Scholarships for Minorities

Scholarships for Minorities

Minority representation at U.S. colleges and universities has increased over the years. Luckily, there are countless scholarships out there for African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native-American, and Pacific-Islander students. And minority status isn’t limited to race and ethnic background; some minority scholarship programs also include women and LGBTQ students. If you belong to any of these categories, check out these scholarship opportunities:

  1. Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Award: $500 to $5,000

Available to: Hispanic heritage students who have filed a FAFSA or completed a state-based financial aid application (if applicable) and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for college students (must be enrolled full-time) or 3.0 for high school students.

  1. ACS Scholars Program

Award: Up to $5,000

Available to: Hispanic, African-American, or American Indian students who are enrolled full-time and are U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Must plan to have a career in the chemical sciences and have demonstrated financial need.

  1. Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarships African American Future Achievers

Award: Varies

Available to: High school seniors under 21 years old who have at least one parent of African American or Black Caribbean heritage.

  1. Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

Award: Varies from one-time $2,500 awards to multi-year $20,000 awards

Available to: Asian American and Pacific Islander students who are enrolled or are planning on enrolling as an undergraduate student, are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.7 and have completed a FAFSA.

  1. The Future is Female Scholarship

Award: $3,000

Available to: Female students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 who are planning on enrolling, are currently enrolled, or have graduated from college and are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

  1. UPS Scholarship for Minority Students

Award: $4,000

Available to: African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Pacific Islander, American Indian or Alaska Native undergraduate students enrolled in an accredited course of study in industrial engineering in any school in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.

  1. Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Award: Up to $30,000 over four years

Available to: Minority students graduating high school who plan to attend an accredited and approved four-year school in the U.S. Must have a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined on the math and critical reading sections or a composite ACT score of 21.

  1. Filipino Nurses’ Organization of Hawai’i Scholarship

Award: $1,000

Available to: Undergraduate or graduate students of Filipino ancestry who attend an accredited two or four year not-for-profit school full-time in the U.S. Must be residents of Hawai’i, demonstrate financial need, and have a minimum GPA of 2.7.

  1. Blacks at Microsoft Scholarships

Award: Two awards of $5,000

Available to: High school seniors of African descent who plan to attend a four-year school in the fall following high school graduation and intend on pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, computer information systems, or select business programs. Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and require financial assistance to attend college.

  1. Mas Family Scholarships

Award: Varies

Available to: Students born in Cuba or of direct Cuban descent who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and are considered financially needy.

  1. Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

Award: $1,000 (four-year university) or $500 (two-year college)

Available to: Students enrolled or planning to enroll as a full-time student at an accredited two or four-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories. Must demonstrate financial need and have at least one parent of Hispanic heritage.

  1. Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Award: Multiple awards of $1,500

Available to: Full-time students attending an accredited school who are seeking an associate degree or higher and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Must be enrolled in the respective tribe from continental U.S. tribes or Alaska Native.

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