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ACS Scholars Program

The American Chemical Society offers the ACS Scholars Program of $5,000 to full-time undergraduate minority students in need pursuing a degree in the chemical sciences.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – College Junior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2024
Application Deadline
April 30, 2024
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$5,000
1 Award Winner
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$2,500
5 Award Winners

RICOH Scholarship Program

The scholarship awards brilliant students from the minority community keen on advancing their academic careers in certain disciplines while studying at HBCUs.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – College Junior
Application Open Date
March 1, 2024
Application Deadline
May 8, 2024
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$2,500
5 Award Winners
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$5,000
1 Award Winner

L’Oréal Professionnel Empowering Diversity Scholarship

Students majoring in cosmetology at an accredited institute are eligible for the $5,000 scholarship from L’Oréal Professionnel.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
March 1, 2024
Application Deadline
May 31, 2024
Open
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$5,000
2 Award Winners

Sage Michaela Lucas “Timing is Everything” Scholarship

Students that identify as black indigenous or persons of color and are pursuing a career in aesthetics, skincare formulation, and/or cosmetic chemistry are eligible for a $5,000 award.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Graduate
Application Open Date
March 1, 2024
Application Deadline
May 31, 2024
Open
$5,000
2 Award Winners
Open
$1,000
1 Award Winner

AIChE Minority Scholarship Awards

This scholarship aims to support underrepresented undergraduate students from minority groups in the United States, specifically African Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Alaskan Natives, and Hispanics.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – College Senior
Application Open Date
April 1, 2024
Application Deadline
June 15, 2024
Open
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Law School Diversity Scholarship Program

Buckfire Law firm annually offers the Law School Diversity Scholarship Program to support law school students belonging to minority groups or demonstrating a defined commitment to issues of diversity.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
April 1, 2024
Application Deadline
October 1, 2024
Open
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Open
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Medical Diversity Scholarship Program

Every year, the Buckfire Law firm offers one available scholarship valued at $2,000 per recipient for undergraduate study across the United States.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
April 1, 2024
Application Deadline
October 1, 2024
Open
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$25,000
16 Award Winners

FTE Fellowships for Doctoral Students of African Descent

Eligible students of African origin, pursuing a Ph.D. or Th.D. program in theology, theological studies, or biblical studies, can apply for the $25,000 program.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
September 1, 2022
Application Deadline
February 15, 2023
Closed
$25,000
16 Award Winners
Closed
$3,750
1 Award Winner

LAGRANT Foundation Graduate Scholarships

The $3,750- scholarship is awarded to 40 graduate students who identify as minorities to pursue their studies in PR, marketing, and advertising. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.20.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Doctorate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Closed
$3,750
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,500
30 Award Winners

LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

Thirty (30) ethnic minority undergraduate students will receive $2,500 scholarships and a trip to New York City, New York, for career-building activities as part of the LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship Program.

Eligible Grades
College Freshman – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Closed
$2,500
30 Award Winners
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Sports Task Force/Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship

The Asian American Journalist Association offers the Sports Task Force/Al Young Sports Journalism Scholarship of $2,000 to Asian American undergraduate students seeking sports journalism as a profession.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
December 22, 2022
Application Deadline
February 28, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$750
2 Award Winners

Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students

Every year, the Archie Motley Memorial Scholarship for Minority Students grants two undergraduate students scholarships to the tune of $750 each to study archival administration at the graduate level.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$750
2 Award Winners
Closed
$4,000–$20,000
5 Award Winners

CIEF Bachelor & Masters Scholarships in Architecture

The Construction Industry Education Foundation offers the CIEF Scholarship in Architecture of $4,000 to five Californian students of minority enrolled in architecture undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$4,000–$20,000
5 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship

The MTI Scholarship offers up to $5,000 to minority students in higher education institutions in Illinois who are studying to become teachers. Eligible students must have a 2.50 GPA.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 1, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner

Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship

The scholarship awards $2,000 to a graduating high school student to pursue undergraduate study in engineering, computer science, accounting, finance, or business administration at universities in North or South Carolina.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
December 3, 2022
Application Deadline
March 4, 2023
Closed
$2,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program offers $5,000 to high school graduates and undergraduate students pursuing higher education in transportation, Spanish language or literature, engineering, mathematics, and science.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 14, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$15,000
1 Award Winner

Mission North The Future Is… Fellowship

The Future Is… Fellowship awards $15,000 to one female BIPOC(Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color) student pursuing studies in communications with an interest in tech or science.

Eligible Grades
College Junior – College Senior
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 18, 2023
Closed
$15,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner

Ashton Washington Women of Color Annual Scholarship

To preserve the heritage of a WOC and help her excel, the $1,000 Ashton Washington Women of Color Annual Scholarship was founded by an HBCU graduate and her grandmother.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$1,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$10,000
14 Award Winners

USPAACC – Denny’s Hungry for Education Scholarship

USPAACC offers Asian and Pacific Islander high school students this scholarship to assist them in continuing their education and to recognize those who demonstrate initiative and creativity in community-building ideas.

Eligible Grades
High School Freshman – High School Senior
Application Open Date
November 1, 2022
Application Deadline
March 31, 2023
Closed
$10,000
14 Award Winners
Closed
$10,000
7 Award Winners

V&E Diversity Scholarship

Vinson & Elkins offers $10,000 to seven high school senior students of a minority in Houston, Dallas, and Austin to enroll in law undergraduate degree programs at accredited universities or colleges.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
December 1, 2022
Application Deadline
April 1, 2023
Closed
$10,000
7 Award Winners
Closed
$2,500
3 Award Winners

Edna Yelland Minority Scholarship

The California Library Association offers $2,500 to three California minority graduate students pursuing a graduate degree program in library and information science at one of the ALA-accredited universities.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 12, 2023
Closed
$2,500
3 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship

Brown and Caldwell offer the Minority Scholarship to undergraduate students from minorities enrolled in engineering or environmental sciences-related programs at accredited colleges or universities in the U.S.

Eligible Grades
College Junior – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 15, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner
Closed
$1,500
2 Award Winners

EMPOWER Scholarships

The Courage Kenny Foundation offers the Empower Scholarship of $1,500 to three ethnic minority students to pursue a career in the medical or rehabilitation field in Minnesota or Western Wisconsin.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 15, 2023
Closed
$1,500
2 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000–$15,000
10 Award Winners

Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund

The American Bar Association (ABA) annually offers the Legal Opportunity Scholarship to racial and ethnic minority undergraduate and graduate students pursuing law in the U.S. to complete their studies.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
February 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 15, 2023
Closed
$5,000–$15,000
10 Award Winners
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program

The Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program awards one $5,000 scholarship to full-time undergraduate and/or part-time graduate students enrolled in courses creditable to teachers. Licensed teachers are not eligible.

Eligible Grades
College Junior – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
April 15, 2023
Closed
$5,000
1 Award Winner

Pacific Islander Scholarships

A Pacific Islander refers to individuals who hail from one of the many islands in the Pacific Ocean, and covers over 50 different regional backgrounds. Pacific Islanders make up 0.05% of the U.S. population including those with partial Pacific Islander ancestry. At Scholaroo, we’ve tried to find some of the most popular scholarships for Pacific Islanders and also give you a few tips on how to apply. So if you are a high school student or a college graduate with Pacific Islander heritage we have over 70 scholarships where you might be eligible to apply.

Top 10 Pacific Islander Scholarships 2023

We’ve gathered the top ten scholarships designed to help Pacific Islanders attain their educational goals. From scholarship programs focused on providing support for STEM majors and community service leaders to those dedicated to helping first-generation college students, there’s a scholarship for anyone.

ScholarshipAward Amount
Jacobs Holly A. Cornell Scholarship$10,000
Alma Exley Scholarship$5,000
Milliman Opportunity Scholarship$5,000
RICOH Scholarship Program$2,500
Thear Sy Suzuki R.I.S.E. Scholarship$1,500–$2,500
Medical Diversity Scholarship Program$2,000
PRSA Diversity Multicultural Scholarship$1,500
Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship$1,500
AIChE Minority Scholarship Awards$1,000
Ofield Dukes Multicultural Student Award$1,000

How many Pacific Islander students attend college?

Pacific Islanders have made great strides in recent years when it comes to college enrollment and graduation rates. In fact, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Department of Education, the percentage of Pacific Islander students who attend college is now higher than ever. What’s more, a growing number of students are earning bachelor’s degrees as well. In 2019, almost 34% earned bachelor’s degrees in fields such as social sciences, business management, and health professions.

There are a number of factors that contribute to these impressive numbers. For one thing, many colleges and universities have recognized the importance of recruiting students from diverse backgrounds, and they have put in place programs and initiatives designed to make it easier for Pacific Islanders to enroll and succeed in higher education. Another reason for the increasing success rate of Pacific Islander students is that they are choosing fields of study that match their strengths and interests. The most popular areas of study for Pacific Islanders are business and healthcare, both of which have great potential for career advancement.

There is also a significant number of scholarships now available that call for applications from pacific islander students specifically. Colleges and universities, different non-profit organizations, and community organizations are providing scholarships for pacific islanders to pursue further education.

Scholarships for Pacific Islander women 2023

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of college students who are female Pacific Islanders is significantly higher than the national average. Despite a lower college attendance rate, Pacific Islanders are still earning bachelor’s degrees at higher-than-average rates. In fact, according to the same source, Pacific Islanders have a graduation rate of 59% — which is higher than the national average!
The percentage of female Pacific Islanders attending college is significantly higher than the national average too. This is great news because it means that more women have access to higher education than ever before. However, there are still some major disparities when it comes to the field of study. While Pacific Islander women pursue a variety of different majors, they are more likely to choose a major in health sciences or business than any other field — their most popular field of study is nursing. According to the American Association of Colleges and Universities, Pacific Islander women account for 14% of nursing students, making them the second-most represented minority in this field!
These women are also more likely than the national average to graduate with a bachelor’s degree, making them well-positioned for success after college. With access to quality education and support through scholarships, Pacific Islander women have the opportunity to thrive in the workforce and make a real impact on their communities.

What are the most popular majors for Pacific Islanders?

This underrepresented demographic makes up only 0.5% of all college students in the United States according to a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. Despite this, Pacific Islanders have achieved success in higher education and have made some noteworthy accomplishments.
The most popular field of study among Pacific Islanders is Nursing. According to the NCES report, they make up 3.2% of all nursing students in the U.S., which is significantly higher than their overall college enrollment. Other popular fields are Business Administration (1.9%), Social Work (1.5%), and Biological & Biomedical Sciences (1.2%).
Fortunately, Pacific Islanders have access to several scholarships and grants specifically tailored to their educational needs. These scholarships can make college more affordable and provide an excellent opportunity for Pacific Islanders to complete a degree program in their desired field of study. Investing in Pacific Islander education is a smart choice that will ensure they are prepared to take on the challenges of a competitive job market. With the right resources, they can unlock their educational and career potential.

How to win scholarships for Pacific Islanders

Here are tips on how to win scholarships:

1. Start with local sources. Many Pacific Islands have their own scholarships and grants, so start by asking your local government or college advisors about specific programs in your area. Local sources can also provide additional information on scholarship opportunities from outside organizations.

2. Research Pacific Island-specific educational websites. There are several websites designed specifically to help Pacific Islanders find scholarships and grants for college education, and Shcolaroo is one of them. These websites often provide information about specific organizations that can help financially support Pacific Island scholars.

3. Apply for Pacific Islander-specific scholarships. One of the best ways to win scholarships is by applying for scholarships specific to your race or ethnicity. There are scholarships available from Pacific Island-based organizations that can provide scholars with financial assistance to further their studies.

4. Participate in different community outreach programs and specifically community programs geared toward Pacific Islander unity. By participating in such programs, you may network with other businesses, individuals and organizations concerned with the development of pacific islander communities. It will become easier for you to locate scholarships to help you study but also create a network of support in your community.

5. For applications that require an essay, or personal letter, or even a video. Your participation in your pacific islander community also shows your leadership and ability to take initiative, as well as your commitment to your community.

Frequently asked questions

How many college scholarships for Pacific Islanders are there 2023?

There are a number of college scholarships for Pacific Islanders that cover a variety of different study areas – we have at least 75 on Scholaroo. The most popular scholarships for Pacific Islanders include The Gates Scholarship, the APIA Scholarship Program, and the AISES Intel Growing The Legacy Scholarship Program.

Am I eligible for a scholarship for a Pacific Islander?

To be eligible for many of the scholarships in our database for Pacific Students must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States with Pacific Islander heritage or ancestry. This includes, Native Hawaiians, and people with Polynesian descent,Asian/pacific american groups as well as Samoan, Chamorro (Guamanian), Fijian, Tongan, Marshallese, Melanesian, Micronesian, and Polynesian people. Very few of the scholarships call for applications from International students. However, If you are an international student, there are many sources available on scholarships for studying in the U.S that you should check out.

Are there other resources available to help Pacific Islanders with college 2023?

Yes, there are additional resources available to help Pacific Islanders with college including mentorship opportunities and grants through the American Indian Graduate Center organization.

What are the benefits of obtaining a college degree?

A college degree can open up many opportunities for Pacific Islanders, including higher earnings potential and increased job security. Obtaining a college degree also allows individuals to gain knowledge in their chosen field and develop important skills that can help them become more successful in their careers. Additionally, college degrees can also provide students with an opportunity to make professional connections and gain valuable experiences that can be used in the future.

What are Asian and Pacific Islander-serving institutions?

Asian and Pacific Islander-serving institutions (APISIs) are universities that have a significant number of Asian American and Pacific Islander students, staff and/or faculty. The top three schools with the highest percentage of APISI students are UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego. APISIs provide students with unique resources and support services, including mentoring opportunities and career exploration.

Are there any organizations dedicated to helping Pacific Islanders succeed in college?

Yes, there are several organizations dedicated to helping Pacific Islanders succeed in college. These include the American Indian Graduate Center, Pacific Islander Education Educators Network, Polynesian Education Council, and the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. These organizations provide a range of services such as providing scholarships and grants, helping students navigate the college admissions process, mentorship programs, and connecting students with resources that can help them succeed in college.