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The most common student-specific scholarships and grants are those available to minorities. Many organizations and colleges have funding available to make campuses more diverse or reward funding to groups they feel have been traditionally underserved in higher education. As the number of Asian and Pacific Islander students increases on U.S. college campuses, many organizations have also seen an increased need for scholarships and are more generous than ever in the scholarships they award. Scholarships are offered on the basis of origin, religion, by vocation, gender, or by resident state. Additionally, many scholarship awards will be merit-based, meaning your academic achievements such as GPA and standardized test scores will matter, and some will have major restrictions, as many groups work specifically to bring more minority students to certain fields of study.

It is misleading to group all Asians and Pacific Islanders together since they not only differ regionally but culturally. Pacific Islanders are typically from Hawaii, Guam, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Phillippines, and several other Pacific Islands. Some scholarships may be reserved solely for Asians or specifically for Pacific Islanders - and some will accept both, so make sure to check the eligibility requirements when applying. Organizations such as the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Foundation offer many scholarships specifically for Asian and Pacific Islander students. A prestigious and large dollar scholarship for Asian/Pacific Islanders and other minority students is the Gates Millenium Scholarship Program. Check out these and many other great opportunities to fund your college education.

Make sure to also contact your college about school-based awards that may be available to you for attending that particular college. Many colleges and universities have minority scholarship funds set up by alumni who would like to help future minority students pay for college. And if you're applying for many of the merit-based awards, don't rule out other merit-based scholarships, as you're probably eligible for many more if you have a stellar academic record.

Below are examples of Asian and Pacific Islander scholarships and grants you may be interested in pursuing. To find out if you're eligible or for additional information about scholarships based on ethnicity or other criteria, conduct a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

ACHE Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The ACHE Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship is offered to provide financial aid to minority students in healthcare management graduate programs to help offset tuition costs, student loans and expenses. Offered annually, the Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship is designated for minority students enrolled in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program. For more [...] More

Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/7/2020
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian-American college seniors and graduate students who have exhibited exemplary leadership, vision, and passion that is blazing a trail for others to follow and changing lives in the Asian-American community. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada and must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander and must attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program. Must be enrolled in an accredited program and must [...] More

APIASF General Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/22/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) with financial need. Applicants must register for a free account on the scholarship provider's website to complete the application. Applicants must be of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined [...] More

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

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

Edward S. Roth Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • In order to apply for the Edward S. Roth Scholarship, applicants must be graduating high school seniors, current full-time undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in manufacturing engineering. Must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Preferences will be given to students demonstrating financial need, minority students and students participating in a Co-Op program. Must be seeking a [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2020
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Elms College Elm STEM program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, awards scholarship funds to students who major in STEM fields and attend Elms College full-time. In order to apply, you must be a prospective full-time, first-year student at Elms College; be a prospective major in biology, computer information technology, chemistry, or mathematics, except for clinical [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2020
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or [...] More

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/13/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in transportation, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, PreMed, psychology, Spanish language/literature. The applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen but must have a minimum 3.5 [...] 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

Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/21/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial award is available to high school youth who live in the U.S. who identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist and/or secular, and are accepted into two or four-year colleges. Preference is given to students of color (Black/African American, Latino(a), Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who are (or have been) in [...] More

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/13/2021
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium [...] More

GRCF Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Minority Scholarship is open to students of color (African-American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander) attending a non-profit public or private college/university majoring in fine arts, including all visual and performing arts. Applicants must have financial need, be a Kent County resident, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. For more [...] More

GRCF Hackett Family Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • To be eligible for the Hackett Family Scholarship, students must be seniors at, or have graduated from any Grand Rapids public high school in Grand Rapids Michigan and will be an undergraduate student attending an accredited college/university or skilled trade school of their choice. Preference is given to women of color. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

GRCF Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Grand Rapids Community Foundation administers and awards the following Law Scholarships to students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander or Alaskan Native). The Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship is awarded to students of color currently residing in Michigan (with preference given to West Michigan residents) pursuing [...] More

GRCF Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship is awarded to students of color pursuing a law degree at any accredited law school in the United States. The applicant must be a current or former resident of Michigan if they are not currently attending a school in Michigan. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] 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

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • In 1988, Hyatt established this fund to provide financial aid to minority students pursuing a degree in hotel management. Eligible students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours for the upcoming fall and spring semesters, or just the fall semester if graduating in December. Applicants must be pursuing a baccalaureate hospitality management major in a U.S. college or university and be at [...] More

INCPAS Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: Varies
  • The INCPAS Scholarship encourages accounting careers, and promotes financial activities for Indiana students. Applicants must be an under-represented U.S. racial/ethnic minority student enrolled in an Indiana high school or home school program for the current school year and must be an Indiana resident and able participate in monthly meetings in the Indianapolis OR South Bend-area. Must have [...] 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
  • Applicants of the Korean University Club Scholarship must be residents of the State of Hawai’i who can demonstrate financial need, attend an accredited, two-year or four-year, not-for-profit institution within the US (including US territories). Must attend as a full time student (as determined by your school’s financial aid office) with a minimum 2.7 GPA and must be of Korean ancestry. For more [...] 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

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students awards a scholarship for undergraduate studies of religion, journalism, or communications. The scholarship assists a United Methodist undergraduate who intends to pursue a career in religious journalism through study at an accredited U.S. college or university. Applicants must be a United Methodist ethnic [...] 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

Microsoft Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • We strongly encourage underrepresented groups to pursue STEM fields of study. Because we greatly value a broad range of perspectives and contributions, a large majority of our scholarships will be awarded to female students, underrepresented minority students (African-American, Hispanic or Native American etc.) or students with disabilities. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a bachelor's [...] More

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $4,000
  • Minority teacher education scholars program is a collaborative performance-based scholarship program for African-American, Hispanic-American, Asian-American, and Native American students. The participants in the program include Florida’s Florida College System institutions and its public and private universities that have teacher education programs.
    Applicants must be a resident of the State of [...] More

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $5,000
  • To be eligible for the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program you must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen, be a resident of Illinois, be a minority student of either African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, and have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Also if enrolled at the sophomore, junior, [...] More

NAAAP Philadelphia Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/14/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The National Association of Asian American Professionals Philadelphia's Chapter scholarship program that benefits graduating high school seniors and current college students who are Asian/Asian American. Several high school and college students will be selected within their respective pools to receive scholarship money, to be used toward tuition, books, and/or living expenses. Applicants must be [...] More

National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The National Press Club Diversity Scholarship for Studies in Journalism encourages further diversity in journalism and includes a one-time $500 book stipend in the memory of the late Ellen Masin Persina, a club member. The National Press Club, one of the oldest and most prestigious journalism organizations in the country, wants to recruit promising future journalists who will bring diversity to [...] More

Page Education Foundation Grants

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Page Grants are awarded to Minnesota students of color who attend Minnesota post-secondary schools and agree to complete annual service projects with young children. Students at all levels of academic achievement can qualify for a grant. The selection process highlights an applicant's attitude toward education, willingness to provide service to children, and financial need. You must be enrolled [...] More

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2020
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The Student Opportunity Scholarship program serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students by providing need-based aid for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are full-time, first-degree students attending accredited institutions in the United States. Student Opportunity Scholarship applicants will explore who God created them to be in a series of essay questions intended for students to [...] More

Prince Kuhio Hawaiian Civic Club Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • At the core of our mission is the vision of our patron, Prince Kuhio, for the upward mobility of the Hawaiian people through education. With this in mind, we make a commitment to fund scholarship recipients for their two or four years of higher education, provided that transcripts are submitted on a timely basis and that the recipient re-applies for each succeeding year until graduating. For more [...] More

RTDNF Carole Simpson Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/17/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • Carole Simpson is a former RTDNF trustee and the 1996 recipient of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award in recognition of her work to protect First Amendment Freedoms. She established the Carole Simpson Scholarship to encourage and help minority students to overcome hurdles along their career path in electronic journalism. Students must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors at the time the [...] 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

Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/2/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • The children of Shui Kuen and Allen Chin established the Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship to honor the values of their parents and to transform the tragic death of their father into something positive. Incoming freshman or current, full-time undergraduate at a four-year college/university in the upcoming academic year are eligible. Must be a student or parent currently/formerly employed at an [...] 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

Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Minority Teaching Fellows Program is intended to encourage talented minority Tennesseans to enter the teaching field in Tennessee. The award is for students who are pursing a teacher certification at an eligible Tennessee college or university.
    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

The Herbert Lehman Education Fund Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/1/2020
  • Amount: $8,000
  • The mission of the Herbert Lehman Fund is to help transform the promise of racial equality into a social, economic, and political reality for all people by supporting talented undergraduate students who need financial help to stay in school and successfully complete their bachelor's degree. Applicants must be African-American, graduating high school seniors; first-year students in an accredited [...] 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 LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship recipients will receive a trip to NYC where they will participate in career building activities including a welcome dinner with a keynote speaker, two daylong career & professional development workshops and a scholarship and donor recognition reception. Applicants must be from a minority ethnic group, studying a field of study that has an emphasis on [...] 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

Wisconsin Minority Undergraduate Retention Grants

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $2,500
  • Minority Undergraduate Retention Grant for Wisconsin Technical Colleges, Independent Colleges & Universities, and Tribal Colleges. Awards under this program are made to Wisconsin resident minority undergraduates, excluding first year students, enrolled at least half-time in independent, tribal, or Wisconsin Technical College institutions. According to the statutes, a minority student is defined [...] More

Wisconsin Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grants

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $1,800
  • The Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant provides grant assistance to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged Wisconsin resident students attending colleges and universities in the State of Wisconsin. First-time freshmen students are nominated for the TIP Grant by the school financial aid offices or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs (WEOP). To [...] More

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