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ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship
Provides financial support for racial and ethnic minority students to attend law school.
Deadline: Late February, annually
Asian American Journalists Association
They offer scholarships to outstanding high school seniors and undergraduate and graduate students. Students are selected based on the following criteria 1) commitment to the field of journalism; 2) sensitivity to Asian American issues as demonstrated by community involvement; 3) journalistic ability; and, 4) financial need.
Deadline: Early April
National Association of Black Journalists
They annually award a minimum of ten $2,500 scholarships to African American college students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism. Any foreign or US student currently attending an accredited four-year college or university may apply. Recipients also receive an all-expense-paid trip to the NABJ convention and are required to participate in student convention projects.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The program provides scholarships and fellowships for outstanding low-income African-American, Native American, Hispanic American, and Asian-Pacific American students to attend the undergraduate and graduate institutions of their choice. Individuals selected as Gates Millennium Scholars at the undergraduate level will receive funds for the cost of tuition, fees, books and living costs not covered by grants and scholarships already committed as part of a student's financial aid package. Scholars who pursue advanced degrees in the fields of engineering, mathematics, science, education or library science will receive up to four years of full financial support for post-graduate study, up to and including the doctorate.
Deadline: Check website for date of availability of nomination packets
Howard Simons Graduate Fellowship
The Howard Simons Graduate Fellowship at the University of Maryland was created to expand opportunities for minority journalists in the newspaper industry. It's a 12-month masters program in public affairs reporting, and the fellowship covers tuition, fees plus a stipend of approximately $11,000 for living expenses. For more information, contact, The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20071-7403, Phone: 202-334-6000.
Deadline: May 1 for fall, October 1 for spring, annually
Ford Foundation Fellowships for Minorities
The fellowship offers predoctoral fellowships to members of six minority groups whose underrepresentation in the professoriate has been severe and long-standing. The fellowship program identifies individuals with demonstrated ability and provides them the opportunity to engage in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree. These successful scholars then inspire other students of color to pursue an academic career in teaching and research.
It is open to U.S. citizens or nationals (not permanent residents) who are members of a minority group (Alaskan Natives (Eskimo or Aleut), Black/African Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos, Native American Indians, Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian/Micronesian), Puerto Ricans) for graduate study in research-based doctoral programs in the behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and sciences. GRE scores are required. Must apply online.
Deadline: Mid-November, annually.
GEM Fellowship Program
This fellowship provides opportunities for underrepresented minority students to obtain MS degrees in engineering and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and the natural and physical sciences through a program of paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance. Applicable only at GEM member universities. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen of American Indian, Black American, Mexican American, or Puerto Rican ethnicity with a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0. Those pursuing a master's in engineering must have an undergraduate major in the same graduate discipline. Fellows hold summer internships with GEM Employers.
Deadline: December 1, annually
Newhouse Fellow Program
This 30-month program provides for 18 months of graduate study leading to master's degree at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, internships and a post-grad professional apprenticeship. Open to under-represented groups as defined by New York State guidelines. On website, click on "Special Programs."
Deadline: Early February, annually