Scholarships & Financial Aid for Minority Students

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MAGGIE O’NEILL

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.

Introduction

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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:

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To discuss, in detail, minority scholarships, grants and other financial aid available to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT and female students.

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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.

  • African-Americans

    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.

  • Hispanic/Latino Americans

    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.

  • Asian Americans

    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.

  • Native Americans

    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.

  • LGBT

    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.

  • Females

    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.

Types of Minority Scholarships

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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.

Charitable Organizations

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.

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities provides three separate scholarship awards for students of African-American, Asian, or Hispanic race. These are denoted the RHMC/African American Future Achievers, RHMC/Asia and RHMC/HACER scholarships, respectively. Applicants must be high school seniors, have at least one parent of the specified heritage, and plan to attend school full-time at a two-year or four-year college.
  • The Jackie Robinson Foundation offers four-year scholarships of up to $7,500 each year to high-school seniors from a minority background that want to attend an accredited college or university. Recipients are invited to attend an annual four-day mentoring and leadership conference in New York City.
  • The William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students provides fellowship opportunities in Washington D.C. with a stipend of approximately $2,000 following completion. The opportunity is available to all students of color whether at the undergraduate or graduate level of education.

Corporate

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.

  • The Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) Scholarship provides scholarships to minority high-school seniors who are interested in pursuing postsecondary education in technology. Applicants must be of African American, African, or Ethiopian descent and pursing a four-year education in a field such as computer science, computer information systems, engineering, or accepted business programs.
  • Southwest Airlines partners with many different organizations to make scholarships available to minority groups. These partners include the Latin American Education Foundation, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, and the Hispanic National Bar Association. The website provides more details on partnerships and scholarships.
  • Xerox provides a Technical Minority Scholarship ranging in award from $1,000 to $10,000 to students seeking a technical degree at the four-year level or above. Applicants must have a B average or better and be enrolled in school full time.

Institutional

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.

  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Ohio State University offers numerous scholarships to students from diverse backgrounds. These include the John S. Rosemond Memorial Scholarship for an African-American male student, the Latin Ladies Organization Scholarship for a student of Hispanic descent, the Frank W. Hale, Jr. Endowed Scholarship for any student of color, and many, many others.
  • Tuskegee University offers its Minority Serving Institution Scholarship Reservation to a high-achieving high school senior or students already enrolled in an undergraduate program.
  • The Yale School of Business Management offers an extensive number of scholarships to minority students interested in enrolling in its MBA program. These include three scholarships for students of either African-American or Hispanic descent as well as two scholarships specifically geared toward women.

Advocacy Group

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.

  • A long-time NAACP member in the San Francisco area who wished to support members of the NAACP in completing an education by establishing the Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship. Award amounts are $2,000 to full-time students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university.
  • More than 50 scholarships are available through the Pride Foundation to advance educational opportunities among LGBTQ students. The scholarship amounts and application criteria vary, but money is available for students interested in a college education in the arts and music, health and wellness, science and technology, social work, and many others.
  • The Hispanic Scholarship Fund/Marathon Oil Scholarship Program offers up to $15,000 in scholarship money to students who are of a minority heritage and majoring in a field like chemical engineering, geology or petroleum engineering. Selected recipients will be able to participate in an internship program at one of various Marathon Oil locations.

Government

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.

  • The State of Indiana offers a minority teacher scholarship to student of African-American or Hispanic heritage who intend to teach in the state upon graduation.
  • The Kansas Board of Regents provides a Kansas Minority Ethnic Scholarship to students who are of specified minority groups, in financial need, and have obtained at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  • The Maryland Higher Commission has senatorial scholarships ranging from $400 to $10,100 to those who demonstrate financial need. Although not minority specific, general-based scholarships like this should not be discounted by minorities.

Professional Associations

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.

  • The American Institute of Architects offers a Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship to students from a minority or financially disadvantaged background who plan to pursue a five-year professional accredited program in architecture. High school seniors, college freshman and community college students who plan to transfer to an NAAB accredited architecture program can apply.
  • The American Anthropological Association has established a dissertation fellowship program to encourage students of minority backgrounds to complete doctoral level training in anthropology. The association makes on $10,000 award annually available to a graduate-level student.
  • The American Meteorological Scholarship Society provides funding to students who are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, particularly African-American, Native American and Hispanic students. The $3,000 two-year scholarships are funded from member donations into its 21st Century Campaign.

Finding Minority Scholarships

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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.

Where to Look

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.

  • The Center for Student Diversity at the University of Nevada, Reno lists more than 30 scholarships that are available to minorities including those of color, women, LGBT, first-generation and more. A similar center of diversity at your school or college could also have resources.
  • The Financial Aid office at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, N.J. has details for more than 20 scholarships listed on its website, including the Wilbur May Memorial Scholarships that are available to minority students. Financial aid offices will always have information on scholarships. These may not always be posted on the website, but most often are, even though you may need to call for more details.
  • The website finaid.org allows students to do searches by ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, religious background, and more. Students who are left-handed, tall, and short or even have the last name ‘Zolp’ can also find scholarships available. Click on ‘scholarships’ on the left rail and then enter your search terms in the search box. However, many other scholarship search websites are available on the Internet, and it’s just a matter of finding the one that works for you.
  • The Human Rights Campaign, an organization committed to LGBT rights, lists partner organizations it offers scholarships with. Finding a foundation or association particularly geared at your ethnic background, degree field, sexual preference, or more can help you narrow down your search.

Who to Talk to

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.

  • Your high school counselor should have their fingertips available on many different scholarships
  • The financial aid personnel at your local community college or university should also be able to point you in the right direction
  • Human resource staff at large local companies that that provide business services in your area of interest may have specialty scholarships available
  • Administrative staff at your parent’s or parents’ place of business that can tell you about scholarships available through the company

Unique or Little-Known Sources

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.

  • The Diocese of North Carolina Episcopal Church Women offers scholarships to diocese women, age 23 or older, who seek continuing education courses, vocational training or any level of undergraduate education.
  • Our True Colors of Hartford, Conn., which provides sexual minority youth and family services, lists a number of scholarships available to LGBTQ students.
  • Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Ill., provides scholarship money to area high school students through the Hispanic/Latino Coalition of Will and Grundy Counties.

How to Land a Scholarship

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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.

GPA

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.

  • The “Why is My GPA Important?” tip sheet provided through Texas A&M University gives numerous reasons for why students want to keep their GPA high and also explains how to calculate a GPA.
  • The article on Possibility U called “How to Calculate Your ‘Real’ High School GPA” suggests that how your achievement scores compare to those of others is more important than your actual high school GPA.
  • Once in college, if your GPA is not maintained, you could be place on academic probation, and, as CareerBuilder notes, many employers use a minimum 3.0 GPA as an acceptable guideline for hiring.

Test Scores

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.

  • The College Board explains how the PSAT is used to gauge qualification for the National Merit Scholarship. Students who do well may enter the scholarship competition in their junior year of high school.
  • An article on actstudent.org takes a brief look at the difference between the ACT and SAT, which students may want to understand before applying to college or for a scholarship.
  • The Princeton Review provides details about the ACT, which now has a national test score average between 20 and 21, and why is important for college entrance. Some scholarships will allow students to submit either their SAT or ACT.
  • GRE scores or GMAT scores will be applicable when students are seeking scholarships for graduate education. The Kaplan Test site provides an article called “What is a Good GRE Score?” that may interest students seeking a graduate-level scholarship.

Extracurricular Activities

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.

  • Extracurricular activities show additional dimensions of a student that test scores do not reveal, The College Board points out.
  • Scholarships.com says that extracurricular activities can “translate” into scholarships and, additionally, activity and group leaders can be sought to write compelling reference letters.
  • Extracurricular activities teach students values, such as “teamwork, individual and group responsibility, physical strength and endurance, competition, diversity, and a sense of culture and community,” according to the National Center for Educational Statistics.

Essays

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 of Recommendation

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.

  • Finaid.org provides several tips for obtaining good letters of recommendation. These include picking people who can write letters relevant to your goals.
  • U.S. News & World Report suggests that you should start the process early, giving people plenty of time to write a letter so that you will not be turned down.
  • Provide a person with detailed information about yourself so that they can write an effective letter of recommendation, the Office of Undergraduate Studies at the University of Utah suggests.

Grants and Fellowships

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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.

Grants

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.

  • The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc. provides support to faculty fellows and graduate students through funding with grants, partnerships, and additional programming.
  • The American Association of University Women provided more than $3.7 million in grant and fellowship funding for females and non-profit organizations in 2013-2014. Career development, community action and international project grants are available.
  • The Institute for LGBT Studies has small grant opportunities available to support interdisciplinary research studies and programming, particularly as related to LGBT health and well-being.

Fellowships

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.

  • The National Science Foundation makes fellowships available to all qualified students, and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. Fellowships are available in areas such as chemistry, the life sciences, psychology, and many others.
  • The Provost Diversity Fellowship at Cornell University is available to students who are one or more of the following: a student of minority descent, a first-generation college student, or a single parent.
  • The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force provides information on two fellowships that are available to LGBTQ students, including the Academy for Leadership and Action Fellowship and Holley Law Fellowship.

Financial Aid for Minority Students

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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.

  • The U.S. Department of Education website provides instructions for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid entirely in Spanish, tips to prepare for college, and a link to begin work on the FAFSA form.
  • Worried about whether your residency status will affect your opportunities for federal aid? This U.S. Department of Education website addresses the question of qualification, including whether non-U.S. residents within the U.S are eligible for financial aid.
  • The National Immigration Law Center provides details about in-state tuition for undocumented immigrant students, which could provide substantial savings to these minority students. For example, 16 states now have laws allowing undocumented education seekers to pay in-state tuition if they attended and graduated from the state’s primary and secondary schools.
  • Being knowledgeable is important to making sure you receive the best financial help for your education. Minority students may want to keep tabs on the federal legislation called The Dream Act, which would allow states to offered financial aid to undocumented students. A similar act was passed through the senate in Washington State in February 2014.

List of Scholarships by Minority and Subject

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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 +
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund American Bar Association Law School $15,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
ACS Scholars Program American Chemical Society Chemistry Up to $5,000 per year EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Advisors of American Scholarship Hmong American Education Fund Any College Degree $500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
AGI Minority Geoscience Student Scholarship American Geological Institute Other Not Indicated EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Ahmanson Foundation Scholarship 2013 United Negro College Fund Any College Degree Up to $5,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
AIChE Minority Scholarship Award American Institute of Chemical Engineers Chemistry $1,000 per student EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
AICPA Scholarship American Institute of CPAs Accounting Up to $5,000 per year EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Allison E. Fisher Scholarship National Association of Black Journalists Journalism or Communications $2,500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Alphonso Deal Scholarship Award National Black Police Association Law Enforcement or a Related Field $500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
American Dental Association Scholarships American Society of Dental $2,500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Anthony A. Welmas Scholarship American Indian College Fund Any College Degree $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
APALA Scholarship Asian Pacific American Libraries Association Library or Information Science Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
APIASF/BBCN Bank Scholarship Asia & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund/BBCN Bank Any College Degree One time $2,500 award EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
APIASF/Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship Asia & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund/Coca-Cola Any College Degree One time $2,500 award EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
APIASF/FedEx Scholarship Asia & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund/FedEx Any College Degree Four-year scholarship at $2,500 a year. EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Arizona Public Service Navajo Scholars Program American Indian College Fund Any College Degree Up to $8,500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund OCA National Center Any College Degree Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
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 +
Asian Pacific Islander Organization Scholarships Asian Pacific Islander Organization Scholarships Agriculture $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
AT&T Foundation Scholarship United Negro College Fund Business or Engineering $1,500 to $2,500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund College Scholarship  Asian Pacific Fund Multiple Subject Areas $5,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship Microsoft Multiple Subject Areas $5,000 for up to four years EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Boeing IET Minority Enhancement Scholarship Central Washington University Industrial Technology Engineering To Be Determined EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Boots & Ray Reed Scholarship PFLAG Phoenix Any College Degree $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Carole Simpson Scholarship National Association of Black Journalists Journalism or Communications $2,500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Denny's Hungry for Education Scholarship U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Any College Degree Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Diamond Wipes Scholarship Diamond Wipes/Asian Pacific Community Fund Other $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Dowers Family Scholarship PFLAG Phoenix Any College Degree $1,500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Erie Insurance Scholarship United Negro College Fund Multiple Subject Areas Up to $5,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Esperanza Scholarship New York Women in Communications Other Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Eugene Moore Memorial Scholarships PFLAG Tucson Any College Degree $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship Asian Pacific Fund Any College Degree $5,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarship Gamma Mu Foundation Any College Degree $1,500-$2,500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Gates Millennium Scholars Program Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Multiple Subject Areas Not Indicated EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
GE Funds LULAC Scholarship Program League of United Latin American Citizens Business or Engineering $5,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Generation Google Scholarship Google Computer Science or Computer Engineering EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
George Choy Memorial / Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) Scholarship Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Any College Degree $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Golden Gate Section Scholarship of the Society of Women Engineers Society of Women Engineers Multiple Subject Areas $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Google Technology $10,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Harriet Evelyn Wallace Scholarship American Geosciences Institute Geosciences $5,000 per year EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Hawaii Community Foundation Scholarships Hawaii Community Foundation Not specified Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
HSF/AT&T Foundation Scholarship Hispanic Scholarship Fund Any College Degree $1,500-$2,500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
HSF/Marathon Oil Scholarship Hispanic Scholarship Fund Other Up to $15,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
HSF/VAMOS Scholarship Hispanic Scholarship Fund Any College Degree $3,000-$5,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Hsiao Memorial Economics Scholarship Asian Pacific Fund Economics $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Institute of Management Accountants Scholarship Institute of Management Accountants Accounting $2,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Irene and Daisy MacGregor Memorial Scholarship Daughters of the American Revolution Psychiatric Nursing Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Islamic Scholarship Fund Scholarships Islamic Scholarship Fund List of Approved Degrees Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Jack Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship Fund The Miami Foundation Business $2,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Japanese American Citizen League Scholarships Japanese American League Multiple Subject Areas Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund Jeannette Ranking Foundation Multiple Subject Areas Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Judy Mann DiStefano Memorial Scholarship Oregon State University Womens Studies $2,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Kay Longcope Scholarship Program The Association of LGBT Journalists Journalism Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Lapiz Family Scholarship Asian Pacific Fund Any College Degree $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
League Foundation Student Scholarship The League Foundation Any College Degree $1,500 -$2,500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
LGBT Heart Scholarship LGBT Caucus of Public Health Professionals Health Sciences $2,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Mackey–Byars Scholarship for Communication Excellence University of North Carolina Journalism or Mass Communications Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
MALDEF Law School Scholarship MALDEN Law School Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Margaret R. Brewster Scholarship Society of Women Engineers Engineering or Computer Science $2,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Maria Elena Yuchengco Memorial Journalism Scholarship Asian Pacific Fund Journalism $1,000-$3,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Marsha D. Roberts Scholarship United Negro College Fund Medicine $5,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Program Mutual of Omaha and the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance Any College Degree $2,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Michael Jackson Scholarship for the Communication Arts United Negro College Fund Multiple Subject Areas Up to $5,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship DePaul University Multiple Subject Areas $6,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Minorities in Government Scholarship Government Finance Officers Association Multiple Subject Areas $6,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Minority Teacher Education Scholarship Florida Fund for Minority Teachers, Inc. Education $4,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
MnACC Student of Color Scholarship Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color Other $500 to $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Monsignor Philip Kenney Scholarship New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Any College Degree $500-$2,500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Mothers Pursuing Dreams Iota Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Psi Chapter Any College Degree $250 per semester EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Mutual of Omaha Actuarial Scholarship for Minority Students Mutual of Omaha Actuarial or Math-Related Degree $5,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
NACME Scholarships National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Engineering Varies EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
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 +
National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarship National Association of Hispanic Journalists Journalism $1,000-$4,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Palantir Scholarship for Women in Technology Palantir Technology $1,500 to $10,00 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
PFLAG National Scholarship National PFLAG Any College Degree $1,000-$5,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Point Foundation Scholarships Point Foundation Varies Varies EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Pride Foundation Scholarships Pride Foundation Varies Varies EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Quincy Sharpe Mills Scholarships University of North Carolina Journalism or Mass Communications Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Rising Star Scholarship Star and Crescent Society Any College Degree Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Samuel Schulman Memorial Scholarship National Council of Jewish Women-Los Angeles Any College Degree Two payments of $500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Sia Yang Memorial Scholarship Hmong American Education Fund Any College Degree $500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Simmons Scholarship for Unitarian Universalist Women Unitarian Universalist Association Not specified Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
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 +
Society of Women Engineers Lehigh Valley Section Scholarship Society of Women Engineers Engineering Up to $10,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Sophie Greenstadt Scholarship for Mid-Life Women National Council of Jewish Women-Los Angeles Any College Degree $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
South Asian Journalist Association Scholarship South Asian Journalist Association Journalism $2,500-$5,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
South Ohio Science Fair Scholarship Society of Women Engineers Engineering $250 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Sovereign Nations Scholarship Fund American Indian College Fund Any College Degree $2,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
TCU Scholarship Program American Indian College Fund Any College Degree Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
The Dodell Women’s Empowerment Scholarship National Council of Jewish Women-Los Angeles Any College Degree $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Tony and Cindi Williams Political Science Scholarship Oregon State University Political Science $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
United Way EMS Minority Scholarship United Way Emergency Health Career Not specified EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
University of Connecticut Actuarial Diversity Scholarship University of Connecticut Actuarial Science $5,000 annual award for four years EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Vine Deloria Jr. Memorial Scholarship American Indian College Fund Any College Degree $1,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Wally Davis Scholarship Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County Other $10,000 each EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Scholarship New York Urban League Any College Degree $1,500-$3,500 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
William Randolph Hearst Scholarship for Minorities The Aspen Institute Humanities $2,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
William Randolph Hearst Scholarship for Minorities The Aspen Institute Humanities $2,000-$4,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +
Worldstudio Foundation AIGA Scholarships World Studio, Inc. Art and Design $2,000-$3,000 EXPAND FOR DESCRIPTION +

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.