Scholarships and Resources for Minority Students

Discover 40 scholarship opportunities and additional student support that can help make your college and career dreams a reality.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to go to college. But it doesn’t come cheap, and even after getting in, it can be tough to find academic and career support without knowing where to look. As a minority student, there are countless financial, educational and professional resources designed to help you afford college and prepare for your chosen career. On this page, we’ve highlighted more than 40 minority-focused scholarships and resources that help make higher education more diverse and accessible – including those for students who plan to pursue degrees and careers in public service fields like environmental conservation, law enforcement, and public policy. Read on to find the help you need paying for and succeeding in college.

Scholarships & Grants for Minority Students

Many general and public-service-oriented scholarships exist for minority students. This gift aid can help offset the cost of college dramatically, making it easier to earn a degree without breaking the bank. Browse the list below to see which awards you may qualify for.

General Scholarships & Grants

Organization

BLM² Scholarship Foundation

Amount

$1,000

Deadline

7/3/20 (Annual)

Eligibility

This biblically-based program serves minority students of all ethnic/racial backgrounds who demonstrate commitment to high achievement. They must also plan to attend a four-year college.

How to Apply

Applicants must live in Illinois and provide official transcripts demonstrating a 3.0 or higher GPA. They must also supply official ACT/SAT scores and answers to essay questions.

Organization

Burger Kind McLamore Foundation

Amount

Up to $50,000

Deadline

12/15/20 (Annual)

Eligibility

Students from any minority group can apply to this award if they work at Burger King or have a relative who does. They must have a high school GPA of 2.5 or higher and be starting a degree at a two-year, four-year, or vocational school.

How to Apply

Applicants must provide a completed form, evidence of BK employment, official transcripts, resume, community service information, and financial details.

Arab Americans and Other Middle Eastern Americans

Asian Americans & Pacific Islander Americans

Black / African Americans

Hispanic / Latinx Americans

Native Americans & Alaska Natives

Scholarships & Grants in Public Service

Organization

American College of Healthcare Executives

Amount

$5,000

Deadline

4/30/20 (Annual)

Eligibility

Minority students currently enrolled full-time in an MHA, MPH, or MBA in healthcare administration or a similar topic can apply if in their final year of studies.

How to Apply

Scholarship requirements include demonstrated financial need, current resume, undergraduate and graduate transcripts, three reference letters, and an application essay.

Organization

American Political Science Association

Amount

Up to $4,000

Deadline

4/17/21 (Annual)

Eligibility

Students of African American, Asian Pacific, Latino, or Native American heritage can receive APSA funding if working towards a doctorate in political science or public administration.

How to Apply

Application checklist includes an online application form, letter of enrollment verification, official transcripts, and two letters of recommendation.

Arab Americans and Other Middle Eastern Americans

Asian Americans & Pacific Islander Americans

Black / African Americans

Hispanic / Latinx Americans

Native Americans & Alaska Natives

Academic and Career Resources for Minority Students

Many no-cost resources exist to help minority students find information on financial aid, professional development and networking opportunities, advocacy programs, and educational support. We highlight a few top options in the following sections, but students are encouraged to do additional research to find resources fitting their professional goals and personal background.

Financial Aid

30 Top Scholarships for Public Service StudentsUse this handy resource to find additional scholarships tailored specifically towards public service degrees and careers at every level.

Getting Financial Aid for Your Public Service DegreeMany other types of financial aid exist beyond scholarships and grants for students who agree to use their educations to serve others for a time after graduating.

Reducing Your Student Loans Through Acts of Public ServiceState and federal governments provide several student loan forgiveness programs to professionals who use their talents to make the world a better place. Learn about some of the opportunities in this helpful guide.

Professional Development and Networking

The National Alliance of Black School EducatorsNASBE serves African American and Black educators throughout the country by providing access to an annual conference, networking opportunities, continuing education programming, professional development services, and a regularly updated career center.

Transcultural Nursing SocietyThe TNS brings together nursing professionals of all racial and ethnic backgrounds from across the world. The group provides a trade journal, access to local chapters, networking programs, conferences, and opportunities for certification.

Hispanic American Police Command Officers AssociationMembers of HAPCOA gain access to an annual symposium, career awards, job information, local and national events, and information on industry news.

Advocacy Groups

Asian American Legal Defense and Education FundThe AALDEF advocates on behalf of Asian Americans throughout the country by protecting and promoting civil rights. The group also offers information on economic justice, educational equity, immigrant rights, and environmental justice.

Native Indian Education AssociationAdvocating at the federal and state levels, the NIEA supports Native American and Alaska Native individuals by providing advocacy resources, resolutions, and a presence at Capitol Hill.

The Association of Black PsychologistsABPSI works to advance and promote the work of black psychologists through advocacy programming, publications, and programs focused on bringing greater awareness to their research and clinical work.

Public Service Education

The State of Change: An Analysis of Women and People of Color in the Philanthropic SectorThe Council on Foundations conducted a study to examine how the demographic makeup of the philanthropic sector has changed over time, with specific emphasis on building parity in the hiring and promoting of minority professionals.

Minority Teacher RecruitmentThe National Education Association developed a policy resolution on increasing the number of minority educators. The group provides a breakdown on issues around creating equity between minority and majority teaching populations.

National Environmental Professionals of ColorOrganized by the Center for Diversity & the Environment, this group champions educational and professional opportunities for minority individuals looking to work in environmental and conservation positions.