Scholarships and Grants
Department of Ethnic Studies Scholarships
Vera M. Gayters Scholarship
Thomas A. Gayters has established a memorial scholarship fund to homer his wife and her commitment to educational excellence and civic/community service. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to students majoring in Ethnic Studies at CSUEB, in order to encourage them to pursue the highest degree of excellence in their academic and professional careers and to become socially responsible individuals.
Applicants for the Vera M. Gayters Award must meet the following criteria: 1) show promise in making a substantial contribution to minority communities in the following fields; social sciences, sciences, and/or humanities/arts. 2) major in Ethnics Studies 3) be junior or senior level 4) have an overall minimum 2.5 GPA at CSUEB 5) reside in Alameda or Contra Costa Counties 6) demonstrate financial need 7) submit a formal application 8) write a statement of purpose including personal goals, accomplishments, and career aspirations that demonstrate a commitment to improving society, and 9) provide a letter of reference from a member of the CSUEB faculty.
Request an application in the Ethnic Studies department office.
Ethnic Studies Academic Society Service Award
Elgibiligy: Must be a member of the Ethnic Studies Academic Society.
Award in the amount of $200 presented each June to an active member (or members) of the Ethnic Studies Academic Society who contributes to community development. This award will be administerd by the Ethnic Studies Academic Society. The funds for this award were donated by Leila Rae.
Additional resources of interest to CSUEB Ethnic Studies students (links checked June 2015):
Ron Brown Scholarships
The award: Leadership, community service, all fields. The deadline is unusually in January. This is one of most prestigious scholarships and it's very, very competitive.
Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship
The award: $6,000 per year. Number of winners about 100. It's renewable. Academic merit, leadership, community service, all fields. Deadline is usually in April.
American Institute Of Certified Public Accountants Scholarships (AICPA)
The award: for undergraduates studying accounting at a U.S. college with at least 30 credits completed. Awards up to $5,000 with about 300 winners annually. Deadline is in July. Go to website for GPA requirements and details.
Coca-Cola Scholars Scholarships
The award: This is a major competition with hundreds of over 250 awards going to "scholars," with academic, leadership, and talent qualities. The award amount is from $4,000 to $20,000. You can apply on-line. The deadline is October 31.
The award: This is the prestigious "rotary" organization scholarship for students who can
speak another language and want to study abroad in the "host" country of that language. Award amounts are from $10,000 to $23,000 for a 3 month to full year of study abroad. You should have completed at least 2 years of college work.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship
The award: The is one of the most prestigious scholarships, shaped for students who intend to pursue a career targeted to public service or government. Graduate study should be a goal, with a portion of the funds directed there. You must be at least a junior, and your college must nominate you. A "nomination" package must be created. The awards can reach as high as $30,000 over the years. Generally about 80 students are selected. The deadline is February 1st.
National Association of Hispanic Journalist
The award: from $1000 - $5000 Students interested in journalism as a career can apply. Deadline is Feb 28th. See web site for application and information.
Hispanic College Fund Scholarships
Major site for Hispanic students majoring in business-related areas, A to Z (accounting, human resources, communications, and more). The award amount varies. Over 140 awards granted. Deadline: April.
Affordable Colleges Online Guide for Hispanic Students
Many Hispanic students are the first in their families to go to college, with some even being undocumented or the children of migrant workers. We created this guidebook to show these students that their special circumstances do not exclude them from a college education. Our resource strives to help Hispanic students and their families better understand some of the unique challenges they face and how to overcome them. The guide includes a close look at a wealth of online and on- and off-campus resources available to Hispanic students, including:
- A list of scholarships, grants, and other financial aid options for Hispanic students
- A list of ways students can save money before college
- Information specifically for first-generation college students, and students with other special circumstances
Our guide was developed in part by Margarita Baressi, a Puerto Rican graduate of Boston University. Baressi attributes her success to the financial aid she received during her college career. Her experience allowed us to see what Hispanic students truly go through and how they can succeed.