Scholarships for Underrepresented Students

21 Scholarships to Help You Pay for College

A college degree is a ticket to a bright future, but rising college costs are a major concern for many students and families. Fortunately, College Greenlight maintains a comprehensive database of scholarship opportunities that can help students afford a college education. We’ve hand-picked 21 outstanding scholarships perfect for first-generation or underrepresented students. Each scholarship listing includes a link to its complete guidelines and eligibility information. 

• Award: $2,000
• Deadline: May 26
This scholarship is for permanent residents of the United States who are of Vietnamese descent and live in the Houston, Texas area. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be high school seniors and plan to pursue an education at an accredited four-year college or university. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $1,000
• Deadline: May 23
This scholarship is for high school (or home-schooled) seniors who are attending school in the United States. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be first-generation college students; i.e., neither parent has earned a four-year college degree. Applicants must attend an I'm First partner college or university. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $10,000
• Deadline: May 30
These scholarships are for students of Iranian descent who are enrolled or accepted at a four-year accredited university in the United States. To qualify for these scholarships, applicants must be in need of financial assistance, have a 3.5 GPA, and have participated in community service and continue to do so. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $2,000
• Deadline: July 31
This scholarship is for women who are enrolled at a private or public educational institution and working toward a certificate, diploma, or degree. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $1,000 - $8,500
• Deadline: May 31
These scholarships are for Native American and Alaska Native undergraduate students who are attending a non-tribal college or university full-time. To qualify for these scholarships, applicants must be US citizens and be registered tribe members or have at least one parent or grandparent who is a registered tribe member. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $1,500 - $2,500
• Deadline: April 30
This scholarship is for high school seniors and college students who are US citizens and 25 years of age or younger. All Shawn Carter Scholars are required to “give back” by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $1,250
• Deadline: May 31
To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must maintain a B- average. Scholarships will be awarded based on demonstration of past leadership, LGBT community service involvement, financial need, academic credentials, personal essay, future goals, and possibly an individual interview. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $5,000
• Deadline: May 31
This scholarship is for college sophomores, juniors, and seniors who attend an eligible Historically Black College or University. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $1,500
• Deadline: July 3
This scholarship is for college students of Hispanic descent who have completed at least 30 credit hours of college course work prior to the fall of 2013. Applicants must have attended a high school in the San Antonio area in Texas (50-mile radius), have a 2.75 GPA, maintain full-time enrollment, and be US citizens or legal permanent residents. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: Varies
• Deadline: April 29
This scholarship is for self-identified GLBT, members of GLBT families, and allies who have been strongly supportive of the GLBT community. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be Texas residents and demonstrate a commitment to human and civil rights for all people. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $1,500
• Deadline: June 1
This is scholarship for American Indians in financial need who have career goals related to their people, and are pursuing careers in health care or health education. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation to be eligible for this scholarship. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $1,000 - $5,000
• Deadline: June 1
This fellowship is for enrolled members of a federally recognized American Indian or Alaska Native group, and/or students who can provide documentation of descent (possess one-fourth degree verifiable federally recognized Indian blood) as verified through submission of a Tribal Eligibility Certificate (TEC). Get more information (College Greenlight). More »
• Award: $2,500
• Deadline: June 1
This scholarship is for women who are seeking undergraduate or postgraduate degrees. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be college sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students and be US citizens. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $5,000
• Deadline: May 26
This scholarship is for students who are African American, Latino, Asian, American Indian, Alaskan Native, or Pacific Islander. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be enrolled in a journalism program, public relations studies, or courses preparing for a career in public relations. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $2,000
• Deadline: June 15
This scholarship is for African American undergraduate students who are majoring in a scientific or technical field of study at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $1,000
• Deadline: July 1
This scholarship is for graduating high school seniors who are entering college in the fall. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be members of a minority group that is underrepresented in chemical engineering, such as African American, Hispanic, Native American, or Alaskan Native. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $6,000
• Deadline: June 30
This scholarship is for African American, Hispanic, and American Indian women. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be full-time students pursuing an undergraduate degree in the geosciences (geology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrology, meteorology, physical oceanography, planetary geology, or earth science education) at an accredited college or university. High school students who will enter one of these fields during their freshman year may also apply. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: Varies
• Deadline: June 30
This scholarship is for students who are able to document a significant physical and/or mental disability. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $2,000
• Deadline: July 1
This scholarship is for migrant farm worker students who have successfully completed one year at an accredited college or university. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a recent history of movement for agricultural employment, and demonstrate scholastic achievement and financial need. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $2,500
• Deadline: July 3
These scholarships are for members of Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) who are graduating high school seniors or currently college students in good standing. To qualify for these scholarships, applicants must be pursuing a degree focused on information technology at an accredited four-year college or university. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »

• Award: $2,500
• Deadline: August 29
This scholarship is for non-traditional students currently enrolled in a course or program at a Canadian or United States accredited college or university. Non-traditional students are defined as someone who possesses one or more of the following characteristics: 25 years of age or older; taken significant amount of time away from school; or enrolled in a continuing education program. Get more information (College Greenlight). More »