Scholarships for minorities aim to focus on providing funds to those minority groups which find it difficult to gain recognition amongst the herd of people belonging to the majority section. Such scholarships can be targeted towards women, African Americans, for single mothers, for women over the age of 40 or for people who write with their left hand for instance. These scholarships give minorities an opportunity to have access to funds which they can then utilize for their education. The separate category of these funds helps to give minorities confidence that they also can earn a scholarship because in a system where everyone is competing, other candidates are always preferred over minorities.
Many scholarships for minorities are available nowadays with more awareness and emphasis on the rights of minorities. “Proyecto Vision” a site for youth with disabilities provides various scholarship opportunities for students with disabilities. (http://www.proyectovision.net/english/opportunities/scholarships.html). “Jackie Robinson Scholarship” awards scholarships to about 50-60 undergrad African American or minorities. They can be reached at this website. (http://www.jackierobinson.org/) A scholarship aimed at Asian students is “The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund”. APIASF is based in Washington and was formed in 2003. And this scholarship can be accessed at http://www.apiasf.org/. For this scholarship, application has to be completed online and submitted electronically. The main eligibility criteria includes that they should be defined as of Asian and/or Pacific Islander ethnicity according to the U.S consensus. Some other include the minimum gpa requirement, education background etc. A scholarship opportunity for girls aged between 12-18 years is “girls going places scholarship”. This scholarship awards funds to about 15 girls each year which are nominated through an adult who writes an essay for them. These girls are chosen on the basis of them showing an initiative towards entrepreneurial building in their schools/colleges. This scholarship can be reached at http://www.girlsgoingplaces.com/home. These scholarships and many others like these focus on particular groups and work for the sustainability of such minority groups. All the details regarding the eligibility requirements and the scholarship amount can be found on the website links provided.
With the advancement in technology, it has become very easy, cheap and convenient to look for scholarships via internet. Also, this helps in saving up a lot of time looking through brochures, going over books trying to find out the perfect scholarship and then matching your eligibility criteria with them.