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Scholarships for Asian-Pacific American Students

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

Shawna Newman

April 27, 2021

We've gathered a list of 25+ scholarships for Asian-Pacific American students. Let's celebrate your heritage, and help you find more ways to pay for college.
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.

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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.

Asian American Architects and Engineers Association Scholarship

Deadline: 5/28/21
Available to: College Freshmen through Graduate Students, Year 5
Award Amount: $5,000

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Minority Fellowship - American Sociological Association

Deadline: 1/31/22
Available to: College Graduate Students, Years 1-5
Award Amount: $18,000

Duracell/National Urban League Scholarship and Internship Program

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

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Jalen Rose Endowed Scholarship

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

Diversity Scholarship

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

Vaughn Scholarship for Students of Color

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

YMCA of Greater Rochester Enhancement of Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Sophomore through College Senior
Award Amount: Awards from $1,000 - $3,000

Wildermuth Asian - Technology Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen through College Seniors
Award Amount: Awards from $1,000 - $3,000

Li Ching Fellowship Fund

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

Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program

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

Queer Asian & Pacific Islander Pride Scholarship


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

Dr. Kwan-Wai So Memorial Scholarship Fund in History

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: Varies

Rashad G. Richardson "I Can Achieve" Memorial Scholarship

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

Trustee Diversity Scholarship – Rice University

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Senior through College Freshmen
Award Amount: $27,000

William Randolph Hearst Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High School Senior through College Freshmen
Award Amount: $16,150

Ralph Johnson Bunche Distinguished Graduate Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1
Award Amount: $15,000

Diversity Advancement Program Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: Graduate Students, Year 1 through Year 5
Award Amount: $15,000

Arrupe Scholarship

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: $11,400

George Washington Carver

Deadline: Varies
Available to: College Freshmen
Award Amount: Awards from $11,000 - $15,000

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