Minority and Diversity Related Scholarships

Many different types of scholarships are available to minorities, LGBTQ, and women. These scholarships can be used as a supplement to financial aid or to assist students who are not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Minorities can receive more than one scholarship, so it may be worthwhile to investigate the different organizations having scholarships available. Scholarships are offered through many groups, including charitable organizations, corporations, institutions, advocacy groups, government and professional associations. Excellent resources for other minority scholarships not listed here are Making College Affordable: Scholarships, Grants and Financial Aid for Minority Students and BestColleges.com Minority Student resources or Hispanic Student resources..


AICPA Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students

This scholarship program provides awards of up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession.

Eligibility: Accounting major, minimum 3.3 GPA, minority, full time, completed 30+ credit hours
**Graduate Students may apply**
Deadline: April
Application: Online


American Chemical Society Scholars Program

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and financial need to minority high school seniors planning a science preparatory program of study, and minority college students who are currently freshmen, sophomores, or juniors who are committed to the study of chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or other chemically related fields such as environmental science, materials science or toxicology and are interested in pursuing careers in one of these fields.

Eligibility: African American/Hispanic/Latino/American Indian, US citizen, full-time student, Chemistry/Chemistry-related major, GPA 3.0 or better, and demonstrate financial need.
**Students planning careers in medicine or pharmacy are not eligible for this program.**
Deadline: Contact organization
Download: Application


Auger & Auger Disabled Scholar Award

As a personal injury law firm, our attorneys frequently represent families who are coping with the aftermath of serious injuries and disabling impairments. We observe firsthand the unique challenges that disabled men and women face and see the strength and perseverance necessary to overcome expectations. As part of our efforts to give back to the disabled community, Auger & Auger is sponsoring a $1,000 scholarship,

Eligibility: HS Senior or enrolled undergraduate student, minimum 2.8 GPA
Deadline: July 31, November 30
Application: Online


Buckfire & Buckfire Disability Scholarship

The Michigan personal injury lawyers of Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. are pleased to announce its first annual 2014 Disability Scholarship intended for a student with a disability. The Michigan law firm represents victims of car accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice cases, nursing home neglect cases, dog bite injuries, and all other personal injury accident matters.

Eligibility: Has a disability diagnosis (physical or mental), legal US citizen, completed at least one semester as a student at an accredited university or college
Deadline: November 1
Application: Online


FitSmallBusiness “Business Plan” Scholarship

At Fit Small Business, we write in-depth reviews and how-to guides for just about every topic related to small businesses. Our aim is to give small business owners exactly the information they need without any hype or jargon.

Eligibility: Enrolled in a graduate or undergraduate degree program, has a disability diagnosis (physical or mental)
Deadline: April 1, November 1
Application: Online


Hispanic College Fund

The Hispanic College Fund provides talented and underprivileged Hispanic youth with vision, mentors, resources and scholarships.

Eligibility: U.S. citizen of Hispanic background, full-time status, minimum 3.0 GPA, financial need
Deadline: Contact organization
Download: Application


Islamic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic College Fund provides talented and underprivileged Hispanic youth with vision, mentors, resources and scholarships.

Eligibility: Muslim or active member of the Muslim community, enrolled in an accredited US university, majoring in a specific program (see website), minimum 3.0 GPA, citizen or permanent resident of the US
** Graduate Students May Apply **
Deadline: April
Download: Application


JustWalkers.com Mobility Scholarship

Started in 2009, JustWalkers.com is your one stop resource for mobility devices. Our inventory includes everything from our popular rollators and walkers to crutches, wheelchairs, canes, power scooters and more. We have products for all ages and body types from petite to bariatric.

Minimum 3.0 GPA, legal US resident, use a mobility device such as a wheelchair, power scooter, crutches or rollator on a regular basis
**open to graduate students**
Deadline: June
Application: Online

Karman Healthcare Scholarship

Karman Healthcare has been a leading innovator in the manufacture and distribution of home medical products since 1994. Karman provides a full line of wheelchairs, walkers, rollators, power wheelchairs & scooters, stand-up wheelchairs, oxygen regulators, bathroom safety and other home care products.

Eligibility: 16 years or older, enrolled at an accredited college or university, has a mobility disability, minimum GPA of 2.5
Deadline: September 1
Application: Online


Korean American Scholarship

KASF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify and cultivate future leaders and to provide financial assistance to qualified students in America of Korean heritage in their pursuit of scholastic endeavors. Since its inception in 1969, KASF has provided a total of over 2 million dollars in scholarships to over 4,000 eligible students across America.

Eligibility: US citizen or Korean heritage OR Korean citizen, full time undergraduate or graduate student
**Graduate Students may apply**
Deadline: June
Application: Online


Kosciuszko Foundation’s Tuition Scholarship Program

The Kosciuszko Foundation is dedicated to promoting educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to increasing American understanding of Polish culture and history. Scholarships for graduate studies are available to New Hampshire students of Polish descent through the Stella Pinska-Keene Scholarship of the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Tuition Scholarship program.  Scholarships range from $1,000 to $7,000.

Eligibility: US Citizens of Polish descent and Polish citizens who have permanent legal status in the US, minimum GPA of 3.0
**Graduate Students may apply**
Deadline: Contact organization
Application: Online


Laurel Hester Memorial Scholarship

First awarded in 2006, this scholarship is named after the Ocean County, N.J. Police Lieutenant who successfully battled county freeholders for the right to leave her pension and other benefits to her surviving domestic partner, Stacie Andree.

Eligibility: HS senior, US citizen, planning to attend an accredited college, university or vocational school 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
Deadline: April 30
Application: Online


Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship

Leroy F. Aarons dedicated his life to journalism. He believed that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community could advance if the news media fairly and accurately portrayed the lives of LGBT individuals and their issues. This simple but visionary idea became the foundation for the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA).

Eligibility: Declared major in journalism and/or communications is desired but not required, current or incoming student enrolled in US College or University.
**Graduate Students may apply**
Deadline: May 15
Application: Online


LGBT Liberation Scholarship

The LGBT Liberation Scholarship provided by My Bedroom Spice honors students courage in the face of adversity and discrimination by awarding $1,000 – $2,500 individual grants to LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and ally) activists who have transformed their experiences with bigotry and discrimination into opportunities to inspire others by taking action, rallying support, building community, and working to change the systems and institutions that impact their lives.

Eligibility: Minimum age 17, current or incoming student enrolled in US College or University., full time, minimum 3.0 GPA
Deadline: May 31
Application: Online


Live Out Loud Scholarship

The LIVE OUT LOUD Educational Scholarship was created to provide financial support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) youth who are pursuing a college degree.  Through this scholarship, LGBTQ youth can apply for funds to pay for educationally related expenses to pursue a degree from an accredited college, university, or technical/vocational program. This year Live Out Loud is awarding 3 scholarships for $10,000.00 each.

Eligibility: Graduating HS seniors who identify as LGBTQ, living in the NY/CT/NJ tri-state area
Deadline: March 1
Application: Online


Matthew Shepard Memorial Scholarship

In October of 1998 the world was shocked at the malicious hate crime that occurred against the young college student from Wyoming. Since 1999, with the support of the Shepard family, the LEAGUE Foundation has honored Matthew’s memory by awarding at least one scholarship to a student who had demonstrated leadership in promoting diversity and understanding in the community.

Eligibility: HS senior, US citizen, planning to attend an accredited college, university or vocational school 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA
Deadline: April 30
Download: Application


Minorities in Government Finance

The purpose of the Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is to recognize outstanding performance by minority students preparing for careers in state and local government finance.

Eligibility:Full or part-time upper-division undergraduate or graduate student in public administration. Black or African American, American Indian or Alaskan native, Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino, recommended by student’s academic advisor, department chair, or dean of the graduate program.
Deadline: Contact organization
Download: Application


Native American Scholarship

The Native American Scholarship Fund helps improve the quality of life in Indian communities through the higher education of Indian people.

Eligibility: Native American Indian
Deadline: Contact organization
Application: For more information and an application, please e-mail: NScholarsh@aol.com


Queer Foundation Scholarship

The Queer Foundation is a nonprofit organization incorporated in the state of Washington and dedicated to improving educational opportunities for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. Donations to the Queer Foundation support the Effective Writing and Scholarships Program, providing college and university scholarships to talented and gifted students.

Eligibility: Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals
Deadline: February
Application: Online


SHPE Scholarships

The SHPE Foundation is an independent organization working exclusively to develop educational enrichment and academic outreach initiatives, for Latinos/as, that extend throughout the pre-college to PhD pathway.

Eligibility: Hispanic descent, enrolled FT, minimum 2.75 GPA for Undergraduates or 3.0 GPA for Graduates, majoring in science, technology, engineering, math or related field
Deadline: May
** Graduate Student may apply **


Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program

Vanguard, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, is one of the world’s largest investment management companies and a leading provider of employer-sponsored retirement plans. The Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to students entering their junior or senior year of college during the 2012 school year. The program’s goal is to remove financial barriers for minority students who demonstrate academic excellence and leadership potential.

Eligibility: racial minority, junior or senior for Fall of 2012, enrolled FT at an accredited four-year school, US citizen or lawful permanent resident, minimum GPA of 3.0
Deadline: Contact organization
Application: Online

April 7th, 2014 by Eric

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