Minority Scholarships for 2019

Last updated: April 23, 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.

 
2

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.

 
3

Fellowships

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

 
4

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.

Zuni Tribal Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: October 30, 2019

Students of the Zuni Tribe are eligible for this award. Applicants must be accepted to or enrolled in a college institution.

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).

IES Merit-Based David Porter Diversity Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: November 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.

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.

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.

CIRI Foundation General Scholarships

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: December 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.

The Titan Web Agency Scholarship Program

Amount: $500

Deadline: December 1, 2019

This scholarship is geared toward those looking to build a business who are in financial need. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: December 31, 2019

Applicants must plan to pursue a career in state/provincial or local government finance, and have a letter of recommendation form someone who can speak to their commitment to the public sector.

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.

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.

National Medical Fellowships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The National Medical Fellowships awards financial support to underrepresented minority students demonstrating leadership and currently enrolled in a graduate level healthcare program in the US. Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Community service will also be considered in application process.

Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The MBA Fellowship is designed to increase interest in financial services among black, hispanic and native american business school students.

TELACU College Success Program Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Applicants for the TELACU College Success Program must be first-generation college students from a low to moderate household income. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required.

Native American Seminary

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Native American students seeking a degree at a University Senate approved seminary are eligible to apply. Candidates must have a minimum of a 3 year membership in the UMC (United Methodist Church).

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.

Ron Brown Scholars Program

Amount: $40,000

Deadline: January 9, 2020

African American students in their senior year of high school are eligible for this scholarship program. This scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate an interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship, and global citizenship

APIASF General Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 11, 2020

Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or more, be of asian or Island Pacific Islander ethnicity, and must fill out a FAFSA to apply. See website for further details.

A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 15, 2020

Candidates for this award are full-time undergraduate or graduate students who are pursuing a degree in medicine, engineering, physical science, natural resources, math or science.

United South & Eastern Tribes

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 15, 2020

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

Diversity Advancement Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 17, 2020

This scholarship is available to minority students who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are enrolled in or plan to enroll in a NAAB-accredited architecture program.

Minorities In Government Finance Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: January 18, 2020

The scholarship aims to recognize and encourage outstanding graduate or upper level undergraduate minority students enrolled in a course of study preparing for a career in state or local government finance. The applicant must be willing to pursue fields with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management.

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program

Amount: $18,000

Deadline: January 31, 2020

This scholarship awards graduate students pursuing a degree in sociology demonstrating strong mental health research and/or interest. Students will be selected based on intent on research and development in mental health, academic achievement and financial need.

Esperanza Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 31, 2020

This scholarship is awarded to a student of Hispanic heritage pursuing the dream of a career in communications. 

Edward S. Roth Manufacturing Engineering Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Minorities of any group are eligible to apply for this award. Candidates are high school seniors and undergraduate or graduate students. Students must be pursuing a degree in manufacturing engineering at an ABET accredited school.

Vincint and Catherine Sansalone Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Students must be enrolled in a math or science program at an accredited U.S. university. Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher for consideration. Preference for students of Italian descent.

Chickasaw Nation Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Chickasaw citizens who are pursuing higher education are eligible for numerous awards. Details for current scholarships and eligibility are listed on the website.

RMHC/HACER National Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: February 5, 2020

Applicants must be continuing undergraduate students at UCSD who are actively involved in the lesbian and gay community. Applicants must be openly LGBTQ.

Pauahi Foundation Public Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 8, 2020

Candidates must be attending a trade, vocational or undergraduate institution. Preference is given to students of Hawaiian ancestry.

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: March 15, 2020

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.

Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholarships

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: March 15, 2020

The scholarship is intended for students entering or attending law school and demonstrate a commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law. The applicant must be US citizen and demonstrate merit and financial need before applying for the scholarship.

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

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: March 15, 2020

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 the future.

Anna N Dosen Serbian Educational Fund

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Graduating seniors and undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this award. Must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher and pursue a degree in health related fields. Preference to students of Serbian heritage.

A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship

Amount: up to $2,000

Deadline: March 31, 2020

This scholarship is awarded to college students who are AISES members of American Indian or Alaskan Native ethnicity, and are pursuing a degree in engineering, medicine, natural resources, math, and other sciences. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Native American and Alaska Natives are preferred.

Herbert Lehman Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Student must be enrolled in a full-time accredited university. Must have a record of excellence in academic achievement and commitment to community service.

Great Minds in Stem Scholarship Program

Amount: $500-$10,000

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community. Applicant must also be enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4-year undergraduate or graduate program and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Must be pursuing a STEM degree.

EMPOWER Scholarships

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: April 15, 2020

The EMPOWER Scholarship, supports minority students who are pursuing a career in a medical or rehabilitation field.

Mae & Mary Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: April 30, 2020

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, 2020

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.

Moss Adams Foundation

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: April 30, 2020

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.

LiveLikeLyly Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: May 6, 2020

Scholarship applicants must be of at least 25% Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity, be pursuing a major in fashion or graphic design, have demonstrated involvement in community service, extracurricular, or other activities, and have a minimum GPA of at least 3.0.

TMCF Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 27, 2020

Scholarships are available through the Guam Society of America to students pursuing undergraduate degrees. Current scholarships and eligibility requirements are listed on the website.

George Washington Carver Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline: May 30, 2020

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

Guam Society of America Scholarship Program

Amount: $7,500

Deadline: May 30, 2020

Applicant must be of Armenian heritage, be a full-time graduate student at a top tier American university and have a minimum of 3.5 GPA to apply.

American Indian Nurse Scholarship Awards

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: June 1, 2020

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.

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship

Amount: $20,000

Deadline: July 1, 2020

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.

Immigration Scholarship Essay Contest

Amount: $500

Deadline: July 1, 2020

Any U.S. resident that has been accepted to an accredited university can apply. Applicants are asked to answer questions on immigration for a chance to win.

Denny's Hungry for Education Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: August 18, 2020

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

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Amount: $45,000

Deadline: September 1, 2020

Applicants must be studying a discipline related to NOAA's programs and mission at an accredited minority serving institution within the United States, and maintain a GPA of at least 3.2.

Catching The Dream Program

Amount: Varies

Deadline: September 15, 2020

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.

Golden Door Scholars

Amount: Varies

Deadline: September 16, 2020

Applicants from states where DACA or TPS should have strong academic performance. Students attending community college or public universities paying out-of-state-tuition are perfered.

Golden Door Scholars

Amount: Varies

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Applicants from states where DACA or TPS should have strong academic performance. Students attending community college or public universities paying out-of-state-tuition are perfered.