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.
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 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 Colleges and Universities scholarship program and The Full Circle scholarship program.
Hispanic College Fund: Review the scholarships available based on your current class level.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund: The APIASF administers nearly 15 different scholarships each year and offers a listing of additional funding opportunities available to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
Don’t forget to stop by the library to review these helpful resources. While the newest editions of these reference titles do not circulate, you may borrow the older editions.
- “Financial Aid for African Americans“
- “Financial Aid for Asian Americans“
- “Financial Aid for Hispanic Americans“
- “Financial Aid for Native Americans“
- “Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families“
- “Directory of Financial Aid for Women“