America is one of those countries where we get to see “Unity in Diversity”, where people of different races and religions stay independently and are equally a part of the country as a whole. From Pacific Islanders, Hispanic, American Indians to African Americans, we come across diverse people every day, everywhere we go across the United States.
Students who are Pacific Islanders have wonderful opportunities when it comes to Scholarships for pursuing higher studies. Numerous organizations and Universities across America provide thousands of scholarships every year to students, including minorities like Pacific Islanders. If you are one of those students who are looking for scholarship opportunities to pursue higher studies in varied programs, then have a look at these best scholarships for Pacific Islanders listed below:
1. APIA Scholarship Program
The Asian and Pacific Islander (APIA) Scholarship program brings an amazing opportunity for students about to enter college, and are below the poverty level, or are otherwise of low socioeconomic status. APIA Scholar understands the value of higher education among students who belong to families with low financial status, and thus, provides them with full economic support to bring out their talents.
An attractive amount of $2,500 will be awarded as a scholarship amount to those students who are the first in their families to attend college, representative of the APIA community’s diversity, and have had a strong emphasis on community service and leadership along with academic excellence. This scholarship is also applicable for multiple years. Some additional criteria include a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, enrolling as an undergraduate student in the U.S. accredited college or university, and being a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States. Also, the citizens of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
Provided By: APIA Scholars
Education Level: Undergraduate
2. Central California Asian Pacific Women Scholarship
The Central California Asian Pacific Women offers a number of scholarship for young women pursuing their higher studies, are currently enrolled in Colleges and Universities. These scholarships are offered especially to financially support minority women achieve their dreams, get enrolled in the best programs across the country in the best Universities, and achieve their goals. Some of the scholarships offered by the organization are- “Mae Takahashi Scholarship”, “Mala Scholarship”, “Gene & Genevieve Lew Endowed Scholarship”, and many others. Visit the official website from the link below for more information.
Provided By: Central California Asian Pacific Women
Education Level: Any
3. Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Scholarship
This scholarship on the list is offered by the Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) along with a collaboration with other communities to help students of Asian American and Pacific Island descent pursue their higher studies while enrolling themselves in the best programs and colleges. This scholarship will be available to students attending APIA Scholars AANAPISI partner campuses, and the applications will open from September 8.
Students who can demonstrate themselves as below the poverty level or low socioeconomic status, are first in their families to attend college, and hold strong academic record will be eligible and may stand a chance to win this scholarship. There are many more instructions and criteria that one needs to follow before applying, visit the official website to get more information in detail from the link given below.
Provided By: APIA Scholars
Education Level: Undergraduate
4. The Gates Scholarship
A scholarship that is awarded annually to approximately 300 minority students who are High School seniors, and are about to enter Colleges or Universities. Students who come from low-income households, are of one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American, and are permanent residents of the U.S are eligible for this scholarship.
There are a few criteria that every applicant must fulfill such as they must hold a good academic record with a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale, must be currently a high School senior, must plan to enroll in a full-time, four-year degree at any accredited College or University of U.S, and most importantly must be able to produce a Tribal Certificate or proof of their ethnicity. The amount obtained from this scholarship can be directly used for tuition fees, books, and other relevant expenses.
Provided By: The Gates Scholarship
Education Level: High School Seniors
5. Pride Foundation: Asian and Pacific Islander Queer Sisters (APIQS) Scholarship
A scholarship that is indeed special for it is only meant for supporting students of the LGBTQ community who are the residents of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington but may study elsewhere.
The LGBTQ community throughout the world had not been given many privileges in the last decades, but now people are recognizing their worth and talent, and hence, organizations like Pride Foundation are providing financial support to help them to pursue their higher studies hassle-free. Students who have the potential to do better in the future, are overcoming financial and other barriers to pursue their higher studies, and can clearly demonstrate their financial needs will be selected by the organization. Students who are currently High School seniors, or have currently enrolled in four-year public or private College or universities, Certificate programs, and so on, are eligible to apply.
Provided By: Pride Foundation
Education Level: High School Senior, Undergraduate, and Graduate
6. UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships
The UPS/NLF Gold Mountain Scholarships are dedicated to the Asian Pacific American community. This scholarship is offered to students who are currently studying Law and have demonstrated potential along with academic excellence.
The scholarship every year, is offered to those who are the first in their family to attend a Law School, and are currently or planning to get enrolled in American Bar Association (ABA) or Association of American Law Schools (AALS), accredited Law School in the United States. Students must demonstrate their financial needs clearly, and the amount obtained from the scholarship will be directly applicable for tuition fees, books, and other educational expenses.
Provided By: Napaba Scholarship Foundation
Education Level: College
7. Minority and Underrepresented Environmental Literacy Program
The Minority and Underrepresented Environmental Literacy Program is basically a scholarship designed to support minority students with academic excellence. Students who have currently enrolled in a full-time program at accredited Colleges or Universities in the Environmental field or related to it are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
The minority who belong to the ethnic groups of African Americans, Hispanic or Latino Americans, Native Americans and Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders are eligible to apply. Also, they must meet a few required criteria including a resident of Missouri, Graduated from an accredited High School, a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for those who are in High School, and 2.5 on a 4.0 scale if currently enrolled in College. Students must also be enrolled full-time in a participating Missouri School in the following areas of study- Environmental engineering, Wildlife Management, Natural Resource Planning, Environmental Law Enforcement, and so on.
Provided By: Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development
Education Level: High School Senior/ College
8. Federal Aviation Administration Asian American-Pacific Islander & Native American-Alaskan Native Internship Scholarship
A wonderful opportunity for minority students who dream to touch the sky, this internship scholarship on the list will provide them all the financial support required to pursue an Aviation program. Students who apply must be currently Undergraduate and Graduate and should have the potential required to establish a future in the Aviation industry.
In order to obtain this scholarship, students must currently be enrolled in programs that are related to Aviation such as Aviation Research, Computer Science, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Aviation Safety, and so on, and possess a minimum GPA of 3.0. Only minorities who are permanent U.S residents are eligible to apply.
Provided By: Federal Aviation Administration
Education Level: Undergraduate and Graduate
9. Minority Teacher Education Scholarship
Now comes a scholarship that is offered to minority students who aspire to or have the ability to become a Teacher. Students who wish to apply for this scholarship must be a resident of Florida, be a member of ethnic groups including African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander, or American Indian/Alaskan Native, are currently enrolled in a state-approved Teacher Education program at any of FFMT’s participating Universities or Colleges, and lastly, is a junior or senior Graduate student who has not earned a baccalaureate degree in Education, but any other field is applicable. Students who wish to apply must maintain at least a 2.5-grade point on an average and must submit an essay on the following topic mentioned on the website.
Provided By: Florida Fund for Minority Teachers
Education Level: Graduate
10. The Lagrant Foundation: Graduate Scholarship
The last Scholarship on this list is an exciting one because the organization will choose 20 winners, and the winning applicants will be taken to New York for a trip along with obtaining the amount of $3,750. This scholarship is open to minority students such as African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino or Native American/Alaska Native, who are currently full-time students at a four-year, accredited institution within the U.S, have a minimum of 3.2 GPA, and are pursuing their Major’s the field of Advertising, Marketing or Public Relation.
Provided By: The LAGRANT Foundation Amount: $3,750
Education Level: Graduate and PhD