Getting through a post-secondary education is challenging on many levels. In addition to choosing a life-path and choosing a location to study, students who are finishing high-school also have to consider how to produce and manage their future expenses. Keeping a budget and talking to an academic councilor at your prospective school’s financial aid department will be indispensable to planning your post-secondary expenses. Students must consider all factors including the cost of tuition and boarding. Work-study programs are one way to help finance your studies. Another thing to consider is that you may be eligible for grants or scholarships at your future school. Many types of grants are available to students. One of these is referred to as a ‘minority grant’. It has two overarching categories.Some application and eligibility criteria is explained below.
Types Of Minority Grants
The first type of ‘minority grant’ is ethnically-based. This means that various ethnic organizations award grants to future students. Non-profit organizations, post-secondary institutions and the government offer such grants. One example of an ethnically-based ‘minority grant’ which can be applied for is issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and is referred to as the ‘BIE Higher Education Grant Program’. American Native students are eligible for this grant. Information on the grant, as well as other similar programs can be located on the Bureau’s website.
The second type of ‘minority grant’ is disadvantage-based. These are not related to the ethnic grants and are aimed at promoting access to those with barriers due to a disability or social stigma. An example of the former is aid for those with severe physical incapacitations which need extra funds for special medical treatments or items such as visual-aid equipment during school. An example of the latter would be grants aimed to promote equal opportunity for people of various orientations in the LGBTQ rainbow.
Many minority foundations exist which issue grants to post-secondary students. Below is a list of a few of them. Keep in mind, seeking Federal Student Aid is a prerequisite for applying to many of these programs.
The Bureau Of Indian Affairs
The ‘Bureau of Indian Affairs’ issues many grants to American Natives who are about to start university or college. The website, given in the above section regarding the two types of minority grants, also provides similar grants, as well as internships and Fellowships. One grant is called the ‘BIE Higher Education Grant Program’ and is available to those who have a claim to being at least a quarter American or Alaskan Native. There are of course, many other options for Native students, including the ‘Koniag Education Career Development Grant’ and the ‘Osage Higher Education Grant’.
The Hispanic College Fund
There are many grants available to Hispanic students about to attend a post-secondary institution in the U.S. These include, but are not limited to the ‘Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund’, the ‘Gulf Coast Research Laboratory Minority Summer Grant’ and the ‘Hispanic Scholarship Fund’, which can be accessed on the HSF website. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers the ‘General College Scholarship’ to U.S. citizens who are finishing their high-school education. Applications are accepted September the 1st until December the 15th, in 2013. The website also shows similar funds for those registering in full or part-time studies.
United Negro College Fund
The United Negro College Fund offers a variety of services including internships and scholarships for students looking to pursue their higher education. The foundation can be contacted through their website. It offers a general scholarship application, in addition to many with deadlines for the following school year (2013/2014). Here are the names of a select few: the ‘Northwest Indiana Scholarship Program’, the ‘Oklahoma Governor’s Luncheon Scholarship’, and the ‘Ossie Davis Endowment Scholarship Program’.
National Leadership Development Grant
Unlike the previous assortment of described grants, leadership grants are usually aimed at academic professionals such as teachers, professors and researchers. The NEA Foundation offers a variety of such grants.
Gilbert Rios Memorial Award
This award is aimed at promoting post-secondary education for students in families who will be the first to attend such an institution. If your family has no college or university experience, you may apply for the ‘Gilber Rios Memorial Award’ online, before June first; The grant offers a sum of $2500 towards your tuition.