According to the Pew Research Center, 300,584 Hispanic students enrolled in four year colleges, trade schools, and community colleges in 2008.
During this same time, 367,432 African American students, 146,802 Asian students, and 25,163 American Indian students were enrolled in college.
There are several different types of minorities, including Native Americans, African Americans, Alaska Natives, women, and Hispanics.
Do you fall into one of these categories?
If so, and you are considering attending college, read the following.
Minority Student Disadvantages
Minority college students face many challenges, both before and during their postsecondary education. Here are just a few of the most staggering statistics provided by Online Colleges.
- Stereotypes – Ohio State University recently performed a study to access what effects stereotyping had on student performance. They asked 157 non-African American student to write an essay about an imaginary college student. Half of the students were given an average college student named Tyrone; the other half were assigned an average college named Erik. The implication of these names was that Tyrone was African American, while Erik was white. The students were then given a standardized test. Those who wrote about Erik score an average of 6.2, while those who wrote about Tyrone scored an average of 4.5. While the students were told that both of the imaginary students possessed the same academic skills and aptitude, this research clearly demonstrates how negatively stereotyping can affect a college student’s academic performance.
- Poverty – Approximately 77% of Hispanic fourth graders live in homes that allow them to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, and the majority of these students attend high-poverty schools.
- Technology – Only 26% of Hispanics, 27% of African Americans, 47% of Native Americans, and 58% of Asians have access to computers and the internet at home. This means it takes much longer for these students to adapt to technology provided in the classroom, reducing their achievements and setting them apart from their peers.
- English – 18.8% of Hispanic students and 16.9% of Asian students in elementary and junior high have difficulty learning and speaking English because another language is being spoken at home. After junior high, the percentage of minority students who struggle with English drops a little, to 14.5%, but this difficulty still impedes many students from performing as well as they can in school.
- Repeating Grades – Approximately 25.6% of African American males and 15.3% of African American females repeat one grade, at minimum, during their elementary, middle school, and high school career.
Minority Scholarships – What They Could Mean for You
With all of the disadvantages facing minorities before and during their college education, you may wonder if you will even be able to attend college at all.
Repeated grades, difficulty learning English, lack of technology, and poverty shouldn’t stop you from living your dreams and earning the degree you have always wanted.
If you are interested in attending college, there are a variety of scholarships available specifically for minority groups, to encourage college enrollment and to ensure completion of a degree.
- African American Scholarships - Some of the most popular African American scholarships include the RTNDA Ed Bradley Broadcast Journalism Scholarship, which awards $10,000 to a student of color interested in a career in broadcast journalism, the Stan Beck Fellowship, which assists undergraduate students in need who are majoring in entomology, and the Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship, which awards African American students with up to $5,000 a year in exchange for teaching in Illinois preschool, elementary school, or high school upon earning their teaching degree.
- Hispanic Scholarships – Hispanic students can take advantage of scholarships like the Catharine Lealtad Scholarship, which awards $3,000 to $5,000 to students with excellent high school records, the Alvarado/Garcia Scholarship, which awards $1,000 to high school Latino juniors planning on attending college in Illinois and are gay or bisexual, and the ABA Diversity Scholarship, which provides $2,500 to second year college students who can demonstrate a high level of character, financial need, leadership, and academic achievement.
- Native American Scholarships – Native American students can take advantage of scholarships like the White Earth Scholarship Program, which provides up to $4,500 a year to students who are enrolled as members of the Band of Chippewa known as White Earth, the AAAE Foundation Scholarship for Native Americans, which provides $1,000 a year for Native American Students who are majoring in aviation and maintain a 3.0 GPA, and the DAR American Indian Scholarship, which provides $1,000 to Native American students from any tribe who can demonstrate financial need and academic achievement.
If you have always dreamed of going to college, don’t let statistics about minority disadvantages stand in your way.
It’s your future, and you can live it the way you want to with the help of minority scholarships.