Scholarships for Students of Color

Scholarship Opportunities for Students of Color 

There are countless organizations that award scholarships to help students of color (especially women) fund various aspects of their education, ranging from tuition to textbook expenses to other miscellaneous fees. The goal of these scholarships is to give students like you the opportunity to earn money to put toward your education so you can stress less, learn more, and enjoy the college experience for everything that it has to offer. 

Below, we have outlined a handful of scholarship opportunities available specifically for students of color (some specific to women) which range in award amount, competitiveness, and area of study/interest. In addition to the ones listed below, if you are enrolled in or planning on attending one of the 101 HBCU’s located in the United States, make sure to check out your university’s scholarship website for more school-specific opportunities to take advantage of. 

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Brown & Caldwell Minority Scholarship Program

Brown & Caldwell values diversity in the workplace, supporting organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers. They offer a $5,000 Minority Scholarship to support students who identify as minorities and are interested in pursuing a career in the environmental profession.

Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship

The Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college seniors and graduate students 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.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation Scholarships (multiple)

Completing one general online application enters you in the selection process for more than 70 need-based scholarship funds. They have scholarships that benefit students of many ages, academic abilities, and areas of interest. By submitting a general application, we’ll take the information you entered and see which Community Foundation scholarships you qualify for. With one application, you’ll be in the running for the $1+ million they award every year.

Korean American Scholarship Foundation (multiple scholarships)

KASF scholarships (which range from $500 to $5,000) are offered to the qualified Korean American students (including foreign students from Korea). All applicants must be enrolled in a full time program in the U.S during the scholarship application year. If extra funds are available, other students (non Koreans) may qualify for scholarships. Specifically, descendants of American veterans served during the Korean War may qualify for scholarships (applicable to selective regions).

To apply for KASF scholarships, it is very important to follow the specific requirements and instructions of the region where the applicant’s school is/will be located during the scholarship application year as the type and amount of available scholarships may differ from region to region.

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

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.

NAAAP Philadelphia Future Leaders Scholarship Program

The National Association of Asian American Professionals – Philadelphia (NAAAP Philadelphia) strives to cultivate and develop the leaders of tomorrow. They created this scholarship in 2010 to recognize and reward Asian American students in the Philadelphia region who have demonstrated strong leadership potential. As Asian American becomes the fastest-growing ethnic minority group in the U.S., they firmly believe that leadership, the drive and ability to generate positive social impact, will become a critical element for the betterment of our community at large.

David Hudak Memorial Essay Contest for Freethinking Students of Color

Open only to freethinking students of color ages 17-21.

This contest is offered to provide support and acknowledgment for freethinking students of color, as a minority within a minority. People of Color refers to all racial groups that are not white. Specifically, any person who is not considered white, including African-Americans, Hispanic- Americans, Asian-Americans, and others. FFRF offers other essay contests open to all students in your age group. Students may only enter one FFRF contest annually. Applicant must submit a 400-600 words essay with the topic “Living and Thriving Without Religion”.

Warner Norcross and Judd LLP Diversity Law Scholarship 

The Firm sponsors an annual Diversity Law Scholarship Program that awards $5,000 to a law school student and $2,000 to a paralegal/legal assistant student or $1,000 to a legal secretarial student. 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.

NWSA Women of Color Caucus Awards

The purpose of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Women of Color Caucus-Frontiers Student Essay Awards is to discover, encourage, and promote the intellectual development of emerging scholars who engage in critical theoretical discussions and/or analyses about feminist/womanist issues concerning women and girls of color in the United States and diasporas. One (1) $500 award is available for a woman of color who is a current graduate student and member of NWSA.

Northwest Journalists of Color Scholarships

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
    OR
  • Attending a public or private college in Washington state

National Black MBA Association Undergraduate Scholarship Program (multiple scholarships)

Our Collegiate Partnership Program is designed for establishing long-term holistic partnerships with institutions of higher education. Our goal is to ultimately increase placement rates of student members and the overall impact of NBMBAA® in education and wealth creation. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

NAACP (multiple scholarships)

The NAACP currently offers three scholarships (details below) for college students along with a wide range of scholarships for graduate students, which can be found here.

  • Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship - must be a current member of the NAACP and demonstrate financial need. Maximum scholarship amount = $2,000.00
  • Hubertus W.V. Willems Scholarship for Male Students - must be a male, US citizen majoring in one of the following fields: Physics, Mathematical Sciences, Engineering, or Chemistry. NAACP membership highly desirable. Maximum scholarship award = $3,000.00 
  • Phi Beta Sigma James Weldon Johnson Scholarship - must be an NAACP member. 2 essays required. Maximum scholarship award = $3,000.00 per student with the potential to be a recurring scholarship for up to 2 years. 

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) (multiple scholarships)

The UNCF offers dozens of scholarships, internships, programs, and fellowships that African American students can apply to or get involved with. Scholarships are offered to appeal to a wide variety of majors and areas of study. Each scholarship has its own award amount, due date, and eligibility requirements, however, for most scholarships, it is recommended that students complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) before applying. 

National Black Nurses Association (multiple scholarships) 

The NBNA Scholarship Program is designed to offer aid specifically to nurses and other health professionals who are enrolled in continuing education programs. There are currently over 10 scholarships being offered, ranging from $1,000 - $3,000 in award amount. Applicants must be a member of the NBNA and be currently enrolled in a nursing program. 

CBC Spouses Education Scholarship 

This scholarship is open to African American or Black students who are pursuing an associate, undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required. Must exhibit leadership skills and participate in community service. Official transcript and 2 essay prompts required. 

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program

Chosen Jackie Robinson Scholars receive a four-year grant (up to $30,000) to the undergraduate institution of their choice, and additionally, are provided with extensive support and mentoring throughout the college process. The program goes beyond just a scholarship by guiding scholars to become independent, gain leadership skills, explore career options, and more. 

Ron Brown Scholarship

RBSP offers awards of $10,000 for 4 years (total of $40,000) to economically disadvantaged African American students who exhibit a strong dedication to serving the community and a passion for ongoing learning. The scholarship is open to students pursuing any and all academic disciplines. Must be a current high school senior to apply. 

Davis Scholarship for Women in STEM

The Davis Scholarship is designed specifically to offer minority women the opportunity to help fund a future career in STEM fields. Sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students attending UNCF-member institutions are eligible to apply. Transcript and essay required. Must have a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0. 

The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund

The SCSF provides grants paid directly to each student’s university or institution for every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly. The grant can be utilized not only for tuition expenses, but also for books, lab fees, and more. Community service is a requirement as a Shawn Carter Scholar. 

The ELC Scholarship Program - (multiple programs)

The ELC offers 7 undergraduate scholarship programs, all mainly focused around students pursuing business, STEM, or engineering degrees. 

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship is designed specifically for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, and Pacific Islander students intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 is required to apply. Scholarships range from $1,000 - $4,000. 

National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs

NANBPWC offers multiple scholarships for Black female students who are pursuing a wide range of career paths, from education to business to majors in STEM. Each scholarship has specific requirements.

Craig D Butler Foundation Scholarship

CDB aims to aid young adults from under-served communities in Philadelphia to pursue higher education. Each year, the CDB Scholarship Foundation will seek future high school graduates to offer financial support as they pursue their dreams in the aftermath of gun violence.

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