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2011 ABAS Law Foundation Scholarships (posted 12/6/2010)

ABAS Law Foundation scholarships recognize and assist law students and recent law school graduates who possess extraordinary skills, desire, and potential to serve and lead the greater Sacramento area Asian Pacific Islander community. Download the ABAS Law Foundation 2011 Scholarship application package in .PDF here. Due date is February 25, 2011.

2011 CAPITAL Foundation Scholarships (posted 8/11/2010)

The CAPITAL Foundation Scholarship recognizes the richness and diversity of our Asian Pacific Islander community in Sacramento and tailors the scholarship program to meet the needs of our varied and diverse member organizations and partnerships with the local Asian Pacific Islander community in Sacramento County.

The CAPITAL Foundation Scholarship provides scholarships to high school students entering college, college students, graduate students, or students pursuing educational programs or trade schools. The CAPITAL Foundation Scholarship recognizes community service, diversity, academic achievements, accomplishments, merit awards, economic and other hardship, along with all work and experience demonstrating leadership, civic commitment, and potential for success.

Download the CAPITAL Foundation 2011 Scholarship Criteria in .PDF or in Word, and the CAPITAL Foundation 2011 Scholarship Application in .PDF or in Word, due December 17, 2010.


Harvard University announced in 2004 that from now on, undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, "When only 10 percent of the students in Elite higher education come from families in lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution."
If you know of a family earning less than $40,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free ... no tuition and no student loans!
To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $40,000 a year, visit the following website:
The school's financial aid office number is (617) 495-1581.

SCHOLARSHIPS GALORE! (posted 12/27/04)

(1) Ron Brown Scholarships:
The award: $10,000 for 10 to 20 students. It's renewable. Academic merit, leadership, community service, all fields. The deadline is usually in January.

(2) Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship:
The award: $6,000 per year. Number of winners: about 100. It's renewable. Academic merit, leadership, community service, all fields. Deadline is usually in April. Details at site.

(3) Project Excellence Scholarships:
The award: $4,000 or higher (to full tuition). Number of winners: at least 600. Academic merit, leadership, community service, all fields. Deadline: Feb. 1. Details at site.

(4) United Negro College Fund Scholarships:
The UNCF is one of our major scholarship gateways. The awards are of varying amounts, and there are a great many under different names and requirements (Grandmet, Duracell, for example). The deadline is usually December.

(5) Kodak Scholarships:
The award: varying amounts to $5,000. Number of awards: Varies. For those studying in film/cinematography at U.S. colleges. Details at site.

(6) Intel Science Talent Search:
The award is from $5,000 to $100,000. There are approx. 40 awards in this prestigious competition. You must present a scientific research project. Deadline: December.

(7) NACME Scholarships:
(National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering)
The awards go up to $20,000, and many are awarded. This is our major engineering scholarship gateway. You must be an engineering student. The deadline is usually in February.

(8) Gates Millennium Scholarships:
The goal of Gates Millennium Scholarships is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need. The scholarship covers room, board, and tuition for at least 1,000 high school students a year. Go to Website for details. Deadline: March 15.

(9) NSBE Scholarships (National Society of Black Engineers):
Award amount: generally from $1,500 to $3,000 for members of NSBE. Number of awards varies. This is primarily for engineering students and others majoring in related disciplines. Deadlines vary. Details at Website.

(10) American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Scholarships (AICPA):
For undergraduates studying accounting at a U.S. college with at least 30 credits completed. Awards up to $5,000 with about 300 winners annually. Deadline is in July.

(11) Bonner Scholar Scholarships:
Award amount: $4,000 and renewable till graduation. Community service is pivotal, as well as need. Your college must be a participating college. Approx. 1,500 awards granted.

(12) Developmental Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology Scholarships:
Award amount: $2,000 and renewable. Several scholarships granted. This is for science or engineering students at HBCUs. Deadline is June 15. Go to Website for details.

(13) Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarships:
This is a major competition with over 250 awards going to "scholars" with academic, leadership, and talent qualities. The award amount is from $4,000 to $20,000. You can apply on-line. The deadline is October 31. Go to the site for details.

(14) Ambassadorial Scholarships:
Go to:
This is the prestigious Rotary organization scholarship for students who can speak another language and want to study abroad in the host country of that language. Award amounts are from $10,000 to $23,000 for a three-month to full-year of study abroad. You should have completed at least two years of college work. Go to Website for details.

(15) National Honor Society (Sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals):
The is a scholarship for National Honor Society members in their senior year. Your chapter/school nominates you. Award amount is $1,000 for about 250 students nationwide. The deadline is November. Go to Website for details.

(16) Ronald McDonald House Charities (And the United Negro College Fund):
Students must be studying at an HBCU which is a member of the UNCF and have at least a B average. It's for sophomores. The award is from $1,000 to full tuition. Approx. 60 students are selected. The deadline is April 1. Go to website for details.

(17) Xerox Technology Minority Scholarship: type in "Scholarship" in the search engine.
This is a good source for strong minority scholarships for students studying in areas like chemistry, engineering, physics, and "tech" areas. The award amount is up to $4,000 for undergraduates, and more for graduate students. The deadline is Sept. 15. Go to Web location for details.

(18) Alpha Kappa Alpha Scholarships:
The above link is to the Chicago headquarters and that scholarshipgateway. Note that there are over 700 AKA Chapters, and you would be wise to contact sponsors at local locations. Scholarship opportunities abound. The deadline at AKA headquarters is Feb. 15. Applications (at the Website) must be sent between Dec. 1st and January 30th each year.

(19) NCAA Scholarships (National Collegiate Athletic Association):
This is the major NCAA sports association student athletes are associated with. Awards are given in all sports categories, amounts from $3,000 to $12,500. Awards are also available for sports-related study (like sports journalism).

(20) National Alliance for Excellence Scholarships:
The student competitors can be high school seniors or already in college. They must submit an application that can include recommendations (academics), art (slides), dance (tapes), photographs, or other materials that point to talent and achievement in all areas. The awards are for a minimum of one year, and over 100 are granted. Applications can be submitted at any time. The selection process is ongoing.

(21) Harry S. Truman Scholarship:
The is one of the most prestigious scholarships, shaped for students who intend to pursue a career targeted to public service or government. Graduate study should be a goal, with a portion of the funds directed there. You must be at least a junior, and your college must nominate you. A "nomination" package must be created. The awards can reach as high as $30,000 over the years. Generally, about 80 students are selected. The deadline is February 1.

(22) National Association of Black Journalists:
The NABJ offers 10 scholarships. It's a $2,500 award. Students should be attending a four-year university. They must present three letters of recommendation from a school adviser, dean, or a faculty member. Also, a 500-800 word article on a Black journalist must be presented. A grade point average of 3.0 is desirable. Eligible students must be majoring in journalism--print, photography, radio, or television. One of those should be a career goal. Deadline is March 31.

(23) Hispanic College Fund Scholarships:
Major site for Hispanic students majoring in business-related areas, A to Z (accounting, human resources, communications, and more). The award amount varies. Over 140 awards granted. Deadline: April.

(24) Arts Recognition and Talent Search Awards:
These awards are granted to high school or college students (17, 18 years of age) who show talent in dance, voice, music, art, photography, jazz, visual arts, writing, or other creative areas. You must audition or submit a portfolio or tape. The award is to be used for freshman year in college. Awards from $100 to $3,000. Deadline is June 1, or April 1

(25) Society of Women Engineer Scholarships:
These scholarships are targeted for women who are majoring in engineering or computer science. Award amounts are from $200 to $5,000, and at least 90 are granted. The deadline for students already in college is February 1, but is May 15 for high school seniors entering an "accredited" program.

(26) American Institute of Architects Minority Disadvantaged Scholarship: www.e-architectcom/institute/scholar.htm
This is a scholarship for minority students enrolling in architecture programs. Awards are from $500 to $3,000. Generally, 20 students are selected. Deadline is December 6.

(27) William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
2005 Hearst Scholarship Information
The Nonprofit Sector Research Fund, a grantmaking program of the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC, annually offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship. The scholarship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are members of minority groups. The Hearst Scholar serves as a summer intern with the Fund. Through this program, the Fund seeks to introduce a diverse group of students to issues relating to philanthropy, voluntarism, and nonprofit organizations. Recipients may arrange with their colleges or universities to receive academic credit for this experience. Requirements: The ideal candidate is a continuing graduate or undergraduate student from an underrepresented community. The student must be able to intern for 10-12 weeks full-time during the summer at the Washington, DC, office of the Aspen Institute. All travel and housing costs must be covered by the student. Scholarship Stipend: A scholarship grant of between $2,500 and $5,000 will be awarded.
Application Procedure: A letter of interest, resume, transcript, a letter from the appropriate college or university financial aid officer certifying demonstrated financial need, and two letters of reference should be sent to:
Jill Blackford, Program Coordinator, The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, Suite 700, Washington, DC, 20036.
Applications must be received no later than March 15, 2005. Applicants will be notified by the end of April 2005.

(28) 100-Plus Summer Enrichment Programs

(29) Financial Aid & Scholarship Help

(30) Black Excel "Scholarship Gateway"
You will find the largest scholarship gateway on the Internet at
Other Black Excel Scholarship Possibilities:
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