The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) encourages all students to apply for available financial aid i.e., scholarships and fellowships to assist in their college education. Through administrative oversight and participation in diversity programming and initiatives the OEI office promotes increased student diversity through the Diversity Enhancement Scholarship for Transfers as well as lists of other campus offices offering diversity initiatives.

The following definitions from the U.S. Census Bureau are used to implement this process:

Ethnicity:  The first part of the two-part question asks whether or not the respondent is Hispanic/Latino.

Hispanic or Latino: A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.

Race:  The second part asks the respondent to select one or more races from the following five racial groups:

American Indian or Alaska Native:  A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains a tribal affiliation or community attachment.

Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example,  
Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa.

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.

Two: Two or more races. 


Diversity Enhancement Scholarship for Transfers (formerly known as Minority Community College Transfer Scholarship MCCTS)

For students preparing to transfer from a Florida community college or state college, awards may be based solely on merit; based on financial need with an acceptable GPA; or based on a combination of need and merit. Students may apply in May if they completed the A.A. or A.S. the previous December, that May, or expect it that August.

Scholarships are awarded for Fall and Spring semesters only (summer funding is not available). Renewals for up to six semesters are possible, with appropriate academic progress. The award level for the past year was $1600/year, $800/semester.  The Diversity Enhancement Scholarships are administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid.  Application deadline date, June 16, 2019, 5:00 pm.


Theodore R. Johnson, a former UPS executive, established a charitable trust fund to provide scholarships to students with disabilities who are attending one of Florida’s 11 public universities. Mr. Johnson had a hearing impairment and understood the difficulties a person with a disability has to overcome; therefore, he wanted to use his money to make sure students with disabilities have the chance to be the best they can. This scholarship is competitively awarded. Applications for scholarships are available March 15th – May 15th for the following academic year. These applications are available from the Student Accessibility Services. Application packets are available in alternate format on request.  The Theodore R. and Vivian M. Johnson Scholarships are administered by the Student Accessibility Services (SAS).



The Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship Program is designed to encourage minority students to pursue graduate degrees in areas where they are historically underrepresented at Florida Atlantic University. These areas include, but are not limited to: engineering, mathematics, computer science, economics, and psychology. The program provides support in the amount of $5,000 to each awardee for one academic year of full-time study in selected disciplines. For information on the Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship for Graduate Study, please contact the Graduate College. Application deadline date, May 4, 2019, 5:00 pm. The Delores A. Auzenne Fellowship is administered by FAU Graduate College.



Florida Atlantic University offers a $2,500 fellowship to graduate students who increase the diversity of the student body in their chosen field of study. Applicants must be able to demonstrate how they contribute to increasing diversity, and if applicable any impediments or disadvantages they may have overcome to pursue their advanced degree. Attributes that relate to diversity include, but are not limited to, the following: age, cultural heritage, ethnic background, exceptional ability, gender, race and socio-economic status. Membership in an underrepresented racial or ethnic group is a qualifying factor, but the graduate diversity fellowship is not awarded solely on this basis. For information on the Graduate Diversity Fellowship program, please contact the Graduate College  Application  materials - personal statement, curriculum vitae and faculty recommendations- must be submitted to the Graduate College by Friday, March 23, 2019.



The McKnight Program is funded and administered through the Florida Endowment Fund for Higher Education. The program provides full-time African-American doctoral students with a stipend of $12,000 per year in addition to providing funds for the payment of tuition, fees, books, health insurance, and an allocation that can be used toward the purchase or lease of a personal computer. For information on the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship program, please contact the Graduate College. Application deadline date,  January 15th of each year. The McKnight Doctoral Fellowship is administered by FAU Graduate College.


Additional Scholarships

For a list of additional scholarships available to assist students with educational expenses, please visit:

Updated 9/18