Scholarships & Fellowships that Support Diversity

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The following websites have been identified as supporting diversity and/or members of underrepresented groups pursuing academic degrees.  This page is not meant to serve as an official endorsement of any of the programs nor is it a comprehensive listing, but is provided as an information service to the UCI community.  This list serves as a supplement to, not a replacement for, the information available through the UCI Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships ( http://www.fao.uci.edu/ ). Opportunities listed below support upcoming and current students pursuing undergraduate and/or graduate degrees.

Should you know of additional resources that may be appropriate to list on this page, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity at oeod@uci.edu

General Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities


  • VSA Arts: Young Soloists Awardhttp://www.kennedy-center.org/education/vsa/programs/soloists_award.cfm)
    The VSA arts Young Soloists Award annually recognizes outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 25 and under, who have exhibited exceptional talents as vocalists or instrumentalists. Each year, a committee of music professionals selects four award recipients to receive scholarship funds and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. All types of music are encouraged.

Business and Accounting

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountantshttp://www.aicpa.org/members/div/career/mini/smas.htm )
    This scholarship program provides awards of up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession.

  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers Minority Scholars Programhttp://www.omhrc.gov/omh/whatsnew/2pgwhatsnew/Funding-price.htm )
    Pricewaterhouse Coopers sponsors the Minority Scholars Program to stimulate minority students' interest in business and to acquaint them with careers in the professional services industry.

Other sources for Accounting scholarships can be found at http://www.aicpa.org/nolimits/become/ships/AICPA.htm .

Engineering and Sciences

  • NACME Scholarships/Partnershipshttp://www.nacme.org/scholarships/ )
    NACME is widely known as the nation's largest private source of scholarships for African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in engineering.

  • National Society of Black Engineershttp://www.nsbe.org/programs/ )
    The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is the largest student-managed organization in the country and offers a number of scholarship opportunities for its members. NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

  • Sloan Ph.D. Programhttp://sloanphds.org/ )
    The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's Minority Ph.D. Program - managed by NACME - offers substantial scholarship support to underrepresented minority students who are beginning their doctoral work in engineering, natural science and mathematics.

  • Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program ( http://www.xerox.com/go/xrx/template/009.jsp?Xcntry=USA&Xlang=en_US&ed_name=Careers_Technical_Scholarship&view=Feature&metrics=notrack)
    The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students of African American, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent pursuing degrees in the following technical fields: Chemistry, Information Management, Computer & Software Systems, Material Science, Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Imaging, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Optical, or Software). 

  • Society of Women Engineershttp://societyofwomenengineers.swe.org/scholarships ) 
    All SWE Scholarships are open only to women pursuing baccalaureate or graduate degrees in engineering or computer science.

Health Sciences


  • National Association of Black Journalistshttp://www.nabj.org/programs/scholarships/index.html)  
    NABJ annually awards several non-renewable $2,500 scholarships to African American college students, and one $5,000 four-year sustaining scholarship to high school students who are planning to pursue a career in journalism.


  • Justicia en Diversidad Scholarship ( http://www.jdfoundation.org/scholarship/ )
    The JD Scholarship is available to high school seniors of Latino heritage who will be attending an accredited two or four-year U.S. College in the coming academic year and have a strong interest in pursuing a career in law. 


  • ALA Spectrum Scholarship (www.ala.org/offices/diversity/spectrum/scholarshipinformationm)
    The American Library Association's Spectrum Initiative's major drive is to recruit applicants and award scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students for graduate programs in library and information science. Additional scholarships available through the ALA are listed on the ALA Scholarship Program webpage.

Public Policy

The following fellowships are available at http://woodrow.org/fellowships. All are administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (WWNFF) and supported by the Department of State or the Department of Commerce.  The purpose of these programs is to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service or Commercial Service career.

  • Mellon Foundation Fellowships
  • The Woodrow Wilson MBA Fellowship in Education Leadership
  • The Nancy Weiss Malkiel Junior Faculty Fellowship
  • The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
  • The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships
  • The Woodrow Wilson HistoryQuest Fellowship
  • Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies


  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/scholarships )
    The goal of the Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship Programs  is  to increase the pool of and opportunities for qualified minority and female candidates in intercollegiate athletics (e.g., planning a career in intercollegiate athletics as an athletics administrator, coach, athletic trainer or other career that provides a direct service to intercollegiate athletics) through postgraduate scholarships.