Recruiting and Retaining the Underrepresented
By Peter Connor
Finding scholarships and fellowships to help further the higher education aims of typically underrepresented students often plays a key role in their recruitment and retention. Thanks to the Internet, searching has become easier than ever before.
Key Word Searching
A few appropriate keyword phrases entered in your Google search bar will get you going. For instance, look what the search for [minority college student fellowship] returned in the first page results:
- College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards for Minorities
- Minority Scholarships, Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards in Medicine, Public Health and Related Fields
- American Meteorological Society
- The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
- FineAid: Minority Students
- 200 Free Scholarships for Minorities
- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Note: The top two search results are online directories containing many other related links.
Other keyword combinations will return other Internet avenues to explore. Try combining specific criteria such as academic discipline, career field and individual minority.
Here are some examples
- [women scholarships science]
- [american indian scholarships engineering]
- [african-american college grants]
The links below lead to some of the top grant providing organizations in the country. Each of these provide valuable information designed to assist you in searching out funding opportunities and in applying for fellowships, grant programs, internships and other research and study opportunities.
Number one on the list is Grants.gov, an Internet clearing house with which to search 1000 federal grant programs administered by 26 federal grant-making agencies in charge of over 400 billion dollars.
You may want to bookmark these for further reference and to share with those students who have asked for your advice.
- National Science Foundation
- National Institutes of Health
- National Endowment for the Arts
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- American Council of Learned Societies
- American Association of University Women
- Smithsonian Institute
- Carnegie Corporation
- Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
- Spencer Foundation Research Projects
- Spencer Foundation Fellowship Awards
- J. Paul Getty Grant Program