All About Academic Scholarships for Minorities
By Nan Werther
, last updated January 10, 2012
In this day and age, ensuring diversity is something with which every educational institution is concerned. Due to the unfortunate systems in place, there are many minorities that don't receive the same privileges as other college-bound kids. There are many reasons for this, with some being easier to fix then others due to the widespread nature of the problem and each individual's differing needs. However, one of the general explanations is that due to lack of funding and resources in particular regions, many minorities fail to make it to or through university.
All About Opportunities
Scholarships targeting minorities aim to change that however. Nowadays many schools reserve spots for students of certain ethnicities or statuses regardless of the many typically enroll. There are also many organizations and companies that encourage minorities to complete their higher education and receive a degree by offering advancement or employment opportunities. If you're a minority interested in higher education, it's important to understand your options in order to make the most of your future regardless of your past.
There are many definitions as far as who is considered a minority. Generally, anyone who is not white or within a certain socio-economic class, or identifies as an "other" sexuality or gender can count themselves as a minority. Thanks to the broadening terminology, more and more people are seeing themselves as minorities, which helps reduce the stigma of "normalcy". Races such as African-American, Hispanics, Asians, Pacific-Islander, and Native American are all minority groups, and there are more and more LGBT scholarships being offered. Women are also considered minorities in some situations, and there are many scholarships offered to them as well. Being that left-handedness isn't common; there is even a standing scholarship for that trait as well. Another growing minority category is disabled students or children of military veterans who want to receive a college education.
The Scholarship Process and Eligibility
Almost every school offers one if not several scholarships for minorities, sometimes a few in each college or department. If you're a minority looking to enter a typically under-represented field, make sure you do your research to see what options are out there. Scholarships are offered by private companies, non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, as well as the State and Federal Governments. If you don't find a scholarship for which you're a candidate you're probably not looking hard enough. Many scholarships offered through educational institutions are limited to scholarship within that specific university setting but there are many others with unlimited eligibility concerning what university, college, or program you put your scholarship money towards. Amounts vary from anywhere to a few hundred dollars to an entire college education paid for. Sometimes a scholarship specifies that it's to cover books, living situations on campus, or certain activities. However, these larger awards are much more competitive. It's recommended to apply for several scholarships to ensure the best success. Whatever your needs as a college bound minority there is a scholarship to help you achieve your dreams.