No one should be surprised by the existence of minority scholarships. The marginalized have long been under-represented in higher education and in many industries and fields. These scholarships are offered by organizations created to boost equality for those who haven’t had it in the past. The term minority can refer to a number of characteristics including ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or disability. (We cover scholarships for students with disabilities and women on other pages.) Whether offered by an association that protects the interests of African Americans or new immigrants, these scholarships were created to allow those who might otherwise be faced with overwhelming challenges, the opportunity to gain an education. By doing so, these organizations help bring new ideas and points of view to the fields these students enter and give those who have been historically unrepresented the opportunity to become leaders.