Scholarships for Minorities and Women

American Indian Graduate Center
Accenture Undergraduate Scholarships

The Accenture American Indian College Fund will award five scholarships to undergraduates. These scholarships will meet a vital need for American Indians seeking higher education and having financial need. The program seeks to select the very brightest American Indian and Alaska Native Students who are attaining a professional, teaching, social services, high technology, or business degree. It is comprised of the following awards:

Accenture Scholars
Three $20,000 scholarships for students pursuing 4-year degree.

Finalist Scholarships

Two scholarships of $2,000 per year for four years.

Candidates will have excelled academically and demonstrated leadership ability and commitment to community. Specific eligibility criteria are that the successful candidate:

  • Be an enrolled member of a federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native Tribe and be able to demonstrate involvement with or measurable interests in Native American activities or affairs.
  • Have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the end of the seventh semester of secondary school.
  • Will be entering a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking freshman.

The Business and Professional Women's Association pays strict attention to the monetary needs of disadvantaged and minority women who would otherwise fail to thrive. Women beyond college age, reentering a career or those who wish to pursue education toward career advancement are the target audience for assistance.

The BPW Foundation established the Career Advancement Scholarship Program in 1969 to provide financial assistance to disadvantaged women seeking to further their education. Scholarships are provided to women who wish to advance in their careers, or are soon to enter or re-enter the workforce. The Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships, grants, and loans to over 8,000 women seeking to improve their lives.

Career Advancement Scholarship Criteria:
To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, you must:

  • Be a female
  • Be at least 25 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national
  • Demonstrate critical financial need
  • Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $2500 or less.
  • Be officially accepted into an accredited degree or certificate program at an accredited U.S. college or university.

To apply: Go to

California Women's Scholars Program
"The California Governor and First Lady's Conference on Women and Families is dedicated to inspiring California women to be architects for change," said Maria Shriver. "The California Women's Conference Scholars Program furthers this goal for our next generation by helping California undergraduate women complete their undergraduate college education and realize their personal and professional dreams, while giving back to this great state through community service."

Congressional Black Caucus Scholarships
The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation Inc. was established in 1976 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute. As envisioned by its founders, the CBC Foundation's mission is to assist the leaders of today, while helping to prepare a new generation of leaders for the future. Consistent with its mission to provide educational opportunities to a new generation of leaders, the CBC Foundation demonstrates its commitment by sponsoring a number of educational programs. These programs include the CBC Spouses Education Scholarship Fund, the CBC Spouses Cheerios Brand Health Initiative Scholarship, the CBCF Fellows Program and the CBCF Internship Program.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) was established in 1978 by members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as a non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to developing the next generation of Latino leaders. CHCI's educational services are designed to provide Latino students with the tools and resources they need to succeed in attaining a higher education. Its leadership development programs seek to help participants search for and understand their identity as professionals, Latinos, and leaders. By bringing together individuals who share a commitment to serve their communities, CHCI endeavors to make its vision of an educated and civic-minded Latino community a reality. 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. There is no GPA or major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.

Hispanic College Fund
Amount of Each scholarship: $500-$5,000

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be Hispanic or of Hispanic descent.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year.
  • Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full–time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year.
  • Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale Student must demonstrate financial need.

For more information and/or to apply, visit

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund
HSF is the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. HSF was founded in 1975 with a vision to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans. In support of its mission, HSF offers different scholarship programs for students of various educational backgrounds.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) offers several scholarships through our Ruben Salazar Scholarship Fund program. These scholarships are designed to encourage and assist Latino students pursuing careers in journalism. Hispanics remain woefully underrepresented in mainstream U.S. newsrooms. One of NAHJ's goals is to help more qualified Hispanic students to move from the classroom to the news room. NAHJ offers scholarships to college undergraduate and graduate students pursuing careers as print, photo, broadcast or online journalism.

NAHJ General Scholarships – Ruben Salazar Fund ($1,000-$2,000) - Open exclusively to print/online students

NAHJ Newhouse Scholarship Program ($1,000-$2000)
– Open exclusively to broadcast students

NAHJ Maria Elena Salinas Scholarship Program ($1,000-$2,000)

NAHJ Geraldo Rivera Scholarship (Up to $5,000)

For more information and to apply for any of these scholarships, please go to the website and follow directions:

The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA)
The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) is the premier Hispanic business organization dedicated to building and advancing Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development. Recognized as the nation’s most prestigious Hispanic organization, NSHMBA has 39 chapters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico serving over 21,000 members since 1988.

To be the premier organization for Hispanic business professionals.

Our Mission:
To increase the number of Hispanics graduating from master’s business degree programs through scholarships, professional development, and mentorship.

To enhance career management opportunities for Hispanic MBAs from school to leadership positions, through job placement and world class professional development.

To be the partner of choice for organizations seeking to hire and develop Hispanic talent.
To recruit and retain as life-long members a majority of Hispanic MBAs.

The application window closes on April 30, 2013.

Scholarships are awarded to highly-qualified Hispanic students who plan to pursue an MBA degree at an AACSB-accredited institution in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.

Awards range from $2,500 to $10,000, and winners are also given a full registration to attend NSHMBA’s National Conference and Career Expo, which will take place in San Antonio, Texas from October 10-12, 2013.

For application details, eligibility criteria and a link to the online application, please visit:

Korean American Scholarship Foundation
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF) is a non-profit, volunteer-managed organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education. Founded in 1969 by a small group of concerned individuals in Washington, D.C., the KASF began as a local organization with limited focus and funding resources. However, with the dramatic growth of Korean immigrant communities in the U.S., the KASF has expanded to include other regions and to broaden its funding base.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)

Annual Scholarships Awarded

NBNA is committed to excellence in education and conducts continuing education programs for nurses and allied health professionals throughout the year. The Association provides annual scholarships for students.

Scholarships provide funding for continuing education. This funding enables nurses to grow and better contribute their talents to the health and healthcare of our communities.  Please review the Scholarship Application form carefully, remember to submit ALL required documents with your application.

Scholarships & Certifications
The National Black Nurses Association, Inc. offers various scholarships each year including:

  • Dr. Lauranne Sams Scholarship
  • Mayo Foundations Scholarship
  • AETNA Scholarship
  • NBNA Board of Directors Scholarship
  • Kaiser Permanente Scholarship
  • Martha R. Dudley LVN/LPN Scholarship
  • Nursing Spectrum Scholarship
  • Dr. Hilda Richards Scholarship
  • Ruth E. Miller Scholarship

These scholarships will range from $500-$2000

Scholarship requirements:

1. Candidate must be currently enrolled in a nursing program (B.S.N., A.D., Diploma or L.P.N./L.V.N. and in good scholastic standing at the time of application.
2. Must be a member of NBNA and a member of a local chapter (if one exists in your area).
3. Applicant must have at least one full year of school remaining.

Must Provide:

  1. Official Transcript(s) from an accredited School of Nursing.
  2. Two (2) page Written Essay
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation (one from applicant's school of nursing and one from the local chapter or a nurse in the area if a local chapter does not exist). Letters of recommendation and essay must be attached to the application.
  4. Additional items to accompany the application in support of the candidates eligibility and desirability may include documented evidence of:
    a. Participation in student nurse activities and,
    b. Involvement in the African American Community, i.e., letters, news clippings, awards, certificates, etc.

Applications MUST be post-marked by April 15 of each year.

For the complete set of instructions to apply for these scholarships, please visit the website at:

Sallie Mae Fund Unmet Need Scholarship Program
The Sallie Mae Fund will provide $1 million to help meet last dollar needs of low-income students through the Unmet Need Scholarship Program.

Sallie Mae Fund First in Family® Scholarship Program
The First in My Family campaign, geared to raise awareness among the Hispanic-American community of higher education opportunities, was developed in partnership with the Hispanic College Fund, The Latino Education Achievement Project (LEAP), and the Self-Reliance Foundation, a non-profit that works with the Hispanic Radio Network

Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship Program
The Sallie Mae Fund established The Sallie Mae Fund American Dream Scholarship Program through the United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF). The scholarship program aims to increase the number of African-American students attending college.

Please visit the website for qualification criteria and application process for these scholarships.

Scholarships for Minority Accounting Students
Committed to member service and the public interest, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and its predecessors have been serving the accounting profession since 1887. The AICPA scholarship program provides awards of up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession. Scholarships are awarded each July for the following academic year. For more information about this scholarship, please visit the AICPA Web site.

Scholarships and Fellowships for Minority Nursing Students
A resource for today's diversified nursing community that provide resources and information pertaining to education, career development and minority health for the growing population of minority nurses in America. All awards have various criteria, which may include financial need, academic achievement and involvement in community activities.

Talbots Women's Scholarship
Sponsored by the Talbots Charitable Foundation, a philanthropic program of apparel retailer Talbots. The Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund is a $100,000 scholarship program that awards five $10,000 scholarships and fifty $1,000 scholarships annually to women seeking a bachelor's or associate's degree later in life. Since its inception in 1997, the fund has awarded college scholarships to 330 women ranging in age from their late twenties to their early sixties. Please visit the website for eligibility criteria and application.

Women's Opportunity Awards
The Women's Opportunity Awards, Soroptimist's major service project, was established by Soroptimist International of the Americas in 1972 to assist women entering or re-entering the workforce in obtaining the education and skills training they need to improve their employment status. Women's Opportunity Awards are designed to give women heads of household, who provide the primary source of financial support for their families, the opportunity to achieve their career goals—an opportunity they have not previously had, whether because of economic or social barriers, or personal circumstances. These awards are for women who are attending, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program.

The Zonta Club of Newport Harbor
The Zonta Club of Newport Harbor (Costa Mesa) is sponsoring the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. Zonta International is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions, working together to advance the status of women. Scholarships are awarded to women studying business at the undergraduate level who have demonstrated outstanding potential in the field.

Scholarships Available to Accounting Students and ASWA Members.

What is ASWA?
The mission of ASWA San Diego is to enable women in all accounting and related fields to achieve their full personal, professional and economic potential and to contribute to the future development of their profession.

Members include partners in national, regional and local CPA firms, financial officers, controllers, academicians, staff accountants, financial analysts, data processing consultants, recent college graduates, students, and women returning to the work force.

ASWA was formed in 1938 to increase the opportunities for women in all fields of accounting and finance. The first chapter was chartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

The majority of our members have attained professional certifications such as CPA, CMA, CIA, and CFP.

The American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) San Diego Chapter currently has the following scholarship awards available:

Scholarship awards available for the 2012-2013 School Year are as follows:

  1. Undergraduate Scholarship: One $750 award to support the cost of attending 3rd, 4th, or 5th year when pursuing an accounting, finance or related Bachelor’s degree.
  2. Associate or Certificate Scholarship: One $500 award to support the cost of attending 1st or 2nd year when pursuing an accounting, finance or related Associates Degree or to support the cost of attending a Certificate program in Accounting. In addition to the scholarship award, all scholarship recipients will be eligible to attend ASWA San Diego’s meetings and events at the member price for one year from the date of award.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in the appropriate educational program
  • Applicants must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.

How do I find out more and apply?
Specific scholarship criteria as well as the Scholarship Application can be found by visiting the ASWA San Diego website at

Deadline for applying is January 31, 2013. Applications postmarked after this date will not be considered. Questions may be directed to Pebbles Dumon, ASWA Treasurer & Scholarship Chair, at

What is AAUW?

The American Association of University Women is a national organization which operates at regional, state and local branch levels. The AAUW was founded in 1881. Its mission was to open the doors of education to women and to unite alumnae of different institutions for “practical educational work.” The mission of AAUW has three major emphasis: 1) Promotes equity for women and girls. 2) Promotes lifelong education. 3) Promotes positive societal change.

Each individual branch develops its own projects to meet the needs of its own community within the broad scope of the mission of the Association. As a result, the San Diego Branch has established this scholarship program to assist students in the San Diego area to continue their education.

Students may obtain information and scholarship applications via the AAUW website: or by contacting Dali Collins.

Dali Collins, Scholarship Chair
American Association of University Women
San Diego Branch
5694 Mission Center Rd. #445
San Diego, CA 92108
Phone: (858) 715-1182

Completed applications and all supporting materials must be received at the above address by Saturday, April 18, 2015.