A large number of student-specific scholarships are designed to increase diversity among the student body of a particular campus or to increase the number of underrepresented workers in a specific occupation. As such, there are a large number of excellent Asian scholarships that can help you cover the cost of your college degree. Here are some of the opportunities available to you:
Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent
Established by Drs. Jitendra M. and Saryu J. Desai in 2002, this endowment is designed to help students of Indian descent realize their dreams of becoming physicians. Applicants for this fund must have lived in Pennsylvania for at least a year before registering for medical school, must be of South Asian Indian descent, and must enroll as a full-time student in an accredited medical school in Pennsylvania. In addition, applicants must be entering at least the second year of medical school and must have completed the FAFSA. The applications for this $2,000 award must be received between September 30 to July 1. A downloadable application is available at www.foundationpamedsoc.org.
Stan Beck Fellowship
The Stan Beck Fellowship, while not solely Asian scholarships, is designed to help students who want to enter a career in entomology or a related field and who have a need based on minority, economic, physical, or environmental limitations. Interested students must submit all materials by July 1. Required materials include completion of the CV template at the Stan Beck Fellowship site, a letter of recommendation, a description of academic studies and plans, current transcripts, a statement of need or challenge, a letter of recommendation from an academic adviser, and two letters that support the need or challenge.
Queer Asian and Pacific Islander Pride Scholarship Fund
This trendsetting scholarship was started by the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center to wipe out the invisibility, isolation, heterosexism, and homophobia that thousands of Asian and Pacific Islander gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual, and questioning individuals face every day. In order to apply, students must be 22 or younger, be of Asian or Pacific Islander descent, identify with one of the above lifestyles, and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, they must be seniors in high school or have a GED or high school diploma, be attending an institution of higher learning, and demonstrate financial need. The fund provides between two and six scholarships each academic year with awards ranging from $2,000 to $12,000. Applications can be found at www.apiwellness.org and must be received by April 30.
Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarships
One of the most prestigious Asian scholarships, the Anheuser-Busch/NLF Presidential Scholarship is awarded to two students each year in the amount of $7,500. The ideal recipient is a law student who has demonstrated stellar potential to lead and serve the Asian Pacific American community. Eligible applicants must be attending an accredited U.S. law school in at least half-time pursuit of a Juris Doctor degree. To apply, students must submit the official application, recent law school transcripts, a resume, and two letters of recommendation. Students may also submit a law school financial assistance application to demonstrate financial need. Applications may be found at Napaba.org and are due no later than September 3.
Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students
The Hyatt Hotels Asian scholarships were started in 1988 to help minority students pursue a hotel management degree. In order to be eligible for the award, students must be enrolled for at least 12 credit hours for the coming fall and spring semesters, be majoring in hospitality management, be at least a sophomore in a bachelor’s or higher program, be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. and be either African-American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, or American Indian or Alaskan Native. Winners receive a plaque and a $2,000 scholarship. To apply, download and complete the application at the official site and make sure all materials are submitted between January 1 and May 1.
Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund is the nation’s largest nonprofit organization to offer Asian scholarships. The organization offers a variety of scholarships for high school seniors as well as those in their freshman, sophomore, or junior years of college. Eligible applicants must be of Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity and be citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. Applicants must also be enrolling in an accredited school for fall semester of the application year and have at least a 2.7 GPA or a GED. Finally, students must complete the FAFSA, the official application, and submit one letter of recommendation. Interested students can apply for scholarships and view an application webinar at the official website at APIASF.org.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Each year, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program offers Asian scholarships and other minority scholarships to 1,000 students across the country. The awards vary based on cost of attendance and financial need and are good through graduation. Gates scholarships are available to African American, Asian and Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or American Indian students who are citizens, nationals, or permanent legal residents of the U.S. and who have at least a GED or a 3.3 high school GPA. Applicants must be enrolling for the first time at an accredited U.S. college or university as full-time, degree-seeking students. In addition, applicants must have shown leadership abilities and meet Pell Grant eligibility requirements. To apply, students must complete and submit a personal information form, nominator form, and recommender form by January 16. Forms and additional details are available at GMSP.org.
Lagrant Foundation Scholarship for Graduates
Through the Lagrant Foundation, minority graduate students can earn a $10,000 scholarship that will help cover the costs of earning a graduate degree. To be eligible, students must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., full-time students at an accredited U.S. college or university, and have at least a 3.2 GPA, and must be majoring in marketing, advertising, or public relations. In addition, students must be African American, Asian American or Pacific Islander, Hispanic, or Native American. To apply, students must complete the official application, submit an essay, write a paragraph detailing college and community involvement, and write a paragraph detailing honors and awards received. The application must also be accompanied by a reference letter, a current resume, and unofficial transcripts from your school. All materials must be submitted by February 28, and official applications are available at the Lagrant Foundation website.
Asian scholarships provide an excellent way to get needed funding for college and allow Asian Americans to enter fields in which they are currently underrepresented.