The San Diego Foundation offers more than 60 different scholarships through just one application, a database of scholarships offered by local and national organizations, and a Scholarship Seekers’ Toolkit.
The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 established a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. This program discharges any remaining debt after 10 years of full-time employment in public service. The borrower must have made 120 payments as part of the Direct Loan program in order to obtain this benefit.
American Indian Scholarship, funded through the Daughters of the American Revolution National Society, is open to Native American graduate students. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.75 and the student must be able to demonstrate financial need and have proof of their American Indian heritage. The minimum award amount is $500.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship Awards is afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who plan to continue contributing in the future. There is no GPA or major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.
Through its Fellowship Program for Minorities, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties. Administered by the National Research Council (NRC) since 1979, these programs provide fellowship support at the predoctoral, dissertation and postdoctoral levels. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens who can demonstrate superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is available to full-time graduate students at an accredited university. Applicants must have completed at least 15 undergraduate credits with a minimum 2.7 GPA. The application period is from August 1st to October 15th.
In an effort to promote and ensure higher education opportunities for minority youth, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) offers national scholarships ranging from $1,000 - $5,000. Students are encouraged to apply for each award that aligns with their eligibility.
Female Student Scholarships
American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation offers felowships to support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, teaching experience and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions or fields of research.