Minority Scholarships for 2019

Last updated: January 07, 2019

Colleges campuses across America are becoming more diverse every year. Underrepresented minority students are not only enrolling in college, but are making educational and professional impacts in all fields—from science to education to civil service—at an unstoppable rate.

College costs, however, are climbing. According to U.S. News & World Report, from 1995 to 2015, in-state tuition and fees at public universities rose a staggering 296 percent. Average costs continue to rise every year, well beyond the rate of inflation. With tuition bills and extra expenses like housing, meal plans, parking permits, books and fees, any financial assistance can make a sizeable difference.

To help offset college costs, you can obtain minority scholarships, grants and fellowships that are available to men and women of African American, Alaska Native, Asian American, Hispanic and Latino, Native American and Pacific Islander descent. Use this guide, including our interactive scholarship tool, to locate and apply for unique opportunities to help pay for college. After all, you can be the student who brings new ideas and perspectives to your own college campus.

Educational Milestones for Minorities

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Talented and diverse young leaders have further opportunity to make an impact through a college education and scholarship opportunities. The first U.S. Congressional woman of color and first Asian American woman elected to the House of Representatives expresses the power of making contributions as a minority:

“We have to build things that we want to see accomplished, in life and in our country, based on our own personal experiences...to make sure that others...do not have to suffer the same discrimination.”
- Patsy Matsu Takemoto Mink

To start building your future, consider the many college scholarships available to minorities through corporations, charitable organizations, advocacy groups and professional associations.

 

How to Pay for College

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Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for minorities, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
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Grants

Grants don’t need to be paid back and are based on your financial circumstances. They are usually funded by the federal government, your state or college.

 
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Fellowships

While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.

 
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Student Loans

You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.

 
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Federal Work-Study Program

Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.

 
 

If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.

Scholarship Application Preparation

Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your high school education to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Although there are scholarship opportunities that aren’t merit-based, it’s valuable to take the SAT or ACT standardized tests in case it’s a scholarship qualification.
Your scholarship essay is what will bring attention to your application out of the pool of applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft a stand out piece that attests to your experience, adheres to the scholarship guidelines and most importantly, highlights your true personality.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or bosses, so that they can speak to your qualifications. You may also want to provide them with a resume that outlines your achievements and goals as well.
 

No matter your background, where you’re from or if your family members attended college, you can find ways to pay for college through scholarships and fellowships. Check out the scholarships below to see the opportunities available.

Scholarship Opportunities for Minorities

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by your ethnicity, field of study and award amount. Click the box for a larger view.

John & Ruth Childe Scholarship

Amount: $1,950

Deadline: February 24, 2019

The scholarship awards students from Lee County in Florida with a physical disability to pursue higher education in a college, university or technical school. Applicant must be able to describe give proof of disability.

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 9, 2019

First generation college prospective students who are underrepresented, low income, and passionate about pursuing a career in health related fields. Students are not required to be U.S. citizens, but must have a 3.5 GPA to be considered.

United South & Eastern Tribes

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Students of the 26 member tribes of the United South and Eastern Tribes are eligible for undergraduate scholarships.

Mae & Mary Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Mae & Mary Scholarship Fund supports the advancement of African Americans in health care and medical related fields. Eligible students are high school seniors planning to attend a university or technical school.

Indian-American Foundation Upakar Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 30, 2019

Eligible candidates are those either born in or have a parent born in the Republic of India. High school seniors should apply and be pursuing enrollment in a two or four year degree program.

Phyllis G. Meekins Scholarship

Amount: $1,250

Deadline: February 28, 2019

This award will recognize one African American female that's pursuing a full time bachelor's degree and participating in golf at an accredited university. Students must demonstrate academic achievement and community service for consideration

Moss Adams Foundation

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2019

The Moss Adams Foundation is available to minority women, or women returning to school to earn a bachelor's degree in accounting. Must demonstrate clear evidence persistence towards personal and professional goals.

The Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: February 15, 2019

Students will be considered for this award based on their commitment to a career in the hospitality industry. Must be a U.S. citizen enrolled as a full-time student to apply.

IES Merit-Based David Porter Diversity Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: May 1, 2019

This scholarship is intended to help students who have been underrepresented in study abroad programs. Applicants must be attending a private college or university that is a Member or Associate Member of the IES Abroad Consortium. Home university must transfer a minimum of 75% of its institutional aid for study abroad.

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: May 15, 2019

The Presbyterian Church provides this yearly need-based opportunity for sophomores, juniors and seniors who are full time, first degree students attending accredited institutions in the U.S. Preference extends to racial ethnic students. Must be a member of the Presbyterian Church, and have completed their first year of study. Must have a 2.5 GPA or higher, and demonstrate financial need for consideration.

George Washington Carver Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 30, 2019

Students must be demonstrated leaders planning to attend or currently enrolled at a HBCU.

Ceasar Chavez Latino Education Fund

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Latino students in Arizona and California are qualified to apply. Scholarships are based solely on academic performance, leadership, extracurricular activities, commitment to volunteer service and financial need.

Ford Motor Company Tribal College Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Awards are given to those enrolled in an accredited tribal college or university. Candidates must be members of a state or federally recognized tribe or a descendant of at least one parent or grandparent who is enrolled as a tribe member.

American Indian College Fund Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Students attending non-tribal public or private universities in the U.S. are encouraged to apply for this need-based scholarship. Applicants must be a member of a recognized tribe or descendant of an enrolled tribal member and have a 2.0 GPA or higher.

CIRI Foundation General Scholarships

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: June 1, 2019

To be eligible, candidates must be a CIRI original enrollee or direct lineal descendant. A high school diploma or GED is required with current enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate degree program. Part-time and full-time students are eligible.

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship

Amount: $20,000

Deadline: July 1, 2019

Children of migrant workers who demonstrate pursuit of a career in agriculture are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students must have completed one year of college to qualify.

C. Richard and Audrey Barnes Nursing Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Applicant must be pursuing an undergraduate nursing degree and be a member of an underrepresented minority group.

Denny's Hungry for Education Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 31, 2019

All applicants must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution (K-12, high school and college) in the United States or Puerto Rico

Hawai'i Community Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Hawaii Community Foundation is providing a wealth of financial support to qualified students throughout Hawaii. With over 250 scholarships, Hawaii students can surely find a scholarship that applies to them.

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) Underrepresented Student Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2019

The scholarship wants to encourage the study of physics among the groups that are underrepresented in science and engineering. U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are undergraduate student members of the SPS national organization are eligible to apply. The program awards students who are majoring in physics or a related science and intend for continued scholastic development in physics in future.

HACUS-IES Study Abroad Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: November 1, 2019

Candidates are U.S. permanent residents or citizens who have been accepted to or enrolled in a semester, summer or academic year IES abroad program. Scholarships are awarded to those attending Hispanic-Serving Institutions that belong to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

LULAC National Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

LULAC strives to create lifelong learners and leaders within the hispanic community. Students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree at a full-time status in order to be considered.

CIRI Foundation Fellowships

Amount: $250

Deadline: December 1, 2019

Qualified candidates are CIRI original enrollees or direct lineal descendants. Students must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher with a desire to perform and transmit the literary, visual and performing arts of Alaska Natives.

Cherokee Nation College Resource Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: June 15, 2019

Candidates must demonstrate tribal citizenship in the Cherokee Nation. The scholarship is awarded to those who plan to attend or are attending an accredited U.S. institution.

Catching The Dream Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: September 15, 2019

The scholarship assists Native American high school students with their college academic pursuits. All tribes and regions are welcome to apply. Preference is given to those who plan to study engineering, math, science, business, computers and education.

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: June 1, 2019

Candidates must be at least 1/4 American Indian and enrolled in a tribe, or able to prove direct tribal ancestry. Candidates must be enrolled an undergraduate or graduate nursing program are eligible.

A.W. Bodine-Sunkist Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 30, 2019

This scholarship was established in memory of distinguished director of Sunkist Growers and agricultural leader, to provide funds for undergraduate students from Arizona or California agricultural backgrounds who are in need of financial assistance. GPA and extracurriculars must demonstrate potential for success.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The Latinos in Technology Scholarship was established to support Hispanic community in Silicon Valley. This program will give up to 100 Latino student to graduate from college with an educational opportunity. The scholarship is need-based specifically for residents of specific Northern California counties.

Seeds of Fortune Inc. Scholarship

Amount: $500

Deadline: January 1, 2020

All female NYC high school sophomores or juniors have the opportunity to receive a 6 year high school to college program, and join a network of young women mentors and college coaches. Each participant is awarded a free laptop, tours to colleges and universities, and mentor/coaching opportunities.

RMHC/HACER National Scholarship

Amount: $100,000

Deadline: February 4, 2019

Hispanic and Latino high school seniors are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be younger than 21 years old and be a legal resident of the United States.

Truman D. Picard Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: March 15, 2019

Scholarships are awarded to Native Americans of a federally recognized tribe or of the Alaska Native Corporation. Students must be pursuing a career path in natural resources.