Being a minority poses certain challenges that other individuals
might not have to endure. When it comes to education, poverty,
geographic region, and access to tutors and other opportunities
may limit the potential for some.
In the United States and around the world there are private and
public organizations that strive to provide more and better
opportunities for minority students. One way to help these young
individuals achieve their dreams is by helping them further
their education. That’s where scholarships can be incredibly
There are many different scholarships available (more than 3
million in total), between private universities and colleges and
those for which only a select few are even eligible. For
minorities, whether they are African-American, Native American,
or another heritage, earning a scholarship can be the difference
between success in life and watching those dreams pass them by.
Here are the top 10 minority scholarships that are available on
the national level (meaning they can be applied for by any
minority, regardless of which state they live or where they plan
to attend college).
National Achievement Scholarship Program.
This scholarship is made available through National Merit
Scholarship Corporation. This organization has been a consistent
leader in providing scholarships for thousands of students
through the years and offers this particular one to deserving
and ambitious Black American youth.
The main goal of the National Achievement Scholarship Program is
to “increase educations opportunities for academically
accomplished Black American students and encourage colleges to
broaden their recruiting efforts.”
This particular scholarship is transitioning to the Achievement
Capstone Program in 2016. Black American students interested in
this scholarship need to be highly achieved in school with
strong community service and ambition.
Learn more about this scholarship and its future through National
Merit Scholarship Corporation.
CHCI Scholarship Program.
This scholarship is available for Latino college students. It is
designed to help provide critical financial assistance to Latino
students who are already enrolled in college. In order to
qualify, the student needs to be in good academic standing and
have a history of performing public service oriented activities
throughout their communities.
The awards are: $1,000 for a community college or AA/AS granting
institution, $2,500 for a 4 year academic institution, and
$5,000 for a graduate level institution.
The scholarships are intended to provide financial support for
tuition, room and board, books, and other direct educational
To learn more about this scholarship, visit CHCI.
Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs.
The purpose of the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs is to
help increase diversity in the nation’s colleges and
universities. In order to achieve this, a more racially diverse
student body is necessary.
There are numerous scholarships for minorities available to
students through this program at all levels of college careers.
In order to qualify, the student must be a legal citizen or
resident of the United State, show proof of superior academic
achievement, and be committed to teaching and research at the
college or university level.
Learn more about these scholarship opportunities through the Ford
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
This organization is dedicated to providing financial support to
Hispanic students throughout the United States. In order to
qualify, the student needs to be of Hispanic descent, either
directly or through family lineage.
There are different scholarships for students to consider
applying for, so any Hispanic student wishing to take advantage
of this opportunity should check out theHispanic
Scholarship Fund website directly.
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation.
Students who have Korean ancestry may be eligible for any one of
the scholarships available through this organization. The
Foundation offers private scholarships for Korean American
students, focuses on promoting community and civic service among
students, and nurtures pride in Korean cultural heritage and
In order to qualify, the student needs to show a clear financial
need for assistance, possess strong scholastic achievement, have
recommendation letters, compose an essay, and show
Learn more about these scholarships through the Korean
American Scholarship Foundation.
American Bar Foundation Summer Research Grants.
The American Bar Foundation provides summer research grants for
minority students, up to $3,000 that can be used to pay for some
aspect of their college educational expenses. Each grant is
provided to a different school, and they can change from one
year to the next so it’s a good idea to check with the college
or university about availability.
In order to quality, seniors cannot apply for the summer months
following graduation. Only one grant is available to students
each academic calendar. Learn about these grants by viewing Northwestern
devoted to this minority based grant.
National Association of Black Journalists.
There are several scholarships available to Black students who
are actively pursuing a degree in journalism. The Allison E.
Fisher Scholarship, Carole Simpson Scholarship, and Larry
Whiteside Scholarship are just a sampling of what’s available.
Students must be members of the National Association of Black
Journalists, must be enrolled full-time in an accredited college
or university, must have a major in journalism or communications
related discipline, and must meet certain GPA requirements.
Learn about specific requirements at the NABJ
National Medical Fellowships.
The mission of National Medical Fellowships is to provide
scholarships to underrepresented minorities in medicine and
health professions. There are a number of scholarships available
to a wide range of minority students.
Learn more about these opportunities through the National
Medical Fellowships website.
Xerox Minority Scholarships.
The company Xerox provides some great scholarships for
minorities, from $1,000 to $10,000. All minority students are
eligible to apply if they are enrolled in an accredited four
year college or university and pursuing a technical degree.
To learn about specific GPA and other requirements, visit Xerox’s
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority
This particular fellowship is made available three times per
year for the Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social
Innovation in Washington, D.C. Research, writing, and other
requirements are necessary for minority students to be
considered for this fellowship.
The students must exhibit an interest in nonprofit work and
philanthropy. To learn more and apply, visit the Aspen
Institute Program’s page dedicated
to this minority fellowship program.