There are many obstacles minorities must face in order to achieve the best possible chance at success. In order to help lessen the impact of social and economic factors, the government and private groups offer grants and other forms of financial aid such as small business loans to ethnic minorities.
These grants and loans are given out for various reasons and uses such as business, housing, and education depending on the grant applied for however the vast majority of grant money available to minorities is used for the purpose of making a higher education more accessible to people of all backgrounds.
In addition to the vast number of minority grants for college students, many foundations and professional associations offer grants and fellowships to recent minority graduates and minority professionals. Many of these opportunities provide professional training, mentoring and financial support to eligible participants. They promote cultural appreciation and leadership for minority scholars and professionals.
Financial aid programs have helped many African American students afford college. Many grant programs are available to African Americans who plan to pursue a college degree. For example, The United Negro College Fund partners with state governments and corporations to offer scholarships and grants to students who demonstrate financial need.
over the last ten years more and more grants have been made available to African Americans such as:
- The United Negro College Fund
- The Ron Brown Scholar Program
- The Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Program
- Catherine Roberts Bridgeman Scholarship Program
- Houston ISD Scholarship
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
- Earl G. Graves Scholarship
- The Hubertus W. V. Wellems Scholarship for Male Students
- Zawadi Africa Education Program
If you are Hispanic there are also a growing number of grants and funding opportunities becoming available to you. The U.S. government has recognized the need for a higher representation of Hispanic students and Hispanic business entrepreneurs in the United States. Below are some of the grants available to Hispanics in the United States:
- The Hispanic College Fund (HCF)
- The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
- Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF)
- The Los Padres Foundation
- The Gilbert Rios Memorial Award
- The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)
Native Americans have been underrepresented in America’s colleges and universities. Year after year new programs are introduced to help Native Americans gain a stronger foothold in both educational institutions and the workforce. Some of these programs have been created to help Native American students afford the cost of getting a higher education. Some Native American grants are harder to obtain than others and Native Americans looking for grants are encouraged to study the grants below to see which they are eligible.
- The American Indian College Fund
- The Adolph Van Pelt Special Fund for Indian Scholarship
- The Tyonek Native Corporation
- The Indian Health Service
- The Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants Program
Asian Americans have also experienced a growth in options available to them in terms of funding for education and work study programs. Below are some of the latest grants and funding options to become available to Americans of Asian decent