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Identity-Based Scholarship Series: Scholarships for Asian American Students

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Robyn Stewart College Finance Expert

Written by Robyn Stewarton April 26th, 2022

For over a decade Ms. Stewart has counseled families on how to save, plan, and pay for higher education. Prior to joining College Coach, she was a financial aid officer at the College of the Holy Cross and an education advisor at two TRIO program locations. Ms. Stewart works with the Massachusetts Education Finance Authority (MEFA) to present paying for college workshops to hundreds of families across the state. She is a graduate of UMass Amherst and has a master in counseling from Northeastern University.

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This month, in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we look at scholarship resources for Asian American students. Note that the below list is not exhaustive, but is intended to provide a starting place for students to launch their scholarship searches. Your high school’s counseling office, general scholarship search sites like www.scholarships.com, and college websites can also provide useful scholarship information.
  • The U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce partners with corporations and other organizations to provide college funding assistance to Asian American students. Historically, 15-20 scholarships have been awarded each year to high school seniors.
  • The Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund provides a range of resources to support eligible students heading off to college. Students must complete the FAFSA as proof of finances. Check out this link for more details about the application process.
  • Researching professional associations in a specific field of study is another way to structure your scholarship search. For example, the Asian American Librarians Association offers scholarships to students who have been accepted to study library or information science at the graduate level.
  • Students with at least one Asian grandparent may be eligible for the Korean Ancestry Grant offered by the William Orr Dingwell Foundation. The Foundation offers scholarships for students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Students who live in the Bay Area should look at the scholarships awarded by the Asian American Women’s Alliance. Applicants are considered based on a variety of factors, including academic achievements, community service, and the strength of their application essay.
Remember, students are expected to report outside scholarships they receive to their college, and receipt of scholarships may impact other parts of a student’s financial aid award. It is best practice to reach out to the Financial Aid Office at your college for clarification of awarding policies. Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and program opportunities.
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