You have dreams that you want to realize and great things to accomplish.
Higher education can help you get there – so don’t let yourself be
discouraged, even if it seems you do not have the immediate resources or
opportunities to continue your education.
Here is a list of web resources that can help you to locate scholarships
and a variety of other types of assistance to put you on track to fulfilling
your dreams. I hope this information proves valuable and will help you to
continue your education and realize your fullest potential.
FinAid was established in 1994 as a public service. This
award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive collection of
information about student financial aid on the web. Access is free for
all users and there is no charge to link to the site which has many
useful resources for minority students, including financial aid
applications, answering your questions sections, calculators and much
Comprehensive site offering scholarship information for all levels of
study and for different types of minorities – African-American,
Hispanic, Native American, etc. for domestic and international study.
Useful features include the ability to search for scholarships by major,
state, and education level. A scholarship search service is offered,
though most information is available free of charge.
Offers a large database of over 600,000 scholarships based on
location, age, school year and heritage. The service is free, though you
must register and fill out a profile first.
Whether you are starting out in college or pursuing an advanced
degree, this interactive e-learning tutorial will guide you through the
process of seeking financial support from foundations to pursue your
Serving as a 'virtual plumber' for higher education internet
transactions, over 1500 customized Internet admissions applications for
college and university programs allow you to apply to more than one
program save time on redundant typing since common data automatically
travels from form to form. The site offers: scholarship search,
financial aid, college search functions.
Your financial aid package is likely to include funds from the
federal student aid programs. These programs, which include loans,
grants and other forms of assistance, are all administered by the U.S.
Department of Education. Completing the FAFSA is the first step in
accessing financial aid for education.
The most comprehensive, free full-text online resource on all U.S.
federal government student financial aid programs. Here you will find
detailed and up-to-date information about (1) who can apply, (2) how to
apply, (3) full contact info, and much more... for over 130 government
loans and grants (scholarships, fellowships, traineeships) related to
The Foundation awards three types of scholarships ranging from $750 -
$1,500 for: merit, financial need & "Youth Partners Accessing Capital,"
a scholarship fund, administered by undergraduates for undergraduates.
Ayn Rand (1905-1982) was an ardent advocate of reason, rational
self-interest, individual rights and free-market capitalism. ARI offers
scholarships for undergraduate and graduate courses to learn more about
Ayn Rand’s ideas. High school and college essay contests offer prizes
totaling over $70,000.
Boeing offers three different scholarship programs: awards to
specific academic institutions that they work closely with on technology
collaborations and in recruiting employees, awards for students who
attend historically black & minority colleges and four-year National
Merit Scholarships for sons and daughters of Boeing employees who have
qualified. All information and applications should be obtained from your
The Burger King Employee Scholars program grants 158 scholarships of
$1,000 each to restaurant employees that are to graduating high schools
seniors to afford them the opportunity to further their education and
reach their career goals.
Each year, the Foundation awards $20,000 to 50 National Scholars and
$4,000 to 200 Regional Scholars from across the country. The program is
open to high school students. Scholarships are awarded based on
character, personal merit and commitment demonstrated through leadership
in school, civic and extracurricular activities, academic achievement,
and motivation to serve and succeed.
McDonald's National Employee Scholarship Program selects one
outstanding student-employee (high school senior) from each state and
the District of Columbia to receive a $1,000 scholarship every year.
From those selected, the one judged to demonstrate the highest
commitment to school, work, and community service is selected to receive
a special honor. He or she is named the "McScholar of the Year" and is
awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
The House Scholarship Program offers scholarships worth approximately
$2,500 to two high school seniors each year. The scholarship program is
open to any high school senior in Pennsylvania who plans to attend a
Pennsylvania college, university or career school full-time and who has
a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
A strategy for developing leaders from minority groups, Prep for Prep
identifies talented students from minority group backgrounds; prepares
them for placement in independent schools; offers a range of leadership
development opportunities; and provides a sense of community, peer
support and critical post-placement services. For more information,
contact Prep for Prep at 212-579-1390 or
Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories Summer Research Program offers
women and members of underrepresented minority groups the opportunity
for technical employment experience at our research and development
laboratories in Bell Labs. The program, primarily directed toward
undergraduate students who have completed their second or third year of
college, is designed to attract students into scientific careers, by
placing participants in working contact with experienced research
scientists and engineers. Students who apply must be available for at
least 10 weeks, starting in early June. Salaries are commensurate with
those of regular Bell Laboratories employees.
AmeriCorps is a national network of US service programs that includeAmeriCorps*VISTAand
AmeriCorps*NCCC. AmeriCorps is often referred to as "the domestic
Peace Corps” because the work is similar, but focused in the US. Members
receive professional training and a modest living allowance, some
programs also provide housing. Time commitment varies, from ten months
to a year. Most assignments are full-time, but there are some part-time
opportunities. After successfully completing a term of service you are
eligible for an education award of $4,725 that can be used for seven
The mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented minority
youth (African American, Hispanic & Native American) in business and
industry and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. The
program offers a paid multi-year internship with a Fortune 1000 company,
Corporate mentors who take a personal interest in you. Additional
scholarship opportunities through corporate sponsors and affiliates and
great potential for a full-time career after graduation.
The Association’s commitment to ensuring that all Americans have the
opportunity to pursue their educational goals includes various annual
scholarships - $1,500 for undergraduates, $5,000 for junior business
majors, $1,000 for education majors, and $2,000 for those attending a
historically black educational institution. To apply a written request
must be sent to: The United Negro College Fund, Scholarships & Grants
Administration, 8260 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031,
ATTN: Kimberly Hall.
National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate
Fellowships provide opportunities for U.S. graduate students to pursue
the study of languages and cultures of areas of the world critical to
U.S. national security. Full funding is provided to enroll in one of the
NSEP/NFLI Flagship Programs in Arabic, Mandarin, Korean or Russian.
A comprehensive listing of APAGS Scholarships and Awards for
2005-2006 for those pursuing graduate studies in psychology.
Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowship Program (BLGRFP) --This Lucent
Technologies Foundation program is open to students applying for their
Ph.D. For rules please go to the Web site or send an e-mail to
The Cornell University Graduate School Fellowship Database primarily
lists fellowships from non-Cornell sources. Anyone interested in
consulting the database is welcome to do so by browsing the topics or by
a keyword search.
The Association’s commitment to ensuring that all Americans have the
opportunity to pursue their educational goals includes various annual
scholarships - $2,500 for graduates, $2,000 for education majors, and
$2,000 for those attending a historically black educational
institutions. To apply a written request must be sent to: The United
Negro College Fund, Scholarships & Grants Administration, 8260 Willow
Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031, ATTN: Kimberly Hall.
The opportunity to live in a foreign country is not just for the
privileged and well-off anymore. You can learn another language and gain
valuable life skills studying abroad that will give you a competitive edge
in the workforce and also enrich you for a lifetime. The global marketplace
continues to create demands for bilingual and muliticulturally skilled staff
that could earn you extra money and job opportunities.
Ambassadorial Scholarships further international understanding and
friendly relations among people of different countries. The program
sponsors several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate
students and qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies.
Scholars serve as ambassadors of goodwill to the people of the host
Rhodes Scholars are elected for two years of study at the University
of Oxford, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. All
educational costs, such as tuition, laboratory and other fees, are paid.
Intellectual distinction is a necessary but not a sufficient condition
for election to a Rhodes Scholarship, but you must be nominated by your
Several different scholarship funds are designed to help promote
study abroad opportunities worldwide. Awards generally range from $500
to $4,000. Awards are made on consideration of both merit and need.
Volunteers carry out a variety of public service projects in foreign
countries and receive a living allowance, housing and all travel costs,
as well as comprehensive medical coverage and support. Service
with Peace Corps offers the chance to live in another culture, learn
another language and develop career and leadership skills through
important work like bringing clean water to communities and teaching
children, fostering HIV/AIDS awareness, information technology, and
business development. After completing service, a $6,000 transition
grant is given to all volunteers and they have non-competitive
eligibility status for government jobs – giving them an edge in securing
highly sought after government jobs.
Offers two types of scholarships to study abroad with IES:
Historically Black College (HBCU) Scholarships of $2,000 and minority
merit-based scholarships ranging from $3,000 to $5,000.
It is never too late to complete and advance your education, no matter
what your age or status in life. Adult schools and community colleges offer
a lot of options for late night and weekend classes geared for those working
or busy during the daytime. There are also educational institutions that
will give you credit for learning and skills gained outside of formal
schooling, like on the job training, military and volunteer experience.
Features many tools and resources, including free scholarship
searches and a guidebook on scholarships and private organizations that
aid adults returning to college, as well as funding for vocational and
The Educational Foundation of AAUW offers Career Development Grants
of $2,000 to $8,000 for women graduate students preparing for career
advancement, career change or to re-enter the work force
Excelsior College helps working adults earn degrees thru flexible
distance education programs and college credit for lifelong learning
gained outside of traditional educational settings, such as training
completed through the military and other job settings. Various
scholarships are offered for careers in nursing, business, liberal arts
based upon financial need and academic excellence.
Keep in mind many scholarships and opportunities are available for
careers where minorities are under-represented. When you decide upon your
chosen field of study, you may also want to be aware of the fastest growing
occupations where there is high demand for qualified personnel. The Federal
Bureau of Labor & Statistics reported in May 2005 that the top growth areas
were in healthcare, information technology, retail services and education.
This means that opportunity for both immediate employment, as well as
advancement is high in such jobs as: nursing, medical assistants, records
and health information technicians, physician assistants, home health aids,
physical therapist aids, social and human service assistants, accountants,
computer software engineers, applications and systems software, network
systems & data communications analysts, and educators.
Would you like to become a Certified Public Accountant? The
Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students program provides awards of
up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students who show significant
potential to become certified public accountants. John L. Carey
Scholarships provide financial assistance to liberal arts undergraduates
pursuing graduate studies in accounting. Seven $5000 scholarships are
awarded annually. This site also has links to more than 20 different
organizations that can provide scholarships for this field.
Actuaries are experts in evaluating the likelihood of future events,
designing creative ways to reduce the likelihood of undesirable events,
decreasing the impact of undesirable events that do occur. This
site offers several scholarship links for this career field, especially
Engineering or physical science students are nominated by department
heads and faculty members at our cooperating educational institutions.
Nominees must be at least third year college students, have excellent
grades, and must have participated in lab and research work in their
Microsoft offers four types of technical scholarships to
undergraduate students: General, Women's, Underrepresented Minority, and
for Students with Disabilities.
Are you interested in Earth-related issues, like resource management
and environmental protection? Do you enjoy working outdoors? Travel?
Then the geosciences may be an interesting career path to investigate.
AGI Minority Geoscience Scholarships are provided with financial awards
ranging from $500 to $3,000.
Research fellowships, conference scholarships and travel grants for
undergraduate and graduate students in microbiology.
LGSSP is open in the U.S. to high school seniors and outside the U.S.
to first and second year students in college. For rules please refer to
the IIE Web site at www.iie.org.
Contact the Lucent Technologies Foundation at
email@example.com for additional questions. For application
forms, students in U.S. and abroad should please contact the Lucent
Global Science Scholars team at IIE by sending an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org; or by calling the LGSSP hotline at
The PA House of Representatives offers a Legislative Fellowship
Program that combines education, work experience and insight into the
people, issues and politics of the legislative process. This
professional, paid 13-week program is open to college seniors and second
semester juniors from all Pennsylvania colleges and universities.
Contact: Kris Bernard, BMC Fellowship Coordinator at 717-783-1027 or
e-mail her email@example.com.
A paralegal performs substantive legal work for a lawyer, law office,
governmental agency or other entity. Scholarships of $3,500 and $1,500
are offered to pursue studies in this field.
Sociology applies to a wide variety of jobs in business, the health
professions, the criminal justice system, social services, and
government. For Undergraduates:
The ASA Honors Program is a wonderful opportunity for sociology
majors to come to the Annual Meeting, meet other students, and learn
about the profession. For Graduate Students: APAGS scholarships are