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.

Banatao Family Filipino American Education Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2020
  • 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

Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition competition is offered annually. Candidates must submit a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 recordings, two should be recent works. Recordings must accompany scores. Scores must be digitally scanned in PDF form. A list of all works (including the date of each) must be provided, showing which works have been performed or read. All [...] More

CAMS Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • In the early 1970's the Chinese American Medical Society went to considerable lengths to provide scholarships to outstanding medical students in need of financial assistance. Throughout the years, funding for the scholarship program have come from generous donations from the CAMS membership and friends of CAMS. You must currently be in your first, second, or third year of medical or dental [...] More

CANFIT Nutrition, Physical Education and Culinary Arts Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Undergraduate and graduate scholarships are available for California African-American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Latino/Hispanic students expressing financial need to study nutrition, physical education or culinary arts in the state of California. By providing undergraduate and graduate scholarships, CANFIT hopes to encourage more students to consider [...] More

CSF Fiesta Queen Scholarship and Pageant

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2020
  • 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

ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program recognizes outstanding Hispanic high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in engineering at U.S. post-secondary institutions. Must be a Hispanic student accepted into and planning to attend a full-time program in engineering leading to a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university in the U.S. For more information, or to apply, please [...] More

Frederick and Demi Seguritan Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/6/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Eligibile applicants must be an incoming freshman enrolled full-time at an accredited four-year college/university and must have a passion for business (business major not required). Applicants must be first generation Asian-Americans with a minimum 3.0 GPA and must be able to demonstrate financial need. Must also be a resident of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa [...] 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

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: 5/12/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Gunvant & Bharati Parekh immigrated to the USA in the late 60’s. With hopes for a better future, they believed in the core Indian principals, raising their kids in the traditions and customs of their motherland. 2011, marked the 10-year anniversary of the passing of Bharati Parekh. She was a caring, selfless mother who touched the lives of everyone who knew her.Two scholarships will be awarded [...] More

H. Wolanski Business Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The H. Wolanski Business Scholarship is awarded to a graduate student majoring in business or law at Cleveland State University. Priority is given to students of Ukrainian descent. Award amount varies from $500 to $4,000. Deadlines for application vary: Fall semester scholarship applications are due no later than June 30th. Spring semester scholarship applications are due no later than October [...] More

Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia Scholarship is for (Graduate and Undergraduate) students who must be of Greek descent, U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent residents of Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery or Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania; Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester or Salem Counties in New Jersey. Students who are [...] 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: 5/11/2020
  • 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

Iranian-American Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 6/11/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • Students of Iranian heritage throughout the United States are turning to the Iranian-American community for support. We are pleased to be making a difference in the lives of these amazing students, but clearly, their growing numbers demonstrate the need for increased funding to continue this valuable work. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, financial need, 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

Joseph Potochny Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The YSU Foundation, with an endowment of over $212 million, is committed to providing this "edge of excellence" for the University and the students it serves. The Foundation, whose sole purpose is to benefit Youngstown State University, provides more than $7.4 million in scholarship assistance annually for its students. The Joseph Potochny Scholarship is made possible by a bequest of Joseph [...] More

Korean American Scholarship Foundation-Eastern Regional Chapter

  • Application Deadline: 6/30/2020
  • 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

Least Developed Countries Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The LDC Scholarship was developed to encourage enrollment of students from Least Developed Countries. As defined by the United Nations, these are the poorest and most vulnerable countries in our international community. 48 countries are currently categorized as LDCs. For more information, or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Leon Bradley Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/29/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Leon Bradley Scholarship Program was established to encourage more minorities or persons of color to enter the field of teaching and school leadership. The American Association of School Personnel Administrators (AASPA) believes that it is beneficial for all students to experience diversity among the educators who serve as role models for our students. Thus, AASPA will annually award up to [...] More

Lithuanian Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 10/10/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Lithuanian Foundation believes that students who are active in their community are developing leadership skills that will benefit them and those around them in the future. The Foundation concentrates its resources on those students who have demonstrated an involvement and volunteerism in the Lithuanian community or in the community at large. As such, the Lithuanian Foundation strives to [...] More

Matt Fong Asian Americans in Public Finance Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/3/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • 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

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

  • Application Deadline: 2/7/2020
  • 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. Applicants must be of Latino(a)/Hispanic descent. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] 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: 3/15/2020
  • 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: A one-time $1500 scholarship for use at a four-year [...] More

SEED Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • 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 $363,000 to 53 young men and women. Requirements: Must be of Asian-Indian heritage with at least one parent of Indian ancestry, must be [...] More

Taiwanese American Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/27/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Taiwanese American Scholarship is open to high school seniors planning to attend college in the fall as full-time students and first-year full-time college students continuing their education in the fall. Students must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA and a household income at or below the federal/state/county low-income level. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship [...] More

The Korean Ancestry Grant

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • At least seven new Korean Ancestry Grants will be available for the upcoming academic year and will be given to students of Asian ancestry, who have at least one Asian grandparent. There is a strong preference for applicants of Korean ancestry.
    The grant is for undergraduate study only at a well-accredited college or university in the United States. For more information or to apply, please [...] 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. The PSF has awarded more than $380,000 in scholarships and has helped about four hundred students. The scholarship can be used at any accredited college, university, or trade school. Eligible applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student, must have lived for a minimum of two (2) [...] More

Tina E. Yeh Community Service Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 3/27/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The Tina E. Yeh Community Service Fellowship through the Asian Pacific Fund is in honor of Tina E. Yeh '83. The fellowship program encourages Yale undergraduates and recent graduates to become involved in community service through summer internships. Winner(s) will earn a 10-week internship opportunity at a non-profit organization that serves the Asian American community. Applicant must be a Yale [...] More

Vincent and Catherine Sansalone Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Vincent and Catherine Sansalone Scholarship recipient is selected by the College of Science and Technology and must be majoring in a math or science discipline with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to students of Italian American heritage. Students may be required to submit a paper describing the influences of their heritage and culture in their life. For more information, or [...] 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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Last Reviewed: January 2020

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