Financial Aid Opportunities
Sallie Mae Fund on student scholarships: “Billions of dollars in scholarships are given each year to support students in pursuing a college education. Scholarships are ‘free money’ because they don't need to be repaid. These scholarships—from foundations, companies, unions, community organizations, churches, and other groups—range from a few hundred dollars to a free ride for all years of college.”
African American Students
- United Negro College Fund: The United Negro College Fund plays a critical role in enabling more than 60,000 students each year to attend college and get the education they need and that the nation needs them to have by awarding 10,000 scholarships and internships under 400 programs for students from low- and moderate-income families to attend more than 900 colleges and universities across the country.
American Indian Students
- American Indian Graduate Center: The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) provides fellowships to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students throughout the United States. The AIGC Fellowship program provides approximately $1.2 million in fellowships to more than 400 American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and professional students each year. The fellowship amount is typically between $1,000 and $5,000 per academic year (not including summer), but varies depending on the number of qualified applicants, the availability of funds, and unmet financial need.
- American Indian Education Fund: The American Indian Education Fund (AIEF) is one of the United States’ largest grantors of scholarships to Native Americans, providing nearly $450,000 to about 225 students each year. Of these, nearly half are the first in their family to attend college. The AIEF provides $1,000 to $2,000 per scholarship for graduate students who are attending, or have been accepted to, an accredited graduate school.
Asian American Pacific Islander Students
- Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund: The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $60 million in scholarships to deserving AAPI students. APIASF manages two scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
- Asian Pacific Fund: The Asian Pacific Fund administers 12 scholarship programs to help undergraduate and graduate students achieve their education goals. All are made possible through contributions from individual donors who start programs to fulfill personal charitable goals. Each program has unique eligibility and selection criteria based on the donor’s priorities.
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975, HSF provides American families with the financial and educational resources they need to achieve a college education and help America be more competitive. To date, HSF has awarded more than $360 million in scholarships and has supported a broad range of outreach and education programs to help students and their families navigate collegiate life.
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund: MALDEF is a civil rights organization that has supported the next generation of civil rights advocates for the Latino community. MALDEF currently offers a Scholarship Resource Guide for high school, college, and graduate students; a Law School Scholarship Program for law students; and a DREAM Act Student Activist Scholarship Program for college and graduate students.
- National Hispanic Health Foundation: NHHF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation established by the National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA). NHHF's mission is to improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved through research, education, and charitable activities. NHHF is guided by a distinguished board of nationally recognized leaders in health care. In 2004, NHHF established the National Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship, the only national scholarship for students enrolled full-time in medical, nursing, dental, public health, and policy schools. The selected students have outstanding academic records and demonstrated leadership skills, and are committed to serving Hispanic populations in their future career.
- College Scholarships.org: A growing number of scholarship efforts are devoted exclusively to helping students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Groups that are excluded from higher education encounter difficult social challenges, so a growing number of LGBT scholarship opportunities reflect the trend toward diversity and tolerance within the academic community. College Scholarships.org has a list of many of these scholarship opportunities.
- Point Foundation scholarship: Point Foundation (Point) empowers promising lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential—despite the obstacles often put before them—to make a significant impact on society.