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Where's the Money? Paying for School: Ethnic & Minority Scholarships

African American Students

Accredited Schools Online:

Scholarships for Black College Students 

Lots of good information here in addition to lists of scholarships for 1st gen students, women, men, social science and STEM students. 

Black Excel

Links to 200 scholarships here

Open Education Database Scholarships for African Americans 

Nine scholarships listed here.

United Negro College Fund Scholarships

For information text "FUNDS" to 50555.

Hispanic Students

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis and are available on December 31st. All majors are accepted, but there's an emphasis on STEM

Chicana-Latina Foundation

Scholarships form the cornerstone of the Chicana Latina Foundation. We award merit-based scholarships valued at $1500 to 30-40 powerful Latina students each year.

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense &Educational Fund) Scholarship Resources. 

"This is an informative resource guide for students, parents, and educators. MALDEF is not a direct provider of the scholarships on this list. If you are interested in any of the scholarships listed here, please contact the organization directly using the information provided."


Opens their scholarship applications between January and May. In addition they list 12 other organizations offering scholarships. 

Has an extensive list of organizations offering scholarships to Hispanic students.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute 

This website has links to some great scholarships. Do check here whether or not you are of Hispanic heritage. For example, there's a link to all of the Google scholarships here.


Immigrants Rising (Bay area residents or students at colleges and universities in the Bay Area, which, for this scholarship , includes the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.

The Dream This is a renewable "scholarship for highly motivated DREAMERs with significant, unmet financial needs. While we consider your GPA and test scores, we place great emphasis on your demonstrated commitment to community service and your ability to overcome the barriers and challenges that DREAMers face." .

Students at California colleges are not eligible for these scholarships because there are other scholarships offered for California Dreamers. Check this opportunity if you are going to continue your studies out of state.

California Dream Act "Students who live in California and meet the eligibility requirements for a non-resident exemption, as well as students who have a U Visa or TPS status, can use the California Dream Act application (CADAA). Similarly, students without Social Security Numbers or students who have lost DACA status (or never applied for DACA), may still be eligible."


Native Americans

American Indian College Fund "The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native college students seeking under- graduate and graduate degrees at: – Tribal colleges & universities – All nonprofit & accredited schools."

More scholarships for Native American students are listed here:

Unclaimed Minority Scholarships

1st Generation Scholarships

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