Finding a scholarship to get higher education in you field is a tough job. It is tough because you will have to face fierce competition for most of the scholarships that are being offered. If you belong to one of the minority communities living in US it is a good idea to look for minority scholarships. These minority scholarships provide opportunity to women from minority communities to get funding for studies without much fierce competition. There are hundreds of scholarship programs offered for every minority community. In this article I will discuss top 3 programs that offer scholarships for minority women.
- Federal Pell Grant: This is a very prestigious scholarship program offered by the US department of Education. This program offers assistance to undergraduate minority women students to pursue graduate degrees. In year 2008-2009 the awarded scholarships were worth $4,700, and the department of education has planned to increase this aid to $5,400 till 2012. Students can get complete information on deadlines and requirements on the program’s website.
- The FSEOG programs: The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Program is a program that provides scholarships for minority women to complete their graduate degree. This program offers assistance to women who have completed their post secondary education and who belong to the low-income group of society. The amount of the scholarship varies with each individual. Students can get aid of $100 to $ 4000. Once students have won the scholarship the school aid office decides the amount of scholarship the student should receive.
- Academic Competitiveness Grant program: This program also provides aid to minority women to complete their graduate studies. This program is funded by different sources. This program provides aid for only two years of education. The program provides aid of $750 for first year and $1300 for second year of education, which amounts to $325 per semester for first year and $650 per semester for second year of education.
More information on all 3 programs mentioned above can be obtained from their website. In addition to above mentioned programs women can easily find many other scholarships for minority women that can help them complete their education. Minority scholarships offered by government can be searched on the department of education’s website and scholarships offered by private organizations can be searched over scholarship search engines. There are over 50 of such scholarship search sites available over the internet that can provide you information on all scholarship programs.