Scholarships for Specific Ethnicities and Nationalities

Unless otherwise noted, the Office of Special Scholarship Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) does not administer or sponsor the programs listed on its website. The content of these pages are merely a guide for current undergraduate and professional school students at UIC. For questions or contact information, please refer to the website that the short description is linked to.

Deadline varies or is not available:

The Actuarial Foundation Actuary Diversity Scholarship - for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students; must be a full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession; awards $1,000 to high school seniors applying for freshmen year; $2,000 to college freshmen applying for sophomore year/sophomore applying for junior year; and $3,000 to college juniors applying for senior year

Robert B. Bailey Scholarship for Study Abroad - for undergraduate students participating in a CIEE study abroad program; must self-identify as a member of a minority group or a group traditionally underrepresented in study abroad

The Fund.org - theological education, African-American PhD and ThD students, minorities pursuing PhD's related to racial identity/racial issues

Indian Health Service Scholarship Fund - documented Native American Indian and Alaskan Native undergraduate students pursuing degree programs leading to the health fields

Indicorps - students of Indian (South Asian) origin who have completed a bachelor's degree or 5 years work experience; for community and identity development in India

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Fellowships - for recent college graduates interested in developing leadership and public policy experience

Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) Scholarship - various fields; requires student membership in JACL and submission of materials through a local JACL chapter

Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarships - various fields; for undergraduate, professional and graduate students who are Polish-American

LatinoCollegeDollars.org - a website and scholarship search engine dedicated to scholarships for Latino college students

NAACP Scholarships - several scholarships, variety of fields; some require membership in the NAACP

Turkish Coalition of America Study Abroad in Turkey Scholarships for Minority Students (for semester, summer or academic year) - must be an African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native American undergraduate students and a U.S. citizen; have already applied and been accepted to participate in a study abroad program at a Turkish university through an American educational institution or study abroad provider; graduate students granted awards on a case by case basis; sponsored by DiversityAbroad.com

Turkish Coalition of America Study Abroad in Turkey for Armenian American Students (for semester, summer or academic year) - up to 100 scholarships per year for American students of Armenian descent to study abroad in Turkey

UIC Latin American Recruitment and Educational Services Program (LARES) - scholarship listings for UIC Latino and Latina students

United Macedonian Diaspora - scholarships for Macedonian Americans to study abroad in Turkey; competitive internships with the UMD in Washington, DC; and competitive internships with the Macedonian internships in Washington, DC

UNCF Scholarships - variety of awards from partners and sponsors with the UNCF to undergraduate and graduate students; preference for African American students and students at UNCF Member Colleges

August:

Polish American Association Lyczko Scholarship - for students of Polish descent pursuing undergraduate degrees at an accredited university

National Medical Fellowships - merit-based awards recognizing outstanding minority medical students, recommended by their medical schools; offered primarily to third- and fourth-year medical students

September

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program - for minority students pursuing a technical degree program; undergraduate and graduate students who are of African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent

October:

American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Program - for pursuit of doctoral degrees in political science; African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans

Asian Women in Business Scholarship – for females of Asian or Pacific Islander descent; must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; must have a 3.0/4.0 GPA and either demonstrated a leadership role in a community endeavor and/or a record of entrepreneurial achievement

Everett and Florence Drumright Scholarships - (FOR UIC UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY) all majors, who are American-born of Chinese descent (offered in both fall and spring semesters)

Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation Scholarship - (FOR STUDENTS IN THE STATE OF ILLINOIS ONLY) for full-time undergraduate Latino students whose home residence is in Illinois and are attending an Illinois college or university; awards of $2,000

La Unidad Latina Foundation (Fall) - educational scholarships are awarded to Hispanic students on a competitive basis and range from $250 to $1000

Merage Foundation for the American Dream Fellowship - (NOT BEING OFFERED THIS YEAR) (APPLY THROUGH UIC ONLY) graduating seniors; immigrant students studying business, the arts, science, education or public service

November:

Consortium for Graduate Study in Management - business students who have completed a bachelor's degree; allows African American, Hispanic or Native American students to apply to MBA programs within the consortium (schools listed on website)

Ford Foundation Fellowships - (CONTACT OSSP IF INTERESTED) meant to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students; Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo and other Indigenous People of Alaska); African Americans; Mexican Americans or Chicanos(as); Native American Indians; Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian); and Puerto Ricans

The National GEM Consortium Fellowship - engineering, natural and physical sciences; for master's and PhD-level work; African American, Native American Indian, and Hispanic students

National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Fellowships - emphasizes recruitment of women and underrepresented minorities into doctoral degree programs within the physical sciences, biochemistry, computer science, and related fields of science and engineering

December:

Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program - summer internship for minority college seniors and recent graduates studying health policy and other issues affecting racial and ethnic minority and underserved communities

Hispanic Scholarship Fund - various fields, awards and deadlines, for Hispanic students in high school, community college, or at a four-year university

UNCF Merck Science Initiative Scholarship Program - for African American college juniors majoring in the life or physical sciences and biomedical research

January:

American Architectural Foundation Scholarships for Minority and Disadvantaged Students - for high school seniors, college freshmen and technical/community college transfer students who would have otherwise not been able to enter into a professional architecture program for financial reasons

APIASF Scholarship Program - $2500 - $15,000 scholarships for Asian and/or Pacific Islander (as defined by the U.S. Census) students who are citizens, nationals or legal permanent residents of the U.S. Citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are also eligible to apply. Requires a 2.7 GPA, letter of recommendation and FAFSA application. freshmen and technical/community college transfer students who would have otherwise not been able to enter into a professional architecture program for financial reasons

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowships Program - minority students with a dedication to a career in mental health research or services relevant to ethnic and racial minority groups

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowships Program - supports the development and training of sociologists of color in mental illness and disorders and related co-morbidities (i.e. alcohol and drug abuse)

Cafe del Futuro Scholarship Essay Contest - essay competition for Latino/a students

Cintas Fellowship in Visual Arts and Music Composition - visual photography, arts, literature; artists with Cuban citizenship or of direct descent (Cuban parent or grandparent)

Institute for Responsible Citizenship - summer fellowships in Washington, DC, and NYC for African-American males; college sophomores only

Kosciuszko Foundation | Dr. Marie E. Zakrzewski Medical Scholarship - awarded annually to one young woman of Polish ancestry in her first, second, or third year of medical studies at an accredited school of medicine in the United States; award of $3,500; first preference given to residents of Massachusetts or New England at-large

NIH Heart, Lung & Blood Institute Biomedical Research Training Program - for underrepresented undergraduates and graduate students, paid research training at NIH over 2 years

Pan-Hellenic Scholarship Foundation - awards for Greek American students attending or planning to attend four-year universities in pursuit of a bachelor's degree

Udall Congressional Summer Internship for Native Americans - internship positions for Native American Indians and Alaska Natives in Washington, DC, for a summer; college juniors, seniors or recent graduates and graduate or law students

February:

American Meteorological Society Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships - outstanding undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a career in the atmospheric and related oceanic or hydrologic sciences

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship - for students preparing to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree full-time OR a current full-time student in good academic standing at an accredited college or university pursuing a degree in the fields of medicine, engineering, technology, nutrition, or other health-related studies; minimum 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale and exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities

Daughters of the American Revolution Francis Crawford Marvin Scholarship - awards for Native American college students; all majors welcome; D.A.R. membership not necessary

Hacia Scholarship Foundation -for Latino students that have an interest in the design, engineering and architecture fields within the construction industry *Application is not available on website. Click here to access application.

Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund - for undergraduate or graduate students of Greek descent between the ages of 17 and 25; enrolled at an accredited college or university

HIAS Chicago Undergraduate Scholarship - for full-time students who are Jewish immigrants to the U.S. and applied for Permanent Residency (i.e. a “Green Card”) or Citizenship with the assistance of HIAS Chicago between January 1, 2001 and the present; must have lived in the U.S. since March 1, 2010 or earlier and demonstrate academic excellence, financial need, assistance to your community, and a well thought out educational plan

HIAS Chicago Graduate Scholarship - for full-time graduate or professional students who are Jewish immigrants to the U.S. and received assistance from HIAS Chicago at any time; must have lived in U.S. for at least two years and demonstrate financial need

Illinois Dream Scholarship – for undocumented students who have resided with his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) while attending high school in Illinois and have an Illinois high school diploma or equivalent; must be an incoming freshman, current undergraduate or transfer student who possesses at least a 2.5/4.0 GPA

International Leadership Foundation Programs - summer internships and extended fellowships for young Asian Pacific Americans in public service and civic leadership

Jewish Federation Academic Scholarship Program - for Jewish college and graduate students pursuing degrees in the "helping" professions

Lagrant Foundation Scholarship for Graduate Students - for African American, Asian American or Pacific Islander, Hispanic and Native American students enrolled in a graduate program concentrating in advertising, marketing or public relations

Lagrant Foundation Scholarship for Undergraduates - for African American, Asian American or Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Native American continuing undergrads studying advertising, marketing or public relations or minoring in communications

La Unidad Latina Foundation (Spring) - educational scholarships are awarded to Hispanic students on a competitive basis and range from $250 to $1000

Microsoft Scholarships - undergraduate students with demonstrated interest in computer science and from other relevant fields, such as electrical engineering, math, or physics; students also complete an internship with the company; general, women's, minority and students with disabilities scholarships

Semiconductor Research Corporation GRC Master's Scholarship - for women and underrepresented minority groups (African American, Hispanic, Native American) pursuing graduate study in microelectronics

Udall Scholarship for Undergraduates - (APPLY THROUGH UIC ONLY) for Native American or Alaska Native college juniors who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care

Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice - (NOT BEING OFFERED FOR 2013-14) social justice and health care advocacy and policy; seeks to increase the number of low-income, African American, Latino, Asian American, Native Pacific Islander, and Native American Indian and Alaska Native social justice leaders

March:

AANAPISI Scholarships for Summer, Fall or Academic Year - (FOR CURRENT UIC STUDENTS ONLY) funding for current undergraduate Asian American and Pacific Islander students at UIC; must have a 2.25 GPA or higher and some level of financial need

American Chemical Society Minority Scholars Program - high school seniors and continuing undergraduate students intent on majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or a chemically related field; African American, Hispanic and Native American students

Asian Pacific Fund - various fields; 16 different scholarships supporting undergraduate and graduate students of Asian & Pacific Islander backgrounds

Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL) - funding for Asian American students to complete summer internships in Washington, DC

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Enviornmental Studies Scholarship - two awards of $10,000 each to minority and women college students pursuing a degree in environmental science or other related fields of study; must have junior class standing in college with a declared major in environmental science or a related field, with a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale and be a U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program - awards (10) scholarships of up to $8,000 each for U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents who have a GPA of 3.0 or above; must be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or technical school in a subject that will lead to a career in a health field; preference to students at two-year institutions who plan to complete a four-year degree and seek work in an underserved community

Hispanic College Fund College and Career Institute Scholarship for Puerto Rican students - preference for students in Puerto Rico; must be a U.S. citizen with a 3.0 GPA or better and Puerto Rican or of Puerto Rican descent; scholarships from $500-$5,000; must be full-time undergraduate

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) National Scholarship Fund - Hispanic students; must apply through a local LULAC council (info on website)

NAACP Scholarships - several scholarships, variety of fields; some require membership in the NAACP

National Association of Black Journalist Scholarships - must be a student member of NABJ; for journalism majors or those pursuing careers in journalism

National Italian American Foundation Scholarships- Italian American college students, various fields

Yivo Institute-Bard College Summer Yiddish Program - summer study program of Yiddish language, and an in-depth exploration of the literature and culture of East European/American Jewry

April:

Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship - awards 3-5 scholarships annually to medical students, dentistry students or scientists of Chinese descent

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarships - Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities, demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future; no GPA or academic major requirement

Daughters of the American Revolution American Indian Scholarship - awards for Native American college students; all majors welcome; D.A.R. membership not necessary

Islamic Scholarship Fund - awards for Muslim students studying social sciences, humanities and law, and are active in their communities

Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans John Fischetti Scholarship - (CHICAGO AREA RESIDENTS ONLY) for males who are full Italian or 50% Italian ancestry; undergraduates in journalism or communication; college students accepted into graduate school in either of these areas; or high school seniors who have been accepted into college with the intent of establishing a major in journalism or media communications; one award of $2,000

UIC Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship - (FOR UIC STUDENTS ONLY) any discipline; undergraduate and graduate/professional school students; African American, Hispanic and Native American Indian or Alaskan Native students

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) STEM Targeted Majors Scholarship Fund - a one-time educational grant of $2,500 and an opportunity to intern with a corporate NHCSL partner; must be at least a sophomore, a U.S. citizen, and of Hispanic descent

National Society of Hispanic MBA's Scholarship - for students of Hispanic descent either planning to enroll or already enrolled in a master's program related to business or management

Polish National Alliance Scholarship Program - any field, for current undergraduate students of Polish descent, who are members of the alliance

Worldstudio Foundation Scholarships - students in studio design and the visual arts; minority students are particularly encouraged to apply

May:

Adelante! Scholarships - for current Hispanic undergraduate students majoring in international business, general business, economics, finance, accounting, marketing, public relations, communications or sales

Cirilo McSween (New York Life) $2,500 Scholarship - business majors, sponsored by the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Heineken USA Performing Arts Scholarship - for students pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in good academic standing at an accredited college or university; planning to pursue a degree in a field that will lead to a career in the performing arts (drama, music, dance, opera, marching bands and other musical ensembles); have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities; awards of up to $3,000 to (10) students

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Visual Arts Scholarship - for students pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in good academic standing at an accredited college or university; planning to pursue a degree in a field that will lead to a career in the visual arts (architecture, ceramics, drawing, fashion, graphic design, illustration, interior design, painting, photography, sketching, video production and other decorative arts); have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities; awards of up to $3,000 to (10) students

HACU-Southwest Airlines Lanzate Travel Grant - funding air travel for undergraduate and graduate students who go to school away from home

Iranian-American Scholarship Fund - for current undergraduate and graduate students (no freshmen or PhD students) with verifiable Iranian heritage who are current U.S. citizens or permanent residents; demonstrated financial need and commitment to community service

Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans Joseph Cardinal Bernadin Scholarship - (CHICAGO AREA RESIDENTS ONLY) for males who are full Italian or 50% Italian ancestry; either already enrolled in an accredited college/university or a senior in high school accepted for enrollment by an accredited college/university; must have 3.75/4.0 GPA or above; one award of $2,000

Korean American Community Services (KACS) Sei Won Kim Scholarship - for Korean American students in the Chicago area planning careers in human services, public health or other related fields

Korean Resource Center Dream Scholarship Fund - for students who identify as Korean American or Asian and Pacific Islander American; must demonstrate financial need and achievement in the arts, community service, sports or other activities

National Bar Institute African-American Law Student Fellowship - African American students currently enrolled in law school

OCA-Verizon College Scholarship - for Asian American or Asian Pacific Islander college students majoring in business, computer or engineering-related fields

Ora Lee Sanders $1,000 Scholarship - any field, sponsored by the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition

Ozyegin University Summer Program in Turkey (NOT affiliated with UIC Study Abroad) - four-week summer program in Istanbul designed to provide international students (e.g. Americans) an opportunity to learn about Istanbul’s pivotal role in history, as well as the Ottoman Empire and Turkish literature with an analysis of formation of modern Turkish identity; scholarships for program costs available to minority students (African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans)

June:

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Spouses Education Scholarship - for students preparing to pursue an undergraduate or graduate degree full-time OR already current full-time students in good academic standing at an accredited college or university; must have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale; exhibit leadership ability and participate in community service activities

Kay Kongcope Scholarship | National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association - for tuition assistance to an LGBT student of color who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community

Illinois Latino Council on Higher Education (ILACHE) Scholarship - various fields; Hispanic students currently enrolled full-time at a four-year college or university in Illinois

TCAdvance Scholarship - for Turkish American students (high school seniors, current undergraduate or graduate students) who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents; demonstrate leadership in the Turkish American community; and are pursuing law, public policy, public affairs, political science, international relations, communications, journalism or public relations

July:

Korean American Scholarship Foundation - various fields; for high school seniors, undergraduates and graduate/professional school students