8 Exclusive Asian American and Pacific Islander Scholarships

The Top Asian American and Pacific Islander Scholarships with Upcoming Deadlines

Exclusive Scholarships
Found only on Bold.org
  1. Soo Joo Park Scholarship for Asian American Women
    Funded by
    Soo Joo Park
    Awarded
    The Soo Joo Park Scholarship for Asian American women exists to support the influential voices and ambitious aspirations of powerful Asian American women across the United States.
    Funded by
    Soo Joo Park
    Awarded
    The Soo Joo Park Scholarship for Asian American women exists to support the influential voices and ambitious aspirations of powerful Asian American women across the United States.
    Education level
    Any
    Amount
    $2,000
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    Sep 1, 2021
    Awarded
    Winner
    ILANA HANDWERKER
    10 Finalists
    1
  2. Across Cultures No-Essay Scholarship
    Funded by
    Ben Schneider
    This scholarship exists to encourage students to respectfully explore cultures different from their own, and to share with their own culture as well.
    Funded by
    Ben Schneider
    This scholarship exists to encourage students to respectfully explore cultures different from their own, and to share with their own culture as well.
    Education level
    Any
    Amount
    $1,350
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    Apr 11, 2022
    2
  3. Nikhil Desai Asian-American Experience Scholarship
    Funded by
    Nikhil Desai
    Awarded
    This scholarship will support an Asian-American student whose multicultural experiences have strongly influenced their current perspective.
    Funded by
    Nikhil Desai
    Awarded
    This scholarship will support an Asian-American student whose multicultural experiences have strongly influenced their current perspective.
    Education level
    Any
    Amount
    $1,000
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    Apr 1, 2021
    Awarded
    Winner
    Alice Li
    8 Finalists
    3
  4. Asian American / Pacific Islander Scholarship
    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    The bi-annual Asian American/Pacific Islander Scholarship is meant to encourage diversity in academia.
    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    The bi-annual Asian American/Pacific Islander Scholarship is meant to encourage diversity in academia.
    Education level
    High School, Undergraduate
    Amount
    $750
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner every 6 months
    Next Deadline
    Apr 16, 2022
    4
  5. Normandie Cormier Greater is Now Scholarship
    Funded by
    Normandie Alise
    This scholarship exists to help mitigate the educational opportunity gap for disadvantaged students who have huge aspirations for their life and is willing to work through anything to achieve them.
    Funded by
    Normandie Alise
    This scholarship exists to help mitigate the educational opportunity gap for disadvantaged students who have huge aspirations for their life and is willing to work through anything to achieve them.
    Education level
    High School
    Amount
    $575
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    Feb 1, 2022
    5
  6. Advancing Social Justice for Asians Scholarship
    Funded by
    International Chinese Fine Arts Council
    This scholarship will support graduate or advanced degree students who are committed to social justice for Asians.
    Funded by
    International Chinese Fine Arts Council
    This scholarship will support graduate or advanced degree students who are committed to social justice for Asians.
    Education level
    Graduate
    Amount
    $500
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    Apr 10, 2022
    6
  7. Filipino-American Scholarship
    Funded by
    Lee Cortez
    This scholarship seeks to support Filipino-American undergraduate students who have a background in community service.
    Funded by
    Lee Cortez
    This scholarship seeks to support Filipino-American undergraduate students who have a background in community service.
    Education level
    Undergraduate
    Amount
    $500
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner every 6 months
    Next Deadline
    Dec 31, 2021
    7
  8. WiseGeek Recent Immigrants Scholarship
    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    This scholarship will support one bold and driven student who recently immigrated to the United States in their educational career.
    Funded by
    wiseGEEK
    This scholarship will support one bold and driven student who recently immigrated to the United States in their educational career.
    Education level
    Any
    Amount
    $500
    Scholarships awarded
    1 winner
    Deadline
    Apr 16, 2022
    8

About Asian American and Pacific Islander scholarships

Asian American and Pacific Islanders make up a diverse, vibrant group of people with backgrounds of more than 50 countries and regions, celebrating rich cultural diversity and cultural traditions.

As a growing group of college students, there is an influx of scholarship opportunities specifically geared towards the Asian Pacific American community.

The importance of scholarships for Asian Americans

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students are making up an increasingly significant portion of college populations. AAPI students make up 8% of the student body at public four-year institutions.

Additionally, the number of AAPI students enrolled in college has increased by 36% since 2000. Unfortunately, AAPI students are often underserved when it comes to higher education.

The rising costs of tuition make it even more difficult for AAPI and other minority students to afford higher education, whether they're graduating high school seniors, seeking a Bachelor's degree, or working on a graduate degree.

As Asian Americans and other minority students begin to make up larger shares of student populations, it is critical that their needs are met and they have the necessary resources to attain their college education.

How to qualify for an Asian American scholarship

When putting in the time to apply for scholarship opportunities, it's important to make sure you're one of the qualified students who is eligible to receive the scholarship. Before spending time on your application, make sure you meet all of the eligibility requirements, such as being of Asian descent, having the minimum GPA, being in the right stage of your education, etc.

Be part of the Asian American community

As you may have guessed, the first step in qualifying for these scholarships is to be of Asian heritage or part of the Asian Pacific American community. Minority students who aren't of Asian heritage, such as African American students or people of Native American origin, can also find scholarships on Bold.org.

Check the additional requirements of the scholarship

In addition to having Asian ancestry, some scholarships have additional requirements. Certain scholarships require applicants to show academic achievement through grade point average, demonstrate financial need, or be of a certain education level.

Some scholarships are specifically open to current college students, including undergraduate students and graduate students, while others are strictly open to certain grades, such as high school seniors or college freshmen.

What types of scholarships are available for Asian American and Pacific Islander students

There are many different scholarships available for AAPI students on Bold.org. While award amount varies for all of the scholarship funds, there are plenty of scholarships available to help underserved students.

You can find essay-based and no-essay scholarships on Bold.org, and you can even find scholarships for your specific level of education.

How to find Asian American scholarships

You can find AAPI scholarships by browsing through the hundreds of open scholarships on Bold.org. To find the best-fitting scholarships for you, use the filters on the scholarship page. You can filter by education level, essay versus no-essay scholarships, or even by category to find scholarships designed for your hobbies, field of interest, or personal identity.

When to start applying for scholarships

Beginning your scholarship search as early as possible is a great way to maximize your financial aid winnings. Many students begin their scholarship search as high school seniors, but you can begin at any point in high school to get ahead of the competition.

If you're already a high school graduate and haven't begun to apply yet, don't worry! Many undergraduate students are just beginning to search for scholarships, and there are plenty of opportunities for graduate students as well.

While starting your search as a graduate student reduces your opportunities to win, it's never too late to apply and take control of your college finances.

What to consider when applying for Asian American scholarships

When applying for scholarships, make sure you consider the requirements of each opportunity in addition to what the scholarship donors are looking for in their scholarship recipients. Keep in mind our tips on qualifying and applying for scholarships to boost your chances of winning.