Minority Scholarship Opportunities

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is a non-profit and non-partisan educational organization established in 1978 by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to develop the next generation of Latino leaders.

The Public Policy Fellowship Program offers up to 20 recent college graduates or currently enrolled graduate students from across the country, including Puerto Rico, the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at the federal level in the public policy area of their choice. Fellows will receive roundtrip transportation to Washington, DC, health insurance coverage, and a monthly stipend of $2,200. Postmark deadline is March 1.

The Scholarship Awards are given to Latino students who have a demonstrated history of leadership in their community. There is no GPA requirement and full-time undergraduate students of all majors are eligible to apply. Students attending a four-year university will receive $2,500 and a Dell Notebook computer and Microsoft package. Postmark deadline is April 15.

Deadline for Applications: April 15
Contact Info: www.chciyouth.org

Gates Millennium Scholars

The Gates Millennium Scholars program was founded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is intended to increase the number of African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Americans, and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The program is open to high school seniors, college sophomores, juniors, and seniors, in mathematics, science, computer science, engineering, education, or library science. Requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. One thousand new students will be supported each year. For more information, call 1-877-690-4677 or visit the GMSP Web site.

Hispanic College Fund, Inc.

The National Hispanic Explorers Scholarship Program is a program designed to help create the next generation of Hispanic Explorers. Funded by a grant from NASA, the National Hispanic Explorers Scholarship Program will provide Hispanic students merit and need-based scholarships that will help them achieve their goal of an undergraduate degree in the fields of science and engineering.

Eligibility: Must be a US citizen residing in the fifty states or Puerto Rico. Must be pursuing a science, computer science, engineering, or NASA-related major. Must be starting as a college freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior. Enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student (minimum 12 credits per semester). Must be applying to or be enrolled in a college or university in the fifty states or Puerto Rico. Good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of no less than a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
Deadline for Applications: April 15
Contact Info: www.hispanicfund.org

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc.

NACME (National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering) is the nation's largest privately funded source of scholarships for minority engineering students. NACME supports more than 1,500 minority engineering students nationwide. Scholarship amounts range from $2,500 to full scholarships and may include summer internships, research projects, career workshops, and other opportunities. NACME scholarships are available to African American, Latino, and Native American students. For more information, see their Web site.

The New York Urban League Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

For African-American, Latino, Asian, or Native American high school graduates or GED recipients with excellent character and proven leadership ability.

Eligibility: Must be a resident of New York City and admitted to an accredited college in pursuit of a bachelor's or associate's degree. Must be a high school graduate with a cumulative average of 80 or a cumulative GED of 250.
Deadline: April
Amount: Up to $2,500 per year
How to Apply: Contact program sponsor for information.

Organization of Chinese American (OCA) Scholarships

OCA Scholarship Program applications are now available online. Scholarships and financial aid are critical in helping students attain a college education. Depending on funding, OCA typically provides up to 60 - $2,000 scholarships for each academic year. The Organization of Chinese Americans, a national civil rights organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates across the country, was founded in 1973 to ensure the civil rights of the Asian Pacific American community. OCA has awarded over 1,600 scholarships to financially disadvantaged students through its various scholarship programs.

Eligibility: A senior of Asian Pacific American background entering their first year of college, demonstrate financial need, and be a permanent resident or US citizen with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
Deadline for Applications: Vary
Contact Info: OCA Web site

Native American SUNY: Western Consortium

The Native American SUNY: Western Consortium is funded by the State University of New York (SUNY) to provide outreach in western and central New York from our office located on the Fredonia campus. They provide support to students from the Six Nations (Seneca, Cayuga, Tuscarora, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk) attending a college or university. The consortium publicizes the following resources annually: Directory Internships and Fellowships for Native Americans and the Financial Aid Directory for Members of the Six Nations.

Eligibility: Be of Seneca, Cayuga, Tuscarora, Onondaga, Oneida, or Mohawk descent.
Deadline for Applications: Varies
Contact Info: SUNY Fredonia Web site

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

For minority students planning a major or career in chemistry, information management, computing and software systems, material science, printing management science, laser optics, physics, or engineering.

Eligibility: Must be an African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Alaskan, or Hispanic student who is a US citizen or permanent resident, with a minimum GPA of 3.0
Deadline: Sept. 30
Contact Info: Xerox Web site

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