Multicultural Student Scholarships

General Minority Student Scholarships


Ronald McDonald House Charities

The Ronald McDonald House Charities Scholarship Program includes specific scholarships for traditional minority students.


Gates Millennium Scholars

The United Negro College Fund administers the Gates Millennium Scholars Program in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Organization of Chinese Americans and the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars. UNCF’s mission is to enhance the quality of education by providing financial assistance to deserving students, raising operating funds for member colleges and universities, and increasing access to technology for students and faculty of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Latino and Hispanic Scholarship and Grant Opportunities


Hispanic College Fund, Inc. Scholarship

The Hispanic College Fund, Inc. Scholarship is open to students who are Hispanic or of Hispanic descent. You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico, be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year, and be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year 2009-2010. Additionally, you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. Awards Available: varies. Amount $500 – $5000.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund – General College Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund – General College Scholarship is available to students who are of Hispanic citizens. You must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident and plan to be enrolled full time in a degree-seeking program at a two- or four-year U.S. accredited institution. You must also have a minimum 3.0 GPA, complete a FAFSA, and be pursuing your first undergraduate or graduate degree to be eligible for this award. Awards Available: varies. Amount: $1000 – $5000.


Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships of $1,000; $2,500 and $5,000. This premier scholarship opportunity is afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future.


First in My Family Scholarship Program

The First in My Family Scholarship Program, developed in partnership with the Hispanic College Fund, offers scholarships to Hispanic-American students who are the first in their family to attend college and have financial need. The program is open to Hispanic Americans who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled as full time undergraduate students at approved, accredited institutions. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000.

African American and Minority Scholarship and Grant Opportunities


Black College Dollars Scholarship Search

This free scholarship search, geared for African-American students, contains more than 300 scholarships searchable by GPA requirement, academic and career interest, and application deadline. This directory is a part of The Sallie Mae Fund’s multi-faceted African-American College Access Initiative, launched in October 2005, to improve access to higher education among African-American students. Produced by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education.


The United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. UNCF provides operating funds for 38 member historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), scholarships and internships for students at about 900 institutions and faculty and administrative professional training.


NAACP Scholarships

NAACP hosts a variety of scholarships listed at: for members of their organization.


Jack and Jill of America Foundation’s National Scholarship

The Jack and Jill of America Foundation’s National Scholarship Program is available to high school seniors who will become and maintain full-time status at an accredited, four year post secondary institution beginning in the fall of the year working toward a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must meet all of the eligibility requirements and deadlines to qualify. Scholarship awards will be applied toward tuition and room & board ranging from $1,500 to $ 2,500.

Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarship

Through this annual scholarship program, we seek to recognize three African American Males who will graduate in the spring of 2016 from a Philadelphia area high school. The scholarships are awarded to students who have exhibited exceptional academic performance, excellence in leadership and dedication to community service. Award Amounts: Three (3) $2,000 One Year Scholarships. Deadline: March 31.

Native American and Alaskan Native Scholarship and Grant Opportunties


The American Indian Education Foundation Scholarship is available to a student of American Indian or Alaska Native descent. You must be enrolled full time at an accredited 2- or 4-year college, university, or technical school to qualify. Awards available: varies. Amount: equal to $2000.


The American Indian Scholarship is open to Native American undergraduate and graduate students. You must have a minimum 2.75 GPA, demonstrate financial need and have proof of your American Indian heritage to be considered for this award. Preference is given to undergraduate students. Awards Available: varies. Amount equal to $500.


The Native American Education Grant is available to Alaska Native or Native American students. You must be enrolled full- time at an accredited college or university and have a minimum GPA of 2.5. You must also be in good academic standing and demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award. Preference is given to students who are members of the Presbyterian Church. Awards Available: varies. Amount $500 – $1500.


The American Indian College Fund provides scholarships and other support for the American Indian students. Tribal colleges, the vast majority of which are located on or near reservations, provide opportunity and access to post-secondary education where once there was none. Offering accredited degrees while keeping Indian culture and tradition at the heart of their curricula, tribal colleges are changing the face of Indian education, one graduate at a time. The Fund disburses approximately 5,000 scholarships annually for American Indian students seeking to better their lives through continued education. As part of its support of the tribal colleges, the Fund also provides support for other needs at the schools ranging from capital support to cultural preservation activities.

Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship and Grant Opportunities


The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation’s largest 501c(3) non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans (APIAs) with financial need. Based in Washington, DC, APIASF was formed in 2003.


The Asian Pacific Fund helps talented and disadvantaged youth pursue their goals by offering over 10 scholarships.


The Japanese American Citizens League currently offers over 30 awards, with an annual total of over $60,000 in scholarships to qualified students nationwide. The National Scholarship and Awards Program offer scholarships to students at the entering freshman, undergraduate, graduate, law, financial need and creative & performing arts. All scholarships are one-time awards.


The U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) offers scholarships for high school seniors nationwide for their post-secondary education.


For over 10 years, OCA has provided assistance to deserving APA students achieve the ultimate dream of a college education. The diverse group of scholarships are based on factor such as achievement and financial need. These scholarships are available to APA high school seniors entering their first year of college in the upcoming Fall Quarter or Semester.

HUSSAN Scholarship

Must be High-reaching and underprivileged student who demonstrates the potential to succeed despite adversity. Must be a student of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries descent, which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. Must be enrolled in a college or university in the Philadelphia region. Must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. One $1,000 scholarship. Deadline: April 5

LGBTIQA+ Scholarships

Frankel-Adair Scholarship for LGBT Students

The Frankel-Adair scholarship provides $1,500 in support of post-secondary education to an LGBT student residing in the Greater Philadelphia area. The scholarship honors the late Larry Frankel, former executive and legislative director of the ACLU-PA, and the benefactor, Thomas T. Adair.

Jonathan Lax Scholarship

The Jonathan Lax Scholarship Fund for Gay Men was established in 1994 by the late entrepreneur and inventor Jonathan R. Lax for the purpose of encouraging gay men to obtain additional education; to aspire to positions in which they contribute to society; to be out about their sexual orientation; and to act as role models for other gay men with similar potential. Tuition scholarships are awarded in amounts of $5,000 and $10,000 to gay men who live in the five-county Philadelphia region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) and Camden County, who are attending accredited colleges, graduate or professional schools anywhere, or to men attending such schools within the Philadelphia region. 

Delaware Valley Legacy Fund

DVLF is the leading funder of emerging needs in the Greater Philadelphia LGBTQ community. Every year we give out grants to LGBT-serving nonprofit organizations. Since our founding we have given over $900,000 to fuel the LGBT movement in our community. But every year we receive more proposals than we can fund. By our 30th anniversary, our vision is to fully fund every qualified proposal received from Greater Philadelphia LGBTQ-serving organizations

Point Foundation

A national LGBTQ Scholarship Fund

Affordable List of LGBTQ Scholarships for Students