What You Need To Know About Minority Scholarships?

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Colleges and universities know the value of having a diverse student body. People from different socio-economic backgrounds bring different world views to the classroom and these differences introduce both students and educators to more ideas.

To encourage this sharing of ideas many colleges and universities offer what are referred to as minority presence scholarships and grants. College grants and scholarships for minority students in the form of minority presence scholarships allow students to attend schools where minority students are often under-represented.

Scholarships for black minority men and women are the most commonly awarded minority presence scholarships. The best sources of minority scholarships are often from the college or university itself. Academic and non-academic requirements will vary between schools. Students seeking scholarships for minority students entering college should talk with the financial aid office of those schools they are interested in attending. Some of the best scholarships are not highly advertised and may have special requirements that are not included in the college catalog or school website.

While the college or university should be your first place to look when searching for college grants and scholarships for minority students, it should not be your last. There are numerous private and public organizations that award scholarships to minority students entering or continuing their college educations.

What You Need To Know About Minority Scholarships?

The Gates Millennium Scholars program administered by the UNCF, is a highly competitive program that requires the student to have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale; enrolling for the first time at a US accredited college or university as a full-time, degree seeking, first-year student; and meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. Students must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander, American or Hispanic American to qualify. Students must have demonstrated leadership abilities – community service is important to be competitive for this scholarship. These scholarships are unusual in that they can continue through to graduate school.

The two scholarship programs listed are among the most well-known in the country. There are many more public and private organizations that offer scholarships for African American students. Students should actively pursue these scholarship opportunities as they are quite often not awarded due to a lack of applications. Sadly it does not take much searching to find extensive listings of scholarship opportunities that colleges have no students to fill.

Minority students who pursue scholarships that were not awarded the previous year may find themselves being awarded scholarships larger than advertised as well as benefiting from less competition. There’s an amazing amount of scholarship money available to minority students. With a little homework it shouldn’t be too hard to find them.