Leveling the Field: 4 Serious Scholarships for Minorities (125 hits)
Statistics show that more minorities than ever are enrolling in college. According to the United States Department of Education, enrollment of Hispanics has increased 240 percent since 1996 while African-American enrollment grew 72 percent. In 2012, college enrollment of Hispanic students, at 49 percent, surpassed white student enrollment, which was 47 percent, for the first time.
However, a recent report issued by Pew Research found that, although minorities have enrolled in college in higher numbers, the number completing degrees is significantly lower than whites. One reason many minorities cite when dropping out of school is an inability to continue paying for their education. They must often rely on student loans to attend and many say that they realize they will be unable to repay the loans after college, so they choose to leave school.
Another option, however, is scholarships designed specifically for minorities. These four scholarships provide students who receive funds to help them pay for their education with no requirement to repay the funds as long as they meet academic requirements.
Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship
Brown and Caldwell offers a $5,000 scholarship to minorities in order to promote diversity in the workplace. The scholarship is open to African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific American or Alaska Natives who are United States citizens or permanent residents. Students must be in their junior or senior year or enrolled in a graduate program such as an online MSHI degree at an accredited college or university. The student must be majoring in civil, chemical or environmental engineering or in an environmental science with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Gates Millennium Scholars
The Gates Millennium Scholars program is open to African-American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Hispanic American students who have earned a 3.3 grade point average or higher in high school and are planning to enroll in an accredited college or university after graduation.
They must be first-time college students and the awards are designed to cover unmet need and self-help aid. The average award is $12,227 per academic year. Students must be nominated by an education professional and the student must also provide a recommendation form from the nominator or another adult who is familiar with their extra-curricular and community involvement.
Leon Bradley Scholarship
The Leon Bradley Scholarship program is designed to encourage minorities to enter the teaching profession in order to create a more diverse teaching and educational administrative workforce. Managed by the American Association of School Personnel (AASPA), two scholarships are awarded to minority college students seeking their initial teaching certification as well as two scholarships to assist minority graduate students to seek their administrative credentials. The average scholarship is $2,000. Applicants must reside in one of the following states or provinces:
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Ralph and Fanny Ellison Scholarship
The Ralph and Fanny Ellison Scholarship, managed by the United Negro College Fund, is to provide financial support for minority students who are enrolled in historically black colleges throughout the country. In order to be eligible, students must be involved in school and community leadership. They must also have high integrity and character. A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required and the student must be enrolled at a historically black college as a freshman. A 500-word essay describing the legacy of Ralph Ellison and his impact today is required. The applicants must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and a reference form is required.
These are just four of many scholarships specifically designed for minority students. Scholarships provide the best way for minorities to attend college, complete their degree program and achieve their career goals.