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How Do I Qualify for Minority Grants for College?

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

How Do Students Receive Grants?

To secure a minority grant for college, you first have to qualify. Eligible students must show good academic performance and financial need. Also your minority status is another criteria.

While many scholarships award funds based on grades, most grants look at unmet financial need. Grants tend to go to minority students who may not be able to afford college.

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

What Minorities Can Receive Grants for College?

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

According to the NCES, 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 also 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.

What Kind of Grants Are for Minorities?

There are many grants for minority students. The federal government and organizations like United Negro College Fund offer minority grants. Here are some examples of minority grants for college.

  1. Korean Ancestry Grant
    Applicants must be of Asian ancestry, with at least one Asian grandparent. Eligible applicants must also have 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 also invest in dynamic nonprofits, projects, and leaders. They elevate LGBTQ people and their cultural contributions. The microgrants range from $25 to $650.
  3. Federal Pell Grant
    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.
  4. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
    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.

List of Minority Grants

Check out our list of minority grants for college below. We have 1,685 awards worth $4M.

Amber Grant

The Amber Grant honors the memory of a young woman, Amber Wigdahl, who died at the age of 19 – unable to fulfill her entrepreneurial dreams. In 2020, the Amber Grant has been doubled to $4,000. Earn any Amber Grant through November 2020, and you’ll be eligible for an additional $25,000 grant at the end of this year.

Total: $73000

Awards: 13

Deadline: September 30, 2020

Fund for Education Abroad

Up to $10,000 are offered for students who plan to study abroad for a full academic year; $5,000 for students who plan to study abroad during the fall or spring semester; and awards that are prorated by number of weeks in-country for studying abroad in summer $1,250. Click to learn more and apply today!

Total: $162500

Awards: 10

Deadline: January 20, 2021

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 01, 2021

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: $70000

Awards: 7

Deadline: April 01, 2021

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, 2021

Lloyd Johnson Scholarship

Named after Lloyd M. Johnson Jr., the program helps law students meet basic needs such as tuition, books and fees. Fellows receive $10,000 a year for three years to help defray the cost of law school. Scholars receive a one-time award of $10,000 to assist with their first-year expenses. In the three years since the program was launched, MCCA has awarded more than 30 fellowships and more than 20 scholarships.

Total: $60000

Awards: 6

Deadline: July 02, 2021

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

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

Walt Disney Company UNCF Corporate Scholars Program

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 goals of The Walt Disney Company UNCF Corporate Scholars Program are to help create a diverse pipeline of college educated professionals ready to assume fulfilling off-camera careers in entertainment. And, to help raise the number of underrepresented minorities employed in the entertainment industry. Applications submitted for this program will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply early.

Total: $25000

Awards: 100

Deadline: April 15

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. The funds can be spent entirely on training, or a combination of training and dive equipment (up to $500 for dive equipment). Funds will be paid directly to the dive training facility, and not to the awardee. Awardees will have 18 months to use the grant. Training must be completed by December 31, 2021. Once training has been completed, a written report (with photos) detailing how you used the grant is required.

Total: $1000

Awards: 10

Deadline: May 31

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