Funding a college education may prove to be difficult task due to the high cost of tuition, books and other study materials and other related expenses. In order to make ends meet, many students apply for scholarships, loans and grants that make it much easier to afford a quality higher education. Scholarships are preferred over other types of aid because they do not have to be repaid. In other words, a scholarship is “gift” of money that can be used to pay for tuition and other education-related costs. Most scholarships are aimed at making higher education accessible to individuals who otherwise would not be able to afford it.
Minority student scholarships are extremely valuable; a minority scholarship is available to students belonging to various minorities and it is meant to encourage these students to pursue a college degree. Students belonging to Hispanic, Native-American, African-American and Asian communities are able to access to a number of minority scholarships.
As with all scholarships, the United States Department of Education is the go-to place in the search for minorities’ scholarships. Additionally, a number of educational institutions, private businesses and non-profit organizations also fund minority scholarships.
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
- Ciri Foundation (for Alaska Natives)
- American Indian College Fund
- Hispanic College Fund
- United Negro College Fund
- National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development
- American Physical Society Minority Scholarship
- Adrienne M. & Charles Shelby Rooks Fellowship for Racial & Ethnic Theological Students
- AGI Minority Participation Program
Students should check with the financial aid advisor at their college to find out more about the available options. It is important to make sure that all eligibility requirements are met and the proper application for a minority scholarship is filed well in advance.