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General Multicultural Scholarships

General Multicultural Scholarships

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships
AKA administers both a Merit Scholarship and Financial Assistance Scholarships. The eligibility requirements vary between the two awards. Visit website for more details.

Art, Film, Writing Scholarships/Competitions List
A monthly newsletter (via email or paper) with 600-900 announcements listing  art contests & competitions, art scholarships & grants, juried exhibitions, art jobs & internships, call for entries/proposals/papers, writing & photo contests, residencies, design & architecture competitions, auditions, casting calls, fellowships, festivals, funding, and other opportunities including some that take place on the web.

Ayn Rand “Atlas Shrugged” Essay Scholarship
This scholarship contest is based on reading the novel “Atlas Shrugged” and responding to questions posted on the scholarship contest website.  Visit the website for specific detailed instructions on how to enter.  Winners may submit essays again as long as they did not win first place the previous year.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
The scholarship rewards leadership and excellence as exemplified through academic achievement and extracurricular activities, including commitment to community service.  Note that the application is electronic and is available August 1st.

Columbia College Chicago Diversity Award

Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program administers scholarships for outstanding low-income African-American, Native American, Hispanic American, and Asian American students to attend the undergraduate and graduate institutions of their choice. The program is administered through several different scholarship funds in each of those communities.

Jackie Robinson Scholarship Program
The Jackie Robinson Foundation provides scholarships of up to $7,200 annually to underserved high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice. Visit website for more details.

Lagrant Foundation Scholarship
The Lagrant Foundation seeks to increase the number of minorities in advertising, marketing, and public relations. Visit website for more details. It is both for undergraduate and graduate students.

NAACP Scholarships
The NAACP administers several scholarships with varying award amounts and eligibility requirements. NAACP membership is often required.

National Women’s Studies Association
The National Women's Studies Association leads the field of women’s studies in educational and social transformation.  Established in 1977, NWSA is a professional organization dedicated to leading the field of women's studies, as well as its teaching, learning, research, and service wherever they be found.  A variety of scholarships are available for both undergrads and graduate students: Jewish Caucus Scholarship, Lesbian Caucus Scholarship, Women of Color Scholarship, and the Graduate Scholarship Award.  Deadline for all scholarships is March 1.

Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) - Multicultural Affairs Scholarship Program
This scholarship program was established in 1989 by PRSA's Multicultural Affairs Committee, to assist and recognize young men and women for outstanding academic achievement and commitment to the practice of public relations. Today, PRSA's National Multicultural Communications Section is the program sponsor and encourages contributions from PRSA members, corporations, and public relations agencies for an endowment. The scholarship program is administered by the PRSA Foundation.

Radio and Television News Directors Foundation 2008 Electronic Journalism Scholarships
RTNDA administers several scholarships of varying amounts for students of color. There is one application for all of the scholarships. Visit website for details. It is both for undergraduate and graduate students that can have any major with the intention to work in electronic journalism.

Ronald McDonald House Charities
RMHC offers four different scholarship programs for students who will be attending a two or four year college with a full course of study. Students must also reside in a participating local chapter's area.  For a list of local chapters and for more information about each specific scholarship program, visit the website.

UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc.-Founders Scholarship
UNITY has a listing of scholarships offered through journalism associations for people of color. Visit website for more details.

Unmet Need Scholarship
The Unmet Scholarship Program is open to families with a combined income of $30,000 or less and is intended to supplement financial aid packages that fall more than $1,000 short of student’s financial need.  For more information visit the website.

Worldstudio Foundation Scholarship
Worldstudio Foundation in conjunction with AIGA, the professional association for design, provide scholarships to minority and economically disadvantaged students who are studying the design/arts disciplines in colleges and universities in the United States. It is both for undergraduate and graduate students.