Below is a list of scholarships and links to pages where scholarships exist for underrepresented communities pursuing a degree in STEM. This is by no means ALL of the scholarships available but possibly a good starting point.
TheWashBoard.org is committed to increasing access to scholarships and financial aid for Washington students. Launched in 2010, theWashBoard.org, a free, web-based scholarship matching clearinghouse for Washington residents and students, serves as a simple and central scholarship search and application resource.
In Washington state, there is no central clearinghouse for scholarship access and data collection. Nationally, approximately $100 million in private scholarship assistance fails to get distributed annually and private scholarships reach only seven percent of undergraduate students.
TheWashBoard.org goals include:
- Increase access to scholarships for Washington students, with an emphasis on low-income and underserved students
- Increase awareness of financial aid and scholarship opportunities
- Improve efficiencies in private scholarship application process
- Improve availability of data on private scholarships
- Create a high-quality, trusted, centralized resource
Go to theWashBoard.org
The Watermark Scholars program is an extension of Women at Watermark, a technical women’s organization designed to encourage the growth of women’s leadership through lifelong learning and professional development, mentorship, and service.
Go to watermarkinsights.com
Bold.org has 20 Scholarships just for women. Many are applicable to women pursuing a career in STEM.
Go to bold.org
The goal of the GMS program is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential by:
- Reducing financial barriers for African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students with high academic and leadership promise who have significant financial need.
- Increasing the representation of these target groups in the disciplines of computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health and the sciences, where these groups are severely underrepresented.
- Developing a diversified cadre of future leaders for America by facilitating successful completion of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
- Providing seamless support from undergraduate through doctoral programs for students selected as Gates Millennium Scholars entering target disciplines.
Go to gmsp.org
The Generation Google Scholarship was established to help aspiring students pursuing computer science degrees excel in technology and become leaders in the field.
The program is open to students who meet all the minimum qualifications and we strongly encourage students that identify with groups historically excluded from the technology industry, including Women, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, to apply.
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) has numerous scholarship opportunities for minority students. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply for theses scholarships, which go up to $5,000. Check out their website to learn specific information about the various awards the association offers.
Go to afcea.org
Incredible opportunities exist for underrepresented students through the National GEM Consortium. Their fellowships are designed to assist students pursuing MS and PhD programs in the fields of biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, Earth sciences, engineering, physics, and mathematics. GEM fellowship awards may include full tuition, fees, and living expenses as well as paid internships.
Go to gemfellowship.org