Scholarships for Minority Candidates

Explore these scholarships and prizes for underrepresented racial, ethnic, gender, and economic minority students. Qualifications for most competitive scholarships include:

  • 3.0+ GPA
  • Evidence of leadership, ambition, engagement in campus and community activities, writing, speaking and critical thinking skills
  • Some may require research or clinical experience

(Note:  The list that follows is provided to give students a sense of what’s out there.  These links are not updated on a continuous basis, so students should expect to run across the occasional “dead link.”  The list is also not meant to be exhaustive.  Once you’ve browsed the list below to become familiar with some of the offerings in various fields, you might want to conduct a more systematic search using one of the databases/search engines found here.)


AGI Minority Participation Program (Minority students in geosciences)

American Bar Foundation Summer Research (Minority undergrads in social sciences)

American Chemical Society Minority Scholars (Minority students in chemistry)

American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (American Indian seniors+)

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowships (Minority seniors+ in mental health research)

American Society of Criminology Fellowships (Minority students studying criminal justice

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowships (Minority sociology students studying substance abuse)

Asian American Journalists Association (Asian American students)

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies Fellowships & Internships (Asian Pacific students)

AT&T Undergrad Research Program (Women and minority science and engineering students)

Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program (Seniors+ interested in or affected by health disparities)

Bureau of Indian Affairs Higher Education Grant (American Indian students)

CIC Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) (Underrepresented students in science)

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Latino (Students interested in public service)

Davis Putter Scholarship Fund (Students interested in social justice work)

Ford Foundation Fellowships (Minority seniors+)

GE/LULAC and GM/LULAC (Hispanic business and engineering students)

GEM Fellowship (Minority engineering/physical sciences)

Health Professions Pre-Graduate Scholarship (American Indian students in health fields)

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (Hispanic students)

IIPP Fellowship (Minority students in international relations)

Indian Health Service Scholarship (Fund American Indian health care students)

Institute for Responsible Citizenship (Sophomore, African American male business students)

International Leadership Foundation Summer Fellowship (Asian Pacific American students)

Korean American Scholarship Foundation (Korean American students)

Kosciuszko Foundation Graduate Fellowship (Polish seniors+)

LA Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship (Latino students)

LIN Television Corp. Minority Scholarship (Sophomore minority journalism majors)

LULAC GE Scholarship (Minority students in business or engineering)

MALDEF Law School Scholarship (Latino law students)

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (Hispanic law students)

Microsoft Minority Scholarship (Minority students and women in computer science)

*Morris K. Udall Scholarship (Environmental studies and American Indian students)

Motivating Ugrads in Science & Tech (MUST-NASA) (Freshmen and sophomore minority students)

National Association of Asian American Professionals (Asian undergraduates)

National Association of Black Accountants (African American business majors)

National Association of Black Journalists (African American undergraduates)

National Association of Hispanic Journalists (Spanish-speaking journalism students)

National Italian American Foundation (Italian American students)

National Society of Black Physicists (Physics majors)

NAACP Scholarships (African American students)

New York League of Puerto Rican Women College Awards (Puerto Rican/Hispanic undergraduate students)

NIAF Scholarships (Italian American students)

NIH Undergraduate Scholarship (Biomedical students from disadvantaged backgrounds)

National Medical Fellowships (Minority medical students)

NPSC Graduate Fellowships (Minority students in physical sciences and engineering)

Organization of Chinese American Scholarships (Asian Pacific students)

Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund (Puerto Rican law students)

Scholarships for Hispanic & Latinx Students

Society of Women Engineers (Women engineering students; multiple awards available)

Soros Fellowship for New Americans (New citizens and children of naturalized citizens)

Technical Minority Scholarship Program (Minority students in eligible fields)

UNCF Corporate Scholars Program (African American students from all majors)

UNCF Merck (African American students in science)

UNCFSP Institute for Public Policy International Affairs Fellowships (Sophomore+ minority students in international affairs)

U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (Asian and Pacific American students)

Wellstone Fellowship (Minority students pursuing health care degrees)

William Randolph Hearst Scholarship (Aspen Institute) (Minority undergraduate and graduate students interested in non- profit work)

Worldstudio Foundation (Minority design/arts students)

Zonta International (Women)