Today, there are more women and people of color attending college then ever before. In an effort to provide equal access to higher education and promote campus diversity, colleges and civic organizations provide financial aid exclusively to these groups.
As a Mexican-American, I received a minority scholarship from the American Library Association. Without it, I would never have been able to afford the graduate school required to become a librarian. If you are investigating minority scholarships, below are a few online resources to help you get started. Believe me, your reward will be well worth the research.
Gates Millennium Scholars: This scholarship program is intended to increase the number of African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Americans and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
United Negro College Fund: This link will take you to a listing of scholarships offered or promoted through the UNCF.
American Indian College Fund: Learn about the two different scholarship programs available, the Tribal College Scholarship Program and the Special Scholarship Program.
Hispanic College Fund: Review the scholarships available based on your current class level.
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