Students struggling to finance their education should look first at scholarship opportunities, which are financial gifts that do not need to be paid back.
Minority scholarships are an important option for students who classify as "minorities" - whether by race, gender, or religion. These sorts of scholarships range in amount and type, but should certainly be explored by all prospective minority students.
There are numerous scholarship opportunities available for minority students across the United States.
For many minority students, making use of local resources such as high School counselors, community colleges, and college and university financial aid consultants can be the best first step.
In addition, there are a series of well-known internet databases aimed exclusively at aggregating college scholarships for minority students.
In addition to the specialized databases below, minority students should also be sure to consult general scholarship databases.
Recent News about Minority Scholarships:
Minority On-Line Information Service (MOLIS)
MOLIS, a service of the Federal Information Exchange (FEDIX), provides information about minority institutions. It also includes a database of scholarship and fellowship opportunities for minority students.
Graduate Fellowship Notebook (Cornell)
The fellowship notebook at Cornell contains a large searchable text database of graduate fellowships, including fellowships specifically for women and minorities.
Fellowship Listing at Yale University
A page listing several fellowship programs and other resources of interest to graduate students in computer science, with a focus on women and minorities.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.
CHCI provides a free scholarship search to Hispanic students of a database of 200,000 Hispanic-specific financial aid resources. Call 1-800-EXCEL-DC for more information. Bilingual assistance is available.
Minority Fellowships (Univ. of Chicago)
Latino Scholarships and Grants (UCLA)
African Studies Grants and Fellowships (UPenn)