Unique Opportunities for Specific Populations

The Bellarmine Career Development Center as well as the Office of Identity and Inclusion developed this document to help guide students in searching and finding scholarship, grant, fellowships and internship opportunities. The list below is by no means comprehensive, but can help get students headed in the right direction as they begin their searches.

An important part of searching for these kinds of opportunities is to:

  1. Identify parts of your background that make you unique and which could help you qualify for certain opportunities. These could include your grade point average, school you graduated from, race, ethnicity, languages spoken, family income, neighborhood or county you grew up in, the country you’re from, immigration status, first generation college student, first generation in the U.S., places you’ve volunteered, military background, disabilities, where your parents work, and even what kind of car/homeowners insurance you have. There are numerous ways in which you are unique and therefore qualify for unique opportunities.
  2. Identify what you’d like to do. What you’d like to pursue also presents many opportunities. For example, if you fill a non-traditional role in a particular field there may be opportunities for you because of this (e.g. women in engineering or mathematics, men in nursing). What you’d like to study may be unique and/or there may not be sufficient resources to fill that need (e.g. ESL teachers, Russian speaking physicians).
  3. Identify what you are open to doing. There may be opportunities that you come across that you may not have thought of, but that could get you one step closer to your goal or help you get ahead. Taking advantage of one situation may lead to another opportunity down the road. Examples include: taking a position at an organization you may not have previously thought about because they help pay for college, or; volunteering at an organization that may give you experience you’re lacking.
  4. Network, Network, Network. Talk with students in your same major to see what opportunities they know of, professors in your program, professionals doing the type of work you’d like to do, and talk to local/regional/national cultural organizations that support people with your background.