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Introduction: Scholarships for Minority Students

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, know that there are in fact scholarships that are out there just for you.

So, in this post, I outline 25 scholarships for minorities. Have a scroll through to check out some of these awesome opportunities!

The List: Scholarships for Minorities

  • Amount: $15,000

    Deadline: January 7

    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.

  • Amount: $30,000

    Deadline: January 10

    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.

  • Amount: $4,000

    Deadline: January 31

    Details: Open to minority graduate students enrolled in accredited masters or doctoral programs. Must have demonstrated financial need.

  • Amount: $5,000

    Deadline: February 1

    Details: Open to minority students in their final two years of undergraduate study or pursuing a graduate degree in landscape architecture.

  • Amount: $10,000

    Deadline: February 1

    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.

  • Amount: $3,000

    Deadline: Mid-March

    Details: Open to junior and senior undergraduate students majoring in hospitality management or a related degree.

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: March 31

    Details: Open to continuing or returning African American women pursuing undergraduate degrees.

  • Amount: $5,000

    Deadline: April 1

    Details: Open to high school seniors of ethnic minorities who have been accepted into an ABET-accredited engineering program at a four-year college or university. Must be a US citizen.

  • Amount: $10,000 (US students)

    Deadline: April 7

    Details: Open to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in business/commerce, computer science, engineering, math, physics, statistics, or a related discipline.

    A person with a (visible or non-visible) disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring, issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider to be a daily function); this definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists. We know that 90% of disabilities on campus are invisible, and candidates with all disabilities are encouraged to apply

  • Amount: up to $7,000

    Deadline: April 10

    Details: Open to students studying accounting at a Pennsylvania college or university. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

  • Amount: $5,000

    Deadline: Varies (April 15, October 1)

    Details: Open to students studying abroad on any program offered by a member organization. Minimum 3.5 GPA.

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: April 15

    Details: Open to all high school and college students in the US, including DACA recipients. Students who identify as part of a minority or who are/will be first-generation college students are encouraged to apply.

  • Amount: N/A

    Deadline: April 22

    Details: For women and minority students pursuing degrees in video game arts at four-year colleges/universities. Must show dedication to supporting the LGBTQ+ community

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: April 30

    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.

  • Amount: $1,200

    Deadline: May 1

    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

  • Amount: $1,500

    Deadline: May 3

    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).

  • Amount: $1,500

    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

  • Amount: $1,000

    Deadline: Varies (June 30, December 31)

    Details: This is one of our own no-essay scholarship opportunities, open to high school students of all years! As with all of our scholarships, we highly encourage minority students to apply. 

  • Amount: Full-tuition

    Deadline: September 15

    Details: Open to high school seniors from low-income households who are planning on enrolling in a four-year college or university in the US. Minimum 3.3 GPA.

  • Amount: $750 

    Deadline: November 15

    Details: Open to young women or gender non-conforming undergraduate students attending college in the US.

  • Amount: $1,000 

    Deadline: December 15

    Details: Open to high school seniors and current college students. Must be pursuing a degree in a medical field such as therapy, nursing, medicine, nutrition, laboratory science, dentistry, health law, etc. Preference will be given to students with physical disabilities.

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: Varies

    Details: Open to minority undergraduate students pursuing degrees in STEM - specifically engineering or computer science.

  • Amount: Varies

    Deadline: Varies

    Details: Open to minority students of all years attending an HBCU. 

  • Amount: $4,000 per year

    Deadline: Varies (August 1, December 2)

    Details: Open to Florida residents in a teacher education program at any of FFMT's participating universities/colleges. Must be a junior or senior in college, or a graduate school student.

  • Amount: $5,000

    Deadline: Reopening in 2025

    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).

Additional reading and resources for scholarships for minority students

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!

  • Young Invincibles - promotes the well-being of young people. Higher education is one of its specific focuses, and they also have some great Adulting resources!
  • NAACP Job Finder - connects diverse students with job opportunities
  • INROADS - provides educational and career-related support to college students. 80% of the organization's members are first-gen.
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