Diverse and Minority Scholarship Opportunities

The scholarships below are specific to underrepresented populations including students of various ethnicity, faith-based and first generation focused college students, These scholarships appear alphabetical order.

If a scholarship interests you and you wish to apply, please email the Center for Engagement and Opportunity at ceo@ncf.edu to make an appointment. Ask for Fellowship and Scholarship assistance and/or describe the assistance you seek. The scholarships below are extremely competitive. You will find assistance as you manage the application process, collect your application materials and proofread your application documents.

Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship: This fellowship offers outstanding opportunities for students to learn about high tech public policy issues with hands-on experience in Washington, D.C. The Fellowship has two components: a full-time 8 week public policy internship with a high-tech company, firm or trade association, and weekly issues seminar lunches hosted by Tisdale sponsors. The Fellowship offers a $5,000 grant to students who are accepted. Open to students from any college and university, including international students, in their Junior or Senior year, or in a graduate program.

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). The goal of the MLEF program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in STEM majors, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects. During the 10 weeks, Fellows will receive a stipend and some may be eligible to receive housing and a travel allowance.

Millennial Public Policy Fellowship: New America is seeking enterprising, mission-driven young adults, age 24 and younger, to work on the next big public policy challenges facing their generation. Fellows will be embedded for 11 months in one of New America’s public policy programs, headquartered in Washington DC, where they will provide policy research support and collaborate with their cohort of fellows to explore the dynamics of a generational policy agenda. We strongly encourage applications from those who have faced barriers in accessing education, employment, and other resources, including first-generation college graduates, women, and people of color.