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Scholarships Specific to Migrant Students

Albert Lee Wright Scholarship

Due: March annually
Criteria: The scholarship honors migrant students who have overcome barriers presented by mobility, who have performed strongly academically, and who have provided service to his/her community.
Requirements: Two letters of recommendation, a personal essay, transcripts, proof of acceptance and/or enrollment into a post-secondary degree granting institution, financial need documentation form, and proof of Migrant Education eligibility; submit copy of Certificate of Eligibility.

Elizabeth Alfred Memorial Scholarship

Due: Apply through your local migrant program between February and March.
Criteria: Scholarship for a graduate of an accredited Nebraska high school or GED recepient who is accepted for admittance at Nebraska post-secondary school.
Requirements: Individual must be a qualified current or former migrant.

Miles for Migrants Scholarship

Due: April annually. Application is available on line at
Criteria: A one- time $ 1,250 Miles for Migrant Scholarship has been established to honor a migrant farmworker student athlete interested in pursuing a career in a sports-related field.

National High School Equivalency Proram (HEP)/ College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Association Scholarship

Due: HEP March 30th, June 30th or September 30th & CAMP September 30th
Requirements: Completion of HEP or CAMP, financial need, and enrollment into a post-secondary degree granting institution.

PASS Student of the Year Scholarship

Due: January annually. Application is available on line at
Criteria: Must be a former PASS student.
Requirements: Proof of Migrant Education eligibility; submit copy of Certificate of Eligibility and student essay detailing how PASS has helped the student.

The Geneseo Migrant Center administers a variety of scholarships, linked below, to offer financial assistance to migrant students who want to further their education.
  Gloria and Joseph Mattera National Scholarship Fund for Migrant Children
  Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship
  Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers
  Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship
  Margaret Raley New York State Migrant Student Scholarship
(History of migration to and/or within New York State)
  Robert Apicella Good Samaritan Migrant Scholarship
(Senior high school student from New York State)
  Friends of Senator Jack Perry Migrant Scholarship
(Past or present eligibility for Migrant Education services in New York State)
  Aurelio "Larry" Jazo Memorial Migrant Scholarship
(Recent history of migration to Illinois for agricultural employment)
  Juanita Crippen Memorial Scholarship
(Senior high school student from Franklin, St. Lawrence, or Clinton Counties in New York State)

Scholarships Specific to Latin American/Hispanic American Students

Latino Employee Network of Union Pacific Railroad Scholarship

Due: January annually
Requirements: Latino decent, GPA 2.8 or higher, ACT 20 or higher, plan to attend a 4 year college, and provide a social security number.

NSBA Hispanic Caucus

Due: January annually
Requirements: Hispanic decent, GPA 2.5 or higher, and accepted at 2 or 4 year college.

Scholarships Specific to African American Students

Black Employee Network of Union Pacific Railroad Scholarship

Due: February annually
Requirements: African-American United States citizen, GPA 2.75 or higher, enrolled in a full time course of study at an accredited college or university in the state of Nebraska, Illinois, Texas, California, Louisiana, Missouri, or Arkansas.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Criteria: A number of scholarships are available to members of the NAACP, including The Agnes Jones Jackson Scholarship for undergraduate or graduate studies and the Roy Wilkins Scholarship for those starting their first year of college.

The Ron Brown Scholar Program

Criteria:The Ron Brown Scholar Program is open to African-American high school seniors who are active in their community and demonstrate financial need.

The Thurgood Marshall Fund

Criteria: A number of scholarship opportunities for African-Americans, mostly geared toward business degrees. However, a number lack restrictions on field of study, including the Wal-Mart Scholars fund for first-generation college students. Other scholarships are provided for specific schools or areas.

UNCF (Formerly the United Negro College Fund)

Criteria: The UNCF (Formerly the United Negro College Fund) runs 400 scholarships and internships designed to help African Americans earn a degree. The organization also provides fellowships and grants for students starting undergraduate work all the way up to a doctorate. Each scholarship has different requirements and restrictions. If you are attending a school with a UNCF membership, you may also complete a form for a general scholarship.

Scholarships Specific to any U.S. Minority Group Students

Diversity Enhancement Scholarships at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Due: February 1 annually. Application is available on line at
Criteria: Recognizes academically promising students that have knowledge and experience in a diverse environment or community. 
Requirements: Membership in a racial, ethnic, cultural group, resident of Nebraska, and graduate of a Nebraska high school. (Student must complete a FAFSA.)

  • Individual must apply for admission to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Within five working days, you will receive an email with your NU ID number
  • Use your NU ID number to access on MyRED at and apply for the Diversity Enhancement Scholarships

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

Due: March annually
Criteria: Offered to minority students planning to attend an accredited four-year college or university. Considers academic achievement, leadership potential, community involvement, and financial need.
Requirements: Transcripts, ACT of 21 or SAT of 1000, a personal essay, and one letter of recommendation.
After October 15 each year you can find and submit the required application online at under the "Apply" tab. All supplemental materials must also be received by the deadline.

Page Education Scholar

Due: May annual
Criteria: Page Education Scholars receive a monetary scholarship for post-educational studies and act as role-modesl to youth through the Service-to-Children Project.
Requirements: Student of color, graduate of a Minnesota high school, enrolled full-time in a post-secondary educational institution in Minnesota, and willing to complete a minimum of 50 hours for a Service-to-Children project.

Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program

Criteria: Sponsored by the Magic Johnson Foundation, this scholarship is provided for minority high school students seeking to earn an undergraduate degree. However, this scholarship is limited to students who live in Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Lansing, Los Angeles County, or New York.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

Ak-Sar-Ben Horatio Alger Scholarship Program, a partnership with Horatio Alger, Ak-Sar-Ben and Team Mates

Criteria: Offered to Nebraska or western Iowa seniors who exhibit integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity, and who want to pursue a bachelor's degree, but has critical financial need.
Requirements: Minimum 2.0 GPA and resident of Nebraska.
Note: Students may start their studies at a 2 year institution and then transfer to a 4 year institution.

Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation Scholarship

Due: Apply on-line at between January 1 and March 1.
Criteria: Scholarship to to any Nebraska public university, college, or community college.

Additional Resources

Banaa: The Sudan Educational Empowerment Network

Burmese Refugee Scholarship Program



Hispanic College Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF)

Nebraska Educational Savings Trust

The SallieMae Fund

Secondary Education for Migrant Youth

Somali Youth Center Scholarship Fund

Sources of Aid for College