Men in Nursing by Ayaz Nizamani

Nursing is one of the fastest growing and most in-demand professions in the U.S. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to increase 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Historically, the founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale believed that females could be good caregivers due to their natural attributes, and encouraged females in nursing by providing them an education in nursing in the mid-nineteenth century. Some barriers kept men out of the field of nursing. Ignorance of a large portion of the population brought scarcity of human resources in the field of nursing. Now the trend has changed, and with targeted efforts and campaigns more and more men are entering this diverse and exciting field. Many nursing schools are pursuing men in their nursing programs for enrollment and hospitals are willing and trying to attract men through innovative marketing campaigns.

According to the American Community Survey in 2011, there were 3.5 million employed nurses in the U.S. out of which 78 % were registered nurses, 19 % were vocational and practical nurses, 3% practitioner nurses and 1% were anesthetics nurses. From the total number, there were 3.2 million female nurses, which is 91 % and 330,000 male nurses, which is 9 % of the overall ratio. Due to the increased demand and predicted shortage of nurses, such efforts have increased the recruitment of men in the field of nursing.

There is a prevailing ideology that gender distribution should be equal in all occupations, but in nursing, the statistics show a very different reality. According to The Kaiser Family Foundation, the ratio is very much dissimilar in all states. There is one male for every five female nurses in Hawaii, while in Kentucky, there are twelve female nurses for one male nurse. The ratio of female nurses is very high in South Carolina, North Dakota and Iowa where there is one male nurse compared to 15 female nurses. In almost all states, the ratio of female nurses is much higher than that of male nurses and in no state is there equal gender distribution of male and female nurses.

Men compared to women are more likely to be paid a higher salary in this profession for the same job, but their representation ratio is scarce. The rate of men in nurse anesthetists is 41 percent, which is highest among nurses and they earn twice as much as the average of other nurse professions (ACS, 2011).

Many organizations through their campaigns are promoting male recruitment and employability in the field of nursing. The American Assembly for Men in Nursing is actively endorsing men for enrollment in nursing programs. AAMN has targeted to increase male enrollment up to 20 percent by 2020. One of the primary objectives of AAMN is “encourage men of all ages to become nurses and join together with all nurses in strengthening and humanizing health care.” Many recruitment agencies are promoting men in nursing on their websites, ads, and publications. In 2002, in the name of “Are You Man Enough to Be a Nurse” The Oregon Centre for Nursing to attract men in this vocation launched a campaign. Progressively, the concept of men in nursing has emerged.

Even though the representation of men in nursing is increasing, there are still numerous obstacles for men in this profession due to the existence of stereotypical thinking. Although the perception that nursing is predominantly a women’s profession still exists in American society, it is socially acceptable for a man to consider nursing as a career and get enrolled in nursing schools. Public patients are concerned with receiving quality care whether it is from a male or female nurse. Some patients do have a personal preference and feel more comfortable with male nurses rather than female nurses.

More men perceive nursing as a viable professional career that proposes tremendous flexibility, an opportunity for learning and progression, and a plethora of choices in the way of its diversity of specialization and areas of clinical and non-clinical programs. Moreover, with the expansion of autonomy of nursing, opportunities for men also expand as well. Despite remaining stigmas around men in nursing, doors are opening more and more for men in this gratifying profession.

To Learn More…

Nursing School and Degree Finder – Search from over 2800 nursing schools and 4000 different degree programs in the U.S. Compare programs and find a nursing program that fits your needs. Search both online and campus programs. Search by major, degree type and state. You can also search by 4-year colleges, community colleges, and professional and technical schools.

Professional and Diversity Nursing Organizations

AAMN (American Assembly for Men in Nursing) – Provides resources, mentorship, career advice and support and encouragement for men interested in becoming nurses.

Transcultural Nursing Society – The mission of TCNS is to enhance the quality of culturally congruent, competent, and equitable care that results in improved health and well being for people worldwide.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA)
The National Black Nurses Association, Inc. (NBNA) is a professional nursing organization representing more than 150,000 African American nurses throughout the United States. NBNA’s mission is to provide a forum for collective action by nurses to investigate, define and advocate for the health care needs of African Americans and to implement strategies that ensure access to health care, equal to, or above health care standards of the larger society.

National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Inc. (NAHN)
NAHN is committed to improving the quality of health and nursing care of Hispanic consumers and toward providing equal access to educational, professional, and economic opportunities for Hispanic nurses.

National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association, Inc. (NANAINA)
NANAINA unites American Indian/Alaska Native nurses and those who care for AN/AI people to improve the health and well being of American Indian/Alaska Native people.

Asian American/Pacific Islander Nurses Association, Inc. (AAPINA)
AAPINA works to identify and support the health care needs of Asian Pacific Islanders (API) in the United States and globally. The association seeks to implement strategies to act on issues, registration and public policies affecting the health of APIs, to collaborate with other interdisciplinary health and professional organizations, and to identify and support professional and nursing concerns of API nurses in the United States and globally through active networking and empowerment.

Scholarships for Men in Nursing

College Resource Network – Search from a free database worth over 8 billion in scholarship funding. There are over 15 million dollars in available nursing scholarships from over 180 funding sources. Breaking Barriers: Scholarship for Men in Nursing – $500 scholarship open to males 18 years and older who are enrolled in an accredited nursing program and have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Deadline: August 1st

AAMN – The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) is a professional organization for nurses. Its’ mission is to improve gender inclusion in the nursing profession. There are various scholarships available for AAMN members.

AAMN – Johnson & Johnson Pre-Licensure Nursing Student Scholarship: $5,000 June 1st
AAMN – Johnson & Johnson Graduate Student Men’s Health Scholarship: $5,000 June 1st
AAMN – Murse World Academic Progression in Nursing: RN to BSN Student Scholarship: $1,000 Deadline: June 1st
AAMN Caring Men Paying it Forward Scholarship: $1,000 Deadline: January 31st
AAMN Pre-licensure Men in Nursing Video Scholarship Contest: $1,000 Deadline: January 31st

Other Related Resources – Provides a list of state, national and international nursing organizations as well as job opportunities, hospital reviews, and career guides.

15 Scholarships with September Deadlines

**This page has been updated in September, 2021.**

Fall is here and for many of you who are returning to school or beginning college for the first time, it is an exciting but stressful time. We have compiled a list of 15 college scholarships with September deadlines to help you alleviate some of the financial burden associated with tuition and school expenses.

1. Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation Scholarships

Eligibility: Have a 2.5 GPA (or an 80 percent competency score) and be currently enrolled in or entering a certificate or degree program at a community, technical college, or trade school. Have a 3.0 GPA (or an 85 percent competency score) and be currently enrolled in or entering a university engineering program, or related field, to apply for an endowed scholarship. Submit an official high school or college transcript. Submit an on-line application.

Award: Up to $3500

Deadline:  March 31st and September 30th


2. Digital Responsibility Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship

Eligibility: You must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

Award: $1000

Deadline: September 30


3. Scholarship

Eligibility: Open to any student who will be enrolled in a college or University at the time of the next deadline. This scholarship is limited to students attending school in the 50 U.S. states.

Award: $1000

Deadline: September 10th (Fall) January 10th (Winter)


4. The Cameron Impact Scholarship 

Eligibility: Scholarship is awarded annually to 10-15 exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, extracurricular activities, leadership, and community service.

Award: Up to $50,000

Deadline: September 10th


5. FitMyCar $1,000 ‘Next Generation’ Scholarship

Eligibility: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected both the outlooks and future prospects of many university students. Some have delayed their graduations due to canceled internships or workplace layoffs/furloughs, working students have lost jobs, and some cannot continue with their studies at all due to the downturn in finances. This scholarship is to ensure the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs are able to maintain expenses such as tuition fees, internet costs, counselling and mental health support, along with various other expenditures.

This scholarship is open to undergraduate and graduate students attending an accredited university or college within Australia or the United States.

Award: $1000

Deadline: September 21st


6. Black Winemaker Scholarship

Eligibility: The Black Winemakers Scholarship Program is a merit-based scholarship to support full-time, African American sophomores, juniors, seniors or graduate students (MS and/or Ph.D.) attending any U.S. accredited, four-year or graduate college or university during the fall of 2021.

Award: $5000

Deadline: September 23rd


7. Atlas Shrugged Scholarship 

Eligibility: Scholarship is open to high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students worldwide. Applicant must submit an essay on a topic related to Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shurgged.

Award: Up to $10,000

Deadline: September 27th


8. Courage to Grow Scholarship

Eligibility: Scholarship is open to juniors and seniors in high school and college students with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Applicant must explain in 250 words or less why they believe they should be awarded the scholarship.

Award: $500

Deadline: September 30th


9. The Skin Care Ox: Beauty + Wellness Scholarship for Women

Eligibility: Applicant must write essay on how dental health can contribute to the well-being of families and children demonstrates excellence. Must be enrolled in an accredited high school, college or university in the United States. Students must either be in the final year of high school, enrolled as an undergraduate, or a graduate student in an U.S accredited institution. Considered in academic Good Standing at current institution – i.e not on academic probation or suspension. Minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (or equivalent).

Award: College Award is $1000 plus Organic Beauty Basket. The High School Award is $500 plus Organic Beauty Basket.

Fall Deadline: September 30th


10. National CPR Foundation Healthcare and Education Scholarship Program

Eligibility: Scholarship is open to incoming and current college students who are at least 18 years of age and have a minimum GPA of 2.8. Applicant must be currently or planning to be enrolled in school majoring in a healthcare or education-related field.

Award: $500

Deadline: September 30th


11. The Cirkled In “No Sweat” Scholarship

Eligibility: Applicant must be at least 13-years-old, U.S. Permanent Resident and currently enrolled in 8th – 12th grade in a school. Homeschool qualifies as well.

Award: $2500 Cash Award

Deadline: September 30th


12. SkillPointe Foundation Scholarship

Eligibility: Scholarship is open to U.S. citizens of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 16 years of age or older. Applicant must be pursuing non-credit courses at an approved community college, technical college, or other training institution.

Award: September 30th

Deadline: $1000


13. Angela and Reginal Goins Scholarship

Eligibility: Scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year HBCU. Applicant must reside or be a permanent resident of New York City, Chicago or metro Detroit.

Award: $5000

Deadline: September 1st


14. Beldon Scholarship

Eligibility: Applicant must be seeking a degree in business, management, communications, marketing or related field. Have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Submit a 1,500-2,000 word essay entitled “BELDON® Scholarship.” Include their full name and .edu email address in essay document.

Award: $1000

Deadline: September 1st


15. MaxHome Scholarship

Eligibility: To be eligible, applicant must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and submit a 1,000 – 1,500 word essay entitled “MaxHome Scholarship”. Student must be a U.S. undergrad in business, business management, advertising, marketing, or related fields.

Award: $1500

Deadline: September 1st


For additional scholarship opportunities, visit:

Good Luck! 🙂

8 Tips to Help You Win Scholarships for College

I’m sure you have heard that there are thousands of college scholarships out there just waiting for applicants to apply. I am here to tell you that it is VERY TRUE and not just a myth. There are scholarships for everyone regardless of gender, age, race, religion or sexual orientation. Initially, applying for scholarships can seem intimidating but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some tips to help you win scholarships for college.


1.  Check the Correct Deadline with the Scholarship Provider. Many times scholarship deadlines change or are incorrect on various search engines or list sources. It is always BEST to check with the ACTUAL provider first to make sure the scholarship is still being offered and to confirm the correct deadline and information.

2. Apply for as Many Scholarships as Possible. As long as you are eligible, you can apply for as many scholarships as you would like. There is no limit to the amount of scholarships you can apply for. The more scholarships you apply for, the more chances you will have to win. Note: Check with your financial aid office to see how scholarships will affect your overall financial aid package.

3. Apply to Smaller and/or Less Familiar Scholarships. It is true some scholarships are much more advertised and therefore much more competitive. If there are only 2 scholarships available at $1000 each and there are over 6000 applicants, your chances are very unlikely that you will get that scholarship. Not to say that it is impossible, just very unlikely. There are thousands and thousands of available scholarships with most not being highly advertised or even heard about.

4. Fully Complete Your Application and Submit ALL Required Documents. Any missing documents or information will most likely automatically disqualify you from the application process. Check off the requirement list and recheck before you send your application.

5. Make Sure the Mailing Address and Postage is Correct. It is best to contact the scholarship provider for the most current mailing address. Keep in mind some providers only accept online applications and prefer a certain format. If that is the case, make sure you have the correct contact person and e-mail. If mailing your scholarship application, check your local post office to make sure you have the correct postage. There is nothing more heart breaking than receiving a returned envelope with your application and missing a scholarship deadline because you didn’t have the correct postage.

6. Write a Winning Essayand Keep within the Word Requirements. Many scholarships require that you write an essay to be submitted along with your scholarship application. Keep within the word requirement guidelines and personalize your essay. If an essay requirement is 500-1000 words, stick within that range. Sometimes, the essay question is very direct and sometimes it is an open-ended question. Scholarship providers want to know why they should award YOU with the scholarship. It is always best to answer the question asked and put your best qualities out there. Provide evidence and examples such as leadership or volunteer experience.

7. Spell and Grammar Check Your Application. This is perhaps one of the most important and sometimes overlooked portions of the application process. Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter how great an application and essay you submit. If you have spelling and/or grammar errors, your application can be rejected. It is best to check several times and have a friend or family member look it over also. Spell check programs are great but not foolproof.

8. Submit a Neat and LEGIBLE Scholarship Application. Make sure your application is typed or neatly hand-written (check requirements). It is the neatness of your application that will initially impress the scholarship reviewers. If your scholarship application is messy or illegible then you may automatically be disqualified.

We hope these tips help you in your scholarship application process. Best of Luck to you!!

Great High School Scholarships with January and February Deadlines

High school students looking for ways to help ease the financial burden of college tuition and expenses can apply for these great scholarships and awards with January and February deadlines. To find hundreds of other similar scholarships, visit our free and easy to use scholarship search engine, College Resource Network (

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest
Description: The Profile in Courage Essay Contest invites United States high school students to consider the concept of political courage by writing an essay on a U.S. elected official who has chosen to do what is right, rather than what is expedient.

  • Award: Up to $10,000
  • Number of Awards: 7
  • Deadline: January 6
  • Website:

GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship
Description: Open to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship at school, at home, at the workplace, and within the community.

Burger King Scholars Program
Description:  Open to graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll in an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school by the fall term. Students do not have to work at Burger King to apply.

Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Description: Open to African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American or Hispanic American students who plan to enroll full-time in a two-year or four-year college or university program in 2014. The scholarship is renewable and may be used in the freshman, sophomore, junior, senior or graduate years. Sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations
Description: To recognize, support and encourage the young people who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of positive race relations. Must be currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 and have been actively involved in a volunteer activity in the past 12 months that has had a significant impact on race relations in his or her school or community.

Abercrombie and Fitch Anti-Bullying Scholarship
Description: Abercrombie & Fitch is launching an ongoing college scholarships program for outstanding students who have academically persevered while experiencing bullying and for those who have led anti-bullying efforts in their schools and communities. Eligibility requirements include high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants may be from the U.S. or international.

Al Neuharth Free Spirit Scholarship
Description: Open to high school seniors who demonstrate the qualities of a free spirit. Must be committed to pursuing a career in journalism.

Courageous Persuaders Scholarship
Description: High School students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to use their creative talents to create 30-second television commercials that stress the message of the dangers of underage drinking, while middle school classrooms judge and determine the scholarship winners.

AFA Teens for Alzheimer’s Awareness Scholarship
Description: Open to high school seniors. Must submit essay on how Alzheimer’s has affected family and/or community.

  • Award: Up to $5000
  • Number of Awards: 10
  • Deadline: February 15
  • Website:

The Vegetarian Resource Group Scholarship
Description: Open to high school students who promote vegetarianism (no meat, fish or fowl) in their schools or communities. Must be U.S. citizen to apply.

  • Award: $5000
  • Number of Awards: 2
  • Deadline: February 20
  • Website:

For more scholarship opportunities:

Mental Health Scholarships: Where Are They?

mental health scholarships

As an owner of a scholarship search engine, I have spent a lot of time researching available scholarships over the past 4-5 years. I have found a multitude of college scholarships available to just about everyone. Our scholarship search engine, College Resource Network ( focuses on providing scholarships to minority and disadvantaged students.

Of all the scholarships I have researched, I have found the least amount available to the mentally ill and their families. This has been both alarming and disheartening given the staggering number of mentally ill adults (and children) in the United States.The National Institute of Mental Health reports that one in four adults-approximately 61.5 million Americans-experience a mental health disorder in a given year. One in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent.

Why is it important to provide mentally ill students and their families with scholarship money for college?

People who have been diagnosed with a mental illness whether it is depression, bi-polar disorder, manic depression or schizophrenia have to deal with obstacles many others cannot understand unless they have gone through it themselves. Society labels and rejects people with mental illness and makes it harder for them to function in day-to-day life and become accepted members of society. Many times, it is a daily struggle for survival.

Progress does not follow the same linear fashion as it may for the average college student. It may take longer and many more attempts to complete a college class or a degree program. The value of education and enrichment is invaluable for someone who is facing or has been through mental illness. It can offer a sense of self-esteem and accomplishment which can help one overcome his inner battle or at least contribute to their sense of well-being.

I have seen first-hand what mental illness can do to those who suffer from it on a daily basis and the effects it has on the family members who love them. Both my sister and my mother suffered from mental illness for most of their lives. My mother has been severely depressed for as long as I can remember. My sister Annette was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at the age of 16 and was in and out of mental hospitals until her untimely death at the age of 26.

For her, she struggled immensely with so many of the issues that people with mental illnesses face: medication side effects, stigma and labels, finding work, living independently. She graduated high school later than her peers due to her struggles but she found solace in taking classes at a local community college. It gave her a sense of pride and enrichment although she had to work so much harder than her classmates. By providing scholarships to mentally ill students and their families, it can enrich and empower them as they are often overlooked by the rest of society.

Scholarships for the mentally ill can help ease the financial burden associated with college expenses and provide much-needed support and encouragement. In the end, it ends up benefiting society as a whole by helping to prevent the mentally ill from living on the streets or in jails and falling through the cracks of a faulty mental health system. Scholarships can give opportunities for enrichment and a greater chance of success in not only life but in the personal struggle with self that all persons with mental illness face.

Some of the scholarships I have found for people suffering from mental illness are:

Jerry Greenspan Student Voice of Mental Health Award
Amount: $3000 cash award, Recognition on The Jed Foundation’s website, a trip to New York to attend JED’s Annual Gala.
Deadline: February 24th
Eligibility/About: an annual award honoring a student who is reducing prejudice around mental illness, raising awareness of mental health issues on campus, and encouraging help-seeking among their peers. It was established in 2008 through a contribution made by Carol Ullman and the late Joseph Greenspan, in memory of their son, Jerry Greenspan. This award is designed to encourage dialogue about mental health on campuses, reduce prejudice around emotional disorders, and raise visibility of the outstanding students who are tackling these issues at schools across the country.

JC Runyon Foundation General Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Deadline: March 5th
Eligibility/About: Open to undergraduate students with behavioral health disorders including but not limited to depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, emotional and PTSD. Must have completed an In-Patient program in a facility, hospital, unit, or wing dedicated to behavioral health (psychiatric, substance abuse, eating or similar) treatment. Must be admitted to a college, university or trade school (note if you have not decided or are awaiting admission confirmation, please indicate on your application).

Jared Monroe Foundation Scholarships for Students with Bi-Polar Disorder 
Amount: $500-$2300
Deadline: May 1st
Eligibility/About: The Foundation Pools donors’ contributions and awards scholarships to students with a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder who are currently in treatment. The students may be graduating high school seniors, or freshmen, sophomores or juniors attending college. These awards can be used toward tuition, fees, books, and room & board.

Buckfire P.C., Disability Scholarship
Amount: $1000
Deadline: October 1st
Eligibility/About: For those with mental or psychiatric disorders including depression but also applicable to people with other disabilities or medical conditions.

Baer Reintegration Scholarship
Amount: Varies
Deadline: January 17th
Eligibility: Scholarships available to U.S. students suffering from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or schizoaffective disorder.

Tips on finding additional scholarships:

Check with your local mental health organizations which may provide grants or scholarships for college.
Check memorial scholarships for mental illness, many times it is the families who will start a scholarship fund to benefit those with a mental illness

Check disabled scholarships. Sometimes organizations may offer scholarships to individuals with a mental or physical disadvantage. Contact the sponsoring organization and check with them about eligibility requirements.

Search scholarship search engines such as or

Hopefully, there will be many more scholarship opportunities in the future to bring both awareness and support to mentally ill students and their families.
If you or a loved one are facing a mental illness, you are not alone. Seek support from a mental health organization such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Helpline: (800) 950-6264<
Helpful links to help find health care providers and treatment:

For a comprehensive list of mental health associations and resources, visit

Additional Community Resources:

Reach Out – An excellent resource with fact sheets written on topics such as depression, anxiety, family relationships, self-harm, substance and alcohol abuse, romance, LGBTQ issues, loss and grief, suicide and eating issues. Reachout fact sheets are written by young people for young people and are edited by mental health professionals. There are also real stories of people coping with difficult and painful experiences. Learn how to reach out for help or help someone you love by visiting the Get Help section. You can also visit the forum section of the website. Like the rest of, the forums are a safe, anonymous online space where teens and young adults can go for immediate support and information free of judgment. 

The Trevor Project Program and Resources – The Trevor Project offers accredited life-saving, life-affirming programs and services to LGBTQ youth that create safe, accepting and inclusive environments over the phone, online and through text. – An excellent guide and resource for a variety of mental health issues including post-traumatic stress disorder, emotional health, caregiving resources and support, depression, suicide prevention, grief and loss, stress, addictions, family and relationship issues, teen issues and more.

Love Our Children U.S.A. – Provides an excellent list of emergency toll-free hotlines. They are mostly focused on children and teens but there are also hotlines for adults. There are organizations and help hotlines for those suffering from child abuse, drug abuse, rape, alcohol addiction, eating disorders, domestic violence, dating violence, cutting and self-mutilation.

Additional Resources 

Supporting College and University Students with Invisible Disabilities: A Guide for Faculty and Staff Working with Students with Autism, AD/HD, …Disorders, Anxiety, and Mental Illness by Christy Oslund – “Students with invisible disabilities are often academically talented but struggle with certain aspects of higher education such as keeping track of appointments or maintaining concentration in lecture halls. By providing detailed information on a range of disabilities including autism, AD/HD, dyslexia, OCD, and affective disorders, this book facilitates a better understanding of the unique needs of these students and what their strengths and limitations may be.”  Recommended reading material for university professors, faculty, counsellors or anyone wanting an in-depth guide book on mental illness. On  Also, available on Kindle.

Jed Foundation Protecting Your Child’s Mental Health: What Can Parents Do?  –  contains some helpful advice and mental health resources for parents with college-age students. Outlines ways parents can communicate with their son or daughter and offer support.

College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It by Richard Kadison – “Written for parents, students, college counselors, and administrators, College of the Overwhelmed is a landmark book that explores the stressors that cause so many college students to suffer psychological problems. The book is filled with insights and stories about the current mental health crisis on our nation’s campuses and offers:

A hands-on guide for helping students overcome stress and succeed in a college environment.

An examination of the effects of such commonplace stress factors such as: identity development, relationships, sexuality, roommate problems, academic pressures, extracurricular demands, parental expectations, and racial and cultural differences that affect self-worth.

Personal stories of students under stress and describes how they overcame a variety of problems.

The warning signs and symptoms of common problems, including depression, sleep disorders, substance abuse, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, impulsive behaviors, and suicide.”  Available on

5 Great Scholarships for Asian Americans

early decisionWith the growing number of Asian students coming to study at American Universities, there is a greater need for financial aid that will help them support their educational goals and follow their dreams. Below we have highlighted 5 great opportunities for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students looking for scholarships to help offset the cost of college.

Lena Chang Scholarship

The Lena Chang Scholarship offers the ethnic minorities who are currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate course work the opportunity to win  $2500 scholarship prize. The selection is based on the applicants’ college transcript, 2 letters of recommendation, and a 3-page essay on ways to achieve peace in the nuclear age and how they hope to contribute to this end.

Japanese Bar Scholarship

This California-based scholarship is offered to any student who participates in community service to the Asian Pacific American Community, demonstrates financial aid, has overcome adversity, and plans to practice law in Southern California. The scholarship has four prizes of $2000 each available for the winning students.

Tang Scholarships

Tang Scholarships offers scholarship opportunities to self-proclaimed Asian/Pacific Islander (minimum 25%) and gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender and involved in the GLBT community. The applicant must be high school graduate from one of the 9 Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara County, Napa, Sonoma, Solano. Students should also demonstrate financial hardship and academic potential and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Hong Im Lee Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is open to Korean and minority high school seniors who attend high school in the Clark County School District. There is a minimum 3.4 GPA requirement and students must show financial need. There are up to three $500 scholarships available.

Asian Reporter Foundation Scholarships

The Asian Reporter Foundation has at least four $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to Oregon students attending Oregon schools of higher education. Applicants must be of Asian descent and must be a graduating high school student or current full-time undergraduate college student working towards an undergraduate degree at an institution of higher learning in Washington or Oregon. The AR also has other scholarship opportunities available.

There are also over 100 other scholarship opportunities for Asian students or students of Asian descent in our scholarship search engine.

Infographic Wednesday: Best Schools for Asian Americans

The presence of Asian students at US universities is increasing in pace and it is not going unnoticed. There have been several articles dealing with the cap on the number of Asian American students at top US schools and the difficulties they face getting into certain schools. On the opposite side of the spectrum, many schools with a high number of Asian American students continue to help this population strive in their academic endeavors. An article in the now out-of-print “A. Magazine” highlighted a survey made among its readership who voted for the best schools for Asian Americans.

The top six schools are featured in this Wednesday’s infographic.

Asian American schools

Do you think this ranking still holds true? Which university do you think is the best for Asian Americans in you experience? Let us know in the comment section below!

Focus of the Week – Asian Americans

This week, the College Resource Network’s blog will focus on Asian Americans in college. We offer over 100 scholarships for students of Asian descent, so we are happy to showcase the talent coming from this community.

Talking about talent, many Asian Americans have made history in the US through their achievements. They might not be the ones whose faces we see on magazines or TV commercials nowadays, but they are ones who shaped American history with their unique perspective and serve as inspiration to new generations. Let’s review seven remarkable Asian personalities who have broken through personal and professional barriers to achieve amazing goals.

Minoru Yamasaki, architect, designed the World Trade Center’s building one and two. Yamasaki was one of the most prominent architects of the 20th century and a University of Washington graduate. He designed several other noteworthy buildings, such as the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College and the Pacific Science Center in Seattle.

Norman C. Bay was the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico from 2000–2002, and the first Chinese-American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney. Bay was raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from Albuquerque Academy. He attended Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School.

Ken Kashiwahara is an Emmy winning television journalist who was the first Asian American network news anchor. Kashiwahara, spent 25 years with ABC News as a correspondent, which includes coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, Ronald Reagan’s presidential bid, and the Vietnam War.

Chien-Shiung Wu is arguably the most admired female Asian-American scientist in U.S. history. Wu developed a procedure for using gaseous diffusion to separate U235 from U238 was key to the Manhattan Project’s success in building the world’s first atomic bomb. She is a graduate of UC Berkley.

Hiram Fong was the child of poor Chinese immigrants and in 1959 became the first Asian-American senator. Fong is a graduate from University of Hawaii and Harvard Law School.

Ellison Onizuka was the first Asian American astronaut in space, on the first spaceflight in 1985. Onizuka made a career in the Air Force before he was selected to be part of NASA. Sadly, Onizuka died in the 1986 Challenger disaster.

Sheryl WuDunn is the first Asian-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, at The New York Times in 1990, for her coverage of investment banking and new media. WuDunn has studied at Cornell University, Harvard Business School and Princeton University.

These Asian Americans college graduates have put hard work into achieving their goals and overcoming challenges. Their college degrees served to catapult their professional careers and their perseverance carried them through adversity.

5 Great Scholarships for Women

We are closing our week focusing on women in college, and we’d like to end it on a high note! Below you can find 5 great scholarships exclusively for women. They include scholarship prizes for women going back to school, women of color, and much more!


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Throwback Thursday

It’s Throwback Thursday! Can you believe these 1950s hairstyles women wore to college? Although not many women attended college in that time period, the ones that did put a lot of time and effort in putting their hair together for class.


College Yearbook from the 50s

In the 50s, beauty titan Helene Curtis coined the name “hair spray” with the release of her product Spray Net, which became wildly successful, majorly due to the beehives and pin-up dos type of hairstyles that personified the 1950s and 60s. The product was so popular that several books noted that by 1964, hair spray was the most successful beauty product in the country, “outselling even lipstick!”

Hairstyle guide from 1950

These are very different than the “messy bun” hairstyle college women wear today! What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!