Five empowering college scholarships for 2021

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Consider applying for these national programs sponsored by Wells Fargo.

Going to college and getting a degree (or two!) is one of the most important goals you’re working toward. You know that college graduates have improved access to specialized and rewarding career paths and the potential for greater financial stability throughout their whole lives.

It is our mission to help open doors in higher education. Wells Fargo sponsors inclusive scholarship programs each year that unlock opportunities to study, graduate and make a difference.

For the 2019–2020 academic year, Wells Fargo gave more than $14 million in grants for scholarships, leadership training, entrepreneurship programs, student summits, empowerment events, and many more supportive programs for students.

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

Wells Fargo proudly partners with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending one of 47 publicly supported historically Black colleges and universities or other predominantly Black institutions.

For the academic year 2020–2021, 130 students will receive a merit-based scholarship of $5,000. Since 2007, Wells Fargo has supported TMCF to help fund its scholarships, leadership development, career opportunities, financial wellness, and student support services.

Online applications for fall 2021 scholarships are accepted January to February 2021. Online applications for spring 2022 scholarships are accepted August to October 2021. Following TMCF on social media is one way to receive notice of important dates.

“Wells Fargo has proven to be one of the nation’s strongest corporate supporters for the entire Black college community.”

— Harry L. Williams, TMCF president & CEO

Learn more about TMCF scholarships

Visit the Thurgood Marshall College Fund site.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Wells Fargo gives financial support to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF). This multi-faceted organization empowers Latino students with the knowledge and resources they need to graduate from college. HSF scholarship recipients, the majority of whom come from low-income families, gain access to a professional network of over 65,000 alumni upon graduation, supporting them in finding new economic opportunities.

  • 19% of all college students in the U.S. are Hispanic.
  • 2,900 Hispanic students have received scholarships and resources from the support provided by Wells Fargo and the HSF.
  • Since 2003, Wells Fargo has provided support to the HSF.

The HSF Scholarship is available annually, with online application for the 2021-2022 academic year expected to be available between the beginning of January 2021, and the middle of February 2021. Recipients are expected to be announced May 2021.

“I just thought it was a scholarship, but then I saw the incredible support HSF gives and the network they have. HSF has changed my life.”

— Ana Darielle Nunez, HSF Scholarship recipient. Read Ana’s story here.

Learn more about the HSF Scholarship

Visit the Hispanic Scholarship Fund site.

American Indian Graduate Center

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) and American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships (AIGCS) are the largest scholarship provider to American Indian and Alaska Native students in the United States. These entities help students from 500 tribes attend college and become the next generation of American Indian and Alaska Native leaders.

Wells Fargo and AIGC partner to offer the Wells Fargo Scholarships for Undergraduate American Indian and Alaska Native Students and the Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship, which includes both graduate and undergraduate assistance.

Applications for all scholarships from AIGC generally open January 1 of each year. The graduate and undergraduate scholarships application deadline is June 1 of each year, while the deadline for high school student scholarships is in mid-May of each year.

“I know I have a long and enduring challenge ahead of me for the next four years. I again thank you for the scholarship opportunity that AIGC and Wells Fargo offers to students like me who want to go to college but have to rely on scholarships to pay for the ever-increasing costs of education. I appreciate your support.”

— Anthony Cutsinger, American Indian scholarship recipient

Learn more about AIGC scholarship opportunities

Visit American Indian Graduate Center site.

APIA Scholars

APIA Scholars is the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of college scholarships to Asian and Pacific Islander Americans, helping to prepare them for personal, professional, and financial success. The community this organization serves is highly diverse, encompassing more than 40 ethnic groups and 300 languages.

Wells Fargo helps fund the APIA Scholars Foundation and partners with the organization to increase access to higher education for underserved students who have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to community service.

  • 85% of APIA scholarship recipients are first-generation college students.
  • 67% of recipients rank at or below the poverty line.
  • The APIA Scholars Foundation has funded 2,100 scholarships funded since 2006

Applications for APIA Scholarships for academic year 2021-2022 opened September 9, 2020, and will close January 14, 2021.

“Winning that scholarship and having that recognition really helped with my confidence, to know I can achieve what I’m dreaming of doing. As a woman minority in the medical field, it can be difficult, but having that inner confidence and knowing what I’ve achieved helps me know I can move forward and accomplish my dreams.”

— Lily Sooklal, APIA Scholarship recipient. Read Lily’s story here.

Learn more about APIA Scholarships

Visit the APIA Scholars site.

Point Foundation

Point Foundation (Point) is the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ). The Wells Fargo Point Scholarship helps to create equal access to higher education for LGBTQ students.

In awarding scholarships, Point focuses on scholars who have overcome difficult challenges such as homelessness, abuse, and immigration status to demonstrate leadership in advancing LGBTQ rights across the country. Meet the diverse group of Point scholars.

Facts about the 2020 Point scholar class

  • 84% identify as people of color or bi-racial/multiracial
  • 42% identify as transgender or gender nonconforming
  • 42% are first-generation college students

Applications for undergraduate and degree-granting graduate scholarships from Point for the 2021-2022 academic year open November 1, 2020, and close January 27, 2021. Applications for community college scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year open are expected to open at the beginning of March 2021 and close in May 2021.

Learn more about Point scholarships

Visit the Point Foundation site.

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