Some people think all Asian are treated the same, but this is not true. I know they are not technically Asians (but people consider them such), but folks from the Philipines are considered members of a disadvantaged minority group. I think the same might be true for Vietnamese people, but I’m not sure.
I am a double-minority (black and female) and I received scholarships for both. I received a National Achievment scholarship, which is sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Program. Like the National Merit scholarship, it is based on your PSAT scores, but it is specifically for black Americans.
My university gave me a small scholarship targeted for women. I attended an engineering school, where women were a distinct minority. The scholarship was created out of a private endowment. I think there were probably a number of women students at my school who received it. My sister also got it too, that’s why I’m saying this.
For grad school, my fellowship was sponsored by an NIH program for minority students. This program not only included people of African descent, but Hispanic/Latinos, Native Americans, Phillipinos, and other people that I’ve probably forgotten. We didn’t just get a check, though. We had to attend monthly guest lectures, recruit students to our graduate program at yearly conferences, and present our own research. We were also strongly encouraged to take a high school student under our wing during the summer and help with their science projects, which I did and actually enjoyed. It was a great program because it allowed me to focus on research instead of teaching, and I had my own supply and travel money–so I wasn’t a “burden” to my grad advisor.
So yes, I have fed at the trough of “minority set-asides”. I can only hope that I’ve been a good investment.