Scholarships for Asian-Pacific American Students

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, which means it’s the perfect time to honor and celebrate Asian and Pacific Islanders within the United States!

Elizabeth Hoyt

April 21, 2016

Scholarships for Asian-Pacific American Students

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, which means it’s the perfect time to honor and celebrate students who are also Asian and Pacific Islanders within the United States!

Throughout the month, the nation hosts a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Why May? According to the government’s Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month site, “the month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.”

What began as a week-long celebration in the 1970s, the honor was extended to a month under President George H.W. Bush. May became the official designation of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month after President Bush signed it into law in 1992.

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Fastweb is celebrating students with Asian-Pacific heritage with the following list of scholarships, all of which celebrate the value of a student’s diverse background.

To help better organize your scholarship and internship search, please note that the following scholarships for Asian Pacific American students are listed according to deadline, with the earliest deadline appearing at the top of the page. Deadlines that vary will appear at the bottom of each list.

Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship

Deadline: 5/31/16
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $1,000

The Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship is available to high school seniors and full – time college students of Asian and / or Pacific Islander ethnicity.

You must be pursuing a major in the performing / visual arts, journalism, and / or mass communications and have a minimum 3.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

You must also demonstrate leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities.

Get more information on the Against the Grain Artistic Scholarship.

Bilingual Teachers of Tomorrow Grant-in-Aid

Deadline: 7/01/16
Available to: College Freshmen through College Sophomores
Award Amount: Varies

The Bilingual Teachers of Tomorrow Grant-in-Aid is available to Hispanic or Southeast Asian education majors at Garden City Community College.

You must be a resident of Finney County and have a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for this renewable award.

Get more information on the Bilingual Teachers of Tomorrow Grant-in-Aid.

Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest

Deadline: 7/31/16
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 5 Awards of up to $4,000

The Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest is open to full – time undergraduate students enrolled in an American college or university. To enter, you must submit a 1500 – to 5000 – word essay on the following topic, “Immigration is a controversial topic in American history, even more so in 2016. Citing examples from his writings, speeches, and policies; what was Abraham Lincoln’s position on immigration? Did it evolve? Is it relevant to our contemporary debate?”

Learn more about the Platt Family Scholarship Prize Essay Contest.

Organization of Chinese-Americans Asian Student Scholarship

Deadline: 9/25/16
Available to: College Sophomores
Award Amount: $300

The Organization of Chinese-Americans Asian Student Scholarship is available to continuing students attending Westchester Community College. You must be of Asian decent, have completed at least 12 credits with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

You must also be enrolled for a minimum of six credits during the term of the award to be eligible for this scholarship. In addition, recipients are encouraged to assist other students as a math tutor.

Get more information on the Organization of Chinese-Americans Asian Student Scholarship.

Asian Women in Business Scholarship

Deadline: 10/01/16
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 6 Awards of $2,500

The Asian Women in Business Scholarship is available to female students of Asian or Pacific Islander ancestry.

You must be enrolled full – time in an accredited four – year undergraduate program in the United States; have a minimum 3.0 GPA; and demonstrate leadership, community service, and / or entrepreneurial achievement to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Asian Women in Business Scholarship.

F. Armstrong Scholarship – Cornell College

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: $16,000

The F. Armstrong Scholarship is open to entering freshmen at Cornell College who contribute to campus diversity.

Get more information on the F. Armstrong Scholarship – Cornell College.

Ventures Scholars Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Freshmen to College Freshmen
Award Amount: $10,000

The Ventures Scholars Program is open to underrepresented and first-generation college-bound students.

You must be pursuing a math or science-based career to be considered for this award.

Get more information on the Ventures Scholars Program.

Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: $10,000

The Diversity Scholarship is available to entering students at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

You must demonstrate a commitment to diversity as it relates to your interest in psychology in order to qualify for this award.

Priority is given to applicants who belong to ethnic, racial, religious, cultural, and sexual identity groups that have traditionally been underrepresented populations in the field of psychology.

Get more information on the Diversity Scholarship.

Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $4,000

The Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color is available to African – American, Asian American, Hispanic, and Native American students at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

You must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color.

YMCA of Greater Rochester Enhancement of Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through College Senior
Award Amount: $3,000

The YMCA of Greater Rochester Enhancement of Diversity Scholarship is open to racial/ethnic minority students who have a strong interest in YMCA involvement.

You must be a full- or part-time matriculated student at an accredited college or university with a minimum of one semester completed.

You must also intern at least half-time (16-20 hours per week) at the YMCA during the school year and full-time during the summer, and have an interest in post-graduate career opportunities with the YMCA to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the YMCA of Greater Rochester Enhancement of Diversity Scholarship.

DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Blogging Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: 5 Awards of $500

The DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Blogging Scholarship is available to minority undergraduate students who have been accepted to participate in a study abroad, intern abroad, language immersion abroad, or volunteer abroad program offered through a DiversityAbroad.com partner organization.

You must have a minimum 2.75 GPA at an American college or university to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the DiversityAbroad.com Study Abroad Blogging Scholarship.

Asian Pacific American Association ASPIRE Program Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomores
Award Amount: $500

The Asian Pacific American Association ASPIRE Program Scholarship is available to students at Evergreen Valley College.

You must have completed at least nine units with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and be a current ASPIRE student to qualify for this award.

Get more information on the Asian Pacific American Association ASPIRE Program Scholarship.

Asian Pacific Islander American Staff Association Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Sophomores
Award Amount: $350

The Asian Pacific Islander American Staff Association Scholarship is open to Asian Pacific Islander students who have completed at least 12 units at San Joaquin Delta College and have a minimum 3.5 GPA.

You must submit a one-page statement reflecting your personal character and at least one letter of recommendation from an instructor in your major to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Asian Pacific Islander American Staff Association Scholarship.

Irving and Ina Markowitz Prize in Asian History

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $200

The Irving and Ina Markowitz Prize in Asian History is open to students at Hofstra University who have demonstrated outstanding performance in Asian history.

Get more information on the Irving and Ina Markowitz Prize in Asian History.

Li Ching Fellowship Fund

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $200

The Irving and Ina Markowitz Prize in Asian History is open to students at Hofstra University who have demonstrated outstanding performance in Asian history.

Get more information on the Li Ching Fellowship Fund.

Li Ching Fellowship Fund

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: $200

The Irving and Ina Markowitz Prize in Asian History is open to students at Hofstra University who have demonstrated outstanding performance in Asian history.

Get more information on the Li Ching Fellowship Fund.

Dr. Chee-Mok Chan Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

The Dr. Chee-Mok Chan Scholarship is open to students at California State University – Bakersfield.

You must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need and evidence of campus and community involvement to be considered for this award.

Students of Chinese/Asian descent are especially encouraged to apply.

Get more information on the Dr. Chee-Mok Chan Scholarship.

Diversity Out-of-State Tuition Waiver – University of Idaho

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to Graduate Students, 5th Year
Award Amount: Varies

The Diversity Out-of-State Tuition Waiver is open to students from diverse ethnic backgrounds attending the University of Idaho.

You must not be a resident of Idaho and have a minimum 2.0 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Get more information on the Diversity Out-of-State Tuition Waiver – University of Idaho.

Queer Asian & Pacific Islander Pride Scholarship


Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Varies

Provided by the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, the Queer Asian & Pacific Islander Pride Scholarship is open to Asian and Pacific Islander lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning students.

You must be 22 years old or younger and living in the San Francisco Bay Area to be eligible for this award.

Learn more information about the Queer Asian & Pacific Islander Pride Scholarship.

Diversity Scholars Scholarship – University of Idaho

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen to Graduate Students, 5th Year
Award Amount: Varies

The Diversity Scholars Scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ethnic backgrounds attending the University of Idaho.

Get more information on the Diversity Scholars Scholarship – University of Idaho.

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