Anything that separates you from the crowd is grounds to qualify for a scholarship for minorities. The trick – if there is one – is to determine what makes you unique. This goes beyond your race or gender, although these are the top two minority indicators. Don’t forget to research based on your religion, career field, home state, and existing medical conditions.
Below you’ll one merit based scholarship and one financial need based scholarship for three major minority groups. This list is by no means inclusive; further research into minority programs is recommended.
Are you a woman?
Delta Gamma Foundation Scholarship (Merit Based)
Initiated Delta Gamma members with a 3.0 GPA or higher qualify for this scholarship. This scholarship is only awarded for undergrad studies, and award amount varies.
Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund (Need Based)
This scholarship offers six $1,000 scholarships and sixty $10,000 scholarships annually. You must have earned your diploma or equivalent document no less than 10 years prior to application.
Are you African American?
Earl G. Graves Scholarship (Merit Based)
This scholarship pays a maximum of $5,000 annually to qualifying students. To qualify, you must be a full time student, in the top 20% of your class and attending an accredited education institution.
Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship (Need Based)
This is a need-based scholarship that gives $1,500 to full time undergrads or $2,500 to full time grad students. The amount of the scholarship is scaled by 50% for part time students.
Are you Hispanic?
Catharine Lealtad Scholarship (Merit Based)
This program awards between $3,000 and $5,000 to qualifying Latinos, based on your achievement during high school. The program is only available for those attending Macalester College.
Idaho Minority and “At Risk” Student Scholarship (Need Based)
This scholarship is specifically for those that may not finish college due to cultural, economic or physical difficulties. It awards $3,000 annually to qualifying Idaho minority residents.
Need based scholarships often require the submission of the FAFSA form to the U.S. Department of Education. This should be your first step.