Minority Grants

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How Do I Qualify for Minority Grants for College?

Many colleges want to promote diversity and offer minority grants for college. These grants may come from schools, federal, state and local governments as well as private agencies. Grants are based on financial need. The most common minority grant is Pell Grant.

Minority grants for college are set aside for specific ethnic groups:

  • Native American
  • African American
  • Hispanic / Latino
  • Asian American
  • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
  • Multi-racial

Then within each group you may also find grants that go to minority students who are also:

  • College majors or specific field of study (E.g. nursing, entertainment, arts, STEM, business)
  • Minority Women

How Do Minority Students Receive Grants?

To secure a minority grant for college, you first have to qualify. Your minority status is one criteria, but there tend to be a few others.

While many scholarships award funds based on grades, most grants look at unmet financial need. Grants tend to go to the neediest of applicants.

First you will need to complete the Unigo application.  Some providers will look at academic performance such as GPA. Other important factors are after school activities and community service. It's important to complete the FAFSA on time.

Who Can Receive a College Grant?

Grants are a popular way to reduce financial barriers to a college degree for low-income minority students. Like a scholarship, a Unigo is free of interest and you do not have to pay it back.

According to the Unigo, the number of full time undergrads who get grant aid varies by minority status.

Most grants go to African Americans (88%), American Indian/Alaska Native (87%) and Hispanic students (82%). Minority grants for college also go to White Students (74%) and Asian students (66%).

The amount of grant aid differs by minority group too. On average, the most grant aid ($13,840) went to Asian students.

Following are mixed races ($11,940), White ($11,420) Hispanic ($11,090), and Black students ($11,390) on the higher side. And Pacific Islander ($10,280) and American Indian/Alaska Native ($10,750) on the lower side.

Grants for Minority Students

Here are some examples of minority grants for college.

  1. Unigo
    Applicants must be of Asian ancestry, with at least one Asian grandparent. There is a strong preference for applicants of Korean ancestry. The minimum GPA to apply is 3.50. The grant is for undergraduate study only. Seven students of Korean descent will each receive $10,000 grant.
  2. Bee's Fund Microgrants
    Stonewall Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Stonewall grants invest in dynamic nonprofits, projects, and leaders. They elevate LGBTQ people and their cultural contributions. The microgrants range from $25 to $650.
  3. United Negro College Fund - Best Buy Scholars Program
    UNCF will award African American recipients of up to $20,000. Recipients must show financial need and enroll full time as a first year student. Preference will be given to students at historically black colleges and universities. Students must be active in the Best Buy Teen Tech Center.
  4. Unigo
    Pell Grant is a need based grant for students from low income families. Pell Grants do not have to be repaid unlike a loan. Students must complete the FAFSA. The maximum award amount is $6,345 for the 2020–21 award year.
  5. Unigo
    To receive FSEOG, students must complete the FAFSA. The FSEOG also does not need to be repaid. The award amount ranges between $100 to $4,000.
  6. List of Minority Grants

    Check out our list of minority grants for college below.

Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship

Against the Grain Productions (ATG) functions as a traditional 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Yet also aims to find unconventional, innovative and entertaining ways to promote leadership, positive identity, unity and artistry in the Asian American community. THE ATG Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian American college seniors and graduate students who have exhibited exemplary leadership, vision, and passion that is blazing a trail for others to follow ...

Total: $10 Awards:  1500
Deadline:  May 31

Women Divers Hall of Fame Scholarship and Training Grants

The members of Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) are an elite group that includes the most notable women leaders and innovators in the diving community. To celebrate the Women Divers Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary, they will award 20 training grants for open water dive training. These grants are open to any and all women of any age, from anywhere in the world, who want to learn how to dive. If you are already certified to dive, you are not eligible to apply for this grant. Each award is $1000. ...

Total: $1000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  May 31

PRCUA Education Scholarship

The PRCUA awards multiple annual scholarships for the purpose of providing financial assistance to students to earn undergraduate, graduate or professional degrees while actively celebrating their Polish heritage. Both members and non-members of the PRCUA are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a minimum 2.5 GPA (3.5 on 5-pt scale) who have completed their freshman year by the application deadline. Undergraduate students must be enrolled full-time, but...

Total: $3000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  June 1

Central California Asian Pacific Women Scholarships

Central California Pacific Women prepares and empowers Asian and Pacific Island women from the Central Valley to advocate for gender and social justice by supporting and providing leadership and mentoring opportunities in the Central Valley and beyond.

Total: $1000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  June 30

Korean Ancestry Grant

Set up by Dr. William Orr Dingwall with the purpose of supporting students in their pursuit of undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in a variety of fields, the foundation oversees the distribution of the Korean Ancestry Grants to students of Korean ancestry (and a limited number of exceptional students of other Asian ancestry) pursuing undergraduate degrees at accredited universities in the United States.

Total: $10000 Awards:  7
Deadline:  April 1

CollegeXpress Community Service Scholarship for Multicultural Students

If you’re a student from a multicultural background who’s been active in community service, you don't want to miss this opportunity! Applicants must be incoming freshmen entering college in the upcoming fall semester.

Total: $2000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 1

Craig D. Butler Scholarship

This scholarship was established to honor the life of Craig D. Butler and to continue his legacy of integrity, generosity and service. Applicants must be of African-American descent, with a GPA of at east 3.0, pursuing higher education whether at a college, university or vocational-technical school.

Total: $2000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  April 16

Bee's Funds Microgrants

Stonewall Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Stonewall grants invest in dynamic nonprofits, projects, and leaders that elevate LGBTQ people and their cultural contributions. Or advance our rights, and promote our wellness, safety, and liberation. They also offer grants that benefit LGBTQ individuals who have an express need for support. Called Bee’s Fund microgrants, these range from $25 to $650, with some flexibility depending on the request. Right now, microgrants are ma...

Total: $650 Awards:  10

Minorities in STEM

For the Minorities in STEM scholarship, the applicant should include information about organizations they’ve been a part of and/or what they’re done in their community to support and promote minority leadership. The winner will be announced no later then May 1.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 01

The Tuwanna Marie Minority Scholarship Award

Application and supporting documents must be postmarked by April 1 and mailed to 3300 Hamilton Mill Rd STE 102-184, Buford, GA 30519. Be sure to attach essay, and verification of ACT score or GPA. The winner will be contacted by phone or email early July, and will receive a $1000 to use toward educational costs.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 01

Women in STEM

Avomeen recognizes the incredible contributions women make in STEM fields every day and is offering a scholarship to help fund their education.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  April 01

Zenobia V. Brooker Scholarship

UNCF has helped more than 500,000 students earn their college degrees since its founding. UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. The UNCF-Ralph Lauren Scholarship was established to assist seniors in bridging the financial gap to complete their undergraduate college education. This scholarship will be disbursed in the spring semester of the 2019-2020 school year.

Total: $2000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  April 13