The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is an external scholarship program that provides scholarships and fellowships for outstanding low-income African-American, Native American, Hispanic American, and Asian-Pacific American students to attend undergraduate and graduate institutions of their choice. See for more information. The Ford Foundation, in conjunction with the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, awards approximately 60 pre-doctoral, 50 doctoral, and 30 post-doctoral fellowships. For more information visit The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) offers aid to students who demonstrate financial need, who are at least one-fourth American Indian or Alaskan native, and who are from a federally recognized tribe. To obtain more information, contact your tribal education officer at a BIA area office. Other important resources include the Bureau of Indian Education (, the American Indian Graduate Center (, and the American Indian College Fund ( The National Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students of Hispanic background. Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Caribbean, Central American, or South-American heritage. For more information see The University of Alabama participates in GEM, a national applied science and engineering education consortium. UA students from ethnic minority groups can receive awards to pursue a master’s degree in an engineering or applied science field. Visit for more information.   Please see the Graduate Catalog financial assistance page for additional opportunities.