In addition to federal financial aid, many Connecticut College students pursue scholarships from outside sources. The following scholarships are available to first-generation and racial and ethnic minority college students through various foundations and organizations. This is a list of some of the top scholarship opportunities available for first generation and minority students. We have provided links to the scholarship website, information about applying for awards, and the application for these grants. Please check the scholarship website for details on application deadlines.
Beautiful Minds Scholarship: A $1000.00 award available to minority graduating high school seniors. Applicants are required to submit an essay on the topic "Finding My Purpose."
Chips Quinn Scholars Program for Diversity in Journalism: Offers training, paid internships, and cash awards to college students or recent graduates interested in pursuing careers in journalism.
Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship: This program has awarded more than $19 million in scholarships to support students who are the first in their immediate families to go to college. Interested students should contact the school they are planning to attend to ask whether a Coca-Cola First Generation Scholarship is in place, and if so, how to apply.
DoSomething.org Scholarships: Opportunities for scholarships for up to $11,000. Summer deadlines.
Educators for Fair Consideration New American Scholars Program: Provides financial awards and support services to low-income immigrant college students who live or attend school in the San Francisco Bay Area. We provide scholarships of up to $10,000 to cover tuition and other college expenses.
Es El Momento/Beca Univision: $5,000 award for a 1st generation Latino college student. Applicants must have a history of extracurricular activity involvement and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Esperanza Education Fund: Scholarships awarded to immigrant students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia, to attend public colleges and universities. Must be born outside the U.S. or have two parents born outside the U.S. Must be a graduating senior at a high school in D.C., Maryland, or Virginia.
First Things First Scholarship: A $1000.00 award available to graduating high school seniors who will be the first in their immediate family to attend college and are attending school in the United States and planning to enroll in a regionally accredited post-secondary institution.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program: The nation's largest minority scholarship program. The scholarships can be used to pursue degrees in any undergraduate major at the college or university of the recipients’ choice.
Horatio Alger Association Scholarships: Applicants for these grants must demonstrate critical financial need and demonstrated integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity.
Jackie Robinson Foundation: Provides scholarships of up to $7,500 annually to minority high school students showing leadership potential and demonstrating financial need to attend an accredited 4-year college or university of their choice.
RMHC/Scholars: Annual scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students must live within the boundaries of a participating Ronald McDonald House Charity Chapter.
Generation Google Scholarship: Awarded to current high school seniors intending to study computer science. Scholarship recipients will receive a renewable academic scholarship as well as be invited to attend Google's Computer Science Summer Institute the summer following their first year of undergraduate study.
LAGRANT Foundation Scholarship Program: Provides funding for students attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations.
Maureen L. and Howard N. Blitman, P.E., Scholarship to Promote Diversity in Engineering is awarded annually to a high school senior from an ethnic minority who has been accepted into an ABET-accredited engineering program at a four-year college or university.
Microsoft Scholarship: A Microsoft scholarship provides a leg up so you can pursue undergraduate studies in computer science and related technical disciplines.
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Scholars Program: Provides financial support to minority engineering students who have demonstrated financial need. To be eligible students must enroll in an engineering program at a partner university, maintain a minimum required GPA (varying from 2.5 – 2.8); and register for the NACME Student Online Resume Directory.
National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity: The National Press Club awards up to $10,000 over the course of four years to a high school senior with the aim of furthering diversity in journalism.
NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Scholarships: Twenty-six $6,000 postgraduate scholarships – 13 for women and 13 for ethnic minorities – who are enrolling in a curriculum that will assist the applicant in obtaining a career in sports administration. Six of the scholarships are available to Division III students only.
Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation: By removing some of the financial burdens associated with going to, surviving in, and graduating from college, the SCSF plays a vital role in increasing college access and success for many motivated yet underserved youth and young adults.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Memorial Scholarship: A candidate must be a resident of New York City and of African-American, Latino, Asian or Native American background who demonstrates strong potential for academic achievement and proven leadership ability. $3,500 will be awarded to scholarship recipients.