Minority Grants

The United States has many different minority populations. Since minority groups are underrepresented, the government has taken several steps to help them at every stage, usually by providing grants under the minority government grants. However the word minority is not specific to a certain section of the society but is large enough to cover racial, ethnic, sexual, religious and gender groups including vulnerable women/adults and disabled people. Women, disabled, Hispanics, American Indians, African Americans, Native Americans and other minority community fall under minority groups and are eligible for minority government grants in US.


To apply for minority grants it is hence very necessary to know under which minority group you are eligible and then see if you meet to the specific requirements set by the government. The minority government grants help people from minority groups across different fields be it education, work, business or research-related activities. Minority grants for education, fellowships and scholarships are given to persons in great financial need, viewing their academic excellence or under any other merit as specified by the government.


African American minority grants: With respect to the minority government grants, African American minority group have witnessed an increase in college grants over the last 10 years. United Negro College Fund, the National Black Nurses Association, Frederick Douglass Scholars Program, Mordecai Wyatt Johnson Program, The March of Dimes Nursing Scholarships etc. are some minority college grants available.


Hispanic minority grants: Hispanic minorities represent around 15% of the population in US. Despite their considerable presence in US, the minority grants allotted to them is  comparatively less. However seeing this insufficiency, the government has now allocated more funds non-profit, accrediteted colleges and universities that have at least 25% Hispanic enrollment. Hispanic students can benefit tremendously by qualifying for these funded colleges. Hispanic students can also benefit from the scholarships provided for research-related activities. Hispanic Nurses Association grants and scholarships, Silicon Valley Scholarship, Jose Marti Challenge Grant and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute are some well-known Hispanic minority grants.


Asian minority grants: The Asian minority grants have risen in recent times, due to the growing number of Asian minority groups in US. The Luisa Mallari Fellowship, Association for Asian Studies, Inc., Southeast Asian Studies Regional Exchange Program, etc. are well-known Asian minority grants that help Asian students study. The Luisa Mallari Fellowship is particularly noteworthy, as they give Asian students the opportunity to study abroad.


Disabled/Disadvantaged minority grants: People having physical or mental disability fall under disabled/disadvantaged minority group. A number of grants are available for disabled students to pursue their education in colleges, preschools and even in rehabilitation. Harry Truman Scholarship Program, Tech-Prep Education, Special Education Preschool Grants and Rehabilitation Training: Continuing Education, are some minority grants for disadvantaged groups.


However students of specific minority groups who need these scholarships and fellowships for continuing their education in schools, colleges, universities or performing research, have to check and fulfil the eligibility criteria set by each of these minority grants.  Besides government grants allotted for minority groups, many private and public organizations, corporations and foundations also fund minority grants.