20+ Scholarships for Women and Minorities

Did you read my recent article,6 Tips for a College Bound Single Mom”, well here’s a follow-up of scholarships women and mothers need to apply for!!!

I used Grants, Scholarships, and Loans to get me through college. I wish I would have used more scholarships. My advice is to apply early, keep track of deadlines, and write a stellar essay. Then reuse that essay, and tailor the content to whatever specific audience you are writing for. Check out our list of scholarships for all type of women with a variety passions: 

1. Elizabeth Yox Scholarship

Each year Dayton Life Organization offer two scholarships to young parents residing in the Miami Valley area who have experienced an untimely pregnancy and have chosen life for his or her child. (Amount $2,000)

 2. Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation

Each year, this foundation gives 5 education support awards to assist low-income women (age 17-25)  with children who are pursuing post-secondary education. (Amount: $5,000)

 3. Soroptimist Scholarships

Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition, and transportation. This unique program is helping women find their voice and purpose while offering the resources they need to succeed. The Live Your Dream Awards offers three levels of cash awards. Eligible applicants can submit their application between July 1 - November 15. (Amount: up to $16,000)

 4. Jeannette Rankin Scholarship

This scholarship is for low-income women aged 35 and older, wanting to attend college. It’s never too late to get your degree! (Amounts vary)

 5.Beyoncé Formation Scholars Scholarship Program

Four scholarships will be awarded, one per college, to female incoming, current or graduate students pursuing studies in creative arts, music, literature or African-American studies. The schools selected for participation are Berklee College of Music, Howard University, Parsons School of Design and Spelman College. All details and application deadlines are available directly from the college. 

 6.  The Women in Film Scholarship Program

The WIF Scholarship Program offers women of all ages and backgrounds the opportunity to launch careers in film, television, communications, and new media, by awarding scholarships to female students at major film schools in the Los Angeles area and other parts of the country.  The scholarship program strengthens Women In Film’s mission to ensure that female voices are heard and to provide a dynamic, vital link to the bold voices of the future.

 7.  Howard G. Buffett Fund Foundation for Women Journalists

This scholarship is to support women in media. Women pursuing a journalism degree should apply. (Amounts vary)

 8. Stephen Bufton Memorial Education Fund

Sponsored by the American Women’s Business Association. This is for women pursuing a business degree. (Amount: $10,000)


To encourage more women to pursue education and careers in business, Zonta International established the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. Zonta International offers up to 32 scholarships of $2,000 each at the district/region level and six international scholarships in the amount of $8,000 each.

 10. The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting Scholarships

The mission of the Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting is to support the advancement of women in the accounting profession through the funding of education, research, career literature, publications and other projects. Scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate degrees. (Amounts vary).

 11. Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

These scholarships are open to women pursuing a degree in engineering, engineering technology and computer science in the United States. In 2017, SWE disbursed approximately 233 new and renewed scholarships valued at more than $715,000.(Amounts vary)

 12. Women in Aerospace Foundation Scholarship
This is a merit-based scholarship open to women interested in a career in aerospace. (Amount is $2000 per year)

13. American Medical Women’s Association Scholarships
These scholarships are for women studying pre-med. (Amounts vary)

 14. Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association Scholarship

This is for anyone pursuing a degree in nursing. (Amounts range from $1,000-$7,500)

 15. Teachers – Teach Grant

Applicants must have financial need, be pursuing a degree in education, and follow other requirements. (Amount: up to $4,000)

 Graduate Scholarships for women

 16. American Association of University Women

This foundation gives grants, fellowships, and scholarships to women working or pursuing social work fields, such as social justice and women’s rights. (Amounts vary)

 17. Microsoft Women’s Fellowship Program Scholarship (Pursuing a Ph.D.)

The Microsoft Research Dissertation Grant aims to increase the pipeline of diverse talent receiving advanced degrees in computing-related fields by providing a research funding opportunity for doctoral students from groups underrepresented in computing (women, African-Americans/Blacks, Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders, and/or people with disabilities). (Amounts vary)

18. The March of Dimes Graduate Nursing Scholarship

The March of Dimes Dr. Margaret C. Freda Graduate Nursing Scholarship Award was established in 2016 to honor long-time March of Dimes National Nurse Advisory Council Chair, volunteer, and friend, Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda. This award is given each year to the highest scoring graduate nursing scholarship applicant. (Amounts vary)

Minority Scholarships Opportunities

20. NAACP and UNCF

NAACP - The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

United Negro College Fund - UNCF has helped more than 450,000 students earn their college degrees since its founding.
UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, we award more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools across the country, including our prestigious network of 37 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

21. Hispanic Scholarship Fund

HSF empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional students as possible.

22. Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund

Our vision is to see that all Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have access to higher education and resources that cultivate their academic, personal and professional success regardless of their ethnicity, national origin or financial means.

This is a very condensed list of scholarships available. Check with your college financial aid office for more scholarships opportunities.

 If you are a college graduate, share your list of scholarships in the comment section below.