United Negro College Fund)
UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. UNCF supports education through scholarships and other programs, by supporting its 38 member colleges and universities, and by advocating for the importance of minority education. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding 21 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. The UNCF logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste."®
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Latino students, as well as related support services. HSF seeks to give students all the tools they need to apply to college, do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come. As the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, HSF has awarded over $430 million in scholarships and provides a range of ancillary programs for students, scholars, and their families. HSF further strives to make college education a top priority for every Latino family across the nation and to mobilize our community to proactively advance that goal – each individual, over a lifetime, in every way he/she can.
American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS)
American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS) was created in 2001 to partner in the administration of the Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. AIGCS is the American Indian and Alaska Native representative, performing outreach to qualified applicants, assisting in the execution and completion of GMS application and selection process, disbursing awards and providing student services to Gate Millennium Scholars, within the policies and metrics of the GMS Program. AIGCS is an associate of American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC), which was established in 1969 to build, promote and honor self-sustaining American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership. The founders’ vision of American Indian college graduates pursuing master’s, doctoral and professional degrees in all fields of study has yielded over 16,600 scholarships totaling over $52 million. AIGC is the oldest and largest national provider of scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate students, and will soon assume administration of the Cobell Scholarship Funds for American Indian and Alaska Native graduate degree candidates.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF)
Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation's largest non-profit provider of college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). APIASF works to create opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $70 million in scholarships to AAPI students across the country and in the Pacific Islands. APIASF manages three scholarship programs: APIASF's general scholarship, the APIASF Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions scholarship program, and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.