Where to Find Minority Scholarships

Minority students will find many sources of scholarships in 2013.  Remember that many minority scholarships are for particular ethnic groups, so it always helps to look beyond the general minority scholarship and investigate the prospects of finding a scholarship for your particular minority, such as African-American scholarships, Hispanic scholarships, Asian-American scholarships, and Native-American scholarships.

Minority scholarships are often administered according to field of study, so it makes sense to investigate the professional societies, financial aid offices and college departmental offices for any particular details about minority scholarships.

Minority Scholarships by Major

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCAA) is a good place to begin for minority students in the legal field.

In the area of Health Services Research, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is a source of scholarships for minorities.

The Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program begins to accept scholarship applications in August.  The scholarships are merit-based award of up to $10,000.  Eligible fields of study include business, finance, economics, and accounting.  Students should be entering their junior or senior year of college in the fall.

The Ellen Masin Persina Scholarship for Minorities in Journalism is for minorities studying to work for newspapers, radio, TV, magazines, and trade journals.  The scholarship awards $2,500 per year for up to four years.  A minimum 2.75 GPA is required.  For more details contact the National Press Club at 529 14th Street NW 13th Floor.  Washington, DC  20045  or see their website press.org.

College-Issued Minority Scholarships

Here are some examples of minority scholarships issued by colleges.

The Alabama-Huntsville Minority Scholarship is a need-based scholarship for minorities.  The deadline is December 4th.  Eligible students have a 3.0 GPA or better, are college freshmen at the time of application, and are studying engineering at the University of Alabama – Huntsville.  For more information, contact the Admissions Office, National Society of Professional Engineers, 124 University Center, Huntsville, AL 35899, or call 204-895-6070.

The Warren Wilson College Minority Scholarship awards up to four $1,500 scholarships each year to minority students with a 3.20 GPA or better.  For further details contact the Dean of Admissions at Warren Wilson College.  Admissions Office.  701 Warren Wilson College Road.  Swannonoa, NC  28778.

Other Minority Scholarships

The Stanley E. Jackson Minority Scholarship is for a $1,000 award for college freshmen.  For more information, contact the Scholarship Committee of the Foundation for Exceptional Children, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 22091.  The deadline if February 1st.

There are also fellowship programs for minority graduate students by the Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund.

We also recommend the following book to help provide a comprehensive look at scholarships for minorities and other college financial aid opportunities for minorities: Minority Financial Aid Directory: A Guide to More Than 4,000 Educational Scholarships, Loans, Grants and Fellowships

It is a good idea to plan your search for minority scholarships while still in high school.  Start by understanding minority college grants and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) then continue your search with the help of your high school counsellor and the financial aid offices of the the colleges that interest you for updates on minority scholarships for which you are eligible.