Grants for Asians

Funding for Professional or College Programs

Over the past few decades there has been a concerted effort to encourage more ethnic minorities to pursue a post-secondary education. Minority students from all ethnic backgrounds have a long history of being under-represented in both the halls of higher education and the professional business world. To help address this imbalance, a wide range of grant programs have been developed to provide financial assistance to minority students who may not otherwise have the necessary resources to afford a college education. These grant programs seek to diversify the national student body, and in so doing, expand and diversify the national workforce.

While there are a number of general minority grants which are open to students from all ethnic backgrounds, there are also a wide variety of programs that have been designed to meet the needs of specific minority groups. Asian-American students who are searching for ways to fund their college education will find a variety of minority specific grants designed to help them achieve their educational and professional goals. These grants are supported by both the public and private sectors, and offer Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders the financial assistance they need to meet the ever rising costs of a college tuition. Many of these grant programs are subject-specific, and are designed to encourage and support those students who are pursuing careers in fields in which Asian-Americans have been historically under-represented.

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Government Sources for Asian-American College Grants

While the Federal government doesn’t offer any specific grants for Asian-American students, they do offer a variety of financial aid programs that provide much needed to assistance to students from every ethnic background. Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders should not disregard the general grants offered by the Federal government and the U. S. Department of Education.

In addition to these Federally funded grant programs, Asian-American students should investigate the possibility of minority specific college grants that are offered through various government agencies such as the Department of Justice, NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. These government agencies often offer scholarships and grants for minority students, including Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, as a way of diversifying the Federal workforce. Keep in mind these financial aid programs will address the agencies’ need to recruit qualified individuals in specific technical fields, and will only apply to students who are pursuing degrees in those areas. The programs may also require a service commitment that requires the student to work for a government agency in return for college funding.

Asian-American students should also investigate the availability of grants and scholarships through their state’s Department of Education. Many states offer valuable financial aid incentives for minority students who are pursuing careers in professional fields in which the state is experiencing a critical shortage. These typically include teaching, nursing and social work.

Grants From Colleges and Universities

Many colleges and universities across the country routinely offer grants and/or scholarships for minority students. Schools offer these financial aid services as a way of attracting a diverse student body to their campus. Asian-American students looking for education grants may want to concentrate on colleges and universities that are located in states with large Asian-American or Pacific Islander populations. Asian-American students should contact their college’s Office of Financial Aid for information on available grant programs for which they may be eligible.

The following examples of campus-based grants and scholarships for Asian-Americans should illustrate the types of programs that are supported by colleges and universities around the country.

Grants from Professional Associations and Non-Profit Organizations

One of the best sources of college grants for Asian-American students is the private sector. Many national business associations and non-profit organizations regularly sponsor grants for Asian-American and Pacific Islander students who may not otherwise be able to afford to complete a college education. Often these grants are subject-specific, and are designed to encourage and support students who are pursuing careers in fields in which Asian-Americans have been historically under-represented. Asian-American students who are looking to supplement their college fund with grants or scholarships should look to professional associations and non-profit organizations with close ties to the Asian-American community.

The following examples are indicative of the grants and scholarships available through the private sector.

Asian-Americans have a history of being under-represented in the halls of higher education and in the broader professional business world at large. Over the last few decades that has begun to change, and with the help of grants and scholarships more and more Asian-American and Pacific Islander students have been able to pursue their educational and professional ambitions.