Full College Scholarships for Minority Students

by Maria McCarron ; Updated July 27, 2017
Only 28 percent of minority students are awarded scholarships, according to National Public Radio.

Full college scholarships for minority students are hard to come by. There are more partial scholarships available for minority students than full scholarships. Some include The Ron Brown Scholar Program, which awards $40,000 or ($10,000 a year) to African-American students or there are hundreds of scholarships through the Hispanic College Fund and United Negro College Fund. For students hoping for a full ride, there are some scholarships available from companies, organizations and professional associations.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship

The Gates Millennium Scholarship is a full scholarship awarded to 1,000 minority students annually that is good through graduation at any college or university. Those students who qualify must be African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic-American. Students must demonstrate they can maintain a GPA of 3.3 or higher at a college they have enrolled in full-time. Students must also have demonstrated leadership in their communities and schools through extracurricular activities, according to the organization's website.

Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Coca-Cola awards 250 four-year full scholarships annually to students who maintain a GPA of 3.0 and above. Applicants must have demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities in their communities and extracurricular activities. Coca-Cola also awards several smaller minority scholarships such as the First Generation Scholarship. This is a $5,000 scholarships for American-Indian students. The Coca-Cola Minority Scholarship is a $2,000 scholarship for a student who eventually wants to work in the citrus industry, according to the AIE website.

Robert Toigo Foundation Fellowship

The Robert Toigo Foundation gives full scholarships to minority students that want to pursue MBAs in business. Students enrolled in graduate programs should apply. The fellowship opens students up to opportunities and job placement within the finance industry. All students that receive scholarships will have mentors to help them along their path. Students must have a GPA of at least 3.0 or higher, according to the website.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange is a full scholarship for minority students to study in Germany for four years. The scholarship puts the student up with a host family. No prior language experience is necessary to apply for the scholarship, according to The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange website. Students must maintain a 3.0 or higher and have demonstrated the ability to be open-minded and learn about another culture will be considered for the scholarship.

About the Author

Maria McCarron has been covering Wall Street and merger and acquisitions since 2006. She's been published in "The Deal," "The Financial Times" and online at TheStreet. McCarron studied journalism at Boston University and holds a Master of Arts and Letters from Drew University.

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