply do a search on a company name along with the phrase ‘minority scholarship’ in the search box. Many times, these scholarships are available to minority dependents of workers at a company, but this is not always the case so don’t give up on your search.
Educational institutions have a vested interested in promoting diversity on their campuses and programs. Not only is diversity one ranking component in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Colleges, but educators also recognize the inherent value that is brought through students of different backgrounds and perspectives. We list some institutional scholarships below, but more college and university-specific offerings can be found in our comprehensive scholarship list.
Organizations including the National Association of Colored People, the Pride Foundation, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund advocate for the advancement of minority groups and the establishment of equal opportunity. Advocacy groups like these may give substantially to scholarship programs, even partnering with corporations and businesses to increase opportunities. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, for example, has partnered with companies since 1975 and now offers more than 150 scholarships through partners like AT&G, Goya, Marathon Petroleum, Wells Fargo, and others. Below are three scholarships available from different advocacy groups, but you can find many more listed in our scholarship resource section.
From local to national government agencies, support for education is being provided to minority, LGBTQ and female students. Many of these governmental agencies understand the value of a diverse workforce, and believe their organizations should reflect the demographics of the people they serve. Particularly at the state and local level, government advocacy for educational opportunities may be strong as people work together to identify what can be done to promote education within their communities.
Professional organizations are doing their part to become involved, too. By helping students from diverse backgrounds gain skills and knowledge in a specific academic field, they aid in the generation of new ideas and fresh perspectives. Another result, as pointed out by the American Anthropological Association, is that research can be targeted toward issues that concern minority and less-represented groups. Whether its architecture, anthropology, engineering, or yes, even meteorology, students can find scholarships and funding available from academic associations to put them on the path toward accomplishment. Below we provide several examples of association-backed scholarships, but be sure to look at our extensive list of minority scholarships further below to find more scholarship resources.
Minority, LGBTQ, and female students can look to many resources for scholarships. Of course, one of the quickest ways to find scholarships is to research online. Students looking to attend a particular school or already accepted into one can see what type of institutional scholarships are available. Church, civic, and dramatic arts organizations in the area a student lives may also provide scholarship opportunities. However, the fundamental premise behind finding a scholarship is to keep your nose close the ground, ask lots of questions, and do the required research.
Among the many resources available to students who are looking for scholarship opportunities are financial aid offices at community colleges and universities and online websites specializing in scholarship search. Below we list three resources to get your wheels turning. They are merely listed as examples, but could give you ideas on how to generate your own unique scholarship search.
Outreach is an essential detail in identifying those scholarships that will be appropriate for you. Below are some ideas for finding those niche scholarships that may be fitting but remain undiscovered by you. The idea of this section is to encourage you to talk to people in your community while also searching for scholarships available through your school of choice and listed online.
Many community organizations want to support rising high school graduates, particularly those who may be of minority background, in their endeavor for a college graduation. After all, the more students who head off to obtain an education, the more who can return to create an educated, vibrant community. Don’t just take our word for it. Turn to you own arts community, county board, or local public school district to see what resources are available. In fact, many elementary schools now even offer scholarships to their former students who have grown up and are heading off to college. Here are some unique examples meant to get your wheels turning.
Many elements are essential in putting together an application and obtaining a scholarship. Among these are the ability to maintain a certain GPA (often at least a minimum 3.0 GPA, but sometime a 2.0 is acceptable), submission of test scores such as the PSAT, SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT and even the inclusion of an essay. Below we take a brief look at each of these areas, providing suggestions and resources for succeeding in each.
A GPA is a significant component for most scholarship applications. Although most of the scholarships included on their resource guide are not achievement based, a baseline GPA between 2.0 and 3.3 is typically expected. This simply shows a student is making some level of effort in their learning and has an investment in their education.
There are many different test score types that a student may be asked to submit with a scholarship application. These include scores for the Pre-Scholastic Achievement Test (PSAT); Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT); the American College Test (ACT); Graduate Record of Examination (GRE); and Graduate Management Admissions Test. Briefly, the PSAT is a preliminary test for the SAT and gauges critical reading, math solving and writing skills. Students who do well on this test may become eligible for the National Merit Scholarship. The SAT is the most widely used college-admissions aptitude test and now has a national student test average of 1500, according to the Princeton Review. The ACT tests student achievement in five areas. The GRE is a general test to gauge applicants’ readiness for graduate education and the GMAT looks at preparation for a business school program.
Many scholarship applications require evidence that students are engaged in extracurricular activities or their community or demonstrate some level of leadership. These types of details show that a student is well-rounded and has reached a certain level of motivation. Don’t take our word for it, though. Below we provide a list of additional sources explaining why these activities are so important.
Some scholarship applications seek essays to help judges gain a fuller picture of a student and to understand why they may be a top candidate for an award. Often, these essays ask students to talk about their college and career goals, but at other times seek a student response on a specific essay topic. Put your best foot forward when writing an essay and be sure to have someone proof it before submitting with your scholarship application.
Letters from a professor, coach, or activity leader can make you shine in a positive light. They can tell things about you that you might never say about yourself or point out attributes you never thought worthwhile to mention. Since most scholarships only seek one to three letters of recommendation, it’s important to sit down and think about whom you might want to ask.
Scholarships are just one way that minority, LGBTQ, and female students can look for college funding opportunities. But what is a grant anyway, and just how does that other thing, a fellowship, work? The Student Loan Finance Corporation defines a grant as:
A type of financial aid that does not have to be repaid. Generally, grants are for undergraduate students, and the grant amount is based on need, cost of attendance, and enrollment status.” Cornell University Graduate School defines a fellowship as “an arrangement in which financial support is given to a graduate student to pursue his or her degree without any obligation on the part of the student to engage in teaching and/or research in furtherance of the university’s academic mission. Of course, many different types of grants and fellowship are available to minority students and below we take a look at a few of each.
One of the most well-know grants is the Pell Grant, which is available to assist students from low-income families. Minority students may be eligible for the Pell Grant, which does not have to be re-paid, but has a maximum amount offering that changes each year, and is $5,645 for the 2013-2014 year. Grants are also available to support research, projects and the development of programming, any of which can be a part of the work on a graduate degree.
Fellowships can be the backbone for many students continuing their upper-level education. Of course, graduate level training is more expensive per credit hour than at the undergraduate level and a master’s degree can be required in many fields just to be able to obtain work. A fellowship can be key to many minority students.
Minority students may have unexpected barriers to cross when looking for information on financial aid. At a very fundamental level, this can mean students who speak another language need to hunt down translations of official documents or instructions in their native language. Having access to needed translation tools may be particularly important for Hispanics who are now the largest minority group in the U.S., comprising 16.9 percent of the population (for 53.4 million Hispanics), according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of course, once in school, these students can turn to an office of minority affairs or diversity on campus to seek additional support.
Students want access to scholarships at their fingertips. After all, they are busy, and looking for the right kinds of scholarships and filling out applications is time consuming. We've compiled a list of 100 minority scholarships below, which are sortable by subject area and award amount. Minorities, LGBT, and female students will all find scholarship leads that could be applicable to them. Short details are offered about each scholarship, but by clicking on the associated URL, students will discover more guidelines specified for application.
|Scholarship URL||Awarding Organization||Type||Award Amount||Brief Discription|
|100 Black Men of America’s Future Leader Scholarship||100 Black Men of America, Inc.||Any College Degree||$1,000 to $2,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship is offered to qualified male students each year who are enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program or to high school students who will be enrolled as first-year students. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, and have done 50 hours of active community service during the previous 12 months. As well, they must submit a 600-word essay as part of their application packet.|
|ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund||American Bar Association||Law School||$15,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Twenty incoming law students receive $5,000 annually over three years of law school to support diversity in the profession by helping students of diversity afford the expensive cost of law school.|
|ACS Scholars Program||American Chemical Society||Chemistry||Up to $5,000 per year||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|African American, American Indian and Hispanic high school students or college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors completing a chemical sciences or chemical technology degree can apply. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA in chemistry or the sciences to qualify. Scholarships can be renewed.|
|Advisors of American Scholarship||Hmong American Education Fund||Any College Degree||$500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Applicants of Hmong descent can apply for this non-renewable scholarship. Requirements include the applicant be a high school senior or GED holder who has been accepted into a two-year or four-year program and that has at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Applicants must also submit a 1,500-word essay and demonstrate financial need or hardship.|
|AGI Minority Geoscience Student Scholarship||American Geological Institute||Other||Not Indicated||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Candidates for this scholarship must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program and be of Black, Hispanic, or Native American descent. The latter includes American Indian, Eskimo, Hawaiian, and Samoan applicants. Students should be studying geosciences or a related field such as geology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrology, meteorology, physical oceanography, planetary geology, or earth science. Students of other natural science programs are not eligible.|
|Ahmanson Foundation Scholarship 2013||United Negro College Fund||Any College Degree||Up to $5,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students attending a UNCF-affiliated college in the greater Los Angeles are eligible to apply. Scholarship guidelines require candidates to have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Recipients who have received this scholarship in the past must re-apply for consideration.|
|AIChE Minority Scholarship Award||American Institute of Chemical Engineers||Chemistry||$1,000 per student||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Up to 10 incoming college freshmen who are minority students receive this scholarship each year. Applicants must be high school seniors who are planning to start a science or engineering degree, with preference given to those students who plan to pursue a four year chemical engineering degree.|
|AICPA Scholarship||American Institute of CPAs||Accounting||Up to $5,000 per year||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Created in 1969, this scholarship is intended to promote diversity in the accounting field. The application process includes submitting two rounds of materials, and selected students must complete eight hours of community service each semester.|
|Allison E. Fisher Scholarship||National Association of Black Journalists||Journalism or Communications||$2,500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Requirements for this scholarship include at least a 3.0 GPA and pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree in journalism or a communications field. Applicants must have a record of community service and respond to an essay topic. The scholarship was set up in honor of a 28-year-old African American journalist who lost a battle to breast cancer.|
|Alphonso Deal Scholarship Award||National Black Police Association||Law Enforcement or a Related Field||$500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship is available to a male or female student who wants to pursue education at a two-year college or university and study law enforcement or a related program. Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA, a recommendation from a school administrator or counselor, and be of good moral character.|
|American Dental Association Scholarships||American Society of||Dental||$2,500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|The American Dental Association offers 25 dental awards to minority students through its Underrepresented Minority Scholarship. These are allotted in amounts of $2,500 each, for a total of $62,500 given annually.|
|Anthony A. Welmas Scholarship||American Indian College Fund||Any College Degree||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Applicants must be pursuing a graduate degree at an accredited public school or a tribal college or university and be of Native American or Alaskan Indian heritage and have at least a 3.0 GPA.|
|APALA Scholarship||Asian Pacific American Libraries Association||Library or Information Science||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students of Asian or Pacific background who have been accepted into a master's or doctoral level program in the library science or information science can apply. They must be an APALA member and be willing to serve on the APALA scholarship committee the following year.|
|APIASF/BBCN Bank Scholarship||Asia & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund/BBCN Bank||Any College Degree||One time $2,500 award||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Applicants must be of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage, and have a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Scholarships are given to first-year students in a two-year or four-year degree program who are residents of selected counties within California, New York, New Jersey, Washington and others states.|
|APIASF/Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship||Asia & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund/Coca-Cola||Any College Degree||One time $2,500 award||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Scholarship awards are available to first year students enrolled full-time in a degree seeking program who are of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage and the first in their immediate family to seek a college degree.|
|APIASF/FedEx Scholarship||Asia & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund/FedEx||Any College Degree||Four-year scholarship at $2,500 a year.||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Asian and Pacific Islander students can apply for this scholarship as long as they have a minimum 3.0 GPA and will be enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program in the upcoming year.|
|Arizona Public Service Navajo Scholars Program||American Indian College Fund||Any College Degree||Up to $8,500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Any Navajo Nation student maintaining at least a 2.8 GPA and interested in attending either Dine College or Navajo Technical College can apply. Applicants must be pursuing a STEM field and participate in a leadership conference.|
|Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund||OCA National Center||Any College Degree||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students of Asian or Pacific Island descent can apply for this scholarship. They must have maintained a 3.0 GPA in high school, and be a first-year student in a postsecondary institution in the fall.|
|Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund/AT&T Scholarship||Asia & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund/AT&T||Any College Degree||One time $2,500 award||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarships is available to a first-year student enrolled in a four-year degree-seeking program. Applicants must be Pacific Islanders or of Asian ethnicity and have a cumulative 2.7 GPA or GED.|
|Asian Pacific Islander Organization Scholarships||Asian Pacific Islander Organization Scholarships||Agriculture||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students who are pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in agriculture, the natural sciences,, computer science or engineering are eligible to apply for this scholarship.|
|AT&T Foundation Scholarship||United Negro College Fund||Business or Engineering||$1,500 to $2,500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|African-American students who are dependents of AT&T employees and its subsidiaries can apply for this scholarship award, although dependents of senior managers and officers are not eligible. Applicants can be high school seniors or students already enrolled in a two-year or four-year program and that have maintained a 3.0 GPA.|
|Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund College Scholarship||Asian Pacific Fund||Multiple Subject Areas||$5,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship is available to applicants who are of at least 50 percent Filipino heritage and will be incoming students pursuing a degree in engineering, mathematics, computer science, environmental or physical science. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and be from certain listed counties within California.|
|Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship||Microsoft||Multiple Subject Areas||$5,000 for up to four years||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|African-American high school seniors who have at least a 3.3 GPA may quality for this Microsoft scholarship. Applicants must be enrolled in a four-year program and plan to work on a degree in one of the following areas: engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or business. The latter includes finance, business administration, or marketing. Applicants must be in need of financial assistance and also demonstrate leadership skills.|
|Boeing IET Minority Enhancement Scholarship||Central Washington University||Industrial Technology Engineering||To Be Determined||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship requires applicants to be a member of an underrepresented minority group, enrolled full-time at Central Washington University, and have a declared major of industrial technology engineering.|
|Boots & Ray Reed Scholarship||PFLAG Phoenix||Any College Degree||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship is available to any gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender student, or any straight student that has provided outstanding LGBT support, who lives in Phoenix, and attends or plans to attend an institution of higher learning.|
|Carole Simpson Scholarship||National Association of Black Journalists||Journalism or Communications||$2,500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree in journalism or communications with an emphasis in broadcast may qualify for this scholarship. They must have a 2.5 GPA and respond to a given essay topic and should have career goals for working in broadcast news.|
|Denny's Hungry for Education Scholarship||U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce||Any College Degree||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Applicants must be of Asian Pacific Islander descent and be a senior in high school with a 3.3 GPA to be eligible for this scholarship. Students must also show leadership and involvement in extracurricular activities.|
|Diamond Wipes Scholarship||Diamond Wipes/Asian Pacific Community Fund||Other||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Economically-disadvantaged students from Los Angeles or nearby areas can apply for this scholarship as long as they seek a degree in an approved major, such as business management, statistics, or web design, and plan to attend Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State Fullerton, or Cal State San Bernardino.|
|Dowers Family Scholarship||PFLAG Phoenix||Any College Degree||$1,500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Any gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender student enrolled or planning to enroll in a postsecondary institution is eligible to apply for this scholarship.|
|Erie Insurance Scholarship||United Negro College Fund||Multiple Subject Areas||Up to $5,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students attending a UNCF school in the states of North Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio and Virginia may meet the eligibility requirements for this scholarship. They also must be a full-time sophomore, have at least a 3.0 GPA and be majoring in mathematics, business, communications, MIS/Information or insurance/risk management.|
|Esperanza Scholarship||New York Women in Communications||Other||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|New York Women in Communications offer 15-20 scholarships to students seeking communication careers with its Esperanza Scholarship specifically geared toward an Hispanic student seeking financial support.|
|Eugene Moore Memorial Scholarships||PFLAG Tucson||Any College Degree||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Any gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender student who has been accepted into an institution of higher learning can apply for this scholarship.|
|Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship||Asian Pacific Fund||Any College Degree||$5,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|First-generation Asian American students can apply for this scholarship as long as they are enrolled in a four-year college or university program. Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA, have a passion for business, and be from one of several listed counties within California.|
|Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarship||Gamma Mu Foundation||Any College Degree||$1,500-$2,500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Gay men under the age of 35 who have demonstrated leadership abilities within the gay community can apply for this scholarship. Applicants may be gauged on financial need, community engagement, extracurricular activities, and more.|
|Gates Millennium Scholars Program||Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation||Multiple Subject Areas||Not Indicated||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship was created in 1999 to provide African American, Hispanic, Native American and Pacific Islander American students the ability to complete an undergraduate program in any subject area. Eligibility requirements include a minimum 3.3 high school GPA and demonstration of leadership abilities.|
|GE Funds LULAC Scholarship Program||League of United Latin American Citizens||Business or Engineering||$5,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students of any minority background can apply for this scholarship as long as they are sophomores through seniors in college. The scholarship has been developed to help minority students in completing their education particularly if they want to pursue a career in business or engineering.|
|Generation Google Scholarship||Computer Science or Computer Engineering||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Applicants must be enrolled in a undergraduate or graduate program, demonstrate a passion for computer science and technology, be a high academic achiever, and be of an underrepresented heritage, including African American, Native American, Hispanic, or female|
|George Choy Memorial / Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Scholarship||Gay Asian Pacific Alliance||Any College Degree||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender Asian or Pacific Americans can apply for this scholarship award as long at they plan to attend or are enrolled in a postsecondary education program. The scholarship is named after an activist who supported gay rights in the San Francisco area.|
|Golden Gate Section Scholarship of the Society of Women Engineers||Society of Women Engineers||Multiple Subject Areas||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Female high school seniors pursing a four-year degree in the areas of engineering, computer science, physical science or mathematics are eligible to apply. Applicants must live within San Francisco or surrounding areas and will be judged on extracurricular activities, scholastic achievement and an essay they submit.|
|Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship||Technology||$10,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Female undergraduate and graduate students majoring in technology can apply for this award. Recipients will be selected based upon their academic strengths and demonstration of leadership.|
|Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship||American Geosciences Institute||Geosciences||$5,000 per year||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Women seeking a master's or doctoral degree in the geosciences are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be entering or enrolled in a graduate program, and, if awarded the scholarship, can seek renewal for a second year.|
|Hawaii Community Foundation Scholarships||Hawaii Community Foundation||Not specified||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Hawaiian students hoping to attend a postsecondary institution of any type can seek funding through the Hawaii Community Foundation. The organization gave $4 million in funding to deserving students in 2013.|
|HSF/AT&T Foundation Scholarship||Hispanic Scholarship Fund||Any College Degree||$1,500-$2,500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Hispanic dependents of AT&T employees can apply for this scholarship to use for a two-year or four-year college education. Applicants must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA, must plan to enroll full-time an an accredited institution and be younger than 26 years of age.|
|HSF/Marathon Oil Scholarship||Hispanic Scholarship Fund||Other||Up to $15,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students who are of minority background and a sophomore in college are eligible to apply for this award. They must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be pursuing an education in a field such as accounting, chemical engineering, computer engineering, or other field that is specified.|
|HSF/VAMOS Scholarship||Hispanic Scholarship Fund||Any College Degree||$3,000-$5,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|High school seniors with an Hispanic heritage can apply for this scholarship as long as they are from Cameron, Hidalgo, or Starr counties in Texas. They must plan to pursue a bachelor's degree at an accredited U.S. institution, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and be eligible for the Pell Grant.|
|Hsiao Memorial Economics Scholarship||Asian Pacific Fund||Economics||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students who are of at least 50 percent Asian heritage and pursuing a graduate degree in economics can apply. Eligibility requirements include at least a 3.0 GPA and financial need. Preference will be given to students of Chinese descent and those wanting to teach or do research.|
|Institute of Management Accountants Scholarship||Institute of Management Accountants||Accounting||$2,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship is available to women who are working toward a bachelor's degree in accounting. Scholarship recipients will also receive a one-year student membership to the AMA as well as funding for Part 1 and 2 Certified Management Accountant exam registrations, valued at approximately $380 per part.|
|Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship||Daughters of the American Revolution||Psychiatric Nursing||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Preference is given to female applicants, when fully qualified, for this scholarship. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate level program in psychiatric nursing and seek scholarship renewal as long as they maintain a 3.25 GPA.|
|Islamic Scholarship Fund Scholarships||Islamic Scholarship Fund||List of Approved Degrees||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Numerous scholarship are available to Muslims or active members of the Muslim community. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA to qualify, be enrolled in an ISF-approved major and enrolled in an accredited university.|
|Jack Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship Fund||The Miami Foundation||Business||$2,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Applicants need to be of African-American heritage, be enrolled in a graduate business degree program in a south Florida university and plan to pursue a career located in south Florida. They also need to submit a one-page essay and be a south Florida resident.|
|Japanese American Citizen League Scholarships||Japanese American League||Multiple Subject Areas||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|The Japanese American Citizens League has provided over $70,000 in scholarships to students nationwide. Applicants must be enrolled members of JACL and can be pursuing education at the undergraduate or graduate level.|
|Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund||Jeannette Ranking Foundation||Multiple Subject Areas||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Females applying for this scholarship must be 35 or older, considered low income and pursuing a technical or vocational education or associate or bachelor's degree. Selection will be based in part on applicants' goals and how they plan to give back to their community.|
|Judy Mann DiStefano Memorial Scholarship||Oregon State University||Womens Studies||$2,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Undergraduate or graduate students in women studies at Oregon State University can apply for this scholarship. Applicants will be judged on academic achievement, commitment to feminist ideals, community activism and financial need.|
|Kay Longcope Scholarship Program||The Association of LGBT Journalists||Journalism||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|LGBT students of color who are committed to pursuing an education in journalism can apply. The scholarship was named in honor of the co-founder of the Texas Triangle, an LGBT newspaper in Texas.|
|Lapiz Family Scholarship||Asian Pacific Fund||Any College Degree||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship is available to any farm worker or child of a farm or migrant worker who is an incoming student or a current full-time student at a University of California school, with preference given to Davis and Santa Cruz applicants. Students of any ethnic or racial background can apply and must demonstrate financial need.|
|League Foundation Student Scholarship||The League Foundation||Any College Degree||$1,500 -$2,500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Any LGBT student interested in postsecondary education can apply for this scholarship, which is supported by The League Foundation. The foundation has awarded nearly 100 scholarships, and students can be pursuing vocational training or a college or university education.|
|LGBT Heart Scholarship||LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals||Health Sciences||$2,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|LGBT students who are pursuing a master's or doctoral degree in the health sciences and have a demonstrated record of excellence in the health science field and LGBT community are eligible to apply.|
|Mackey–Byars Scholarship for Communication Excellence||University of North Carolina||Journalism or Mass Communications||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship for UNC's School of Journalism and Mass Communication students is primarily available to applicants who are minorities or disadvantaged. The scholarship is named after two graduates of the school.|
|MALDEF Law School Scholarship||MALDEN||Law School||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Law students interested in expanding the civil rights of Latinos are invited to apply for this scholarship program. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in an accredited law school, and submit a 750 word of essay talking about their accomplishments and contributions to the Latino community.|
|Margaret R. Brewster Scholarship||Society of Women Engineers||Engineering or Computer Science||$2,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Female high school seniors who reside in the Twin Tiers section (primarily in New York) of the Society of Women Engineers are eligible for this scholarship award. The female must be accepted into or enrolled in a engineering or computer science degree at an accredited university as defined by the SWE.|
|Maria Elena Yuchengco Memorial Journalism Scholarship||Asian Pacific Fund||Journalism||$1,000-$3,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Incoming freshman or current undergraduate students who are at least 50 percent Filipino and seeking a journalism degree are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, reside in the San Francisco Bay area, and be enrolled or plan to enroll full time.|
|Marsha D. Roberts Scholarship||United Negro College Fund||Medicine||$5,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Applicants for this scholarship must be of African American, American Indian, Alaskan Indian, Pacific Islander or Hispanic descent and attending a four-year school in California full-time. Candidates must be juniors or seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA who are majoring in biochemistry, physics, biomedical engineering, microbiology, chemistry, pre-medicine, biology, or the biological sciences.|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Program||Mutual of Omaha and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance||Any College Degree||$2,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students of African-American descent must explain in an essay how they are following the values of Martin Luther King, Jr. They must live within the Omaha area and attend a vocational school or college institution.|
|Michael Jackson Scholarship for the Communication Arts||United Negro College Fund||Multiple Subject Areas||Up to $5,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Applicants to this scholarship must have at least a 3.0 GPA and be attending a UNCF-affiliated college. Students can be of undergraduate or graduate standing and should be majoring in one of the following: vocal performance, visual arts, mass communications, communications, performing arts, music, art, fine arts, or theater arts/drama.|
|Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship||DePaul University||Multiple Subject Areas||$6,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Minority students attending DePaul University and in the upper part of an undergraduate degree or pursuing a graduate degree in government accounting, public administration, political science, or other related fields can apply.|
|Minorities in Government Scholarship||Government Finance Officers Association||Multiple Subject Areas||$6,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students must be of a minority ethnic group and working in the upper levels of their undergraduate degree or on a graduate degree in areas that include public administration, governmental accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration.|
|Minority Teacher Education Scholarship||Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc.||Education||$4,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students of color must be in their junior year of college, a resident of Florida, and attending one of the prescribed schools to be eligible for this scholarship. Recipients must attend a teacher recruitment and retention symposium sponsored by the Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc.|
|MnACC Student of Color Scholarship||Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color||Other||$500 to $1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Applicants to this scholarship must be a student of color and a graduate of a Minnesota high school entering as a first-year student to an MnACC institution. A 500-word essay on one of several given topics is also part of the application process.|
|Monsignor Philip Kenney Scholarship||New Hampshire Charitable Foundation||Any College Degree||$500-$2,500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Hispanic or minority students who are attending a two-year or four-year[school are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The award is named after a Catholic priest who had a commitment to civil rights for more than six decades.|
|Mothers Pursuing Dreams||Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Psi Chapter||Any College Degree||$250 per semester||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Unwed mothers between the ages of 18 and 30 can apply for this scholarship to help them complete an education at a trade school, two-year institution, college or university. They must write a short autobiographical essay with their application and maintain a 2.0 GPA while in school.|
|Mutual of Omaha Actuarial Scholarship for Minority Students||Mutual of Omaha||Actuarial or Math-Related Degree||$5,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship award is paid in equal increments over the school year and available to students of African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander, or Alaskan Eskimo descent. Applicants must already be enrolled in an undergraduate program and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.|
|NACME Scholarships||National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering||Engineering||Varies||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering patterns with organizations and institutions to make scholarships available to minority students. The organization has awarded more than $124 million in scholarship funding and programming to assist 24,000 minority students.|
|Nashville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Scholarship||Nashville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.||Other||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Graduating high school seniors who are minority male students can apply for this scholarship. The applicants must have a C+ average or above, be enrolling in a four-year degree program, and attend school within Metro-Davidson County.|
|National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarship||National Association of Hispanic Journalists||Journalism||$1,000-$4,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This association has a variety of scholarships available to students pursuing a degree in journalism especially as focused in English or Spanish language media or both. NAHJ has awarded more than $1.6 million in scholarship funds since 1988.|
|Palantir Scholarship for Women in Technology||Palantir||Technology||$1,500 to $10,00||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship is for women interested in pursuing a computer science degree. Recipients also fly out to Palo Alto to work with female employees during a two-day workshop at the company.|
|PFLAG National Scholarship||National PFLAG||Any College Degree||$1,000-$5,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Any gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender student, or ally of the LGBT community, can apply for this scholarship as long as they will be a first-year student in a postsecondary program and have showed an interest in serving the LGBT community.|
|Point Foundation Scholarships||Point Foundation||Varies||Varies||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|LGBTQ students looking for scholarship opportunities can turn to the Point Foundation to find at least 25 available. The scholarships listed on its site are available due to partnerships with organizations that include Estee Lauder, HBO, Johnson & Johnson, and others.|
|Pride Foundation Scholarships||Pride Foundation||Varies||Varies||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|The Pride Foundation has more than 50 scholarships available for LGBTQ students. The same application, which is used for all of the scholarships, can be found on the organization's website. Scholarships are available for many different subject areas.|
|Quincy Sharpe Mills Scholarships||University of North Carolina||Journalism or Mass Communications||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship at UNC's School of Journalism and Mass Communication was established in memory of a journalist in France who died during World War I. Preference is given to minority and disadvantaged students.|
|Rising Star Scholarship||Star and Crescent Society||Any College Degree||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Muslim women who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA and are active in their North Carolina community are eligible for this award.|
|Samuel Schulman Memorial Scholarship||National Council of Jewish Women-Los Angeles||Any College Degree||Two payments of $500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Single mothers who are entering or continuing in an accredited college program are eligible for this scholarship. The applicant must be working toward obtaining an economic skill that will be useful in reaching economic self-sufficiency.|
|Sia Yang Memorial Scholarship||Hmong American Education Fund||Any College Degree||$500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students of Hmong descent who have lost a parent or both parents to death can apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be attending a two-year, four-year or graduate level program, and show outstanding academic achievement. A 1,500-word easy is also required as part of the scholarship application.|
|Simmons Scholarship for Unitarian Universalist Women||Unitarian Universalist Association||Not specified||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Female students in their first year of education at Simmons College, a private college for women in Boston, can apply for this scholarship. The scholarship may be renewable for up to three more years.|
|Sisters in Solidary to Educate, Respond and Serve Scholarship||Sisters in Solidary to Educate, Respond and Serve||Any College Degree||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Three scholarships are awarded to Muslim women within the Washington D.C. community who have academically achieved and are active in the community. One award each will be given to a high school senior, undergraduate student and graduate student.|
|Society of Women Engineers Lehigh Valley Section Scholarship||Society of Women Engineers||Engineering||Up to $10,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Females graduating from high school and living within specific zip codes in Pennsylvania are encouraged to apply. Women must be entering as a freshman into an engineering program at an engineering school or university. Activities, leadership, teamwork, and a written essay constitute the judging guidelines.|
|Sophie Greenstadt Scholarship for Mid-Life Women||National Council of Jewish Women-Los Angeles||Any College Degree||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship is available to women 35 years of age or older who will achieve economic independence through an education at California State University at Long Beach. The applicant can either be single or married and with or without children, but should be returning to school to pursue a marketable skill.|
|South Asian Journalist Association Scholarship||South Asian Journalist Association||Journalism||$2,500-$5,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students who are a high school senior or undergraduate or graduate student can apply for this scholarship. More than a dozen recipients received scholarship awards in 2013.|
|South Ohio Science Fair Scholarship||Society of Women Engineers||Engineering||$250||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|High school senior females who have participated in the Ohio District Science Fairs in the south Ohio section can apply for this scholarship that can be used to pursue an engineering or related degree. Consideration for the award is automatic once girls progress from their high school science fair to a district level fair.|
|Sovereign Nations Scholarship Fund||American Indian College Fund||Any College Degree||$2,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Native Americans or Alaskan Indians can apply for this scholarship, but must be attending graduate school and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.|
|TCU Scholarship Program||American Indian College Fund||Any College Degree||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Native Americans or Alaska Natives who have enrolled in a tribal college or university and maintained at least a 2.0 GPA are eligible to apply. Applicants must be a member of a federal or state recognized tribe or be the descendant or a grandparent or parent with such membership.|
|The Dodell Women’s Empowerment Scholarship||National Council of Jewish Women-Los Angeles||Any College Degree||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|This scholarship is available to any woman, age 35 or order, who is re-entering or starting college to be able to attain economic self-sufficiency. The applicant can be single or married and have children or be without.|
|Tony and Cindi Williams Political Science Scholarship||Oregon State University||Political Science||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Undergraduate females majoring in political science at Oregon State University are eligible for this scholarship. The must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be a graduate of an Oregon high school. They should have plans to complete an internship in public service or express an interest to do so and be supportive of conservative causes.|
|United Way EMS Minority Scholarship||United Way||Emergency Health Career||Not specified||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students from minority backgrounds or women who live in Michigan can apply for this scholarship as long as they have maintained a 2.0 GPA and are interested in pursuing an EMS career.|
|University of Connecticut Actuarial Diversity Scholarship||University of Connecticut||Actuarial Science||$5,000 annual award for four years||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|The UConn Actuarial Science Program promotes diversity by providing this scholarship to a student of African American, Native American or Hispanic heritage who will be entering the program at the school. Applicants must demonstrate leadership ability, extracurricular involvement, and academic achievement.|
|Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Scholarship||American Indian College Fund||Any College Degree||$1,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|A Native American or Alaskan Indian pursuing a graduate-level degree can apply for this scholarship, but also must demonstrate financial need and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.|
|Wally Davis Scholarship||Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County||Other||$10,000 each||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Hispanic law students from Orange County are eligible for this award with priority given to students with significant community ties. The scholarship is named of one of the first Hispanic attorneys to work in Orange County.|
|Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Scholarship||New York Urban League||Any College Degree||$1,500-$3,500||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Applicants must be New York City residents and of African-American, Native American or Hispanic descent. They must show leadership skills. demonstrate a commitment to community service or extracurricular activity, and be pursuing an associate or bachelor's degree.|
|William Randolph Hearst Scholarship for Minorities||The Aspen Institute||Humanities||$2,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Only students of color only can apply for this scholarship available at Middlebury College in Vermont. Students must study the humanities or public service at the undergraduate or graduate level and will need to do an internship as part of the acceptance of the scholarship funds.|
|William Randolph Hearst Scholarship for Minorities||The Aspen Institute||Humanities||$2,000-$4,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|Students from underrepresented background can apply for this scholarship available at the University of California at Irvine. Students must be high achieving, show leadership skills, and demonstrate financial need. All scholarship recipients must complete an internship at the Washington, D.C. office of The Aspen Institute.|
|Worldstudio Foundation AIGA Scholarships||World Studio, Inc.||Art and Design||$2,000-$3,000||EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +|
|To help promote diversity within the creative professions and to create a more socially responsibly world, World Studio Inc., offers scholarships to students primarily of color or low-income background who are pursuing education at the undergraduate or graduate level.|
It's hard to determine the exact number of scholarships available to minorities in the U.S., and, as finaid.org points out, some organizations double-count their scholarships or have slightly different meanings of what a 'scholarship' is. Nonetheless, scholarships can help minority students decrease their college debt after graduation and discover a more affordable education as they work their way through. Keep in mind that students can apply for many different scholarships, and that receiving several scholarship awards can offset college costs and help students on their path to a degree.