Asian American and Pacific Islander Scholarships

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) Scholarship

$2,500-$15,000 scholarships for Asian and/or Pacific Islander students.  Students must be a citizen, national, or legal permanent resident of the United States, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of Palau.  Requires a 2.7 GPA, short answer responses/essay, letter of recommendations, and FAFSA application.  There are two scholarships, one general scholarship, and one specifically for students attending an AANAPISI college.  Students can apply for both scholarships at the same time. For more information, see here!

Deadlines: November (AANAPISI) and January (general)

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Asian Pacific Fund

12 different scholarships supporting undergraduate and graduate Asian American and Pacific Islander students in various fields of study.  Requirements and eligibilities vary by scholarships.

Deadline: June

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Asian Women in Business (AWIB) Scholarship

The Asian Women in Business Scholarship encourages and promotes exceptional Asian female students who have demonstrated scholarship, leadership, community service and/ or entrepreneurship. The AWIB Scholarship awards students who have the attributes to be our next generation of leaders.  Students must be US citizens or permanent residents, must have a 3.0/4.0 GPA, demonstrated leadership in a community endeavor, and/or record of entrepreneurial achievement.

Deadline: October

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Chinese American Medical Society Scholarship

Since the early 1970's, the Chinese American Medical Society has provided scholarships to outstanding medical students in need of financial assistance.  The scholarship awards 3-5 scholarships annually to students of Chinese decent in the field of medicine, dentistry, and science.  Medical and dental school enrollment is required, along with letters of recommendations and proof of good academic standing.

Deadline: April

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Hawai'i Community Foundation (HCF) Student Scholarships

HCF distributes over $7 million annually to deserving students, making it the third largest private provider of post-secondary scholarship in the state. Our scholarships support students who are pursuing degrees from colleges and universities, as well as those obtaining career and technical education at a community college. In 2021, the average scholarship award was $6,200 per student.

Deadline: February

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Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF)

For undergraduate and graduate Muslim students in non-science and ISF supported majors.  Support majors can be found the ISF website.  Student must maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher and be US citizens or permanent residents.  Additional criteria based on specific scholarships.

Deadlines: Varies based on major-specific scholarships

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Korean American Scholarship Foundation (KASF)

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-managed organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education.  KASF offers scholarships to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students for various fields of study.  In addition, KASF also provides scholarships for qualified descendants of Korean War American veterans depending on funding availability.  Requirements and qualifications varies by scholarships.

Deadline: June

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Korean Ancestry Grant at the William Orr Dingwall Foundation

The Korean Ancestry Grant supports many immigrant students in their pursuit of undergraduate degrees in various fields of study.  The exact number of Korean Ancestry Grants will be decided both by the number of exceptional candidates and by the amount of available Foundation funds.  Students must have a 3.5 GPA and be of Asian ancestry, with at least one Asian grandparent. There is a strong preference for applicants of Korean ancestry.  A personal statement, letters of recommendations, and official transcripts are required.

Deadline: June

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The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty new Americans, immigrants, or children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States.  Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting programs. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. The first year of Fellowship funding cannot be deferred.  The Fellowship program is intended for students who are early in their careers.  All students must be 30 or younger as of the application deadline.  Graduate school requirement is also required, in addition to, receiving “new American” status as outlined by the Fellowship guidelines.  Additional eligibility and criteria can be found on the fellowship website.

Deadline: Early November

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Visit the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Office of Admissions for additional student scholarships.

Additional Scholarships!

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