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Minority Scholarship Essay

In 1976, college campuses looked a lot different than they do today. Over 80% of the students attending college were Caucasian, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Now, however, the NCES reports that minorities comprise over 33% of the number of students enrolled in college—that’s more than double the amount that were attending 30 years ago.

This percentage continues to rise every single year, and that is in large part due to the fact that minority scholarships are making it easier for minority students to attend college. In fact, millions of dollars in scholarship money work each year to encourage minorities to achieve their academic and career pursuits. As a result, the Fastweb database contains plenty of scholarship opportunities for minority students.

With the help of minority scholarships, you can achieve success in the classroom as well as in the working world, encouraging other minority students to dream big and work hard toward their goals. Below is a sampling of the minority scholarships that exist in our database—filling out a profile may match you to minority scholarships at your school of choice.

On Fastweb, we’ve organized tons of scholarship opportunities into categories, such as ethnicity, race and even gender-specific opportunities as well.

Check out lists detailing opportunities, like:

Scholarships for African American Students
Scholarships for Asian Pacific American Students
Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students
LGBTQ Community Scholarships
Scholarships for Women

(Don’t worry, there’s a list with scholarships for men, too!)

Is your specific scholarship category not listed? Check out the scholarship directory for more opportunities:

Scholarship Directory

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College Scholarships Foundation Minority Student Scholarship

Scholarship Amount

We're giving away $500 this year to a minority college student this year.

The Purpose

Minorities are generally at a disadvantage when it comes to gaining access to quality education and jobs.

In these modern times, most college campuses are proportionately reflecting the actual ethnic makeup of the country's population. However, the circumstances before a minority student's college life can make higher education financially challenging.

We provide assistance to help the brightest students with their expenses to ensure a smooth transition into this country's multicultural job force.

Eligibility Requirements:

Candidates for our minority student scholarship must meet the following criteria

  • U.S. citizen;
  • 3.0 GPA;
  • Currently attending full-time in post-secondary education (undergraduate or graduate); and

For this scholarship, we define 'minority' as someone of one of the following ethnicities:

  • Black
  • Hispanic
  • Native American
  • Pacific Islander

How Do I Apply?

Simply fill out our online application form. Along with your academic scores, we require an essay...which will be your chance to separate yourself from the rest.


The deadline for receiving applications is December 24th, 2013. The winner will be notified on December 31st, 2013.

Ideal Candidates

As tuition and college expenses continue to rise, we feel it is in our best interest to help the most deserving students. This brings us many tough decisions in deciding who is the most "deserving".

Our ideal candidate is someone who sticks out amongst the crowd of applicants. After reading your essay and credentials, we want to know you're the winner without any doubts. Here's a hint - the best way to do this is to write in your own unique style and with total honesty.

Apply Today!

There is a 300 word limit to our essay questions. Generally though, short and interesting is preferred over verbose. Use any of these questions as the basis for your scholarship essay:

  • How has being a minority affected your pre-college education?
  • How has being a minority positively affected your character?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?


Past Winners


Abigail Gutierrez, Northwestern University


Ava Purkiss, The University of Texas at Austin


Alexandria Timoll, City College of New York


Evande Malone, Florida Institute of Technology


Semiya Rahman, Northeastern Illinois University


Tanya Rice, University of Arizona

  • Your name here? - apply today for your chance to be a winner of our Minority scholarship.