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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 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?

According to the NCES, the number of full time undergrads who get grant aid varies by minority status. Many minority 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%).

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

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 1,686 awards worth $4M.

Annual Black Entrepreneurship Grant

The Annual Black Entrepreneurship Grant will be awarded to a Black student (undergraduate or graduate) on the merit of their business idea and on the impact the extra support would have for them.

Total: $2000

Awards: 1

Deadline: December 01, 2020

Colgate-Palmolive’s Haz La U Scholarship

Colgate-Palmolive Company is offering 10 ($1,000) scholarships to students of Hispanic or Latino descent. Applicants must also be rising seniors, graduating in spring of 2021, planning to enroll in college by fall 2021, with minimum GPAs of 3.0 or higher. DACA students are also eligible.

Total: $100000

Awards: 100

Deadline: December 06, 2020

CGSM Fellowship for Talented Minorities

Students with a bachelor’s degree who are planning to pursue a graduate degree full time at one of the Consortium-member schools are eligible for this award. Students must be African-American, Hispanic-American or Native-American and be planning to pursue a managerial career in business, government or non-profit organizations.

Total: $10000

Awards: 1

Deadline: January 05, 2021

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: $20000

Awards: 2

Deadline: January 20, 2021

African-American Entrepreneurs Grant – Female Award

This scholarship is part of the Mechanism Ventures Impact Grants Series. It provides a $1,000 grant to a female Black entrepreneur at any education level who is or wants to launch a new business.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: February 11, 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

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

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

Black Design Leaders Grant

The Black Design Leaders Grant will be awarded to a Black student or recent graduate who plans on (or already is) pursuing a career in design at a start-up and shows impact and drive.

Total: $1050

Awards: 1

Deadline: May 11, 2021

Black Engineering Leaders Grant

The Black Engineering Leaders Grant will be awarded to a Black student or recent graduate who plans on (or already is) pursuing a career in engineering at a start-up and shows impact and drive.

Total: $1000

Awards: 1

Deadline: May 11, 2021

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