Financial Aid Opportunities for Minorities

Saving the money to attend a college or university can be a great burden for anyone looking to further their education. Aspiring college students should be searching high and low for any kind of financial aid to help pay for their education.

As minorities continue to be underrepresented at colleges and universities across the country, more and more organizations have started offering scholarships and financial aid opportunities to these U.S. minorities. The qualifications vary from one to another, but it is never a waste of time to look into what kind of assistance one could earn towards a college degree.

Here we’ve compiled a list of some scholarship and funding programs targeted towards minorities. Some of the deadlines may have already passed for the 2017 school year, but keep an eye on them for future enrollment periods.

 

AWG Minority Scholarships

  • Deadline: June 30th
  • Award Amount: $6,000
  • Requirements: For women who are African-American, Hispanic, or Native American, and are pursuing a degree in a Geoscience (Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, Hydrology, Meteorology, Physical Oceanography, Planetary Geology, or Earth Science Education).

 

Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship

  • Deadline: April 15th
  • Award Amount: Up to $5,000
  • Who Can Apply: Minorities in their Junior or Senior year at a college or university, that have declared a major in Civil, Chemical or Environmental Engineering or one of the Environmental Sciences (e.g. Biology,Geology, Hydrogeology, Ecology). Applicants must also have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

 

GE/LNESC National Scholarship

  • Deadline: Not yet announced
  • Award Amount: $5,000
  • Who Can Apply: Minorities who are sophomores at an accredited college or university in the U.S. Applicants must have a 3.25 GPA or higher, and be in a Business or Engineering major. The scholarship will be split into two payments, one in the fall and one in spring.

 

Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology

  • Deadline: June 15th
  • Award Amount: Up to $2,000 per year
  • Who Can Apply: Any African-American who plans to major in a technical field (Engineering, Math, Science, etc.) and is currently attending one of the colleges or universities listed here.

 

Walmart First-Generation Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: Not yet announced
  • Award Amount: $6,200 + a campus mentor
  • Who Can Apply: Must be applying to one of 47 Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs) and be a first-generation college student with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

 

Jack & Jill of America Foundation

  • Deadline: Not yet announced for 2017
  • Award Amount: $1,500 to $2,500
  • Who Can Apply: African-American students who will be enrolling full-time at a four-year college or university in the Fall of the scholarship year.

 

ALPFA Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: April 30, 2017
  • Award Amount: Not stated
  • Who Can Apply: Any Hispanic non-freshman college student majoring in a business-related field. Must also be a paid ALPFA member and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund General College Scholarship

  • Deadline: March 30, 2017
  • Award Amount: $500-$5,000
  • Who Can Apply: Hispanics planning to enroll full-time at a 4-year university or graduate school in the next Fall semester. An emphasis is placed on STEM majors, but all majors are accepted.

 

American Indian College Fund

  • Deadline: May 31, 2017
  • Award Amount: Not stated
  • Who Can Apply: There are separate scholarships for Tribal and Non-Tribal colleges. Applicants must be registered as a member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or be a descendant of one, with a minimum GPA of 2.0.

 

American Indian Services

  • Deadline: Varies, depending on when schooling takes place
  • Award Amount: Not stated
  • Who Can Apply: Must be at least a one-fourth enrolled member of a federally-recognized Native American Tribe, and be attending a university, college, junior college, or technical school full- or part-time. Must also have a minimum GPA of 2.25.

 

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

  • Deadline: January 8, 2017
  • Award Amount: $2,500 to $15,000
  • Who Can Apply: Anyone of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity about to enroll as an undergraduate student at a college or university in the Fall of 2017. Must also have a GPA of 2.7 or higher and apply for financial aid through FAFSA.