Asian-American, Native Alaskan and Pacific Islander College Resources

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Although enrollment of Asian-American, Native Alaskan and Pacific Islander minority students is increasing, many families still find it difficult to continue their children’s education. The businesses and private organizations listed below are dedicated to providing more opportunities for these deserving students. Please note that the use of Asian-American also includes students of Indian descent.

Anheuser-Busch NAPABA Law Foundation Presidential Scholarships

Two Anheuser-Busch National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) Law Foundation Presidential Scholarships of $7,500 are awarded annually to law students who demonstrate exceptional  leadership capability to serve the Asian Pacific American community. Applicants must be  enrolled at least half-time as a law degree candidate in an accredited law school in the U.S.  The law school must be accredited either by the American Bar Association (ABA) or the Association of American Law Schools (AALS).

Anheuser-Busch considers, but is not limited to the following factors:  financial need, leadership potential, personal maturity and responsibility, an applicant’s demonstrated commitment to and interest in pro-bono and/or public service legal work and commitment to serving the needs of the Asian Pacific American community. Applications are available on the NAPABA website at and may be returned to:

The NAPABA Law Foundation
c/o Parkin Lee, Esq.
The Rockefeller Group
1221 Avenue of the Americas, 17th Floor
New York, New York 10020

Caterpillar Scholars Award Program

Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a manufacturing engineering degree program in the U.S. or Canada, have already completed at least 30 college credit hours and are pursuing a career in manufacturing engineering. Preference will be given to students who have participated in a Science, Technology and Engineering Preview Summer (STEPS) camp. However, all minority applicants may apply as incoming freshmen.  Regardless, all applicants must a minimum gade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

The Caterpillar Scholars Award can be used only toward tuition, fees or books. For further details and application information, contact Caterpillar at their website:

Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent Scholarship Fund

This fund awards a $2,000 scholarship annually to a qualified medical student.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a Pennsylvania resident for at least 12 months before registering as a medical student (not including time spent attending a Pennsylvania undergraduate or graduate school)
  • Must be a South Asian Indian or descendant of a South Asian Indian immigrant to the United States.  The following lineage qualifies: self, parent(s), grandparent(s), or great-grandparent(s) of South Asian Indian heritage
  • Must be enrolled or entering his/her second, third or fourth year of medical school
  • Must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Submission requirements are as follows:

  •  A completed application form
  •  Two Letters of Reference from persons other than family members who can attest to the applicant’s integrity, interpersonal skills, and potential as a physician
  •  A letter from the applicant’s medical school verifying that he or she is enrolled there full time as a second, third or fourth-year medical student.  This letter must be on the school letterhead
  •  A typed one-page essay specifically describing why the applicant chose to become a doctor and what contributions he or she expects to make to their chosen profession

For more information, contact the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society at (717) 558-7854, or email
studentservices-foundation@pamedsoc.org.

Fisher Communications Minority Scholarship

Fisher Communications, Inc. has developed this scholarship program to attract minority students into careers in broadcasting; both in the technical areas and on-air.

Applicants that are permanent residents of California, Idaho, Oregon or Washington state may apply the scholarship to an in-state or an out-of-state school.  Applicants that are not permanent residents of these states must apply the scholarship to a school in one of them.

Applicants must also meet these criteria:

  •  Be enrolled as a sophomore or higher level in a broadcast oriented curriculum (radio, television, marketing, or broadcast technology)
  •  Working toward an accredited degree at a four-year college or university, vocational-technical school or a community college (transferable to a four-year baccalaureate degree program)
  •  Be of non-Caucasian origin
  •  Have a minimum 2.5 GPA
  •  Provide proof of U.S. citizenship
  • Successful applicants will be chosen on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and personal qualities. Applications are accepted until May 31st.  For more information click here.

The Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

The Hyatt Scholarship is a national competition among minority students enrolled in baccalaureate hospitality management programs. The hotelier established this fund in 1988 through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF) to provide financial aid to minority students pursing degrees in hotel management.  Hyatt has permanently endowed the fund which has provided scholarships for over 200 students since its inception.

Applicants must meet the following criteria

  • Enrolled in a baccalaureate hospitality management degree with at  least 12 credit hours for upcoming fall and spring semesters, or just the fall semester if graduating in December.
  • Be at least a sophomore in the program
  • Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident
  • The competition is open to minority students (i.e., African-American, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan Native, and Asian or Pacific Islander)

More information on this scholarship can be found here.

Indian-American Scholarship Fund

The Indian American Scholarship Fund is open to not just practicing Hindus, all college-bound students of Indian heritage.  The majority of these scholarships are based on financial need and merit combined but there are a few scholarships based solely on merit such as the written essay and the highest SAT/ACT scores.  Otherwise, academic scores and extra-curricular activities, including sports, will be used to evaluate eligibility.

Applicants must attend an accredited four-year college or university for undergraduate studies.  They must be of Asian-Indian descent and graduate from an accredited high school in Georgia. Applications become available in February.

For more information, visit their website.

McDonalds of Southern California Ronald McDonald House Charities / ASIA

Applicants must have at least one parent of Asian Pacific heritage, are currently enrolled as a high school senior and eligible to attend a two- or four-year college or university with a complete course of study.

Residence must be in the Southern California counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino or Ventura.  For further details and how to apply, please visit the McDonalds website.

Page Education Foundation Grants

The Page Education Foundation was founded to increase the number of minority students in the state colleges of Minnesota. Candidates must be Minnesota residents, demonstrate financial need and have a positive attitude toward education and community service.

The annual awards are grants that range from $1,000 to $2,500. Additional, annual grants are awarded based on academic performance.

Page Scholars must spend 8-10 hours each month of the school year working with kindergarten-8th grade minority children in their community. The goal here is to provide mentors to younger students and help them understand the value of education.

More information and how to apply can be found at their website.

Shui Kuen and Allen Chin Scholarship

The children of Shui Kuen and Allen Chin established this Scholarship Fund to honor the values of their parents and to build something positive from the tragic death of their father.  Two scholarships of $1000 each are awarded annually.  They are not automatically renewable, but previous winners can reapply.

The eligibility criteria are as follows:

  • Either incoming freshman for the upcoming academic year or a current, full-time undergraduate at a four-year college or university
  • Currently or formerly employed or a parent is or was once employed at an Asian-owned or Asian cuisine restaurant
  • Community advocacy and social justice work on behalf of Asian American, immigrant, LGBT or other progressive causes
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Demonstrate financial need

For more information about the scholarship or foundation, please visit their website.

USPAACC Scholarship Fund

The U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation offers annual scholarships to attend accredited schools in the U.S.

Applicants must be:
– At least 16 years of age when applying
– Of Asian Pacific Island heritage
– A citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
– Begin a full-time course study at an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the U.S. during the upcoming fall semester
– Able to attend CelebrAsian Business Opportunity Conference in May at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, CA

Applicants must demonstrate:
– A 3.3 GPA or higher
– Leadership in extracurricular activities
– Community service work
– Financial need

Application information can be found at the USPAACC’s website.

Organization Resources

Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
Asian American Journalists Association
Asian Pacific Fund
Cappex – Your College Decision HQ
College Scholarships.Org
My College Options
Niche.Com
Scholarships.Com
University of Maryland Asian American Studies Program
Upakar Indian/American Scholarship Fund