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Graduate Scholarships for Minorities
Finding money for graduate school can be a challenge even for people with access to resources. But for those outside the right circles, it can seem practically impossible. Fortunately, more and more corporations and interests groups are making graduate scholarship a reality for underrepresented students. In 2007, Harvard University, the institution that many still see as the pinnacle of American education, installed a financial aid program that will make tuition more affordable for middle-income families by aligning expected contributions with a lower percentage scale. Harvard isn't the only school committed to diversity and equality. Here are just a few of the nation's most supportive opportunities for minority graduate students:

Coalition to Increase Minority Degrees (CIMD) "Project 1000"

Project 1000-whose original goal of increasing the number of minority students in graduate programs by 1,000 was met and exceeded early on-continues to make the application process easier and more affordable for students through agreements with more than 80 graduate schools. Students can apply online-with bilingual academic advisors available to assist-to all participating schools for little to no charge. The opportunity is offered to all U.S. citizens or permanent residents underrepresented in U.S. graduate programs-especially those of Latin American, African American, and Native American heritage. Candidates must be pursuing graduate degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

JP Morgan "Launching Leaders MBA Scholarship"

Recipients of this prestigious award receive a monetary award in addition to positions in J.P. Morgan's Summer Associate Investment Banking Program. Full-time positions are extended based on merit. . In addition to the possibility of having their MBA education completely paid, students can be confident in the knowledge that they are joining one of the world's leading innovators in banking and business-a status that does not come without long-term rewards. The scholarship is open to black, Hispanic, and Native American students who exhibit excellence in the areas of investment banking, sales and training, and research.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) "Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics"

This first-year award goes to 13 ethnic minorities as well as 13 female college graduates seeking a degree in sports administration or a related field with the ultimate goal of working in intercollegiate athletics. Through this scholarship, the NCAA hopes to open doors for underrepresented students who aspire to become tomorrow's administrators, coaches, and athletic trainers.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation "The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship"

Future employees of the United States Department of State Foreign Service compete for this fellowship, geared specifically toward women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need who are integrally dedicated to protecting America's interests abroad. Eligible students should be pursuing master's degrees in fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages.

By Hannah Roberts, staff writer

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