Multicultural and Diversity Guide for Students

The Importance of Attending an Inclusive School

Empirical studies have shown that socializing and interacting with those of a different race has a positive personal and academic influence on students. Benefits include improve academic development, increased cultural awareness, satisfaction with the college experience and desire to promote racial acceptance. Of course, diversity doesn’t just have to refer to different races, but other groups, lifestyles and cultures as well.

The State of Diversity on College Campuses: a Snapshot

20% of Hispanic adults have a postsecondary degree, compared with 36% of all adults.

33% of LGBTQ students have “seriously considered” leaving college due to issues surrounding their sexual orientation, including harassment.

In 2013, 77% of adults who came from families in the top 25% in income got a bachelor’s degree by the time they turned 24. However, only 9% earned their bachelor’s degree by the time they turned 24 if they were from the “lowest income bracket.”

Sources: Columbia Social Work Review, Excelencia in Education, Wall Street Journal

What is Multicultural and Diverse? What is “Inclusive?”

“Multicultural” is defined as relating to or made up of several cultural or ethnic groups within a society. “Diverse” means to show a great deal of variety. Being poised to embrace that variety, various cultures, different beliefs and attitudes, and so much more is a sign of a truly “inclusive” school.

On every college campus, there is someone who fits the definition of diverse or multicultural. From women to minorities, from those who identify as gay or lesbian to those who are disabled, the differences in our culture is what makes us so unique and interesting. An inclusive school is a place that embraces all and finds ways to celebrate differences in the classroom, on the campus, and in the greater community.

Here are just a few of the populations that might benefit from the welcoming atmosphere of an inclusive college or university.

Women

While not a statistical minority, women have historically been underrepresented in higher education. Today, they actually equal or surpass men when it comes to college enrollment and graduation at college and graduate levels. However, for certain academic disciplines, women remain a minority, especially in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The reasons for this vary, and range from stereotypes of biases and overall inertia to change.

Minorities

Those of minority races have often faced issues on college campuses and beyond, including discrimination. Many come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Just getting into college has been difficult for certain minority groups, but once there, they can take advantage of higher education and contribute their unique ideas and cultures that have often been left out of the college scene.

Learn about financial aid for minority students

Disabled

Those who are disabled face unique challenges that are often overlooked or simply misunderstood by their peers, as well as by faculty and staff. Understanding the limitations and providing ways for the disabled student to be fully included in the college experience is a worthy challenge for schools to tackle.

LGBTQ

LGBTQ refers to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and those who are questioning their sexual identity. Negative societal and cultural attitudes about these groups has led to higher rates of depression, bullying and physical violence. A positive and supportive environment can assist learning for those who identify as LGBTQ by reducing the level of “minority stress” experienced.

For more information about how to make a better learning environment for LGBTQ students, check out our LGBTQ Students Support Guide

International Students

Being in a new and strange country can be stressful enough. Having to deal with a hostile or unwelcoming school while studying abroad can make things that much more difficult and inhibit any learning experience. Having an inclusive atmosphere that accepts and encourages those of different cultures, languages and races will be very beneficial to foreign students.

Low Income

Those who come from low income or impoverished backgrounds might not have the resources that allow them to live a comfortable college life. As a consequence, they may not be able to participate in some activities. Low income students can benefit from a school that limits situations where a student’s income becomes a determining factor.

Hearing Impaired

Those who have hearing impairments might need special accommodations in order to succeed in school. Students with hearing issues will appreciate a school that eagerly provides the necessary accommodations and educates its faculty, staff and student body to their necessity and ensures that those who are hearing impaired can be treated like anyone else.

For information on resources, technology and tools to assist those with hearing impairment while in school, check out our Supporting Students with Hearing Impairments Guide

Vision Impaired

Just as with those who face the challenges of hearing impairments, those who suffer from vision issues might also need certain accommodation in order to reach their full potential in college. A school can show they are welcoming of students with visual impairments by implementing the newest assistive technologies and having the most progressive policies, such as allowing additional time to complete assignments and exams.

Learn more about supporting students with visual impairments

Finding the Best Fit: Searching for an Inclusive and Diverse School

Determining which colleges and universities are truly inclusive can be tough. Every school wants to project an air of openness, and it can be very easy to talk the talk. Which colleges actually walk the walk? Search for these key points to help narrow down the schools that are truly inclusive and open to everyone.

  • A Dedicated Diversity Office

    Most schools have an “Office of Multicultural Affairs” or something similar, so if a school does not have this, that’s a bad sign. But assuming the school has one, check to see what it’s done lately to create an inclusive and diverse academic experience.

  • Clubs and Associations

    Look into what kind of multicultural clubs, unions, associations or other extracurricular activities are present on campus and advocate diversity. Then see how active they are. The more multicultural organizations present on campus, the better.

  • The Percentages

    Research the percentage of the student body that can be considered a minority group. You can also go to the United States Department of Education’s website and see if the school qualifies as a Minority Serving Institution. This designation goes to schools who meet certain diversity requirements, such as number of minority students or those receiving federal financial aid.

  • Calendar of Events

    When visiting the school’s student center or website, check the upcoming calendar of events. How many events are related to diversity, culture or inclusion? Most schools have at least a token celebration, such as a day to recognize a certain heritage; schools that host celebrations like this on a weekly basis are probably more serious about inclusion.

  • Scholarship Status

    When researching what financial aid options are available, take a look to see what forms of financial aid the school offers to minority or low-income students. One way to do this is to research (or ask) how many students receive Pell Grants, as these are only given to students of financial need.

  • The Degree Programs

    One of the factors to consider when choosing a school is the degree programs it offers. Does the school have majors or minors that reflect a push for inclusion and diversity? Does it have a minor for gender equality studies? Or Chicano/Latino Arts and Humanities?

  • Study Abroad Opportunities

    Most schools have a study abroad program, but schools that are more serious about diversity and promoting different ideas and cultures may have a wider selection of study abroad opportunities. A school with a dozen possibilities might be more inclusive than the school with only two or three options.

  • Assistance Activities

    Does the college offer activities that help underprivileged, disadvantaged or other marginalized groups? This might include a tutoring program for underprivileged students or educational programs to expose the wider community to different ideas or cultures.

  • School Requirements

    Some schools strongly recommend students attend certain activities, programs or events that promote diversity and acceptance. While this requirement may not change the world, it does reflect the school’s philosophy about inclusion.

  • Diverse Faculty

    A diverse teaching staff can be a good reflection of how serious a school is about offering a well-rounded experience. The more diverse the faculty, the more likely the school is going to embrace those who are different.

Multicultural & Diverse High School Students: Preparing Ahead

What happens when someone winds up in a school where they feel they don’t belong, or where they might have a tough time fitting in? Often they choose to leave. That is reflected by the college freshman dropout rates. Here are a few facts about those rates and other key points:

Only 59% of students who begin a 4 year college degree will complete it within 6 years.

The college graduation rate for black students is 42 percent, but it’s slowly creeping upward.

60% of college dropouts had no financial help from parents to pay for tuition.

For individuals born in the 1980s, 80% of the wealthiest went to college by age 19 and 68% graduated by age 25. However, only 29% of the poorest individuals went to college and only 32% of those students finished by age 25.

Even though much of the burden is on the school to provide an inclusive environment, students can do a great deal to prepare for the transition from their high school to the college world. The below sections discuss three ways minority students can prepare for college.

Academically

Any high school student – whether in a minority or not – can benefit from brushing up on the basic academic concepts prior to college. Free tutoring sessions may be available to some, but self-study can also help, as well as requesting additional help from teachers. When choosing classes, students can go with the more challenging ones, such as Honors, International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP), which are more rigorous and cover subjects likely to be needed in college. The student may be able to get college credit for those classes, which can mean a lighter academic course load while in college and/or saving money on tuition.

Economically

To better succeed in college, students should reduce financial stress wherever possible. One way to do this is to obtain college credit while in high school. Another option is to apply to as many scholarships or grants as possible. Many scholarships or grants (which don’t have to be repaid) are offered to students because they are in a racial, cultural, religious, sexual or other minority. By applying for these scholarships and grants before entering college, minority students can potentially save a great deal of money, and be more secure economically as they begin their higher education journey.

Socially

College is a stressful time for all students. For marginalized students, stress in college can be worse due to increased challenges, especially social ones. To help alleviate this, students can take steps to establish relationships with other students, faculty and staff before enrolling in a given school. Either on their own time, doing an official visit or through the Internet, minority students can connect with other incoming students and school personnel (minority or not) before starting their first class. These relationships can also provide support should discrimination or other unwelcoming events occur.

From the Experts

Our diversity experts discuss the past, present and future of diversity on college campuses.

With so many educational opportunities out there, how can a student spot a truly inclusive school?
Dr. Afridi

An inclusive school is seen by its core mission and values. These are reflected in the curriculum, outreach to diverse groups and campus events. One can measure the diversity of a school by what type of centers it runs, the help it offers to students who are bilingual or socio economically disenfranchised. Manhattan College has a Lasallian value system which is inherently active in all activities and events of campus. We believe in excellence in teaching, respect for human dignity, reflection on faith and its relation to reason, an emphasis on ethical conduct, and commitment to social justice.

Jennifer Michael

Read and understand the colleges nondiscrimination policy and look for other policies online; housing policies that include gender blind housing, transgender housing policies and ways to classify yourself outside the binary. Look at the activities and leadership pages of the website for clubs that represent a diverse range of interests and lifestyles. Commonly those will advised by campus faculty and staff that work to build an inclusive campus environment. Most importantly, look at the college’s mission and goals. Often the mission and goals of an institution can be the first look at what the institution values and how that will be lived out during you time there.

The best way to know is to ask students themselves. As a campus administrator I know and appreciate the value of student voice in our efforts to recruit students and want all new students to know the truth about Wells and what we stand for. When you visit campus and have a chance to talk with Admission tour guides, ask really good questions, they are truly your best resource.

Kevin McDonough

Colleges and universities strive for inclusion and diversity, and this means ethnic, racial, economic and geographical diversity. But not all schools are as successful in accomplishing that goal. Looking at a school’s recent demographics and its historical make-up of the student body, faculty and staff is one way gauge whether a school is truly an inclusive institution. Researching a school online can yield useful information that you might not obtain directly from the institution. However, there is no substitute for visiting a school to get a direct feel for the campus environment. Reading about a school will never be as helpful as talking with current students to see if there is a true sense of inclusion and institutional support for diversity.

What can students do to help further inclusiveness at their chosen school?
Dr. Afridi

Education is the primary motivation and key to diversity. Students can take on issues that are not their own but create events, awareness and education for their peers. For example, we have a Syria clothing drive that students have spearheaded and are motivating others about displaced people.

Jennifer Michael

Most importantly is an understanding that when you come to college all people come from varying back grounds and beliefs. You need to be understanding and aware of how each student is different and exploring their own identities as well. You should be active, engage in the community and use your voice to make a difference. Join a club or start one that fosters inclusion and respect for difference. Welcome new members and help validate the feelings of those on the fringe. Find your allies in the faculty and staff, talk to your Dean and seek opportunities to create experiences that shine light on an area that you can work towards making more inclusive.

Kevin McDonough

Make sure you socialize and interact in and outside of the classroom with other students from different racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. This contributes to the academic and personal development of both students while promoting mutual understanding and awareness. When possible, help create opportunities for students from different groups to interact. This can be as simple as asking someone in your class or in your residence hall with a different background than you to have lunch.

Many schools are striving to become more diverse — what are some of the challenges to that goal, and how might they be overcome?
Dr. Afridi

Diversity is connected to how warm the administration and faculty is—how well do you interact with people of all color and faith? Manhattan College also has a Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith education Center that is focused on dispelling myths about religion and race where students are very active. This helps students interact with other diverse students and become aware.

Jennifer Michael

First we need to recognize that diversity comes in all different ways; socio-economic, race, religion, sexuality, gender and many more. As educators we always want our environments to expose all students to varying perspectives and ideas.

To diversify a campus in specific ways college and university administrators need to be aware of the resources that group may need on your campus and be ready to put money towards them. Are faculty development programs offered to keep the in class educators in line with the colleges mission and goals? Do faculty use texts from varying perspectives and voice? Are staffed trained to given access to professional development on new topics and trends in higher education as it relates to diverse populations?

With increasing campus diversity comes an increased need to hiring folks in the faculty and staff that represent diverse perspectives as well. We want our students to be able to see themselves in us so institutions need to work hard to incorporate diverse perspectives in their hiring and recruitment work.

Kevin McDonough

According to the American Council on Education, numerous studies have shown that everyone gets a better education in a diverse environment. However, creating a truly diverse student body is a constant challenge. Institutions located in areas with diverse populations will have an easier time because diversity occurs more naturally. For institutions located in States and areas with a more homogenous population, it takes hard work by the administration and the admissions department to attract students from different backgrounds. As we are seeing at the University of Missouri this week, just having racial diversity is not the same as inclusion. Clearly, some students there do not believe the administration has done enough to fight discrimination and to support the inclusion of the minority student population into the University community. Overcoming such challenges requires strong institutional leadership and a developing a strong institutional awareness that having students, faculty and staff with a wide variety of experiences and backgrounds is an asset.

Student Involvement

Being heavily involved in diversity programs on campus has more than just the obvious benefits of making students feel more included and accepted – those who do join supportive groups can make new friends, learn about other cultures and beliefs, get a boost in professional networking, have access to additional academic and financial resources, and potentially make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Students can begin by researching what’s available at the school and in the larger community, how to join certain groups and organizations, and what will be required of regular participation. Keep in mind that most groups are open to anyone – for instance, you don’t have to be gay or lesbian to join the LGBT organization and offer your support to those who need it.

These multicultural and diversity programs and organizations can help students break out of their comfort zone and explore meaningful possibilities.

This is a national civil rights organization which exists to fight racial discrimination. The Youth & College Division consists of college chapters where students can organize to advance the NAACP’s mission. Anyone who is under 25 and is currently enrolled at a college or student is eligible to join.

Black Student Alliance (BSA)

(search for your local chapter web link)

This student organization exists to promote African-American heritage, advocate on behalf of African-American students at the school and increase the presence of African-Americans at the school and in the community.

The GSA organizations found on campus is made up of all students, in addition to those identifying as LGBTQ, with the goal of creating acceptance and positive attitudes among the community.

International Student Association (ISA)

(search for your local chapter web link)

This student organization represents the international students currently attending a given school. The ISA hosts many events open to all students with the goal of creating a better awareness of cultural diversity.

Women in Physics

(check your school for an affiliate organization)

Women have been traditionally underrepresented in science fields, and physics is no exception. This organization hosts special physics-themed events to get women excited about the field.

Women’s Student Association

(search for your local chapter web link)

This organization has the broad goal of empowering women to be the world’s next group of leaders. Open to men as well, the Women’s Student Association also aims to promote women’s rights, both locally and around the world.

Thai Society

(search for your local chapter web link)

The Thai Society’s goal is to educate and inform others about the culture, history and experience from Thailand. This is just one example of the numerous societies available on college campuses that focus on one particular area of the world and bring valuable knowledge to the student body.

United World Club (UWC)

(search for your local chapter web link)

The UWC brings international awareness and education to college campuses. Additionally, the UWC fosters understanding among different nations through the hosting of many cultural and social events and conferences.

Women’s Leadership Project

(search for your local chapter web link)

This organization empowers women to be leaders by offering educational and informative activities that help develop and promote female leadership. It also provides support and encouragement for women looking to make a difference.

Made up of those who are disabled and their supporters, the Disability Alliance aims to provide a voice for the disabled as well as promote change that benefits those who are handicapped. This organization works toward everything from getting accommodations set up on campus to making society more accepting of the disabled and much more.

Branching Out: Community Involvement

The college campus is an important part of the larger community around it. In fact, many colleges and universities have seen whole cities grow up around them to meet the needs of the student population, and those in the larger community might take their cues on how to act from the way the college as a whole approaches various situations. Getting involved with the world beyond the college campus can help spread diversity and inclusiveness, as well as a large measure of acceptance.

Here are some ways that students might be able to move out into the large community and spread the good word about diversity.

Developed by the Bonner Foundation, this multi-year program selects students who are enthusiastic about working with non-profit organizations during the school year. Students will provide about seven community service hours per week in the areas of social justice, diversity, community building, civic engagement, international perspective and spiritual exploration.

America Reads Challenge

(check your school for an affiliate organization)

This national campaign encourages all Americans, including college students, to help children learn to read. The focus is particularly on English Language learners and students with disabilities. Colleges have partnerships with elementary schools and youth centers where students can participate in after school programs to help tutor students.

The Boltwood Project

(check your school for an affiliate organization)

This civil engagement program at University of Massachusetts Amherst is a good example of projects that might be available at campuses across the nation. Over 100 students work with The Boltwood Project on weekly activities held at 14 local organizations which serve those with disabilities.

Poverty Awareness Marathon

(check your school for an affiliate organization)

This annual marathon is hosted by Eastern Connecticut University’s Center for Community Engagement, which aims to encourage long-term volunteering. The marathon always brings in numerous food items for a local soup kitchen.

Student Multicultural and Diversity Resources

Finding the right resources can help students feel more at home on their college campuses; for those who want to be a welcoming force, using those resources can help them spread inclusiveness. The resources below, broken down into various groups, is a great place to begin.

Colleges have long recognized the importance of recognizing the African-American college community for their unique contributions to diversity goals. Most colleges have some sort of major resource center for African-Americans, such as the African American Resource Center at York College. Other resources include:

Hispanic students have often found themselves marginalized in society, even in higher education. The University of Iowa is an excellent example of a school that has done a great job in providing opportunities for Hispanic students. Other resources include:

Those who come to the United States from other countries might appreciate an organization that helps them navigate the college experience. A good example of this is the Asian American Resource Center at Pomona College, which works to raise awareness of issues facing Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans. Other resources include:

Those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, questioning, or the like can benefit from a campus dedicated to preserving diversity. The Gender and Sexuality Center at Carleton College is an example of a welcoming, open place that allows anyone to simply be who they are, without judgment or backlash. More good resources include:

Organizations that offer college assistance and resources to indigenous peoples are quite common; Arizona State University is a great example of a school that focuses on making these individuals feel welcome. Other great resources include:

Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist – these are just a few of the many religions that make a college campus rich and diverse. The Hindu Students’ Organization at Loyola University is dedicated to ensuring that Hindu students feel welcome on campus. Here are other organizations that might be found on college campuses:

Those who are handicapped can often have difficulty fitting in, especially when the proper accommodations are not present on their college campus. Yale University’s Resource Office of Disabilities is a great example of what colleges can do to promote inclusion of those with disabilities. Some other good resources include:

Women have long been faced with discrimination in all areas of society; numerous organizations are now battling that and making college, as well as the rest of the world, a place where women are truly equal to men. The Women’s Center at Vassar College in New York offers a safe, comfortable place for the women on campus. Other organizations include:

Scholarships for Diverse & Multicultural Students

Colleges and universities recognize that students who are marginalized – for whatever reason – might need an added boost in the form of scholarships, grants and the like. The following scholarship opportunities are a great starting point for those who are looking for help for college.

Gamma Mu Foundation Scholarships

Offered by Gamma Mu

Deadline is March 31 of each year

Awards between $1,000 and $2,500

Designed for gay men under the age of 35

Apply online only at Gamma Mu

Live Out Loud Educational Scholarship

Offered by Live Out Loud

Deadline: Late Spring

Awards $5,000 to five students

Designed for students in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut with financial need

Apply online at Live Out Loud

PFLAG Scholarships

Offered by the Parents, Families, Friends and Allies of Lesbians and Gays

Deadline: Late Spring

Award is between $1,000 and $5,000 each

Designed for gay or lesbian students

Apply online at PFLAG

Point Foundation Scholarships

Offered by Point Foundation

Application period is from November through January

Award includes not only monetary funds, but mentoring and events as well

Designed for LGBTQ students

Apply online at Point Foundation

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

Offered by the Stonewall Foundation

Application period is early spring

Awards $1,500 to $3,000

Designed for LGBTQ women

Apply online at Stonewall Foundation

APIASF General Scholarship Program

Offered by the APIASF

Deadline: January 8

Award between $2,500 and $15,000

Students must be of Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity

Apply at the Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund

Coca-Cola Foundation Scholarship

Offered by the Coca-Cola Foundation

Deadline: January 8

Award of $2,500

Students must be Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity, as well as the first in their family to enroll in college

Apply at the Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund

Full Circle Scholarship Program

Offered by American Indian College Fund

Applications accepted January through May

Awards between $1,000 and $75,000

Designed for those enrolled in a tribal college

Apply online at American Indian College Fund

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Deadline: January 13

Award Varies

Designed for students who identify as Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan Native, or African American

Apply at the Asian and Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund

HSF General College Scholarships

Offered by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 30

Awards between $500 and $5,000

Designed for Hispanic students and based on merit

Apply at the Hispanic Scholarship Fund

AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship

Offered by the American Association on Health and Disability

Deadline: November 15

Awards up to $1,000

Designed for full-time students who are disabled

Apply via email or mail at AAHD

ChairScholars Foundation Scholarship

Offered by the ChairScholars Foundation

Deadline varies

Awards up to $30,000

For students who have a physical disability and intend to enroll in either Edinboro University or the University of Tampa

Apply through either Edinboro University or the University of Tampa

disABLEDperson.com Scholarship Competition

Offered by DisabledPerson.com

Deadline: March 15

Awards $1,000

Designed for those who are disabled in some way (physical or otherwise) and is based on an essay

Apply at DisABLEDperson.com

Horatio Alger National Scholarship

Offered by the Horatio Alger Association

Deadline: October 25

Awards $22,000

Designed for those who have overcome adversity and show critical financial need

Apply at the Horatio Alger Association

Incight Scholarship

Offered by Incight

Deadline: April 1

Awards between $500 and $1,500

Designed for residents of California, Oregon or Washington who have a documented disability

Apply online at Incight.org

Assistive Technology Fund

Offered by the Association of Blind Citizens

Deadline: June 30 or December 31

Awards 50% of the cost of adaptive technology

Applicants must be legally blind and have significant need for assistive technology

Apply via email only at ABC

CRSB Scholarships

Offered by Christian Record Services for the Blind

Deadline April 1

Award varies

Must be legally blind and a full-time undergraduate student

Apply via regular mail only; print application at CRSB

Lighthouse Guild Scholarship Program

Offered by the Lighthouse Guild

Deadline: March 31

Awards up to $10,000

Applicants must be legally blind and attending an accredited college

Apply online at the Lighthouse Guild

National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

Offered by the NFB

Deadline: March 31

Awards between $3,000 and $12,000

Must be legally blind, a full time student and a participant in the NFB convention

Apply online at the NFB

Paul and Ellen Rukes Scholarship

Offered by the American Federation for the Blind

Deadline: May 31

Awards $2,000 each to two applicants

Must be legally blind and a full-time student in engineering or computer, physical or life sciences

Apply via regular mail to the AFB

AG Bell College Scholarship Program

Offered by Listening and Spoken Language Knowledge Center

Mid-March

Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000

Numerous hearing-related requirements; must also be a full-time student

Apply via regular mail to AG Bell Scholarship Program

Anders Tjellström Scholarship

Offered by Cochlear

Deadline: October 1

Awards $2,000 per year for up to four years

Available only to students who have a Baha device

Apply via regular mail at Cochlear Americas

Graduate Fellowship Fund

Offered by Galladuet University Alumni Association

Deadline: April 20

Award varies

Available to deaf or hard of hearing students who are accepted to graduate school

Apply via regular mail at the GFF Committee

Graeme Clark Scholarship

Offered by Cochlear

Deadline: October 1

Awards $2,000 per year for up to four years

Available only to students who have a Nucleus Cochlear Implant

Apply via regular mail at Cochlear Americas

Sertoma’s Scholarship for the Hard of Hearing or Deaf

Offered by Sertoma

Deadline: May 1

Awards of $1,000 to chosen applicants

Available to those with hearing loss who are pursuing a full-time bachelor’s program

Apply via regular mail at Sertoma Headquarters

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Offered by U.S. Department of State

Awards vary depending upon funds

Awarded to those who are not U.S. citizens; academic requirements apply

Application location varies depending upon the country of origin

Rolling applications accepted

International Fellowships

Offered by the American Association of University Women

Deadline: December 1

Awards between $18,000 and $30,000

Awarded to women in full-time graduate study who are not U.S. citizens

Apply online at AAUW

International Scholarship Programme

Offered by the Aga Khan Foundation

Spring deadline

Award varies depending upon college; 50% is scholarship, 50% loan

Available to those in developing countries who intend to study in France, Portugal, the U.S., Canada, or the U.K.

Apply via forms collected at the local AKF offices

Tuition Promise Scholarship

Offered by Berea College

Deadline: Same as college admissions

Awards up to $25,000 per year, or $100,000 over the span of four years, to cover all tuition costs

Available to international students who choose to attend Berea College

Apply via online or regular mail at Berea College

The NextGen Scholarship Fund

Offered by PERK Consulting

Deadline: May 29

Awards $1,000

Awarded to international students or non-citizens who live or plan to study in D.C., Maryland or Virginia

Apply online at PERK Consulting

Code Like a Girl Scholarship

Offered by Influenster

Deadline: November 1

Awards $1,000 to five applicants

Awarded to women who are full-time college students

Apply online at Influenster

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

Offered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Deadline: December 10

Awards up to $42,000 per student

Awarded to women who intend to pursue a degree in oceanography, maritime archaeology or marine biology

Apply online through NOAA

Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarship

Offered by College Success Foundation

Deadline varies

Awards $20,000 in $5,000 increments over four years

Applicant must be female and have financial need

Apply online at College Success Foundation

Medical Education Scholarships

Offered by the American Medical Women’s Association

Deadline varies by cycle

Awards $500 to four applicants

Applicant must hold AMWA membership and must be enrolled in medical school

Apply via email at AMWA

Women’s Independence Scholarship Program

Offered by WISP

Rolling deadline

Award varies

Awarded to a woman who is a survivor of domestic abuse

Apply online at WISP

College Match Scholarship

Offered by Quest Bridge

Deadline varies

Awards up to $200,000 per year, spread out over four years

Student must attend a partner college and have significant financial need

Apply online through Quest Bridge

College Scholarship Program

Offered by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Deadline varies

Awards up to $40,000 per year, depending upon need

Applicant must meet academic requirements and have significant financial need

Apply through the JKC online portal

Education Support Award

Offered by the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation

Deadline varies

Awards up to $5,000

Applicant must be a mother with minor children and financial need

Apply online through the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation

Toyota/TELACU Scholarship

Offered by Toyota and the TELACU Education Foundation

Deadline varies

Awards up to $5,000

Applicants must be in their third or fourth year of college, pursuing a degree in STEM or business

Apply online at TELACU

Walmart Associate Scholarship

Offered by Walmart

Deadline varies

Awards between $500 and $1,500

Applicants must be a Walmart employee and have financial need

Apply online through Walmart