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Minority Students


This page contains information about scholarships and fellowships for minority students. (Many of these entries are duplicated from elsewhere on the FinAid site.)

Native American students should also visit the Financial Aid for Native American Students page.

For information about the legality of race-based college admissions and financial aid, see Affirmative Action and Financial Aid.



In addition to the specialized databases below, minority students should also search the general databases described in the Scholarships section.

Minority On-Line Information Service (MOLIS)
MOLIS, a service of the Federal Information Exchange (FEDIX), provides information about minority institutions. It also includes a database of scholarship and fellowship opportunities for minority students.

Graduate Fellowship Notebook (Cornell)
The fellowship notebook at Cornell contains a large searchable text database of graduate fellowships, including fellowships specifically for women and minorities.

Fellowship Listing at Yale University
A page listing several fellowship programs and other resources of interest to graduate students in computer science, with a focus on women and minorities.

Minority Fellowships (Univ. of Chicago)

Latino Scholarships and Grants (UCLA)

African Studies Grants and Fellowships (UPenn)

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.
CHCI provides a free scholarship search to Hispanic students of a database of 200,000 Hispanic-specific financial aid resources. Call 1-800-EXCEL-DC for more information. Bilingual assistance is available.

Award Programs

Gates Millennium Scholars
The Gates Millennium Scholars program was founded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and is intended to increase the number of African-Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Pacific Americans and Hispanic Americans enrolling in and completing undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The program is open to high school seniors, college sophomores, juniors and seniors, as well as graduate students in mathematics, science, computer science, engineering, education, or library science. Requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale. 1,000 new students will be supported each year. For more information, call 1-877-690-4677 or visit the GMSP web site. Additional information is also available through the United Negro College Fund, the American Indian College Fund, and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
The Consortium is a group of 14 university schools of business offering full-tuition merit-based fellowships to African American, Hispanic American and Native American US citizens for graduate study leading to a Master's degree in Business. More than 300 fellowships are awarded annually. For more information, call 1-314-877-5500, fax 1-314-877-5505, send email to, or write to
Consortium for Graduate Study in Management
5585 Pershing Avenue, Suite 240
St. Louis, MO 63112

Graduate Education for Minorities (GEM)
The GEM Center site at the University of Notre Dame lists several minority fellowship programs sponsored by the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science.

Hearst Minority Fellowship
This $15,000 fellowship is open to minority individuals pursuing a Master of Public Affairs in nonprofit management or a Master of Arts in philanthropic studies at Indiana University. The deadline is April 1.
IU Center on Philanthropy
550 West North Street, Suite 301
Indianapolis, IN 46202-3162
Phone: 1-317-274-4200
Fax: 1-317-684-8900

NACME is the nation's largest privately funded source of scholarships for minority engineering students. NACME supports more than 1,500 minority engineering students nationwide. Scholarship amounts range from $2,500 to full scholarships and may include summer internships, research projects, career workshops and other opportunities. NACME scholarships are available to African American, Latino and Native American students.
3 West 35th Street
New York, NY 10001-2204
Phone: 1-212-279-2626 x.218
Fax: 1-212-629-5178


HyperAMP and HyperAid (free)
HyperAMP is a set of programs and resource guides for minority students produced by the Hispanic Research Center at ASU. Versions are available for both Macintosh and Windows. It is available for free online, or for $25 on CD-ROM or floppy disks ($5 for just HyperAid on a floppy disk).

For more information, contact:
HyperAMP/Aid, c/o Hispanic Research Center
Box 87272
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-2702.

Advice and Assistance

Black Excel: The College Help Network
Black Excel sells a list of more than 350 grants and scholarships for African-American Students for $19.95. Its site includes a guide to historically black colleges.
Black Excel
28 Vesey Street, Suite 2239
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 1-718-527-8896


The list below describes six recent books that focus on minority students. For further reading, be sure to check the FinAid bibliography.

  1. Barry Beckham, The Black Student's Guide to Scholarships, 4th edition, Madison Books, Lanham, MD, 1996. ISBN 1-56833-079-0 ($14.95). 150 pages. Lists more than 475 sources of private sector financial aid for black and minority students and provides tips on finding and applying for financial aid. To order, call 1-800-462-6420, send email to, or write to National Book Network, Inc., 4720 Boston Way, Lanham, MD 20706.

  2. Lemuel Berry, Jr., Minority Financial Aid Directory, Kendall Hunt Publishers, 1995. ISBN 0-84039-944-8 ($45.95). Contains more than 4,000 listings of scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans for minority students.

  3. Gail Ann Schlachter and R. David Webber, Directory of Financial Aids for Minorities 1995-97, Reference Service Press, San Carlos, CA 1995. ISBN 0-91827-628-4 ($47.50 plus $4 postage and handling). 600 pages. Includes more than 2,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans for minority pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students, indexed according to type of minority. To place an order, call 1-415-594-0743, or write to Reference Service Press, 1100 Industrial Road, Suite #9, San Carlos, CA 94070.

  4. U.S. Department of Education, Higher Education Opportunities for Minorities and Women -- Annotated Selections, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1996. ISBN 0-16-045218-X ($8.00). 105 pages. A list of opportunities for minority and female undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students, organized by academic area, with a separate list of general programs. Includes a bibliography. (Note: This publication contains a number of inaccuracies and is by no means comprehensive.) To order a copy, write to Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.

  5. Evlene B. Wilson, Money for College: A Guide to Financial Aid for African-American Students, Penguin, New York, May 1996. ISBN 0-452-27276-9 ($15.95). 481 pages. Lists about 1,000 sources of financial aid for minority students, about 2/3 college-controlled and 1/3 from private sources, with a bit of information about federal student aid. Also includes a school index, field index and athletic award index. To order, write to Penguin Books USA, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014.

  6. William C. Young, The Higher Education MoneyBook for Minorities and Women, Young, Matthews & Cox, Fairfax, Virginia, 1993. ISBN 0-9639490-0-4 ($23). A directory of scholarships, fellowships, grants and loans. To order, call 1-703-385-3065, fax 1-703-385-1839, or write to Young, Matthews & Cox, 10520 Warwick Avenue, Suite B-8, Fairfax, VA 22030-3136.


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