Are you a person who has brown eyes but has always wished they were blue? Well, wish no more! It seems that you, as a brown eyed person, might have access to college monies which are only scholarships for people with brown eyes. Sure, it is a little bit obscure. But it is worth taking a look at scholarships which might be available to you, and look at them from any angle–even your eye color.
Getting Scholarships for Brown Eyed Students
While there are not currently any college scholarships which are made available strictly based upon eye color, there are many scholarships that come with details specific to the student. Eye color is determined by genetics, as is ethnicity. Many ethnic groups which are considered to be minorities in the United States often have traits of carrying genes that promote dark hair and dark eyes. With that in mind, there are various resources which do provide scholarships based on minorities. Many of these do not require spectacular academic performance, and they may not require essays along with the applications. Some of them are simply based upon details such as ethnic background, gender, economic status, and other factors. There is even one scholarship given only to those who are dominantly left-handed!
Scholarships for Typically Brown Eyed Ethnic Groups
The American Physical Society offers a minority scholarship. Although this scholarship is not available to just any person with brown eyes, any African-American, Native American, or Hispanic American person who is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident may apply. This person must be planning to major in, or currently majoring in (for college students) physics. High school juniors and seniors, as well as college freshmen and sophomores may apply. For the 2013-2014 academic year, forty of these APS scholarships were awarded.
The Gates Milennium Scholars Program was founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The well-known program provides money for education for first time minority students who might otherwise not be able to attend college. These minorities include African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American and Hispanic American students who are citizens or legal permanent residents and have maintained a 3.3 GPA (4.0 scale) or earned a GED. Students should be interested in pursuing Math, Science, Engineering, Education, or Library Science.
Though, again, brown eyes are not required, a strong majority of people from these ethnic groups do typically have dark brown or light brown eyes. Following an undergraduate degree, students may request continued scholarship support to pay for the pursuit of attending graduate school.
If your dream is to become an accountant, consider applying to the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants) Minority Scholarship Program. Although essays may be required for this scholarship, up to $5,000 per academic year may be available for each student. For the 2013-2014 school year the organization awarded almost $300,000 in scholarship monies to at least eighty eligible students. Full-time second year college students must have an ethnic background of one of the under-represented minorities in the Accounting profession, such as Black or African American, Native American, Hispanic or Latino, or Asian American.
Scholarship Websites for Minorities
Another place to find scholarships for people who are considered to be minorities is on the following websites:
Minorities: College Scholarships Graduate Fellowships, Research Internships http://www.fatomei.com/…
American Political Science Association
Federal Financial Aid for Brown Eyed Students…and More!
When looking for scholarships for brown eyes, don’t forget that almost anyone can qualify for student aid through the government, no matter what their eye color. Filling out the standard government FAFSA form will get you started. Then your college guidance counselor can help you determine the best, most creative options you might have to pay for your college education. Who knows? Maybe you will eventually find a scholarship out there which is specifically for people who are genetically pre-disposed to having brown eyes.
The most important aspect of getting scholarship money is to apply. No matter what, you are guaranteed to not get the money if you do not put your name into the hat. So take time to research scholarships which apply to you (Scholarships for Brown Eyes, perhaps?) and get to applying. You never know what you might find.
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