Many organizations want to help minorities rise above the oppression they experience. The trick is finding ones that you fit the criteria enough to apply. To help you with this dilemma, here is a list of minority grants to check out.
This program is from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. It is for Africa Americas, American Indians, Asians, Hispanics and Pacific Americans. You must either be a:
You must also be studying one of the following:
You also must have a GPA of at least 3.3. Every year, 1,000 students receive the grant award.
African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans can apply for this grant if they are graduates seeking a master’s degree in business. The organization awards 300 grants a year.
This fellowship is for minorities who want to seek a master’s degree in public affairs or philanthropic students at Indiana University. This award is $15,000.
African American, Latino, and Native American students studying engineering may be eligible for a grant from NACME. They award 1,500 a year and some receive full scholarships.
Each year, this foundation awards one male and one female who are Puerto Rican or Latino seeking an undergraduate degree. The award amount is $5,000.
This fund awards $2,000 each year to approximately 63 students who are Hispanic.
Sons of Italy National Leadership Grants Competition General Scholarship
Each year, 10 to 13 Italian college students, undergraduate and graduate, receive up to $25,000.
Did you know that most people who receive Federal government grants are minority students? For that reason, you should not miss applying for the Pell Grant.
The Pell Grant awards people who are from households with a low income. The higher your financial need, the greater your award might be from this grant, which can range from $400 to $5,360.
To apply for the Pell Grant, submit the Free Application for Federal Assistance, or FAFSA.
If you obtain the Pell Grant, you can go on to possibly receiving additional money from the Academic Competitive Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant and National SMART (Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent) Grant.
The more grants you apply to, the higher your chances of receiving the money you need to fund your college education.
Besides the associations, foundations and Government resources mentioned here, speak to your financial aid adviser. She will have a lot of information about available grants. She will also have ideas on how you can find more.
You can also seek out businesses looking for minority students to fill open positions. Many employers will offer tuition assistance if they are looking for specific minorities to fill vacant spots in their company.
When you do find all of the grants you are eligible for this year, make sure you read the application information. The most common cause of people not getting a grant is because they do not submit the required documents. Keep a list of all you need and check your application before you send it off.
By searching and applying for grants continuously throughout your college education, you will increase your chances of receiving an award and reduce your student debt.