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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Athletic Scholarships
- College-Specific Scholarships
- Company-Sponsored Scholarships
- Grants for College
- Merit-Based Scholarships
- Military Scholarships
- Minority Scholarships
- Our Scholarships
- Religious Scholarships
- Scholarship Contests & Sweepstakes
- Scholarships by Major
- Scholarships by State
- Scholarships by Type
- Scholarships for Graduate Students
- Scholarships for High School Students
- Scholarships for Undergraduate Students
- Weird Scholarships
- $1,500 - I Have a Dream Scholarship
- $10,000 - Unigo $10K Scholarship
- $1,500 - Sweet and Simple Scholarship
- $2,500 - Superpower Scholarship
- $3,000 - All About Education Scholarship
- $1,500 - Fifth Month Scholarship
- $1,500 - Do-Over Scholarship
- $1,500 - Flavor of the Month Scholarship
- $1,500 - Make Me Laugh Scholarship
- $1,500 - Shout It Out Scholarship
- $2,000 - Zombie Apocalypse Scholarship
- $5,000 - Education Matters Scholarship
- $1,500 - Top Ten List Scholarship