Winthrop University: Award Listings: Minority and Underrepresented Students
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Award Listings: Minority and Underrepresented Students

 

Undergraduate Study and Internships

    Description: Since 1982, USHLI has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and internships to students from disenfranchised groups. Most notably, the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanic students who share Dr. Andrade’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students in an accredited four- or two-year institution in the US or US territories; demonstrate a verifiable financial need; have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry. Non-US citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or undocumented).

    Information: USHLI

    Deadline: November 1

    Description: The scholarship is aimed to help minority first-generation students achieve their academic goals and further their post-academic career paths.

    EDDY’s CEO, Bruce Douglas, noted, “At EducationDynamics, we believe that higher education has a valuable impact on an individual’s life, specifically first-generation students. We’re thrilled to help enable first-generation students accomplish their educational goals and share with us some of the unique experiences they’ve faced during their journey as students.”

    Eligibility: Must be a minority applicant who is the first in their families to go to college; at least 17 years of age; pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at an accredited post-secondary institution, or pursuing a certificate program.

    Information: Education Dynamics

    Deadline: June 1

    Description: Great Value Colleges has developed a scholarship that is available for black undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring or minoring in music. Whether you are pursuing a degree in music performance, music education, music therapy, or some other type of music major, we invite you to apply for our twice-yearly $5,000 scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who clearly articulate their journey with music and their future music goals and who meet the various other requirements of the scholarship

    Eligibility: Be attending an accredited US college or university; be majoring or minoring in music; be a black US citizen; have a competitive GPA

    Information: Great Value Colleges

    Deadline: June 30 for fall, October 30 for spring

    Description: The Herbert Lehman Scholarship is a national, highly competitive scholarship that makes annual awards to qualified, outstanding undergraduate students. The scholarship, established in 1964, is named after the former Governor and United States Senator from New York in recognition of his integrity, courage, and persistence on behalf of numerous civil rights causes. Herbert Lehman Scholarships were initially awarded to help African-American students attend formerly segregated four-year colleges and universities in the South and to increase the number of African Americans in the legal profession. Today, the mission of the Herbert Lehman Education Program is to help transform the promise of racial equality into a social, economic, and political reality by supporting talented undergraduate students with financial need to stay in school and successfully complete their bachelor’s degree

    Eligibility: Must be a US citizen; high school senior or first-year student in an accredited four year college, or a student transferring into an accredited four-year college; have demonstrated financial need (annual family income <$65,000); record of academic achievement; and demonstrated commitment to public service

    Information: NAACP Website

    Deadline: March 1

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to: high school seniors, undergraduate students (all years), community college students transferring to four year universities, and graduate students. Awards are based on merit and emphasize STEM majors; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be of Hispanic Heritage, have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students; plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year); be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA); and complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable).

    Information: Hispanic Scholarship

    Deadline: January 15

    Description: Established in 1975, LNESC and LULAC created the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF) to help youth in underserved communities make the dream of college enrollment a reality. LNSF is a unique partnership between grassroots advocates and corporations that fund educational opportunities for deserving youth across the U.S. Every dollar raised by local LULAC Councils is matched by corporate partners secured by LNESC, increasing the amount given in both the council and corporate names. This model results in a true grassroots/corporate partnership for the empowerment of the Latino community. Former recipients of LNSF scholarships are now leaders in fields of business, science, government, and education. A rigorous selection process assures the expectation that future recipients will demonstrate the same level of excellence.

    Eligibility: Must be US citizen, permanent legal resident, or be granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); enrolled full-time in a college or university if an undergraduate, or part-time as a graduate

    Information: LNESC Website

    Deadline: March 1

    Description: The Morris K. Udall Foundation was established by Congress in 1992 to honor Morris King Udall's 30 years of service in the US House of Representatives. The Foundation will award approximately 75 scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Morris K. Udall Scholars. The awards will be made on the basis of merit to two groups of students: (1) Those who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and who study the environment and related fields; (2) Native American and Alaska Native students who are college sophomores or juniors in the current academic year, have outstanding potential, and are in fields related to health care or tribal public policy. Each scholar receives up to $5,000, or the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board, whichever is less, for their junior or senior year of undergraduate study. Scholarship monies not used during one academic year are not transferable to the succeeding academic year.

    Eligibility: Sophomore or junior standing, B average and upper fourth of class, U.S. citizen or a permanent resident alien. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate a total of six students from either or both categories, although it is recommended that the total be equally divided between them. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials provided to each institution. Scholars selected during their sophomore year only may be renominated during the next year's competition. Junior nominees may not be renominated. Freshmen are not eligible.

    Information: Udall

    Deadline: February 1

    Description: The mission of NUFP is to increase the number of historically disenfranchised and underrepresented professionals in student affairs and/or higher education, including but not limited to those of racial and ethnic-minority backgrounds; those having a disability; and those identifying as LGBTQ. Students and mentors apply as a pair. If accepted into the program, students are then known as Fellows and have opportunities for scholarships, on-campus mentorship, and professional development events. 

    Eligibility: Identify as a traditionally underrepresented population, have a 2.5 GPA (2.7+ will receive preference), have a NASPA member serve as your mentor, and have two more semesters of undergrad left.

    Information: NASPA

    Deadline: September 1

    Description: The NBCUniversal Media Scholarship Program is intended to assist and encourage outstanding undergraduate Latino students attending a U.S. post-secondary institution with an interest in the media and entertainment industry. The Program awards ten (10) $5,000 national scholarships to qualified rising sophomores and juniors and is sponsored by NBCUniversal and administered by the LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC).

    Eligibility: Must be a full-time college sophomore or junior; be at least 18 years old; have at least a 3.0 GPA; be a US citizen, permanent legal resident, or have legal authorization to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future

    Information: LNESC Website

    Deadline: TBD

    Description: The program, will pair college freshmen, sophomores and some juniors who aspire to have journalism careers with Times journalists. Students will talk with their advisers perhaps two or three times a year, up to the duration of students’ undergraduate careers. Those conversations will focus specifically on career-building advice. Occasional speakers, training and activities will punctuate the experience.

    Students who complete the program will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City, where they will tour the newsroom and meet Times journalists in person. The best-performing Times Corps members, after they graduate, also may receive consideration for The New York Times Fellowship, an immersive, yearlong work program.

    Eligibility: The Times Corps will accept freshmen and sophomores from underrepresented groups who attend four-year or two-year colleges based in the United States. The program also may accept some juniors who express a strong interest in pursuing a journalism career.

    Information: NYT

    Deadline: TBD

    Description: The NIH Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP) offers competitive scholarships to exceptional students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to biomedical, behavioral, and social science research careers at the NIH. Awards offered are up to $20,000 per academic year for up to 4 years.

    Eligibility: Must have GPA of 3.5 or be within top 5% of class, be from disadvantaged background, be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time student at undergraduate institution, and be U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national.
    Information: NIH Undergraduate

    Deadline: February 15

    Description: The peermusic Latin Scholarship was established in 2003 by Ralph Peer II and generously funded by peermusic for the purpose of encouraging the next generation of Latin composers. The annual competition awards a $5,000 scholarship to a student composer for the best original song or instrumental work in any Latin genre. For over a decade, the program has nurtured promising musicians who have gone on to distinguish themselves in the fields of television, film, recorded music, and concert performance.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled at a college or university in the US or Puerto Rico; between 17 and 24 years of age; not a previous winner of the Award; not have any musical work commercially recorded or distributed.

    Information: BMI Foundation

    Deadline: January 1

    Description: The Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) is a national program that prepares young adults for an advanced degree and ultimately for careers and influential roles serving the public good. PPIA has an outreach focus on students from groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in government, nonprofits, international organizations and other institutional settings. The PPIA Fellowship Program is designed to prepare college juniors or rising seniors from diverse backgrounds for graduate studies in public and/or international affairs and groom them for professional roles in public service. Full tuition to attend PPIA Junior Summer Institute, plus a minimum $1,000 stipend. Minimum of $5,000 toward graduate school tuition. PPIA Fellows often receive financial offers above and beyond this minimum. Eligibility for paid internships and other professional development opportunities.

    Eligibility: U.S. Citizen; completion of junior year; at least one semester of undergraduate study remaining. Must be committed to completing a Master's Degree in public and/or international affairs at one of the PPIA Consortium graduate schools. Must demonstrate an interest in pursuing a professional career associated with public service such as government, nonprofits, humanitarian and international organizations and other related programs. Must contribute to the diversity of perspectives. Economic need is given consideration.

    Information: PPIA

    Deadline: October 1

    Description: The Running of the Bulls®, Inc. is pleased to announce a scholarship program designed to benefit immigrants or children of immigrants in the United States who want to further their education. It is our mission to help tomorrow’s promising leaders meet today’s education expenses

    Eligibility: Candidates must be immigrants of children of immigrants in the US; attending a four-year college program OR a graduate program within the US; provide a current transcript with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

    Information: Running of the Bulls

    Deadline: May 1

    Description: In the fall of 2008, Sunbelt Rentals, in partnership with the Big South Conference, established the Sunbelt Rentals Scholarship as a means of recognizing the work done in the classroom, campus, and the community by students within the Big South Conference.  Two (2) scholarships will be awarded in January at a value between $2,000 and $4,000 each.  A committee made up of Big South Conference administrators, Sunbelt Rental executives, and institutional representatives from the Big South Conference institutions will be responsible for determining the award.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be one or more of the following: (a) female, (b) member of a minority group (African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Native Alaskan or other Ethnic or Immigrant Groups), (c) currently or formerly active in the U.S. Military, and/or (d) disabled as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Beyond this, the applicant must also have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be a student entering his/her final semester in Spring of the application year and enrolled full time in a Bachelor's degree program (ideally the student is interested in construction or sales). The applicant must not be an employee of Sunbelt Rentals or the Big South Conference or the child of employees of these organizations, and he or she must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident. Finally, the applicant must have evidenced good character and superior leadership.

    Information: Sunbelt

    Deadline: December 1


Graduate Study and Research

    Description: The APSA Minority Fellows Program was established in 1969 as an effort to increase the number of minority scholars in the discipline. This year, the Association has refocused and increased its efforts to assist minority students in completing their doctorates by concentrating not only on the recruitment of minorities, but also on the retention of these groups within the profession. Beginning in 2006, the Minority Fellows Program will designate twelve stipend minority fellows each year. Additional applicants who do not receive funds from the Association may also be recognized and recommended for admission and financial support to graduate political science programs. Fellows with stipends receive a $4,000 fellowship that is disbursed in two $2,000 payments - one at the end of their first graduate year and one at the end of their second - provided that they remain in good academic standing. APSA can disclose some of the funds at the start of the academic year by request of the student. Awards are based on students' undergraduate course work, GPA, extracurricular activities, GRE scores, and recommendations from faculty.

    Eligibility: The Minority Fellows program is designed primarily for minority students applying to enter a doctoral program in political science for the first time; Applicants must be members of one of the following racial/ethnic minority groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans (federal and state recognized tribes); Applicants must demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential for research in political science; Applicant must be a US Citizen at time of award; Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

    Information: APSA

    Deadline: October 1

    Description: The American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) fellowship is a predoctoral training program intended for underrepresented minorities primarily interested in mental health issues and research. Through its Minority Fellowship Program (MFP), the American Sociological Association (ASA) supports the development and training of sociologists of color in mental health and drug abuse research. Funded by a training grant sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and co-funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), MFP seeks to attract talented doctoral students to ensure a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles in research related to the nation's mental health and drug abuse research agendas. An annual stipend of $15,060 is provided for the ASA/NIMH fellowships; the general ASA fellowships are a minimum of $11,496. Also, arrangements for the payment of tuition will be made with universities or departments. Approximately 10-12 new awards are made each year. The MFP Fellowship Program provides a package of additional training and mentoring in addition to the stipend.

    Eligibility: MFP Fellows are selected on the basis of their commitment to research, the focus of their research experience, academic achievement, scholarship, writing ability, research potential, financial need, and racial/ethnic minority background. Fellows must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the Unites States for permanent residence and have in their possession an Alien Registration Card, and must be accepted and/or enrolled in a full-time Sociology doctoral program in the United States. In addition, applicants must be members of a racial and ethnic group, including Black/African American, Latino (e.g., Chicano, Cuban, Puerto Rican), American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Asian (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian) or Pacific Islander (e.g., Hawaiian, Guamanian, Samoan, Filipino).

    Information: ASA

    Deadline: January 1

    Description: Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships are designed to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Predoctoral fellowships are in the amount of $20,000 to the fellow, and an institutional allowance of $3,000 for three years. There are also dissertation and postdoctoral awards.

    Eligibility: All citizens or nationals of the United States regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation (must have become a U.S. citizen by application date); Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations); Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level; Individuals enrolled in or planning to enroll in an eligible research-based program leading to a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree at a U.S. educational institution; Individuals who have not earned a doctoral degree at any time, in any field; U.S. citizens who are Alaskan Native, African American, Mexican American, Native American, Native Pacific Islander, or Puerto Rican will be given special consideration as candidates.

    Information: Ford Foundation

    Deadline: November 15

    Description: The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation's human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science. The program supports study for the MS or PhD in engineering, or the PhD in one of the natural sciences (chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, and computer science). Applicants to this program are accepted as early as their junior undergraduate year, as well as candidates currently enrolled in a Master's of Engineering program and working professionals. Fellowships offered through this program are portable and may be used at any participating GEM Member University where the GEM Fellow is admitted.

    Eligibility: Applicant must be a United States citizen at the time the application is submitted. Permanent residents are currently under consideration for applicant eligibility. Non-U.S. citizens are not eligible. Applicant must be an engineering, computer science, mathematics or applied science (i.e., chemistry, physics, geoscience) major/baccalaureate degree holder. The GEM Fellowship program targets the following underrepresented minority groups: American Indian, African American, and Hispanic American/Latino.

    Information: GEM

    Deadline: September 1

    Description: Great Value Colleges has developed a scholarship that is available for black undergraduate or graduate students who are majoring or minoring in music. Whether you are pursuing a degree in music performance, music education, music therapy, or some other type of music major, we invite you to apply for our twice-yearly $5,000 scholarship. Scholarships will be awarded to applicants who clearly articulate their journey with music and their future music goals and who meet the various other requirements of the scholarship

    Eligibility: Be attending an accredited US college or university; be majoring or minoring in music; be a black US citizen; have a competitive GPA

    Information: Great Value Colleges

    Deadline: June 30 for fall, October 30 for spring

    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to: high school seniors, undergraduate students (all years), community college students transferring to four year universities, and graduate students. Awards are based on merit and emphasize STEM majors; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be of Hispanic Heritage, have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for High School Students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for College and Graduate Students; plan to enroll Full-Time in an accredited, not-for-profit, 4-year university, or graduate school, during the FALL of a scholarship cycle (year); be a U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA); and complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable).

    Information: Hispanic Scholarship

    Deadline: January 15

    Description: Established in 1975, LNESC and LULAC created the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF) to help youth in underserved communities make the dream of college enrollment a reality. LNSF is a unique partnership between grassroots advocates and corporations that fund educational opportunities for deserving youth across the U.S. Every dollar raised by local LULAC Councils is matched by corporate partners secured by LNESC, increasing the amount given in both the council and corporate names. This model results in a true grassroots/corporate partnership for the empowerment of the Latino community. Former recipients of LNSF scholarships are now leaders in fields of business, science, government, and education. A rigorous selection process assures the expectation that future recipients will demonstrate the same level of excellence.

    Eligibility: Must be US citizen, permanent legal resident, or be granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA); enrolled full-time in a college or university if an undergraduate, or part-time as a graduate

    Information: LNESC Website

    Deadline: March 1

    Description: The NASP-ERT MSP is pleased to annually award $5,000 to at least one qualified and select minority graduate student of school psychology. This scholarship was established to address the need for a more aggressive approach to relieve financial pressures faced by minority students pursuing careers in school psychology.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be a full time or part time minority student; be a United States citizen; be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a NASP-approved and/or regionally accredited school psychology program in the United States, with the aim of becoming a practicing School Psychologist; be in good academic standing; have a minimum cumulative overall GPA of 3.0; be a member of NASP at the time of designation as a scholarship recipient.

    Information: NASP

    Deadline: October 1

    Description: NPSC offers a unique graduate fellowship in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It is open to all U. S. Citizens, but with emphasis on recruitment of applications from historically underrepresented minorities and women. An NPSC Fellowship covers the first two or three years of graduate school, depending on the employer who sponsors the fellowship, with the possibility of continuation for several more years providing all the conditions of the fellowship continue to be met. The maximum duration is six years, in which case the overall value (stipend, tuition, fees, summer salary for two summers) of an NPSC fellowship typically well exceeds $200,000.

    Eligibility: NPSC welcomes applications from any qualified U.S. citizen who has the ability to pursue graduate work at an NPSC member institution. NPSC attempts to recruit a broad pool of applicants with special emphasis on underrepresented minorities and women. Applicants should be in one of the following categories: Be in your senior year with at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA; Be in your first year of a graduate program; Be in a terminal master's program (your university offers no Ph.D. in your discipline); Be returning from the workforce with no more than a master's degree

    Information: NPSC

    Deadline: December 1

    Description: The purpose of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees, including women in engineering and computer and information science. NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. So that the nation can build fully upon the strength and creativity of a diverse society, the Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in this program. The National Science Foundation awards 1000 three-year graduate fellowships for study and research in the sciences, mathematics, physics, biology, social sciences, engineering, and the history and philosophy of science.

    Eligibility: Must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents; college seniors, first-year graduate students.

    Information: NSF

    Deadline: Varies; please view specific opportunity on website.

    Description: The Newhouse Graduate Newspaper Fellowship for Minorities is a highly competitive 18-month program that provides two generous awards each year to minority students who have majored in subjects other than journalism as undergraduates. It is supported by the Newhouse Foundation, a private foundation established by Samuel I. Newhouse.

    Eligibility: MA program applicants to Syracuse University's Newhouse school of public communications.  Applicants must not have majored in journalism at the undergraduate level.

    Information: Newhouse

    Deadline: January 15

    Description: This program encourages students from underrepresented minority groups to seek graduate degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences to help increase the number of well-trained minority scientists. The fellowship provides up to 5 years of support for research training leading to the Ph.D. or equivalent research degree, the combined M.D./Ph.D. degree, or other combined degrees in the biomedical or behavioral sciences or health services research.

    Eligibility: Must be a U.S. citizen or national from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, and currently enrolled in a Ph.D. or other equivalent research degree; combined M.D./Ph.D.; or other combined professional degree and research doctoral degree program. Requires sponsorship of a research mentor in one's graduate program.

    Information: NIH Graduate

    Deadlines: Rolling: December 1, April 1, August 1

    Description: The peermusic Latin Scholarship was established in 2003 by Ralph Peer II and generously funded by peermusic for the purpose of encouraging the next generation of Latin composers. The annual competition awards a $5,000 scholarship to a student composer for the best original song or instrumental work in any Latin genre. For over a decade, the program has nurtured promising musicians who have gone on to distinguish themselves in the fields of television, film, recorded music, and concert performance.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled at a college or university in the US or Puerto Rico; between 17 and 24 years of age; not a previous winner of the Award; not have any musical work commercially recorded or distributed.

    Information: BMI Foundation

    Deadline: January 1

    Description: The Running of the Bulls®, Inc. is pleased to announce a scholarship program designed to benefit immigrants or children of immigrants in the United States who want to further their education. It is our mission to help tomorrow’s promising leaders meet today’s education expenses

    Eligibility: Candidates must be immigrants of children of immigrants in the US; attending a four-year college program OR a graduate program within the US; provide a current transcript with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

    Information: Running of the Bulls

    Deadline: May 1

    Description: The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields and to partake of the American dream. The program was established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States afforded the founders of the Fellowship, Paul & Daisy Soros.

    Eligibility: Applicants must be less than 30 years old, with yourself and/or both parents being born outside of the US and parents must not have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of their respective births. You must also have graduated high school and college in the US.

    Information: Soros Website

    Deadline: October 1

Last Updated: 7/13/22