19 Superb Scholarships for Minorities for 2020 – 2021

In 2014, only 62-63% of Black or Hispanic students went straight from high school to college, compared to 68% for White students, according to a study by the National Center for Education Statistics. In part, this is because students from minority races are more affected by the high cost of attendance. It can be challenging to figure out how to pay for college, but minority scholarships are one great way to help students with their tuition bills.

Finding scholarships can be terribly time-consuming! Many scholarship websites host dead links for scholarships that no longer exist (but not Going Merry). It can also be hard to find scholarships that match your specific profile. (We also help you there.)

As one example of just how Going Merry can help students find great scholarships, here’s our list of 19 minority scholarships. Be sure to read through each scholarship’s requirements, submit your application with the necessary documents, and then check back on the status of your scholarship 1-2 months after the deadline. And if you need essay inspiration, we’ve got you covered there too

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Check out this extensive list of minority scholarships for students:

1. ALCOA Fund Scholarship

Amount: Varies; previously up to $5,000

Provider: The Cleveland Foundation

Requirements: Must be African-American or Hispanic, a Graduate of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District or a Catholic school in Greater Cleveland, GPA ≥ 3.0, Enrolled or currently attending a two- or four-year accredited educational institution within the state of Ohio for a minimum of 6 credit hours/term -or- a vocational training program within the state of Ohio to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized profession. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

The ALCOA Fund Scholarship aims to offer scholarship opportunities for underserved and underrepresented populations. These students must be graduates of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District or a Catholic school in Greater Cleveland (preferably Cuyahoga County). As long as the funds are available and the student continues to meet the scholarship requirements, this is a scholarship award that can be renewed annually for up to 4 years.

2. Martha Lee Joyce Know Your History Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Provider: The Simmonstown, Sandy Level, and Greentown Communities

Requirements: GPA ≥ 2.50, resident of Surry County, North Carolina, letter of recommendation, transcript.

The Martha Lee Joyce Know Your History Scholarship was created in honor of Martha Lee Joyce for her contributions to civil rights, African-American History and the preservation of African-American Heritage in her community of Mt. Airy, NC (Mayberry) and beyond. At a time when African-American history was not taught at a high level in schools, Martha Joyce taught African-American history in her church, in her home and at over 200 programs and beauty pageants that she produced in a career that spanned well over 60 years. Martha Lee Joyce was an avid reader and writer who wrote a column for the local newspaper, The Mount Airy News, that highlighted the achievements, accomplishments, and birthdays of those in the African-American community. Martha Lee Joyce also served the local chapter of the NAACP for many years. It is the hope that these scholarships will encourage the applicants to love and know their history and to believe that “Reading Is Fundamental”.

3. National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. Scholarship

Amount: Varies per recipient

Provider: NANBPWC, Inc.

Requirements: (a) Black or African American, (b) GPA ≥ 3.00, (c) college acceptance letter, (d) recommendation letter, (e) transcript.

The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc. founded in 1935, emerged as a national non-profit organization in light of the need to promote and protect the interests of women business owners and professionals.

4. Baitey Columbia Aptitude Testing Scholarship

Amount: Up to $100 per recipient

Provider: C. Ushery

Requirements: (a) Black/African-American, (b) Applicant should have an interest in pursuing a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine or Business Administration.

The Baitey Columbia Aptitude Testing Fellowship was created in honor of a high school friend who, as he neared graduation, faced a financial hardship that prevented him from having the funds to put towards his SAT. Upon sharing his story friends pitched in to help provide the funds for his exam, which led to him submitting college applications, getting accepted and graduating a few short years later.

5. Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

Award: Varies

Provider: Florida Fund for Minority Teachers

Requirements: Florida residency, African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaska Native, or Hispanic/Latino ethnicity, Admission into teaching program at an FFMT participating university, College Junior, At least 60 credits or AA degree, No more than 18 hours of upper division education courses, Minimum GPA of 2.5. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

The Florida Fund for Minority Teachers grants scholarships to African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian American/Pacific Islander students who have been accepted into a qualifying teacher education program in the state of Florida. After graduation, recipients are required to teach one year in a Florida public school for each year they received the scholarship.

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6. AMS Minority Scholarships

Amount: $6,000

Provider: American Meteorological Society

Requirements: Must be a U.S. citizen, plan to pursue careers in the atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences, GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

The AMS Minority Scholarships provides scholarship opportunities to minority students who are often underrepresented in the sciences. Members of the American Meterological Society 100th Anniversary Program donate to the scholarship to help provide benefits to a diverse community and promote inclusion in atmospheric, oceanic, and hydrologic sciences.

7. Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Provider: Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Requirements: List of awards and volunteer/employment/extracurricular activities, Academic transcript from most recent semester – high school seniors must include first semester senior year, An essay about your reasons for your choice of college, chosen course of study, career goals, plans for financing your education, and information on past activities benefiting your community, Your financial information including family income. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

Students may submit one application and be considered for more than 500 scholarships through the Grand Rapids Community Foundation (similar to the bulk scholarship applications on Going Merry!).

8. ACS Scholars Program

Amount: Up to $5,000 per academic year

Provider: American Chemical Society

Requirements: Must be a U.S. Citizen, African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian, intend to major or already major in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemical technology, or another chemistry-related science AND plan to pursue a career in a chemistry-related science as well. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

The ACS Scholarship Program provides financial aid to underrepresented minority students who are majoring in chemistry-related disciplines. About 350 students receive scholarship awards up to $5,000 per academic year. More than 3,000 students to date have received college funding from the program.

9. William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Provider: Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Requirements: Commitment to teaching in Indiana for at least three years upon graduation, Full-time students status at university in Indiana, Major in a relevant field, Minimum GPA of 2.0, Residency in Indiana. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

With the dream of diversifying leadership in Indiana classrooms, the William A. Crawford Minority Teacher Scholarship provides $4,000 to African American or Hispanic students interested in majoring or minoring in elementary, secondary, or special education.

10. Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Amount: Up to $4,000

Provider: The Actuarial Foundation

Requirements: Must have at least one birth parent who is Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, or Pacific Islander, minimum GPA of 3.0, pursuing a career in the actuarial profession. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

The Actuarial Foundation provides scholarship awards from $1,000-$4,000 for students from at least one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, and Pacific Islander. The scholarship recognizes achievements of undergraduate students who are pursuing a degree in the actuarial profession, an industry related to asset management and liability management.

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11. Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship

Amount: Up to $1,850

Provider: Kansas Board of Regents

Requirements: Academic achievement, Full-time student status, Enrollment in a Kansas community college or four-year university. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

In an effort to promote diversity and education, the Kansas Board of Regents grants up to $1,850 per year to African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic students. Candidates should express financial need and demonstrate academic achievement.

12. Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program

Amount: $5,000

Provider: Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Requirements: U.S. Citizen, reside of Illinois, minority student of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, be a high school graduate or hold a General Educational Development (GED) certificate, GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

The MTI Scholarship Program awards Illinois students who plan to teach within the state. Students must plan to teach at a nonprofit Illinois public, private or parochial preschool, elementary school, or secondary school in which the enrolled students include no less than 30 percent of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin.

13. AICPA Scholarship Award for Minority Accounting Students

Amount: Up to $5,000

Provider: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Requirements: An ethnic minority in the accounting profession (including but not limited to: Black or African American; Hispanic or Latino; Native American; Pacific Islander; or Asian American), Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate-level degree in an accounting or accounting-related major. (Accounting-related shall be as determined by Sponsors in Sponsors’ sole discretion.), Planning to pursue the CPA licensure but not presently be a CPA, Attending a public or private, not-for-profit (501(c)) four-year college or university in the U.S. or territories for the full 2020-21 academic year, Completed at least 30 semester hours (or equivalent) of college coursework, including at least 6 semester hours (or equivalent) in accounting, by end of spring 2020, Maintaining an overall and major GPA of at least 3.0. Please check the scholarship website for more information. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

14. Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship 

NOTE: Currently not open for application. Check back in October.

Amount: $10,000

Provider: Government Finance Officer Association

Requirements: Varies per scholarship. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

GFOA provides a variety of scholarships, including the Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship to provide funding opportunities for exceptional minority students. Students must be preparing to lead a career in government finance to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

15. VSGC Undergraduate STEM Research Scholarship Program

Amount: Up to $3,500

Provider: NASA and the Commonwealth of Virginia contributions

Requirements: U.S. citizen, Enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours) at one of the five Virginia Space Grant Consortium member institutions: Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, Old Dominion University, The College of William and Mary, or Hampton University, Must have completed at least two years of a STEM undergraduate program and be classified as a junior or senior during the 2020-2021 academic year (must have at least junior status by summer 2020 if choosing this option), Must be in a program of study demonstrating an interest in STEM and supporting NASA’s mission, GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

This competitive scholarship program awards one-year, non-renewable scholarships. It aims to promote undergraduate STEM research and encourage participation in STEM-related careers with underrepresented minorities, females, and students with disabilities.

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16. Spectrum Scholarship Program

Amount: $5,000

Provider: American Library Association (ALA)

Requirements: U.S. or Canada citizen, identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, full-time or part-time student enrolled in an accredited program, attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program awards minority students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree, as well as leadership positions within ALA. They encourage students who are pursuing a graduate degree in library and information studies, and may receive additional benefits, such as a complimentary, one-year student ALA membership.

17. The Gates Scholarship

Amount: Full cost of attendance

Provider: The Gates Scholarship

Requirements: Must be a high school senior, from at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American, Pell-eligible, U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident In good academic standing with a minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent), Must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

Awarded to 300 of the top student leaders, the Gates Scholarship recognizes students with great leadership abilities, personal success skills, and an exceptional high school academic record. The scholarship funds the full cost of attendance, including tuition, room, board, books, transportation, and may include personal costs to attend college.

18. ABA Diversity Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Provider: American Bus Association Foundation

Requirements: Must be enrolled at an accredited university, declared a major or course of study related to the travel and tourism industry, demonstrate diversity, and submit a 500-word essay discussing how you will help advance the future of the industry. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

The ABA Foundation awards traditionally underrepresented groups to help promote inclusion in management and operation ranks of the transportation, travel, and tourism industry.

19. Study Abroad Scholarship in BiH for American Minority Students

Amount: Up to $2,000

Provider: Advisory Council for Bosnia and Herzegovina

Requirements: Varies. Please visit the scholarship website for more information.

Minority students interested in learning about the countries of Bosnia and Herzegovina are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2,000 to help students study abroad for one semester.

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