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  • Abe and Esther Hagiwara Student Aid Award
    Varies
    May 1
    Sponsor: Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be National JACL members and must be attending a college, university, trade school, business school or any other institution of higher learning. A personal statement, letter of recommendation, academic performance, work experience and community involvement are considered. Applicants should have extreme financial need.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    1765 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115

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  • Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarships
    $2,500-$20,000
    January 11
    Sponsor: Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund

    Eligibility: Applicants must be of Asian or Pacific Islander ethnicity as defined by the U.S. Census, and they must be legal citizens, nationals or permanent residents of the United States. Citizens of the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau are also eligible. Applicants must be enrolling full-time as a first-year degree-seeking student in an accredited college or university in the U.S. They must have a GPA of 2.7 or higher or have earned a GED, and they must apply for federal financial aid.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    2025 M Street NW
    Suite 610
    Washington, DC 20036

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  • Atsuhiko Tateuchi Memorial Scholarship
    $5,000
    March 1
    Sponsor: Seattle Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be high school seniors or undergraduate students from Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii or Alaska with demonstrated financial need. They must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Preference is given to students with Japanese or other Asian ancestry.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    1200 Fifth Avenue
    Suite 1300
    Seattle, WA 98101-3151

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  • BI-LO/SpiritFest Scholarship
    $1,000
    July 25
    Sponsor: ERay Promotions

    Eligibility: Applicants must be minority high school seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must complete an application which including a 300-word autobiography which highlights volunteer activities, leadership experience, extracurricular activities, work experience, honors and special awards. Three letters of recommendation and an official transcript must also be submitted.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    Attention: Scholarship Committee
    342 Crepe Myrtle Drive
    Greer, SC 29651

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  • Diversity Abroad Achievement Scholarship
    $5,000
    April 15 and October 1
    Sponsor: American Institute for Foreign Study

    Eligibility: Students must demonstrate maturity, good character and high academic achievement. Applicants must be African American, Asian American, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islander college students. While there is no fee to apply for this scholarship, there is a $95 fee to apply for the AIFS study abroad program.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    College Division
    1 High Ridge Park
    Stamford, CT 06905

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  • EDSA Minority Scholarship
    $5,000
    February 1
    Sponsor: Landscape Architecture Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be members of an ethnic, cultural or racial minority. They must be landscape architecture students who are in the final two years of their undergraduate degree program or who are graduate students of landscape architecture. Selection is based on the overall strength of the application.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, personal essay, three work samples, two recommendation letters and an applicant photo are required.

    1129 20th Street NW
    Suite 202
    Washington, DC 20036

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  • Eizo and Toyo Sakumoto Trust Scholarship
    Varies
    January 31
    Sponsor: Hawaii Community Foundation - Scholarships

    Eligibility: Applicants must be Hawaii residents of primarily Japanese ancestry who were born in the state and who are a graduate level student at a college or university in Hawaii. They must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and prove financial need.

    How to apply: To apply, register online, complete the online application and select the scholarships to which you wish to apply. In addition, mail the supporting materials: printed confirmation page from the online application, personal statement, copy of Student Aid Report (SAR) available at www.fafsa.ed.gov and official transcript.

    827 Fort Street Mall
    Honolulu, HI 96813

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  • ESA Foundation Scholarship Program
    $3,000
    April 27
    Sponsor: Entertainment Software Association Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be female or minority students, U.S. citizens and current full-time college students or graduating high school seniors enrolled or accepted in a full-time program at a four-year college or university in the U.S. A minimum 2.75 GPA is required. Selection is based on the overall strength of the application.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    575 7th Street NW
    Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20004

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  • Forum for Concerns of Minorities Scholarship
    Varies
    May 15
    Sponsor: American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

    Eligibility: Applicants must be minority students accepted to an NAACLS-accredited Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology program or a Clinical Laboratory Technician/Medical Laboratory Technician program. They must also demonstrate financial need.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    Alpha Mu Tau Scholarship
    Attn: Joe Briden, AMTF Scholarship Coordinator
    7809 S. 21st Drive
    Phoenix, AZ 85041-7736

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  • George A. Strait Minority Scholarship
    Varies
    May 15
    Sponsor: American Association of Law Libraries

    Eligibility: Applicants must be a member of a minority group as defined by U.S. government rules, degree candidates in an accredited library or law school and intend to pursue a career as law librarians. Law library experience is preferred. Applicants must also have financial need and have at least one quarter or semester left after the scholarship is given.

    How to apply: Applications are available online, by mail with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, by fax, by phone or by email.

    105 W. Adams
    Suite 3300
    Chicago, IL 60603

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  • Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship Program
    Up to $28,000
    February 1
    Sponsor: Jackie Robinson Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be minority high school seniors with demonstrated financial need, leadership potential and academic achievement and who have already been accepted to a four-year college or university. Students must also be U.S. citizens and have a minimum SAT score of 1000 or composite ACT score of 22.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    3 W. 35th Street
    11th Floor
    New York, NY 10001

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  • Japanese American Citizens League Creative and Performing Arts Awards
    Varies
    March 1 (high school seniors), April 1 (all other levels)
    Sponsor: Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be National JACL members and must be attending a college, university, trade school, business school or any other institution of higher learning. A personal statement, letter of recommendation, academic performance, work experience and community involvement are considered. Professional artists are not allowed.

    How to apply: Applications are available online or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

    1765 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115

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  • Japanese American Citizens League Entering Freshman Awards
    Varies
    March 2
    Sponsor: Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be National JACL members and must be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any other institution of higher learning at the undergraduate level. A personal statement, letter of recommendation, academic performance, work experience and community involvement will all be considered.

    How to apply: Applications are available through local JACL chapters, regional offices, National JACL Headquarters and website.

    1765 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115

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  • Japanese American Citizens League Graduate Awards
    Varies
    May 1
    Sponsor: Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be National JACL members and must attend a college or university at the graduate level. A personal statement, letter of recommendation, academic performance, work experience and community involvement are considered.

    How to apply: Applications are available online and by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

    1765 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115

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  • Japanese American Citizens League Law Scholarships
    Varies
    May 1
    Sponsor: Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be National JACL members and must be studying law at a college or university. A personal statement, letter of recommendation, academic performance, work experience and community involvement will all be considered.

    How to apply: Applications are available online and by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

    1765 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115

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  • Japanese American Citizens League Undergraduate Awards
    Varies
    May 1
    Sponsor: Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be National JACL members and must be attending a college, university, trade school, business school or any other institution of higher learning at the undergraduate level. A personal statement, letter of recommendation, academic performance, work experience and community involvement will all be considered.

    How to apply: Applications are available through local JACL chapters, regional offices, National JACL Headquarters and website.

    1765 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115

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  • Jimmy A. Young Memorial Education Recognition Award
    Up to $1,000
    June 15
    Sponsor: American Association for Respiratory Care

    Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited respiratory care education program and have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Students must submit an original paper on respiratory care. Preference is given to minority students.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    9425 North MacArthur Boulevard
    Suite 100
    Irving, TX 75063-4706

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  • Leadership for Diversity Scholarship
    $1,500
    October 1
    Sponsor: California School Library Association

    Eligibility: Applicants must be members of a traditionally underrepresented group attending or planning to attend an accredited library media teacher credential program and plan to work in California for three years after completing the program. Applicants must provide a 250-word statement about their qualifications, career goals, financial situation and commitment to supporting multicultural students and two letters of reference.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    6444 E. Spring Street #247
    Long Beach, CA 90815-1553

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  • Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
    $15,000
    May 1
    Sponsor: American Bar Association

    Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. They must be entering the first year of law school during the year of application. They must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher. Selection is based on the overall strength of the application.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, personal statement, two recommendation letters and a transcript are required.

    321 North Clark Street
    Chicago, IL 60654

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
    Up to $4,000
    February
    Sponsor: California Teachers Association (CTA)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander or Hispanic students pursuing a teaching-related career in public education. Candidates must also be active members of the California Teachers Association or Student California Teachers Association or the dependents of an active, retired-life or deceased California Teachers Association member.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    CTA Human Rights Department
    P.O. Box 921
    Burlingame, CA 94011-0921

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  • Minority Fellowship Program
    $18,000
    January 31
    Sponsor: American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program

    Eligibility: Applicants must be enrolled in and have completed one full year in a Ph.D. program in Sociology. Students must be members of an underrepresented minority group in the U.S.: African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander or American Indians/Alaska Natives. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence. The fellowship is awarded for 12 months and typically renewable for up to three years in total. Tuition and fees are arranged with the home department. MFP Fellows are selected each year by the MFP Advisory Panel, a rotating, appointed group of senior scholars in sociology. Fellows can be involved in any area of sociological research, though particular MFP award lines devoted to drug abuse research may be possible contingent on funding.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    1430 K Street NW
    Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20005

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  • Minority Scholarship
    $1,500
    October 15
    Sponsor: National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Foundation

    Eligibility: Applicants must be African American, Hispanic, Asian American or Native American students working toward a graduate degree related to strength and conditioning. Students must be NSCA members for one year before applying and be pursuing careers in strength and conditioning. Applications are evaluated based on grades, courses, experience, honors, recommendations and involvement in the community and with NSCA.

    How to apply: Applications are available with membership.

    1885 Bob Johnson Drive
    Colorado Springs, CO 80906

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  • Minority Serving Institution Grants
    Up to $2,000
    April 1 (summer and fall) and October 15 (winter/spring)
    Sponsor: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be CIEE Study Center participants. They must be students who are self-identified as being from a group that is underrepresented in study abroad programs. Selection is based on the overall strength of the application.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, financial aid information and an essay are required.

    300 Fore Street
    Portland, ME 04101

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  • OCA-AXA Achievement Scholarship
    Up to $25,000
    December 15
    Sponsor: OCA (formerly Organization of Chinese Americans)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be entering their first year of college and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. They must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate academic achievement, leadership ability and community service.

    How to apply: Applications are available online. An application form, resume, essay, transcript, copy of acceptance letter, summary of college costs and Student Aid Report are required.

    1322 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036

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  • OCA/UPS Gold Mountain Scholarship
    $2,000
    May 1
    Sponsor: OCA (formerly Organization of Chinese Americans)

    Eligibility: Applicants must be Asian Pacific Americans who intend to begin college in the fall of the year of application and must demonstrate significant financial need. Applicants must also be the first in their family to attend college and have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

    How to apply: Applications are available online or by written request.

    1322 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036

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  • UPS Hallmark Scholarship
    Varies
    May 15
    Sponsor: U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

    Eligibility: Applicants must be high school seniors at least 16 years of age who are of Asian or Pacific heritage. They must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and plan to enroll full-time at an accredited college or university in the United States in the fall following graduation. A minimum GPA of 3.3 is required, and applicants should demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, community service involvement and financial need.

    How to apply: Applications are available online.

    1329 18th Street NW
    Washington, DC 20036

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