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​Nonprofit Internship

The Program encourages motivated and highly-qualified students from communities that are traditionally underrepresented (students of color, men, GLBTQ college students, first-generation students, etc.) in the nonprofit sector to become more involved as staff, board member, volunteers, and donors.

Summer Psychiatry Research and Education Practicum at Children’s Hospital Department of Psychiatry

This program is designed to introduce young people to the discipline of research as well as the profession of child and adolescent psychiatry by having them participate in research activities prior to their advancing to graduate school. The program emphasis has been on dynamic research exposures which result in partnering with mentors on the development of scholarly posters, presentations and/or publications.

Careers In Transportation for Youth (CITY)

Who: College Juniors and Seniors
June 2 - August 8, 2014

Atlanta, GA/Denver CO/Los Angeles CA/New York City/Philadelphia, PA /Phoenix, AZ/San Antonio, TX/San Diego, CA/ San Francisco, CA/Tampa, FL/Washington, DC


Applicants must be:

  • From an underrepresented group
  • U.S. citizens currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree granting program of study at an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Full-time students who will be juniors or seniors in the fall of 2014 and have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or equivalent
  • Application Deadline: February, 10, 2014


  • $500 per week, plus $40 weekly transportation stipend
  • Interns will also attend COMTO’s 43nd National Meeting & Training

CITY Application

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites high school and undergraduate students to submit applications for the 2014 Summer Research Program.  Under this program students underrepresented in the biomedical, social, clinical and behavioral sciences are paired with NIDA funded scientists at research institutions across the United States for 8-10 weeks during the summer to work in the field of substance abuse and addiction research.  Internships may involve a variety of experiences including laboratory experiments, data collection, data analysis, patient interviews, and literature reviews.  Student interns receive a stipend, and if necessary and eligible, provisions for travel and housing expenses.  The deadline to submit applications for the 2014 program is February 14, 2014.


This program supports summer research internships for high school and undergraduate students who are from racial/ethnic groups that are nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical sciences (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands), although all racial/ethnic groups can apply. Graduating 2014 college seniors are eligible to apply.

Complete program information and the online application form can be found at the following link:

Questions regarding the 2014 NIDA Summer Research Program can be directed to, Julie Huffman at: 


REACH brings to the University of Southern California campus talented students from all over the U.S. and Canada who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in an engineering field. This event is particularly geared toward students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in the field of engineering: African-American, Latino and Native American. Female students are also highly encouraged to apply. Travel expenses to and from Los Angeles, hotel lodging, and meals are subsidized by the Viterbi School.

Juniors with a background in engineering, mathematics or a physical science (such as physics, chemistry or biology) are invited to apply to the spring REACH event. As a selected participant, students will attend presentations by faculty about doctoral research opportunities; tour the USC campus and the engineering facilities; meet with current students to learn about graduate student life; and attend workshops on applying for Ph.D. admission and funding graduate study. This experience will provide participants a unique opportunity to gain valuable tools and resources to prepare for application to doctoral programs upon graduation. (Please note: Only citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canadian citizens are eligible to apply)

Kaiser Permanente Diversity Scholarship Program

The Kaiser Permanente Diversity Scholarship Program offers scholarships to students of under-represented groups who want to pursue a degree in health care fields.

Summer Internship for Diverse Students in Healthcare IT

The program aims to give meaningful experience in a healthcare IT environment, including roles in strategic transactions, applications/integration, security/compliance, technical services/end user computing, technical services/change, and business operations/workforce strategy. This is a chance to build your resume and work with some terrific people starting in early June for 10 weeks. Email for more information.

New Era Internship

Looking to get involved in politics, policy, gras roots organziting, or civic engagement?  REady to use your brilliant ideas & bad jokes to make policitcs more fun?  Pumed to learn Colorado's political processes soup to nuts?

Look no further, future intern!  Apply today to get on the bus.

Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP)

SVMP is a one-week management training program for rising college seniors designed to increase diversity and opportunity in business education. Participants are members of groups typically underrepresented in business schools and corporate America (e.g., African American, Latino, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender). HBS covers on-site expenses, and corporate sponsors typically cover other costs associated with participating in the program.

SVMP 2014 will take place from June 21 – June 27, 2014.  The application deadline is Monday, May 12, 2014, and we are hoping to see your school represented in the candidate pool.

You can learn more about SVMP by visiting the program’s website:

Colorado Cancer Reserach Program​

Colorado Cancer Research Program (CCRP) is seeking science interns to join our Clinical Research team. Our organization is working on exciting new developments, and will offer a solid experience to interns of all levels, so please apply regardless of your year and experience level.

This is a very exciting opportunity for a young candidate- and we look forward to working with the intern selected as (s)he  develops and grows skills in our organization.​ 

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)​

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. NSF also encourages undergraduate seniors to apply.​



​Reading Partners

Reading Partners is an educational nonprofit organization that provides one-on-one literacy tutoring to students struggling with reading in 10 Colorado public elementary schools.  For more information click here.

Reading Partners is a local nonprofit organization that works to expand life opportunities for elementary school children in low-income communities by empowering them with strong literacy skills.  For more information click here.


CAMP WAPIYAPI is looking for additional volunteers for their summer programs!

(They would like references and forms in by April 15th, but there are orientations being held this month, so if you want to take part, sign up ASAP!)  For questions:

Link to apply to Camp Wapiyapi:

Volunteer video on YouTube:

Camp Wapiyapi provides kids facing cancer a fun and “normal” camp experience, an experience they would not be able to get at a traditional residential camp. Campers say it’s the “best week of the year” as they escape from the hospital and doctor’s office to enjoy outdoor adventures, laughing, dancing, singing --- and simply being with others who understand.  Our program is designed for children ages 6-17 years of age and we serve the patient and their siblings.

Nearly 300 individuals volunteer each year who provide understanding, leadership, compassion, safety and direction to our campers.  Wapiyapi has a unique one-on-one camper to counselor (companion) ratio with many of the companions being cancer survivors themselves, and many having been former campers. As one volunteer shares, “The courage and strength of the campers and companions affected by cancer has shaped the way I view the world.” 

The camp is abundantly staffed with volunteer physicians and nurses who say that it is refreshing to see the kids outside the hospital environment.  “When you experience seeing the joy on their faces,” a volunteer explains, “you realize that Camp Wapiyapi is special.  Special in the way that it allows kids with cancer to momentarily travel back to a time before their diagnoses.”

This summer Camp Wapiyapi will offer an additional session to reach more children in need, so we are seeking additional volunteers to support the program.  Volunteers must be 18 years of age, provide required medical forms, references, applicable certifications, and participate in training and a background check.  Companions and leaders must commit to an entire 5-day session.  However, part-time involvement is on the following dates to help with a carnival: June 2, 7 and 12. 


 Additional Resources

Denver Metro Fair Housing Center

The Denver Metro Fair Housing Center (DMFHC), a non-profit fair housing center, works to eliminate housing discrimination and promote housing choice for all people through education, advocacy, and enforcement of fair housing laws regarding the seven 7 federally protected classes of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, family status, and disability.  DMFHC serves Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties in the Denver Metro area.

Discrimination can take many forms. In a recent rental housing investigation DMFHC completed, evidence shows that in the Denver Metro Area, testers without children in the home were treated more favorably than those with children 73 percent of the time.  Examples of types of discrimination against families with children include discouraging statements provided to testers with children, steering testers with children to certain sections of floors of an apartment complex, and testers with children offered different terms and conditions. These are acts of housing discrimination under the Fair Housing Act and Colorado law.  Potential tenants with children under 18 in the home must be granted the same opportunities in selecting homes as tenants without children. 

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

EOC is a TRIO program 100% federally funded through the Department of Education, Title IV Higher Education Act, serving the six county metropolitan areas since 1974. Our services include educational information, planning and assistance in completing applications for admissions, financial aid and scholarships to low income/first generation individuals.


SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. Student travel scholarships available for conference.

Tax Help for Colorado

A partnership between The Piton Foundation and the Colorado Community College System that was launched in 2007, Tax Help Colorado offers free tax preparation services to individuals who make less than about $50,000, helping to ease the burden of commercial tax preparation costs on low-wage earners while ensuring that families with children claim tax credits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit. The program utilizes community college students who take an accredited course on income tax preparation then operate free tax sites on their campuses for college credit. Over the past six years, the program has expanded statewide with 18 participating colleges operating 26 free tax sites in communities across Colorado.

University of Utah Graduate School Diversity Office Graduate Preparation Institute (GPI) Summer 2014

The GPI is an intensive four-week summer research program for college juniors and seniors from historically underrepresented communities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The summer program brings students to participate in a summer research project and learn about the process of applying to graduate school while staying at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.  More information can also be found at

The Diversity Office should receive complete applications by March 28, 2014. If you have questions please contact or by phone at (801) 581-6233.





 Guide to Scholarships for New Americans and Minorities

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 Diet Spotlight Scholarship

Our organization is called, and we have put $6,000 to fund our 2015 scholarships. We’ve just given out the awards to the 2014 scholarship – click on the link below to check out our winners!!!


2015 is the third year of our scholarship program and we are offering an essay contest where students can share their ideas on the relationship between body weight and self-esteem. The application deadline is December 31, 2015 and we will be giving away four awards – one for $3,000 and three for $1,000.


**There is no fee of any kind in the application process**


For full details about our scholarship program, please visit us at:​


 Reisher Scholarship for Sophomore Students

Reisher Scholarship for Sophomore Students

Due Date: April 1
$4,000 - $11,000 annually for up to three years
Be a Colorado Resident
Be enrolled as a full-time college student with an expected graduation date of three years from the date you are first selected as a Reisher Scholar
Have and maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher
Show financial need by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Work an average of 10 or more hours per week during the academic year
Application will be available on the student's UCDAcess portal.

 ​Xerox Minority Scholarship

Xerox Minority Scholarship

Who’s Eligible

This scholarship is open to all U.S. citizens or legal residents who belong to at least one of the following minority groups:

  • African-American
  • Hispanic
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • American Indian/Alaska Native

Additionally, each recipient must be enrolled full-time in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program, earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (for outgoing high school seniors, high school GPA will be considered in lieu of a college GPA), and be actively pursuing a degree in one of the following major fields of study:

  • Chemistry
  • Information Management
  • Computing & Software Systems
  • Material Science
  • Printing Management Science
  • Laser Optics
  • Physics
  • Material Science
  • Engineering (Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Imaging, Manufacturing, Mechanical, Optical, or Software)

What It Covers

The scholarship will award between $1,000 and $10,000 per student for each academic year.

Online programs are eligible.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit an electronic application no later than Sept. 30 if they wish to be considered for the following academic year. This application will ask each student to provide the following:

  • An electronic copy of his or her current resume
  • Background and contact information
  • Statement of intent regarding graduation and career goals

 Additional Scholarships

AES Engineers

AIFS-HACU Scholarship

Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic National Scholars Program

American Chemical Society Scholarships

American Geological Institute Minority Geoscience Student Scholarship

American Indian Services Scholarship (click on "Students")

American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Army Emergency Relief

ASCO Numatics Industrial Automation Engineering College Scholarships

Asian Women in Business Scholarship Fund

Association of American Indian Affairs, Inc

AWG Chrysalis Scholarship Fund

CHCI Scholarship

The College Board

Colorado Association of Legal Support Staff

Colorado Authors' League (search for scholarships)

Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Dan Coiro Scholarship (science and/or engineering majors)

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology

Dr. James M. Rosin Scholarship

Earl Warren Law School Scholarship

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund



Gilman International Scholarship

Global Scholarship Alliance

Government Finance Officers Association (search for scholarships)

Herbert Lehman Education Fund

Hispanic Scholarship Fund


Indian Health Service Scholarship Program

International Education Financial Aid

International Association of Black Actuaries

Intertribal Timber Council

Jack Kent Cook Foundation Graduate Scholars Program

The Jackie Robinson Foundation

James Madison Graduate Fellowships

Julia Corine Barnes Scholarship (for language, linguistics or literature majors)

Kaiser Permanente Diversity Scholarship Program

Keeping The Dream Alive​

Law School: MCCA Lloyd M. Johnson, Jr. Scholarship Program

LGBT Scholarships

Mensa Education & Research Foundation

MillerCoors Engineering and Science Scholarship

Minorities – Scholarships for College & Graduate School

National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART Grant)

NativeVision Scholarship

No-cost scholarship search

Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) AXA Achievement Scholarship

Pinnacol Foundation

Regional and National American Indian Scholarships

Regional and National African American Scholarships

Regional and National Hispanic American Scholarships

Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association

Scholarship Experts

Scholarships for Undocumented Students​

Shui Kwen and Allen Chin Memorial Scholarship

Siemens Teacher Education Scholarship Program


Society for American Archaeology Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship

Society of Women Engineers Scholarships

Spieler, Rhea and Louis Scholarship Program

Summer Medical Dental Education Program

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Students of Color Scholarship

U. S. Department of Education - Finding and Applying for Scholarships

UNCF-Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Award

Upakar Indian-American Scholarship

Washington Internship for Native Students (WINS)

Washington Semester American Indian Program

Zonta International: Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship​​​​​​​​​


 Businesses, Associations, Organizations

University Of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus

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