Minority students have a wealth of scholarship opportunities available to them. When students choose to major in an area where minorities are traditionally under-represented, such as business, science, engineering or mathematics, those scholarship opportunities increase. In addition to providing students with scholarships, many minority scholarship programs also seek to provide minority students with mentoring and other resources to ensure their success in college.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for Hispanic students. Through the general scholarship fund, students have access to scholarships worth between $1,000 and $5,000. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to apply for a general scholarship. In addition to that, high school students may apply for other scholarships sponsored by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and partner organizations. For example, in partnership with the AT&T Foundation, students may earn up to $2,500 in college scholarships or $1,500 if attending a two-year college.
The United Negro College Fund works with numerous organizations to provide scholarships for African-American students. Students planning on attending a historically black university may apply for the Amtrak Travel Scholarship which provides a scholarship of up to $750. The UNCF/Dominion Scholars Program awards up to $5,000 for students who choose to major in accounting, engineering, business, technology or communication. Students complete an internship with Dominion to build their skills and create networking opportunities to help obtain a future career.
Catching the Dream provides scholarships for Native American students to encourage them to attend college and use their skills to improve their tribes. Most scholarships appeal to students in critical need areas such as science, business and education. Students are encouraged to apply for other avenues of financial aid, through federal and state programs and grants, before applying for a scholarship through Catching the Dream. These are just a few of the popular possibilities for minority scholarships; it is always best to research the possibilities and tailor your applications to your unique talents and attributes.