Scholarships for minority students
All students have the right to enroll in colleges and universities, whether they are Caucasian, African American or Hispanic. However, it is important for minority students to know that they may actually be eligible to receive help paying for college through special scholarship programs.
In addition to researching potential degree programs, college-bound individuals should consider some of these scholarships for minority students:
While working toward earning their degree, minority students may use some of the computer products produced by Microsoft, which was founded by Bill Gates. Not only do students benefit from Gates’ innovation, but his kindness as well, as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offers The Gates Millennium Scholars Program. Every year, 1,000 minority students who are either African American, American Indian – Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American may be eligible to receive this award, according to the program’s website.
In order to be considered, all candidates must be nominated by teachers, principals and other education officials and fill out three required forms. The foundation began accepting nominees for the 2013 scholarships this past August and will stop taking them on January 16, 2013.
Should minority students be fortunate enough to become a Gates Millennium Scholar, they will have access to a good-through-graduation scholarship they can use at the college or university of their choosing. Since its inception in 1999, the program has awarded more than $614,600,000 in scholarships.
Some scholarships are designed to help a specific type of student pay for college. For instance, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission helps aspiring preschool, elementary and secondary school instructors cover the cost of tuition, room and board, and other college expenses, so long as they are African American, Asian American, Hispanic American or Native American. If they meet the program’s requirements, they could receive up to $5,000 in funding each year.
In 1993, what is now the MillerCoors Brewing Company worked with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities to establish the Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund.
Today, students of Hispanic descent with an interest in earning an accounting, finance, marketing, public relations, sales or general business degree may be eligible to receive the renewable MillerCoors National Scholarship, which is worth $3,000.