This page contains information about scholarships and fellowships for minority
students. (Many of these entries are duplicated from elsewhere on the
Native American students should also visit the
Financial Aid for Native American Students page.
For information about the legality of race-based college admissions
and financial aid, see
Affirmative Action and Financial Aid.
In addition to the specialized databases below, minority students should also
search the general databases described in the Scholarships section.
Minority On-Line Information Service (MOLIS)
MOLIS, a service of the Federal Information Exchange (FEDIX), provides
information about minority institutions. It also includes a database of
scholarship and fellowship opportunities for minority students.
Graduate Fellowship Notebook (Cornell)
The fellowship notebook at Cornell contains a large searchable text database of
graduate fellowships, including fellowships specifically for women and
Fellowship Listing at Yale University
A page listing several fellowship programs and other resources of interest to
graduate students in computer science, with a focus on women and minorities.
Minority Fellowships (Univ. of Chicago)
Latino Scholarships and Grants (UCLA)
African Studies Grants and Fellowships (UPenn)
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.
CHCI provides a free scholarship search to Hispanic students of a database of
200,000 Hispanic-specific financial aid resources. Call 1-800-EXCEL-DC for more
information. Bilingual assistance is available.
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, as well
as graduate students in mathematics, science, computer science,
engineering, education, or library science. Requirements include a
minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0
scale. 1,000 new students will be supported each year.
For more information, call 1-877-690-4677 or visit the
GMSP web site.
Additional information is also available through the
United Negro College Fund,
the American Indian College Fund,
and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
The Consortium is a group of 14 university schools of business
offering full-tuition merit-based fellowships to African American, Hispanic
American and Native American US citizens for graduate study leading to a
Master's degree in Business. More than 300 fellowships are awarded annually.
For more information, call 1-314-877-5500, fax 1-314-877-5505, send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to
Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
5585 Pershing Avenue, Suite 240
St. Louis, MO 63112
Graduate Education for Minorities (GEM)
The GEM Center site at the University of Notre Dame lists several minority
fellowship programs sponsored by the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for
Minorities in Engineering and Science.
Hearst Minority Fellowship
This $15,000 fellowship is open to minority individuals pursuing a Master of Public Affairs in nonprofit management or a Master of Arts in philanthropic studies at Indiana University. The deadline is April 1.
IU Center on Philanthropy
550 West North Street, Suite 301
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3162
NACME 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.
3 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001-2204
Phone: 1-212-279-2626 x.218
HyperAMP and HyperAid (free)
HyperAMP is a set of programs and resource guides for minority students produced by the Hispanic Research Center at ASU. Versions are available for both Macintosh and Windows. It is available for free online, or for $25 on CD-ROM or floppy disks ($5 for just HyperAid on a floppy disk).
For more information, contact:
HyperAMP/Aid, c/o Hispanic Research Center
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-2702.
Advice and Assistance
Black Excel: The College Help Network
Black Excel sells a list of more than 350 grants and scholarships for African-American Students for $19.95. Its site includes a guide to historically black colleges.
28 Vesey Street, Suite 2239
New York, NY 10007
The list below describes six recent books that focus on minority
students. For further reading, be sure to check the FinAid bibliography.
Barry Beckham, The Black Student's Guide to Scholarships, 4th edition,
Madison Books, Lanham, MD, 1996. ISBN 1-56833-079-0 ($14.95). 150 pages. Lists
more than 475 sources of private sector financial aid for black and minority
students and provides tips on finding and applying for financial aid. To
order, call 1-800-462-6420, send email to email@example.com, or write to National
Book Network, Inc., 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706.
Lemuel Berry, Jr., Minority Financial Aid Directory, Kendall Hunt
Publishers, 1995. ISBN 0-84039-944-8 ($45.95). Contains more than 4,000
listings of scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans for minority
Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Webber, Directory of Financial Aids for
Minorities 1995-97, Reference Service Press, San Carlos, CA 1995. ISBN
0-91827-628-4 ($47.50 plus $4 postage and handling). 600 pages. Includes more
than 2,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans for minority
pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students, indexed according to type of minority.
To place an order, call 1-415-594-0743, or write to Reference Service Press,
1100 Industrial Road, Suite #9, San Carlos, CA 94070.
U.S. Department of Education, Higher Education Opportunities for
Minorities and Women -- Annotated Selections, U.S. Government Printing Office,
1996. ISBN 0-16-045218-X ($8.00). 105 pages. A list of opportunities for
minority and female undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students,
organized by academic area, with a separate list of general programs. Includes
a bibliography. (Note: This publication contains a number of inaccuracies and
is by no means comprehensive.) To order a copy, write to Superintendent of
Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Evlene B. Wilson, Money for College: A Guide to Financial Aid for
African-American Students, Penguin, New York, May 1996. ISBN 0-452-27276-9
($15.95). 481 pages. Lists about 1,000 sources of financial aid for minority
students, about 2/3 college-controlled and 1/3 from private sources, with a bit
of information about federal student aid. Also includes a school index, field
index and athletic award index. To order, write to Penguin Books USA, 375
Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014.
William C. Young, The Higher Education MoneyBook for Minorities and
Women, Young, Matthews & Cox, Fairfax, Virginia, 1993. ISBN 0-9639490-0-4
($23). A directory of scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. To order,
call 1-703-385-3065, fax 1-703-385-1839, or write to Young, Matthews & Cox,
10520 Warwick Avenue, Suite B-8, Fairfax, VA 22030-3136.