Scholarships are always important for those who are entering — or are currently enrolled — in college. It can help students better afford tuition, food, and other expenses throughout their college experience. College students should have a fair chance to apply for scholarships and be aware of the money that they can get towards their schooling.
As an Asian Canadian, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to find scholarship opportunities for AAPIs, which stands for Asian American Pacific Islander. As a minority, I wanted to apply for meaningful scholarships that would contribute to my education and were available to other AAPI college students.
It is important to acknowledge the diversity that AAPI students bring to college campuses, and how these scholarships are able to provide them with the opportunities to attend university and further their education. Here are five scholarship and grant opportunities that are directed towards AAPI college students.
- CENTRAL CALIFORNIA ASIAN PACIFIC WOMEN SCHOLARSHIP
The CCAPW scholarship is for women who are first-generation Asian and Pacific Islander students seeking financial aid. Applicants must be from Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, or Tulare counties in California. The scholarship amount varies, and the application deadline is coming up — May 14, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
- THE KOREAN AMERICAN SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports Korean and Korean American students in pursuing higher education. Their scholarship awards Korean American students range from $500 to $5,000. Priority is given to families who were affected by the Korean War or demonstrate financial needs.
- William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship
The William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is available for underrepresented nursing students to apply for. Applicants must currently be enrolled in college and have a GPA of over 2.75. The application deadline is May 10 at 11:59 p.m. EST and the scholarship is for a maximum of $2,750 per year.
- GROUNDBREAKER LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
The Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship from Against The Grain helps Asian American college seniors and graduate students who express leadership qualities and have a GPA of over 3.5. The award is for up to $1,500 and the application deadline is May 31 at 11:59 p.m. CST.
- MINORITY WOMEN IN STEM FINANCIAL NEED SCHOLARSHIP
The Minority Women in STEM Financial Need Scholarship is awarded to minority women who attend — or are planning to attend — the University of Texas at Dallas, and are also pursuing a degree in a STEM program. The scholarship is for up to $10,000 and the application deadline is June 15.
Lots of these scholarship opportunities are specific to the location where you attend school, so make sure to check schools and organizations near you for even more opportunities.