Scholarships for First-Generation and Underrepresented Students

18 Scholarships to Help You Pay for College

Are you in the first generation of your family planning to attend college, or are you a member of an underrepresented group ready to start your college journey? If so, you deserve some major congratulations! As you probably know, a college degree provides valuable opportunities for personal and professional growth. However, financing a degree may seem overwhelming sometimes. Thankfully, as a first-generation or underrepresented college-bound student, there are many wonderful scholarship opportunities available to you. Listed below are links to eighteen national and state-specific scholarships carefully selected for students like you. We recommend you apply for as many scholarships as you are able to, but make sure to check each scholarship’s guidelines for complete eligibility information. For each scholarship, I've provided links to additional information at College Greenlight, a free college and scholarship website for first-generation and underrepresented students and the community-based organizations that support them.

This $1,000-$5,000 scholarship is available to Hispanic students with a 3.0 GPA who plan to enroll in a two- or four-year accredited college.
Deadline: December 15th
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The HSF Honda Scholarship is intended for Hispanic students interested in a career in the automotive industry. To qualify for this $5,000 award, you must be a junior or senior in a four-year accredited college or university majoring in business, marketing, or engineering.
Deadline: December 15th
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This scholarship is available to African-American college students majoring in engineering, environmental sciences, geology, or geography. You must have a 3.0 GPA to qualify for this $6,000 scholarship.
Deadline: December 21st
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The Ron Brown Scholar Program is a $10,000 renewable scholarship awarded to African-American high school seniors who will make significant contributions to society. Applicants must show outstanding leadership, dedication to community service, and academic excellence.
Deadline: January 9th
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The APIASF grants scholarships to students of Asian heritage who come from low-income or disadvantaged backgrounds, or who display dedication to leadership and community service. The amount of these scholarships varies from $2,500-$8,000 and a 2.7 GPA or above is required.
Deadline: January 11th
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This $20,000 scholarship is available to high school students who are participating in a qualifying college readiness program, and who have a unique story to tell. The Dell Scholars Program is interested in more than academic accomplishments, and stresses that applicants have big dreams for their college years and beyond.
Deadline: January 15th
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The Gates Millennium Scholars Program offers good-through-graduation scholarships to 1000 promising high school students. While this is a highly competitive program, there are many first-generation students who have received this prestigious endowment.
Deadline: January 16th
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The $5,000 UNCF General College Scholarship is awarded to African-American students attending a qualifying UNCF institution. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA.
Deadline: May 18th
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This $2,000 renewable scholarship is awarded to high school seniors who will be first-generation college students. To qualify for this award, you must be attending a CSO partner school.
Deadline: May 25th
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This $1,500 scholarship is available to Native-American students who are enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, and attending an accredited high school. Preference is given to students majoring in education, but other majors will be considered for the award.
Deadline: June 4th
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This amazing program gives low-income high school seniors access to the nation's most selective colleges, as well as full four-year scholarships.
Deadline: September 28th
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Fifty students receive this $20,000 scholarship each year. In order to qualify, you must prove a commitment to leadership and community involvement while maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
Deadline: October 31st
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This scholarship is available at more than 400 American colleges and universities. The award amount varies based on student need. Contact your school of choice to see if they offer this scholarship!
Deadline: Varies
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The Posse Foundation is one of the most innovative college access programs in the United States. In order to be considered for candidacy, you must be nominated by your high school or community-based organization. Posse Scholars are given complete scholarships to the school of their choice. The nomination process begins in the fall of a student's senior year.
Deadline: Varies
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This $10,000 scholarship is available to first-generation students attending an accredited Arizona high school. To qualify, you must have at least a 3.0 GPA and either an SAT score of 1530 or a composite ACT score of 22.
Deadline: February 22nd
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This scholarship, which ranges from $500-$9,000, is for first-generation college students from low-income families living in specific areas within California, Texas, Illinois, or New York. Check the above link to see if you live in an eligible area. You also must have a 2.5 GPA to qualify for this scholarship.
Deadline: March 17th
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This $500-$1000 scholarship is available to students, regardless of their immigration status, who are involved in public services to better their community. Applicants must live in the Bay Area of California and be enrolled in an accredited community college, four-year college, or university.
Deadline: June 30th
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This matching grant is available to Florida high school students planning on attending a participating college or university in Florida. To qualify for this grant program, you must not have any outstanding student loan repayments in default.
Deadline: Varies
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