Scholarships for Students of Color

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Scholarships for Black & African American Students

Poise Foundation’s Agnes Jones Jackson NAACP Scholarship

Named for a prominent member of the organization, the NAACP offers the Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship to between twenty and forty students each year, regardless of whether they are undergraduate or graduate students. While the amount of the award varies from year to year, it can be up to $2,000. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, members of the NAACP, under the age of 25, and either currently enrolled or have a letter of acceptance to an accredited college or university. Undergraduate students must be full-time students and have a 2.5 GPA or better. Graduate students may be full-time or part-time and have a GPA of 3.0 or better. Applications open in March of 2020 and must be in by May 2020.

Scholarships for Middle Eastern & Arabic Students

AAIF Helen Abbott Community Service Award

The Arab American Institute Foundation’s Helen Abbott Community Service Award recognizes students of Arabic descent who have shown dedication to their community with up to three $1,000 scholarships. Applicants should be high school seniors or currently enrolled undergraduate students, with at least a 3.0 GPA, a resume detailing community service activities, two letters of recommendation, and a 700-word essay describing how their major relates to community service. Completed applications must be turned in by March 1.


Iranian Scholarship Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

The Iranian Scholarship Foundation is dedicated to helping Iranian American students obtain college degrees. The amount of the award varies from year to year and is generally given to one recipient. Candidates should be of Iranian descent, undergraduate students at or accepted to a four-year university in the U.S., be able to show financial need, maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher, actively participate in community service, and submit an SAT score of 1250 or greater or ACT score of 27 or greater, if a high school senior. Applicants should submit high school and/or undergraduate transcripts, 2 letters of recommendation (one from a teacher, one from a volunteer organization), completed essay questions, and a copy of IRS form 4506 along with their application. Applications are usually due by June 30.

Scholarships for Asian & Pacific Islander Students

APIA Scholarship

The APIA Scholars organization offers a variety of scholarships, ranging in value from one-time $2,500 scholarships up to $20,000 multi-year prizes. Eligibility requirements include being of Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity using U.S. Census guidelines, enrollment as an undergraduate student at an accredited university in the fall semester, a GPA of 2.7 or higher (or hold a GED), a completed FAFSA application, and one letter of recommendation. The scholarship is open to legal citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., as well as citizens of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau. Those who live at or below the poverty level; are the first in their families to attend college; and focus on leadership, community service, and academic achievement will have the strongest advantages. Applications are accepted each year between September and January.


Dingwall Foundation Korean Ancestry Grant

The Dingwall Foundation’s Korean Ancestry Grant aims to support Asian-American students in obtaining undergraduate degrees, with seven awards of up to $10,000, although the amount and number of awards can vary. Qualified applicants must have at least one Asian grandparent, with a preference towards those of Korean heritage, and a minimum GPA of 3.5. Along with the application, candidates must submit a 1,000-word essay supporting their application, two to three letters of recommendation from teachers, an official transcript from their university (or high school, in the event of freshmen applicants), and an academic resume or curriculum vitae. Applications are due by April 1, and any supporting documents sent by mail must be postmarked April 1.

Scholarships for Native American & Alaskan Students

Catching the Dream Scholarship

The Catching the Dream foundation has been providing Native American students with scholarships since 1986, with over 95% of eligible applicants receiving at least some scholarship funds, in amounts ranging from $500 to $5,000. To be eligible, a student must be at least one quarter Native American and a registered member of a U.S. tribe, attending a university within the U.S. on a full-time basis in a program to obtain a bachelor’s degree or higher. As part of the application, students need to provide three letters of recommendation and a double-spaced, typed, 5-page essay covering their academic achievements, career plans, service to Native communities, leadership experience and other scholarships applied for/received. Other documents include a financial need analysis, a copy of the student or parent’s tax returns, a Certificate of Indian Blood, official academic transcripts from high school and any universities attended, copies of standardized test scores, copy of letter of admission (if incoming freshman), and a 2’x3′ color photo headshot of the applicant. Applications must be typed and sent by mail. Deadlines go by semester: March 15 for summer semester, April 30 for fall semester, and September 15 for spring semester.

American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship

The American Indian College Fund’s Full Circle Scholarship aims to help American Indian and Native Alaskan students to obtain degrees, whether undergraduate or graduate, from accredited tribal colleges, private non-profit schools, and public universities. Qualified applicants must be either U.S. citizens or Canadians eligible to attend U.S. schools under the Jay treaty, enrolled in any certificate or degree program at a valid institution, able to prove tribal affiliation, and have at least a 2.0 GPA. The application should include the answers to three essay questions; a professional, digital photo (file size of 1.5 MB or greater); a scan of tribal ID card or Certificate of Indian Blood; and most recent, unofficial college transcript (or high school transcript or GED score, for incoming freshmen). Applications are due by May 31 each year.

Udall Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

The Udall Foundation provides access to scholarships for students of any race planning to study conservation or environmental issues, or for Native Americans or Native Alaskans majoring in tribal policy or healthcare. The scholarship, which can be worth up to $7,000, also includes five days in Tucson, Arizona, for scholar orientation and access to the foundation’s alumni network. To apply, candidates need to contact their nearest Udall representative, who can grant access to the application. The form requires answers to 11 questions; an 800-word essay on a work or statement by Morris K. Udall or Stewart L. Udall and how it applies to the candidate’s goals; and three letters of recommendation detailing the candidate’s leadership experience, community service, and academic accomplishments. Applications are due by March 5.

Daughters of the American Revolution American Indian Scholarship

The Daughters of the American Revolution provide this $4,000 scholarship each year to Native Americans of any tribe who are studying for undergraduate or graduate degrees (although undergraduate applicants are preferred). Applicants need to provide proof of American Indian descent, demonstrate financial need, and have a GPA of 3.25 or greater. The application also requires a 1,000-word essay detailing career plans; a copy of the most recent high school or college transcript; financial need information; proof of U.S. citizenship; a list of extracurricular activities, honors, and scholastic achievements; and a 100-word statement about why you are deserving of the scholarship. Applications open August 1 each year, must be turned in by midnight February 15.

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