Ethnicity, Nationality and/or Identity

Scholarships for specific Ethnicities and Nationalities

Unless otherwise noted, UIC Scholarships 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.

August

The Armenian American Medical Society will be awarded to students enrolled in a US accredited medical, pharmacy, dental, physician assistant, nursing or other professional healthcare school. Students of Armenian descent, or with special interest in Armenian Medical Causes may apply.

The Elena Bathrick Scholarship aims to help undocumented youth with college expenses. Students from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador may apply.

The Italian Catholic Federation seeks to help those students interested in Italian Studies and, by doing so, keep the history and heritage of the Italian culture alive. The Mario Cugia scholarship has been established to encourage and support majors in Italian studies.

NIH Heart, Lung & Blood Institute Funding and Awards for underrepresented undergraduates and graduate students, paid research training at NIH over 2 years

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)

 

September

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)

Hispanic Business Network provides two scholarships one for first gen students and another scholarship for DACA students. High school seniors and undergraduate students may apply.

The Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship looks for medical, nursing, dental, public health, pharmacy, and health policy students with outstanding academic records, leadership, and who are committed to serving the Hispanic community may apply.

NAACP Scholarships (Fall Deadlines) - several scholarships, variety of fields; some require membership in the NAACP

 

October

AANAPISI Scholarships for Summer, Fall or Academic Year (Interested students must contact the Office of External Fellowships) -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

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 Scholarship (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

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

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

 

November

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

Ford Foundation Scholarships (Interested students must contact the Office of External Fellowships) - 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

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

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

 

December

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

NIH Heart, Lung & Blood Institute Funding and Awards- for underrepresented undergraduates and graduate students, paid research training at NIH over 2 years

 

January

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)

APIA Scholarship Program (Interested students must contact the Office of External Fellowships)- $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

Udall Native American Congressional Internship - 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

Asian Pacific Fund various fields; 9 different scholarships supporting undergraduate and graduate students of Asian & Pacific Islander backgrounds

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

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

International Leadership Fellowship Programs and extended fellowships for young Asian Pacific Americans in public service and civic leadership

Educational scholarship funds from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students who are pursuing careers 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 Undergraduatesfor African American, Asian American or Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Native American continuing undergrads studying advertising, marketing or public relations or minoring in communications

The Muslim Women’s Alliance Scholarship is designed to empower women and to allow them to become self-sufficient. Applicants must be pursuing an Associate’s degree, a first Bachelor’s degree, or pursuing technical or vocational training at an accredited school.

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

Udall Scholarships for Undergraduates (Interested students must contact the Office of External Fellowships) - 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

 

March

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students. The scholarship award recognizes and encourages the academic achievements of full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession.

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

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

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

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

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

National Association of Black Journalists Scholarship must be a student member of NABJ; for journalism majors or those pursuing careers in journalism

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

Islamic Society of North America Scholarships scholarships and fellowships for Muslim American students pursuing a college education in the United States

Jack G. Shaheen Mass Communications Scholarships To honor Arab-American students who excel in Media Studies. Amount for $1,000. Eligible for college students majoring in journalism, radio, television, and/or film, and who are juniors, seniors, or in graduate school.

AAIF Youth Leadership Scholarship- The Helen Abbott Community Service Awards is given in two categories: (1) achievement by a college/university student and (2) achievement by a high school student. Each year the Foundation awards a maximum of two $1,000 individual prizes and one $500 grant to a high school student. Organizational community service projects include, but are not limited to: community improvement and service projects such as park clean-ups, recycling programs, volunteering in shelters, tutoring programs, food/toy drives, and ethnic/cultural outreach.

 

April

AIA/F Diversity Advancement Scholarship is designed to help minority students pursue a successful career in architecture.

Sponsored by Chevron, a scholarship is awarded in memory of Ann Seki, an original member of the Chevron Hispanic Recruiting Team. For 30 years, she had a determined viewpoint in ensuring Chevron met diversity hiring goals and was instrumental in developing a process to identify and select Chevron employees for higher recognition outside Chevron.

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

The EMPOWER Scholarship, administered by Courage Kenny Foundation, encourages and supports ethnically diverse students who are pursuing a career in a medical or rehabilitation field. The scholarship is made possible by a generous gift from the David M. Hersey Endowment Fund of the Courage Kenny Foundation.

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

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

NIH Heart, Lung & Blood Institute Funding and Awards for underrepresented undergraduates and graduate students, paid research training at NIH over 2 years

The General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad is accepting applications for its second Philoxenia Trip Program to Greece aimed to further enhance the bonds between twenty U.S. and Canadian students of Greek descent and their country of origin. 

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

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

 

May

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

The Against The Grain Artistic Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian-American college students pursuing a major in the performing, visual arts, journalism and/or mass communications.

Cirilo McSween (New York Life) $2,500 Scholarship(FOR GRADUATING SENIORS ACCEPTED TO UIC) business majors, sponsored by the Rainbow-PUSH Coalition. Must be a senior attending high school and must graduate in spring or summer of 2015. Student must be accepted to an accredited four-year degree program at a college or university in the U.S. for the academic year commencing in the year the scholarship is granted.

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

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

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

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

Iranian-America 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Children of Persia Scholarship Program -The scholarship program provides funds to qualified college level students in a degreed program in accredited colleges and universities across the U.S., who demonstrate high academic standings, active community engagement and a financial need to pursue higher education.

 

June

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

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

The Illinois Dream Fund Scholarship provides financial support for undocumented students.

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

The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) offers financial assistance to Undergraduate, Graduate and Professional students. Applications for the PRCUA Education Fund Scholarship Program consists of five different scholarship opportunities.

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

 

July

The Armenian Educational Foundation has offered a helping hand to hundreds of students in more than a dozen nations throughout the world. Through the formation of more scholarship funds, the AEF is providing support to a larger number of students in colleges and universities in the United States.

The CharterUP National Scholarship for Immigrants and Refugees scholarship can be used at any accredited public, private, technical college or university in the United States. Applicants must be full-time students born outside of the U.S.

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

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Environmental 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

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

The NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship assists and encourage undergraduate Latinx students interested in the media and entertainment industry. College sophomores and juniors may apply.

Deadline Varies

A list of awards and resources for Arab and/or Muslim and/or Middle Eastern Students- various fields; for undergraduate, professional and graduate students

Chicago Society of the Polish National Alliance (PNA)various fields; for undergraduate, professional and graduate students who are Polish-American

HIAS Chicago Graduate 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 Undergraduate 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

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

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

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

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

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 the ological education, African-American PhD and ThD students, minorities pursuing PhD's related to racial identity/racial issues

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

UNCF Merck Science Initiative Scholarship Program a 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

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

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

Islamic Development Bank Scholarship This program is unique as the IDB scholarship is a grant from the IDB to the Muslim community and is offered as an interest-free loan to the students, to be refunded in easy installments, for the future use of other needy students in the community. Five scholarships of $15,000 each year for four years will be awarded. This scholarship is for students entering their first year of professional (graduate level) study.