Breaking Down Barriers: Increasing Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarship Programs


In this post, we will be discussing barriers to increasing diversity in scholarship programs. The ultimate goal is to support organizations that are working towards making their scholarship programs more inclusive and diverse.

The problem is defined as an absence of racial, ethnic and gender diversity within these programs. Say’s Dr Joy Trueblood, the scope of the problem includes all institutions that offer scholarships and awards to students based on merit or need-based requirements, including colleges, universities and K-12 schools.

Diversity and Inclusion: Definitions and Goals

Diversity and inclusion are two terms that are often used interchangeably. However, they have different meanings and can help you better understand the goals of increasing diversity in scholarship programs.

Diversity refers to differences in people’s backgrounds, experiences and perspectives–such as race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability status. Inclusion refers to creating an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of their differences from the majority group (e.g., white males).

Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarship Programs

Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarship Programs

Scholarship programs that support diversity and inclusion are a great place to start. They help build a pipeline of diverse candidates who will have the opportunity to serve in leadership roles as they move through their careers, as well as promote a culture where all employees feel welcome.

Overview of Barriers to Increasing Diversity in Scholarship Programs

In the scholarship world, there are many barriers to increasing diversity and inclusion. The first is a lack of awareness about the scholarships available to students who are underrepresented in higher education. Students need to know that they exist and how they can apply for them.

The second barrier is funding–scholarships that support students from underrepresented groups tend not to have as much money available for distribution compared with other types of financial aid programs such as grants or loans. This means that these programs may not be able to provide enough money for all eligible applicants who apply each year (especially if there are high numbers).


We hope this article has helped you understand the importance of diversity and inclusion in scholarship programs. Scholarships are one of the best ways to increase access to higher education for students from underrepresented backgrounds, but they can only do so much if those students don’t feel welcome or valued within their communities.

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