PLBC Scholarship Opportunities

 

  • Philadelphia City Scholarship Program For more information on the Philadelphia City Scholarship Program, please visit the following website: http://www.freelibrary.org/libserv/cityscholarship/application.pdf
    • Eligible students must be high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0, live in Philadelphia, PA and plan to apply to at least one accredited four year college in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, or Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania.
  • Gates Millennium Undergraduate Scholars Program For more information, please visit the Gates Millennium Undergraduate Scholars Program website at http://www.gmsp.org/.
    • Eligible applicants must be a low-income minority student either graduating from high school or a college student continuing college courses. Applicant must have at least a 3.3 GPA and demonstrate community involvement.
  • Hispanic College Fund For more information on scholarships offered by the Hispanic College Fund please visit their website at http://scholarships.hispanicfund.org/applications/.
    • Eligible applicants must be accepted or enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited institution of higher education with a declared major/concentration in Business, be in good academic standing at 3.0 GPA, have financial need, U.S. citizenship and must be Hispanic or of Hispanic descent.
  • Inroads, Inc.
    • Eligible applicants must be high school seniors applying or admitted to an accredited college or university with at least a 3.0 GPA. College freshman or sophomore in an accredited college or university with career interest in Business, Computer Science, Retail Store Management, Sales, Health or Marketing with at least a 2.8 GPA.
    For more information on Inroads, Inc. please visit their website at http://www.inroads.org/.
  • Coca Cola Scholars Foundation, Inc.
    • High school seniors demonstrating leadership and academic achievement. Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident planning to attend an accredited university. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applications can be requested via telephone or through their web page.
    For more information on the Coca Cola Scholars Foundation, Inc. please visit their website at https://www.coca-colascholars.org/.
  • Colgate "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures" Minority Scholarships
    • This program is open to those underrepresented in the dental hygiene profession: Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans and males. Applicants must have completed at least one year in a dental hygiene curriculum at the certificate/associate level, and earned at least a 3.0 GPA.
    For more information on the Colgate "Bright Smiles, Bright Futures" Minority Scholarship and other scholarships available please contact the American Dental Hygienists Association by visiting their website at http://www.adha.org/ioh/programs/scholarship_list.htm.
  • Pennsylvania State Grants
    • Must be a Pennsylvania resident. For more information on specific programs please visit PHEAA.

 

 

General Awards for Minority Students

 

 

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Who's Eligible

Anyone who is enrolled full-time in a four-year Bachelor of Arts program at an accredited university in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico may apply for these scholarships; however, preference will be given to applicants who are female, belong to a minority group, or have a disability. Additionally, scholarship recipients must:

  • Actively pursue a degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, math, physics, or other STEM-related field
  • Demonstrate an interest in computer science
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the academic year
  • Apply for and (if selected) complete a 12-week, salaried internship at Microsoft headquarters in Washington state

What It Covers

Recipients will be awarded either full or partial tuition for the entire academic year; full tuition amounts are determined by the financial aid office at the recipient's higher learning institution

 

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Who's Eligible

RMHC offers three different scholarships that are exclusively reserved for students belonging to certain minority groups

  • RMHC/Asia: Candidates must have at least one parent of Asian-Pacific descent.
  • RMHC/African-American Future Achievers: Candidates must have at least one parent of African-American or Black Caribbean descent.
  • RMHC/Hispanic American: Candidates must have at least one parent of Hispanic/Latino descent.

Please note that high school seniors may only apply to one of the four available scholarships. Additionally, applicants must provide proof of enrollment at an accredited, post-secondary institution for the upcoming academic year and meet the following criteria:

  • Be a high school senior (21 or younger) with a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Be eligible to attend a two- or four-year college, university or technical school with a full course of study
  • Be a U.S. resident or legal resident
  • Live in a participating RMHC Chapter's geographic area
  • Submit a complete application and all required documentation by the deadline on the application

What It Covers

The amount of each scholarship will depend on the local chapter that awards it (most award at least $1,000 to recipients).

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen or legal resident who meets the following criteria:

  • Is a member of one of the following ethnic groups: African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American/American Indian.
  • Is enrolled full-time at a four-year, accredited institution, and earns at least 12 credits per semester/quarter.
  • Has a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • Is majoring in one of the following fields of study:
    • Art
    • Anthropology
    • Communications
    • English
    • Graphic design
    • Marketing/advertising
    • Sociology
    • Any other field that emphasizes public relations, marketing, or advertising
  • Is at least one year away from graduating with a degree when the scholarship is awarded

Applicants selected for the scholarship must attend TLF's career development workshop, as well as the annual awards reception (where scholarships are officially handed out). The applicant must also make a one-year commitment to "maintain contact with TLF to receive professional guidance and academic support."

What It Covers

The scholarship is valued at $2,500; 21 undergraduates were awarded scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year.

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is open to high school seniors and enrolled college students. High school seniors must:

  • Plan to enroll as full-time students at an accredited university in the U.S. or Canada during the 2014-15 academic year.
  • Intend to earn a degree and pursue a career in computer science, computer engineering, or another related field.
  • Belong to at least one of the following minority groups:
    • African-American
    • Hispanic
    • American Indian/Alaska Native
    • Females
    • Disabled individuals
  • Be able to attend Google's Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) in the summer of 2014.

Enrolled college students who wish to be considered for this award must:

  • Be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited university for the 2013­-14 academic year and plan to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student at a university in the U.S. or Canada during the 2014-15 school year.
  • Earn a degree in computer science, computer engineering, or a related field.
  • Demonstrate a strong academic record.
  • Belong to one of the following minority groups:
    • African-American
    • Hispanic
    • American Indian/Alaska Native
    • Female

What It Covers

Selected students enrolled at U.S. schools will receive $10,000 for the 2014-2015 school year; those enrolled at schools in Canada will receive 5,000 Canadian dollars.

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is open to all U.S. citizens or legal residents who belong to at least one of the following minority groups:

  • African-American
  • Hispanic
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • American Indian/Alaska Native

Additionally, each recipient must be enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program, earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (for outgoing high school seniors, high school GPA will be considered in lieu of a college GPA), and be actively pursuing a degree in one of the following major fields of study:

  • Chemistry
  • Information Management
  • Computing & Software Systems
  • Material Science
  • Printing Management Science
  • Laser Optics
  • Physics
  • Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Imaging, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Optical, or Software)

What It Covers

The scholarship will award between $1,000 and $10,000 per student for each academic year.

Scholarships and Grants for African Americans

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Who's Eligible

This award is open to any male or female African-American high school senior with an exemplary academic record and a background in community leadership.

What It Covers

Selected applicants will receive an annual scholarship award of $10,000 for up to four years for a total of $40,000.

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Who's Eligible

This award is open to any male or female African-American high school senior who is a U.S. citizen or legal resident, and meets the following criteria:

  • Is planning to attend an accredited four-year institution in the United States
  • Demonstrates leadership potential and a commitment to community service
  • Has a financial need
  • Has earned a minimum SAT score of 1,000 combined for math and critical reading, or a composite ACT score of 21
  • Has not earned a degree from a two- or four-year college at the time of application

What It Covers

Selected applicants will receive an annual $7,500 award for all four years of undergraduate study.

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Who's Eligible

This award is open to any male or female African-American undergraduate or graduate student who is currently pursuing a degree in journalism, communications, or a closely related major. In addition candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Background in community service and leadership
  • Demonstrated financial need

What It Covers

This annual award of $2,500 must be used to cover tuition, books and supplies, room and board, administrative fees, or other college-related expenses

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Who's Eligible

This award is open to any African-American U.S. citizen or legal resident who is currently enrolled at an accredited undergraduate institution and earning a degree in a technical field (such as engineering, math, or science). The student must be attending one of the predominantly black colleges or universities listed on the scholarship's website.

What It Covers

Annual scholarship awards of up to $2,000 will be provided to the recipient for up to four years of undergraduate study, provided he or she continues to study a STEM-related discipline and remains in good academic standing.

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Who's Eligible

High school students of any level who plan to attend college in the fall immediately after graduating are eligible for this scholarship, although preference is typically given to juniors and seniors. All applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal residents who identify themselves as ‘Black American.' Additionally, candidates must enter either the National Merit Program or the National Achievement Program; these organizations require students to take both the Preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in order to be considered.

What It Covers

Roughly 800 finalists will receive scholarship aid. Seven hundred students will be given a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship as a lump sum when they begin college; the remaining 100 will receive Corporate-sponsored Achievement Scholarships, which may either be paid in a lump sum or renewed over the course of four years.

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is open to any African-American U.S. citizen or legal resident who is enrolled full-time as a junior at a four-year undergraduate university. Additionally, the student must:

  • Be on track to graduate by June 2015.
  • Be pursuing a degree in life sciences, physical sciences, or engineering; first professional majors (medicine, pharmacology, dentistry, etc.) are ineligible.
  • Provide a transcript showing a minimum 3.3 cumulative GPA.

What It Covers

At least 15 scholarships of $30,000 will be awarded in 2014.

 

Scholarships and Grants for Women

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is open to female students who are currently attending college in the U.S. or Canada, and plans to be enrolled during the 2014-15 academic year. Additionally, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant has "a record of service to women and children and a commitment to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries."
  • Candidates must be nationals of a low or middle income nation (as recognized by the MMMF Country Eligibility List) that currently resides in the U.S.; legal citizens, residents, and immigrants are not eligible.
  • The applicant must plan to return to her home country within two years of receiving and exhausting the grant to perform at least two years of service.
  • Candidates must be at least 25 years old.

What It Covers

The grant awards $12,000 to each recipient; the money is to be used exclusively for college-related expenses like tuition, books and supplies, and administrative fees.

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is available to female U.S. citizens or legal residents who are currently attending accredited undergraduate or graduate programs that are concentrated in engineering, engineering technology, or computer science. Additionally, candidates must:

  • Be re-entering college for the first time after a period of no less than two years
  • Have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Be enrolled full-time
  • Not receive funding from other organizations

What It Covers

Scholarship amounts will vary; in 2013, the typical individual award ranges between $1,000 and $10,000.

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is open to female U.S. citizens or legal residents who are currently attending high school as seniors and meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Plans to attend an accredited, four-year university in the U.S. or Canada the following fall
  • Demonstrates "excellence in leadership, academics, extracurricular activities, community service, and potential for future success"

What It Covers

This non-renewable $2,500 award may cover tuition, books and supplies, administrative fees, and other related expenses; however, using the monies to pay for room and board may be reported as taxable income.

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Who's Eligible

This award is open to any female students who are currently enrolled in an accredited business or business-related degree program. U.S. or Canadian citizenship is not required.

What It Covers

Zonta Club awards $1,000 at the district or regional level, as well as a dozen $7,000 scholarships to international students.

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is reserved for female geoscience students whose lives have been "significantly interrupted by life circumstances." Candidates chosen to receive the scholarship are expected to eventually complete their program and earn a degree in a geoscience-related field.

What It Covers

There are few restrictions on how this $2,000 one-time award may be spent.

Scholarships and Grants for Hispanic and Latino Students

Scholarships and Grants for Hispanic and Latino Students

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Who's Eligible

This award is open to all Hispanic U.S. citizens or legal residents who will be high school seniors during the 2013-14 academic year and who were 16 years or older on Sept. 1, 2013. Additional requirements include:

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Plans to enroll full-time in Fall 2014 at an accredited four-year institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, or other American territories.
  • Has a permanent residence in the U.S. (residents from Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Oregon, or Washington are ineligible)

What It Covers

One scholarship valued at $10,000 and three each worth $5,000 will be given to the four strongest candidates.

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Who's Eligible

This award is available to Hispanic U.S. citizens or legal residents who are enrolled full-time as juniors or seniors at an accredited partner school, and are currently majoring in one of the following fields:

  • Biochemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Other engineering fields (the two listed above will be given preference)

What It Covers

This $3,000 renewable scholarship award must be used to cover college-related expenses like tuition payments, books and supplies, and administrative fees.

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Who's Eligible

This award is reserved for Hispanic students currently enrolled at a HACU member school who are interested in studying abroad.

What It Covers

The scholarship will cover up to 50% of the recipient's tuition while learning in a foreign country. The scholarship is currently designed to award up to $50,000 for each recipient, depending on his or her total program costs.

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Who's Eligible

This award is open to Hispanic students attending college in the U.S. (all 50 states, as well as recognized territories) who are pursuing a bachelor's degree in a STEM-related field. Students must be enrolled full-time, and maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.

What It Covers

Twenty-five recipients are chosen for the one-time, $2,000 award.

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Who's Eligible

This award is open to any Latino U.S. citizen or legal resident who is currently enrolled at a community college, four-year university, or graduate-level institution that is accredited by the Department of Education. Additionally, candidates must:

  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Possess strong writing skills
  • Be active with local community service projects and programs

What It Covers

Undergraduate recipients will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500.

Scholarships and Grants for Native American Students

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Who's Eligible

These scholarships are open to U.S. citizens who are enrolled full-time at a public or private, non-tribal-affiliated school, and are registered as members of a recognized tribe or with at least one grandparent or parent who was registered. Applicants must earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to be considered.

What They Cover

All Full Circle scholarships are designed to exclusively cover college-related expenses, such as tuition, room and board, books and supplies, and administrative fees. The amounts vary for one-time scholarships as listed below:

  • Anthony A. Weimas Scholarship: $1,000 (for associate or bachelor's students only)
  • Morgan Stanley Tribal Scholars Program: $5,000 (all undergraduate grade levels are eligible)
  • Nissan North America, Inc. Scholarship: $3,000 (all undergraduate grade levels are eligible)
  • San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Scholarship: $1,000 (all undergraduate grade levels are eligible)
  • Sovereign Nations Scholarship: $2,000 (all undergraduate grade levels are eligible)
  • Women's Self Worth Foundation Scholarship: $8,000 (females at all undergraduate grade levels are eligible)

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Who's Eligible

This award is available to all U.S. citizens or legal residents who are currently enrolled as members in a recognized tribe. Additionally, applicants must:

  • Be accepted and plan to enroll in an accredited two- or four-year U.S. college or university
  • Provide transcripts showing a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Demonstrate a background in both community service and extracurricular activities

What It Covers

The amount of this scholarship award will vary; the money is to be used solely to cover college-related expenses.

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen or legal resident who is currently enrolled in a recognized tribal group. Applicants must be enrolled at an accredited college or university, and pursuing a degree related to the field of archaeology.

What It Covers

This $5,000, one-time award may be used to cover a number of college-related expenses, including (but not limited to):

  • Tuition
  • Travel
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Books and supplies
  • Equipment
  • Child care

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Who's Eligible

Any U.S. citizen or legal resident who is registered with a recognized tribal group may apply for this scholarship. Additionally, candidates must be enrolled as full-time, junior- or senior-level undergraduates who are currently pursuing a degree in tribal public policy or health care at an accredited four-year university.

Recipients will be given a scholarship award of up to $5,000 that is to be used to cover tuition costs, books and supplies, room and board, and other educational expenses.

Scholarships and Grants for Asian-American and Pacific Islander Students

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is open to any U.S. citizens or legal residents of Asian or Pacific Islander descent who are currently enrolled as freshmen at an accredited four-year college or university. Criteria for recipients is based on four factors:

  • Academic merit
  • Demonstrated journalistic proficiency
  • Commitment to earning a degree and pursuing a career in journalism
  • Sensitivity to Asian American and Pacific Islander issues

What It Covers

This $5,000 award is divided as follows:

  • $3,900 is allocated toward the student's expenses as a college student (tuition, books and supplies, etc.)
  • $1,100 covers travel, lodging, and registration costs for the student to attend the annual Asian American Journalists Association conference in New York City (typically held in late summer)

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Who's Eligible

This award is open to any individual who claims at least 50% Asian heritage and is planning to attend an accredited college as a full-time student (all undergraduate grade levels are eligible). Other requirements include:

  • The student must show a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA.
  • The student or the student's parents must be "currently or formerly employed at an Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant."
  • The applicant must have a history of "community advocacy and social justice work on behalf of Asian American, immigrant, gay and lesbian and/or other progressive causes."
  • The applicant must demonstrate financial need.
  • No citizenship requirements apply to this scholarship.

What It Covers

Two recipients will be awarded $1,000 scholarships that are to be used to cover educational expenses like tuition payments, books and supplies, room and board, and administrative fees.

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is available to any female U.S. citizens or legal residents of Asian or Pacific Islander descent who meet the following criteria:

  • They have been involved with community service and/or earned leadership experience with entrepreneurial projects.
  • They are currently enrolled at an accredited four-year institution in the United States, and have completed at least one semester prior to application.
  • They have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.

What It Covers

This $2,500 award is to be used solely to cover expenses related to tuition, books and supplies, room and board, and administrative fees. An additional $2,500 may be added to the award for recipients who have demonstrated financial need.

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Who's Eligible

This scholarship is reserved for U.S. citizens and legal residents who were either born in India, or have at least one parent who was born there. In addition, the following criteria must be met:

  • Applicants must be actively pursuing enrollment at an accredited two- or four-year university in the U.S.
  • The family of the applicant must have an adjusted gross income (AGI) that is lower than $75,000.
  • The student must have a minimum 3.6 cumulative GPA.

What It Covers

This scholarship awards up to $2,000 per year for each recipient (up to 20 recipients are chosen annually).

Who's Eligible

This scholarship is open to any U.S. citizen or legal resident who can claim Asian or Pacific Islander heritage, as well as citizens of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau. Additionally, applicants must:

  • Be enrolled at an accredited U.S. college or university for the fall semester immediately following the announcement of the scholarship recipients
  • Have a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA
  • Demonstrate financial need by filing a FAFSA no later than Feb. 15

What It Covers

Fifty-two applicants (one from each state, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) will be chosen as AXA Achievers; each one will receive a one-time scholarship award of $10,000. Additionally, the 10 strongest candidates among these 52 recipients will be chosen to receive a bonus $15,000 award for a total award of $25,000. These monies must be exclusively used for undergraduate education-related expenses.

How to Apply

Students must register online with the AXA Foundation, and then submit an application that includes the following information no later than Dec. 15, 2013:

  • Details about extracurricular activities, employment experience, and community service involvement.
  • Current high school cumulative on a 4.0 scale
  • An essay prompt that asks the applicant to discuss their outstanding achievements. The AXA Foundation provides the following advice for applicants:
    • "Read through the online application's essay questions and carefully consider your responses."
    • "Be sure to fully capture and articulate what makes your achievement truly outstanding."

"You may wish to use word processing software to write and edit your responses. If you copy and paste your responses into the appropriate application fields, review the pasted text carefully for any character shifting or replacements that may have occurred. Also, place the cursor into the pasted text to activate the application's character counter function."