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Scholarships for First-Generation and Underrepresented Students

18 Scholarships to Help You Pay for College


Are you in the first generation of your family planning to attend college, or are you a member of an underrepresented group ready to start your college journey? If so, you deserve some major congratulations! As you probably know, a college degree provides valuable opportunities for personal and professional growth. However, financing a degree may seem overwhelming sometimes. Thankfully, as a first-generation or underrepresented college-bound student, there are many wonderful scholarship opportunities available to you. Listed below are links to eighteen national and state-specific scholarships carefully selected for students like you. We recommend you apply for as many scholarships as you are able to, but make sure to check each scholarship’s guidelines for complete eligibility information. For each scholarship, I've provided links to additional information at College Greenlight, a free college and scholarship website for first-generation and underrepresented students and the community-based organizations that support them.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund General College Scholarship

This $1,000-$5,000 scholarship is available to Hispanic students with a 3.0 GPA who plan to enroll in a two- or four-year accredited college.
Deadline: December 15th
Get more information (College Greenlight)

HSF/Honda Scholarship

The HSF Honda Scholarship is intended for Hispanic students interested in a career in the automotive industry. To qualify for this $5,000 award, you must be a junior or senior in a four-year accredited college or university majoring in business, marketing, or engineering.
Deadline: December 15th
Get more information (College Greenlight)

CDM Smith/UNCF Scholars Program

This scholarship is available to African-American college students majoring in engineering, environmental sciences, geology, or geography. You must have a 3.0 GPA to qualify for this $6,000 scholarship.
Deadline: December 21st
Get more information (College Greenlight)

Ron Brown Scholar Program

The Ron Brown Scholar Program is a $10,000 renewable scholarship awarded to African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must show outstanding leadership, dedication to community service, and academic excellence.
Deadline: January 9th
Get more information (College Greenlight)

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)

The APIASF grants scholarships to students of Asian heritage who come from low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds, or who display dedication to leadership and community service. The amount of these scholarships varies from $2,500-$8,000 and a 2.7 GPA or above is required.
Deadline: January 11th
Get more information (College Greenlight)

Dell Scholars Program

This $20,000 scholarship is available to high school students who are participating in a qualifying college readiness program, and who have a unique story to tell. The Dell Scholars Program is interested in more than academic accomplishments, and stresses that applicants have big dreams for their college years and beyond.
Deadline: January 15th
Get more information (College Greenlight)

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

The Gates Millennium Scholars Program offers good-through-graduation scholarships to 1000 promising high school students. While this is a highly competitive program, there are many first-generation students who have received this prestigious endowment.
Deadline: January 16th
Get more information (College Greenlight)

UNCF General College Scholarship

The $5,000 UNCF General College Scholarship is awarded to African-American students attending a qualifying UNCF institution. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
Deadline: May 18th
Get more information (College Greenlight)

The Center for Student Opportunity (CSO) Scholarship

This $2,000 renewable scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who will be first-generation college students. To qualify for this award, you must be attending a CSO partner school.
Deadline: May 25th
Get more information (College Greenlight)

Emilie Hesemeyer Memorial Scholarship

This $1,500 scholarship is available to Native-American students who are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, and attending an accredited high school. Preference is given to students majoring in education, but other majors will be considered for the award.
Deadline: June 4th
Get more information (College Greenlight)

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