Ethnicity Scholarships

The Pew Research Center reported that the foreign-born population living in the USA has increased rapidly within the last several years. By 2025, this group is estimated to reach a record of almost 15 percent of the population. Even today, there has been an increase in minority and ethnic student college enrollment. Acknowledging this trend, Scholarships.com offers a variety of different scholarships to students of different ethnic backgrounds, race, and legal status. Whether you are of Asian descent or Native American origin, there are specific organizations, schools and unions dedicated to helping fund your college education. Criteria for ethnic-based scholarships varies - while some may require you to have been born in another country, others may only require you to have a mom or dad of that heritage. Don't forget that ethnicity may not be the only criteria required for winning a scholarship - you may need to have a certain GPA or set of extracurricular or community involvement. Your family heritage is valuable and having an ethnic background can help you earn more money towards your college education.

Since the U.S. is a melting pot of multiculturalism, there are plentiful scholarships that honor diverse ethnicity. Some scholarships may be broader regionally while others may be available to a specific country or region. Additionally, there may be scholarships offered to a specific ethnic group within a specific state. Different ethnicities may encompass different races, which further diversifies certain individuals. To see what scholarships you qualify for based on your ethnicity, conduct a scholarship search and check out some of our ethnic-based scholarships.

Angels Over Africa Mission Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • This scholarship was established by the Angels Over Africa Mission (AOAM) to aid African youth in their pursuit of higher education. Students from Africa with an emphasis in Sudanese Refugees who intend to return to Africa for at least a year after graduation and who possess a valid T-visa that is stamped "refugee" as well as HHS certification letter or eligibility letter are welcome to apply for [...] More

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

  • Application Deadline: 2/23/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund will award five scholarships of $5,000 to qualified incoming freshmen enrolled at four-year colleges or universities. Each scholarship is renewable for a total of four years on the basis of satisfactory academic performance in a full-time undergraduate program. Awards are for undergraduate study only. Applicants must be incoming freshman [...] More

Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/8/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) is a company-sponsored employee network dedicated to supporting the continued growth and development of black employees at Microsoft Corporation. Applicants for the Blacks at Microsoft Scholarship must be high-school seniors of African descent (for example, African-American, African, or Ethiopian); must plan to attend a four-year college or university in the fall of the [...] More

Columbus Citizens Foundation College Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Recipients receive a four-year scholarship that helps underwrite the cost of their college tuition. Our scholarships, while generous, provide assistance towards tuition but will not cover payment for all school costs.

    Students who are of Italian descent (at least 25% Italian) with a GPA of 3.0 (85% or B) or higher who are from households where the total gross income does not exceed $25,000 [...] More

CSF Fiesta Queen Scholarship and Pageant

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2019
  • Amount: $3,000
  • If you are a female Colorado resident between the ages of 18-22, of Hispanic descent, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and are interested in scholarship money for the Colorado institution of higher learning of your choice; the CSF Fiesta Committee invites you to compete in the Colorado State Fair (CSF) Fiesta Pageant.
    The CSF Fiesta Committee will award a grand prize scholarship in the amount [...] More

Dr. and Mrs. Volodymyr and Lydia Bazarko Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Dr. Volodymyr and Lydia Bazarko established this partial scholarship in 2001. To qualify for this scholarship, the applicant must meet all Manor College requirements for a competitive partial scholarship with preference given to a new freshman or transfer student (with less than 11 credits) who can demonstrate that he or she is of Ukrainian descent. Students must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a [...] More

George & Jaroslava Rybak Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Established in 2002, this competitive, partial scholarship will be awarded to a student or students studying in a Business-related program, who is/are of Ukrainian heritage. Part-time student recipient(s) must complete 18 credits with a 3.0 GPA to renew this scholarship. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

Good Neighbor Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The purpose of the Good Neighbor Scholarship Program (GNSP) is to provide assistance for tuition for students from other nations of the Western Hemisphere (other than Cuba). This scholarship is a 12-month award and is limited only to Texas public colleges and universities.

    Applicants must be students who are nonresidents from an eligible country that have been born in and are current residents [...] More

GRCF Achille & Irene Despres, William and Andre Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships annually primarily to Kent County students bound for or in college, or those pursuing a technical career.

    To be eligible for the Achille & Irene Despres, William and Andre Scholarship, students must be of Mexican heritage, reside in Kent or Ottawa counties, be attending an accredited college/university for undergraduate [...] More

Gunvant & Bharati Parekh College Scholarship Award

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Two scholarships will be awarded to a student in the United States who is a senior in high school or a current college student, who will be actively enrolled in college in fall of the upcoming academic year. The student must be of Indian origin, and must demonstrate academic and personal excellence. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia grants scholarships annually to students with outstanding academic qualifications and financial need. Applicants must be full-time students pursuing studies leading to a degree in an accredited four-year college, university or professional school, or high school seniors intending to pursue such studies. Applicants must be of Greek descent or students [...] More

HIAS Chicago Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/21/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Graduate applicants must be currently enrolled, or accepted for enrollment in professional study in one of the helping professions for the Benton Bernstein Scholarships, or a graduate level program for the Career Enhancement scholarships.

    Applicants must be a Jewish immigrant to the United States who immigrated with his or her family with the assistance of HIAS Chicago or A U.S. born child or [...] More

HIAS College & Young Adult Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society of Chicago (HIAS Chicago) began in the hearts and deeds of the Chicago Jewish community around 1900. In order to apply, you must be a Jewish immigrant to the United States who immigrated with his or her family with the assistance of HIAS Chicago; a U.S.-born child or grandchild of a Jewish immigrant to the U.S. who was assisted by HIAS Chicago and have applied for [...] More

Hsiao Memorial Economics Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/13/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Hsiao Memorial Economics Scholarship was established in honor of Liang-Lin Hsiao who was a professor of economics at Indiana State University. Applicants must be a graduate student attending an accredited U.S. college or university in the coming fall who is pursuing a graduate degree in economics. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in academia (teaching or research) and also to [...] More

Hyundai Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • It is anticipated that South Korean scholars will utilize their knowledge to enhance the viability of the South Korean economy through the expansion of educational technology in the fields of international business, international banking, computer science, information technology, research and development, and related fields. The program is also designed to interest American scholars in Korea and [...] More

John and Helen Malko Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Malko Family established this partial scholarship in honor of John and Helen Malko, in 1993. The applicant must meet all requirements for partial scholarships (competitive), have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a minimum SAT of 900. Preference is given to a student who can demonstrate they are of Ukrainian descent and in financial need. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

Josef Princ Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • CCSD male seniors who are of European descent may apply for the Josef Princ Memorial Scholarship. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.5 GPA, demonstrate financial need and planning to attend an accredited post-secondary college or university majoring in engineering, mathematics or science. Up to four scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each will be awarded. Must write a 400-500 essay on [...] More

Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Eastern Regional Chapter

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) offers the Eastern Regional Chapter Scholarship to students with a Korean heritage studying in the United States regardless of citizenship status (including Korean Nationals). Students who will be a full-time student at a school in one of the designated Eastern region states (Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, North [...] More

Korean University Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/18/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Founded in 1936, the Korean University Club of Hawaii has been providing academic scholarships to students of Korean ancestry since 1950. The Korean University Club of Hawaii is a multi-generational group of Americans of Korean ancestry continuing the intent of its founders in promoting understanding of ancestral heritage and culture, participating in community affairs, and providing educational [...] More

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance scholarship honors the memory of former California state treasurer, Matt Fong, for his dedication to public service, active involvement in state politics, and direct impact he had in opening up opportunities for Asian Americans in the public finance industry. Matt Fong's life embodied the mission of the Asian Americans in Public Finance [...] More

Olga Christensen National Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Danish Sisterhood of America is very proud of its Scholarship and Grant Program. Our Scholarship and Grant Program is made possible through generous endowments and memorial funds and are being supplemented by donations from individual members, lodges, and districts of the Danish Sisterhood.

    To be eligible for the Olga Christensen National Scholarship, applicants must have a 2.5 GPA on a [...] More

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) Company Latino ERG Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Latino Employee Resource Group is an organization of dedicated employees committed to personal development, company success, and community well-being. Applicants must be college-bound high school seniors or continuing students in college and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Must be of Latino(a)/Hispanic descent. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website. [...] More

PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The PanHellenic Scholarship Foundation's scholarships and educational programs are available to undergraduate students of Hellenic descent from all 50 United States. In order to apply, you must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident living in the United States and be of Hellenic descent and have at least one great-grandparent with Hellenic roots. A minimum 3.5 GPA is also required. Twenty [...] More

Polish-American Arts Association

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Constitution of The Polish American Arts Association (PAAA) exhorts our organization “to support and promote the higher educational and scholastic endeavors of our youth.” In accordance with this stated Mission, the Scholarship Grant Committee announces the opening of the 17th season of the PAAA Scholarship Grant Program.

    Applicant must be an American citizen, either by birth or [...] More

San Diego Chinese Women's Association Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/30/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • Every year, the San Diego Chinese Women's Association awards scholarships to selected outstanding students of Chinese descent who are attending high school or community college in San Diego County. Scholarships are open to both male and female applicants of at least one-quarter Chinese descent.

    Two types of scholarships are available: High School Senior, and Community College Student. [...] More

SEED Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • The SEED Foundation's SEED Scholar Program is proud to support Indian youth with scholarships for higher education. The SEED Scholar program has now developed into one of the largest scholarship programs run by Indians for Indian youth. To date, SEED has awarded $283,000 to 45 young men and women.

    Applicant must be of Asian-Indian heritage with at least one parent of Indian ancestry and must [...] More

The Polish Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Polish Scholarship Fund, INC. was established to give financial assistance to students of Polish descent. Ten one-year scholarships are awarded annually. The scholarship can be used at any accredited college, university or trade school. Students are eligible who are of Polish descent, who have resided in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga or Oswego counties in New York for a minimum [...] More

Upakar Indian-American Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Upakar was founded to support the educational and career aspirations of the Indian-American community. In addition to the financial award, Upakar provides a mentoring program for our scholarship recipients. This is an outstanding opportunity to seek the advice of and network with successful professionals across the United States from the Indian-American community. Each year, we will renew the [...] More

Vietnamese American Medical Association of Greater Houston

  • Application Deadline: 4/22/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The Vietnamese American Medical Association of Greater Houston (VAMA-GH) is a non-profit organization for physicians of Vietnamese heritage who live and practice in the Greater Houston area. VAMA-GH is proud to offer scholarships for high school, college and medical school. The goals of the scholarships are to recognize excellence in scholastic achievement, foster interests in serving the [...] More

Vinson & Elkins Scholarship Foundation

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • In addition to receiving a $10,000 Vinson & Elkins Scholarship, each V&E Scholar is offered summer internships. To be eligible to become a Vinson & Elkins Scholar, students must attend and be in good standing at a high school accredited by the Texas Education Agency. The high school must also be located in the greater Austin, Dallas or Houston area. Only high school seniors may apply. You must be [...] More

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