There are a number of scholarships available to Asian-American high school students to help them pay for college. In 2014, students of Asian/Pacific Islander heritage made up 7% of the college-going population, a number that's steadily risen over time. If you’re a US citizen of Asian descent (including Chinese, Indian, Korean and more), you may be eligible for scholarships from national advocacy organizations, companies, universities themselves, and guaranteed micro-scholarships.

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Competitive scholarships from corporations and nonprofits
Award Name Amount Deadline
USPAACC Asian American College Scholarship $10,000 April 19, 2017
NAAAP Philadelphia Scholarship $1,000 April 22, 2017
Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship $1,500 May 31, 2017

USPAACC Asian American College Scholarship

Amount: $10,000
Deadline: April 19, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes

Each year USPAACC awards college scholarships to deserving high school seniors who have a record of academic excellence, community service, and financial need, to help finance their post-secondary education.

USPAACC's scholarships were established in 1989 to assist Asian Americans who need financial help to attend post-secondary education, but did not have access to help. The scholarships are open to the diverse Asian American community of over 48 ethnic groups. The Bruce Lee Scholarship, is open to any ethnic group. The pool of students who apply for the scholarships is very diverse and inclusive. Since 1989, USPAACC has awarded over a million dollar in scholarship benefits, starting with one $1,000 scholarship in 1989 to 20 scholarships. The scholarship awards range from $3,000 to $10,000 each. Over the years, major corporations have established their Hallmark Scholarship with USPAACC. Asian American businesses have also stepped forward to endow their own named scholarships. The value of applying for the scholarship lies beyond just winning monetary awards. The scholarship application and acceptance process is also a way for high school students to develop the winning skills that will serve them in their life. The more time and efforts they put in writing the required essays, the more they sharpen their writing skills, which make their transition to college easier. Applying for a scholarship also helps to develop organizational skills, which will be much needed in college. Finally, the exposure and experience they gain from attending the conference at which the scholarship will be presented is an eye-opening and life changing one. The scholarship students are asked to: 1. Prepare a 2-minute acceptance speech to be delivered at the Awards presentation. 2. Spend 5 hours with USPAACC staff during the conference to learn about how a non-profit organization works. 3. Write an essay about their experience at the conference, CelebrAsian, within 30 days after the conference.4. Keep USPAACC informed of their college life and studies at least once a year during their first four years in college by writing at least once a year.USPAACC Scholarship Program helps high school students of diverse backgrounds to attain higher education and gives them an opportunity to achieve their best, fulfill their dreams and become professionals, which in the long run will help America grow and become more prosperous. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

NAAAP Philadelphia Scholarship

Amount: $1,000
Deadline: April 22, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes

The National Association of Asian American Professionals Philadelphia's Chapter scholarship program that benefits graduating high school seniors and current college students who are Asian/Asian American. Several high school and college students will be selected within their respective pools to receive scholarship money, to be used toward tuition, books, and/or living expenses.

Eligibility (high school):-High school GPA 3.0 or higher-Must currently attend Greater Philadelphia high school-Student does not need to plan to attend a Philadelphia collegeEligibility (college): -Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher-Must be currently attending a Greater Philadelphia accredited college/university and still have at least one year of college leftCounties: -Philadelphia, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Bucks, PAFor more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship

Amount: $1,500
Deadline: May 31, 2017
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes

The Against The Grain Groundbreaker Leadership Scholarship provides financial assistance and promotion of Asian-American college seniors and graduate students who have exhibited exemplary leadership, vision, and passion that is blazing a trail for others to follow and changing lives in the Asian-American community. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

What does Asian-American mean?

The definition of Asian-American can vary by scholarship, with some open to all people of Asian descent, and others focusing on specific ethnic groups. Generally, the US census defines Asian as descending from the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.