If there's one thing I've learned since getting involved in the scholarship space, it's that scholarships come in all shapes and sizes.
By this, I mean that not only do scholarships range in terms of amount and competitiveness, but they also cater to specific groups of students, including minorities.
If you're a high school, college, or graduate school student, and you fall into any type of ethnic, gender, or disability-related minority group, you'll be glad to know that there are in fact scholarships that are out there just for you!
So, in this post, I outline over 20 scholarships for minorities. Have a scroll through to check out some of these awesome opportunities!
Deadline: January 4
Details: Open to all first-year law students of diverse backgrounds who 1) are committed to civic involvement that promotes diversity and will continue that commitment upon entering the legal profession; and 2) are committed to practicing in the location in which they are applying.
Deadline: January 12
Details: Open to graduating minority high school seniors with financial need who are planning to attend four-year colleges and universities. Must be a US citizen to apply.
Deadline: February 4
Details: Open college graduates who will be entering into the first year of their initial postgraduate studies in sports administration or a related program. Minimum 3.2 GPA. Must be enrolled in an NCAA member institution.
Details: Open to junior and senior undergraduate students majoring in hospitality management or a related degree.
Amount: $1,000 - $5,000
Deadline: March 1
Details: Candidates for the law school scholarship must be accepted to or attending a Michigan law school or be a Michigan resident attending an accredited law school in the United States. Candidates for the paralegal and secretarial scholarships must be a Michigan resident majoring in paralegal or legal secretarial studies in an accredited program.
Amount: up to $7,000
Deadline: March 17
Details: Open to students studying accounting at a Pennsylvania college or university. Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Deadline: April 15
Details: Open to high school students planning to obtain a degree in the medical or rehabilitation field. Must be a resident of (or attending school in) Minnesota or Western Wisconsin.
Deadline: May 8
Details: Open to undergraduate and graduate minority students in the US pursuing degrees in data science, business analytics, computer science, or computer information systems.
Deadline: May 15
Details: Open to undergraduate students from groups who are underrepresented in the geosciences. Qualified applicants must be U.S. Citizens studying at an accredited university or college in one of GSA’s regional sections (including Canada and Mexico).
Deadline: May 17
Details: Strong preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the importance of diverse cultural backgrounds and experiences in newsrooms. You are eligible for these scholarships if you are EITHER:
-On the path to graduating from or have graduated from a Washington state high school
-Attending a public or private college in Washington state
Deadline: May 31
Details: Open to Asian American college seniors and college students (of all majors) who have exhibited exemplary leadership, vision, and passion that is blazing a trail for others to follow and changing lives in the Asian American community.
-Must be a US citizen
-Minimum 3.5 GPA
Deadline: July 3
Details: Open to Illinois high school seniors planning to attend four-year colleges and universities. Minimum 3.0 GPA.
Deadline: August 15
Details: Open to minority students majoring in civil, chemical, mechanical, electrical or environmental engineering or one of the environmental sciences (e.g. geology, hydrogeology, ecology).
Deadline: September 30
Details: Open to undergraduate students who self-identify as one or more of the following: Woman, LGBTQIA+, Person with disability, Military Veteran, Indigenous, Native American or Alaskan Native, Asian American, Black, African American, Hispanic or Latino/Latina, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander.
*This scholarship is open to international students (see scholarship page for the list of countries).
Deadline: November 15
Details: Open to young women or gender non-conforming undergraduate students attending college in the US.
Deadline: November 15
Details: Open to minority graduate students enrolled in accredited masters or doctoral programs.
In addition to all of the scholarships for minorities that exist, there are also tons and tons of great free resources out there for minority students.
Some are college admissions-related, while others are paying for college or career-focused. If you're looking for additional reading, check these out first!