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Top 10 Minority Scholarships in 2022
Colleges campuses are communities that value diversity and inclusion. This can include students from different backgrounds, geographies, and life experiences. This is why many scholarships that are offered support students from underrepresented backgrounds.
Generally, minority scholarships are aimed at supporting students from underrepresented racial backgrounds including African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and Native American students. Some of these scholarships will also support first-generation college students and students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Jump ahead to:
- Top scholarships for minority students
- Frequently asked questions about scholarships for minority students
- Upcoming scholarships
- Other scholarship lists to explore
Keep on reading to learn more about the top minority scholarships for students including eligibility details, award amounts, and application deadlines.
Top scholarships for minority students
- Eligibility: BIPOC women at the University of Texas at Dallas pursuing STEM fields
- Amount: $1,000
- Deadline: June 20, 2022
- Eligibility: High school and college students pursuing a degree/career in coding/computer science
- Amount: $500
- Deadline: July 1, 2022
- Eligibility: Traditionally under-represented students who are enrolled/planning to enroll in study abroad programs
- Amount: $5,000 (two scholarships are awarded)
- Deadline: May 1 and November 1 of each year
- Eligibility: Full-time undergraduate or graduate students of Latino descent
- Amount: $5,000
- Deadline: July 1, 2022
- Eligibility: Open to college students of Hispanic descent with financial need who are attending one of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
- Amount: $1,000 to $5,000
- Deadline: Varies in July
- Eligibility: Minority graduate students committed to improving marginalized communities
- Amount: $4,000
- Deadline: January 31, 2023
- Eligibility: Open to high school seniors in Florida who have demonstrated financial need. Students must be planning on attending a Florida state college or university (4 year or 2 year)
- Amount: Varies
- Deadline: Varies depending on the college
- Eligibility: First generation high school students who are applying to Kenyon College
- Amount: Varies (this scholarship eliminates the loan portion of a student’s financial aid package and replaces it with a grant)
- Deadline: Varies (depending on whether the student applies Regular Decision, Early Decision 1, or Early Decision 2).
- Eligibility: First generation high school students who are applying to the University of Chicago.
- Amount: Varies
- Deadline: Varies (depending on whether the student applies Regular Decision, Early Action, Early Decision 1, or Early Decision 2).
- Eligibility: High school seniors with demonstrated financial need who apply to Texas A&M.
- Amount: $6,000 per year for up to four years
- Deadline: January 1st of each year (this is the date that students submit the FAFSA in order to be eligible)
Frequently asked questions about scholarships for minorities
Who is eligible for minority scholarships?
Each scholarship meant for minorities will define exactly what it means by a minority student. Sometimes, this can refer to race, other times disabilities, other times sexual preference or identity. Oftentimes, it encompasses each of these categories. You should check the rules of a scholarship to learn who they accept as applicants.
What does “minority scholarship” mean?
A minority scholarship is any scholarship that only accepts applicants who are part of some kind of minority group. The type of group they accept can vary widely. Minorities can exist in many different forms, and it is up to each scholarship provider to decide which type of minority they are aiming their scholarship towards.
What GPA do I need to earn a minority scholarship?
Many scholarships for minorities also have a minimum GPA requirement. Some may not have a specific requirement, but consider GPA in their decision process. Either way, you’ll be better off with a higher GPA, but the fact is, there are scholarships out there for students with many different GPA levels.
Also see: Top scholarships based on GPA
Upcoming minority scholarships
- Eligibility: High school seniors who identify as African American
- Amount: $20,000
- Eligibility: Open to students who will be sophomores, juniors, or seniors at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU)
- Amount: up to $7,500
- Eligibility: Rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Amount: $45,000
- Eligibility: High school seniors of African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American who are Pell-eligible
- Amount: Full funding of all costs not covered by financial aid and family contribution
- Eligibility: Open to all high school seniors and college students who excel in technology. Historically underrepresented groups, such as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students are especially encouraged to apply
- Amount: $5,000 to $10,000
- Eligibility: High school, college, and graduate students of Hispanic descent
- Amount: $500 to $5,000
- Eligibility: Open to high school seniors from minority backgrounds
- Amount: up to $30,000 over 4 years
- Eligibility: Three scholarship programs within the LNSF that supports Latino high school students. Each scholarship has separate criteria as far as GPA and test scores.
- Amount: Up to $2,000
- Eligibility: Open to high school seniors who have demonstrated financial need (while Questbridge is not exclusive to first generation students, 70% of finalists are first generation students)
- Amount: Full funding (including tuition, room, and board) for four years
- Eligibility: Open to African American students with demonstrated financial aid who are high school seniors.
- Amount: up to $10,000 per year
- Eligibility: To be eligible students must be planning a STEM focus at a 2-year college, 4-year college, master’s program or doctoral program.
- Amount: Varies
- Eligibility: Incoming/full-time college students at one of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s (TMCF) 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities
- Amount: $500 to $15,000
- Eligibility: Open to undergraduate and graduate students attending a UNCF member college
- Amount: $5,000