Latino students are eligible for many scholarships based on their shared heritage. Some of these awards are merit based while other awards place more of an emphasis on financial need or some other factor. Many areas of the workforce are trying to diversify their staff and are vying to hire qualified Latino candidates. As a result, the scholarships below have emerged to help increase the number of qualified Latinos in certain fields and to make education for Latinos more affordable.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund has been providing scholarships to Latino students for over 30 years. In addition to helping students afford a higher education, they also help connect students with internships and mentoring experiences. Currently, over 150 different scholarships are offered. This award is only open to Hispanic/Latino students. This award is based on academic merit and students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average. More information about the scholarships and eligibility criteria can be found here: https://hsf.net/en/resources/faqs/eligibility/.
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Somos Foundation Scholarships are awarded to residents of Utah who are of Latino heritage. Students are selected based on academic merit, leadership abilities, financial need, and community service. Students receive money to put towards their college education (the amount varies) as well as mentoring opportunities. In order to be eligible, students must be of Latino/Hispanic origin, a Utah resident, a high school or college student in Utah, in good standing at their institution, and have shown leadership potential in their community or school. More information can be found here: http://somosfoundationutah.org/hispanic-scholarships/.
La Unidad Latina Foundation is open to full-time Latino students. The amount of the award ranges from $500 to $1,000. These scholarships are competitive. Students interested in applying must have at least a 2.8 grade point average, be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program, have completed at least one semester of studies if in graduate school and one year of study if in an undergrad program, and be a resident of the United States. Applicants must write an essay and provide transcripts. More information is available at: https://www.lulf.org/apply/.
Hispanic Heritage Youth Award provides four students with $25,000 worth of tuition assistance. Both high school seniors and college freshmen are eligible to apply for this award. The award is funded through the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Students must have one parent of Hispanic origin and maintain a 2.7 grade point average.
Kelly Hispanics for Higher Education Endowed Scholarship is open to students who demonstrate high financial need. This award is open to college students of any year who attend University of Texas Austin on a full-time basis.
Gates Millennium Scholars Program is open to Latino students who demonstrate financial need, based on their FAFSA report. Students may be enrolled at any college or university within the United States and must hold at least a 3.3 grade point average. Students must be entering their first year of college. Furthermore, students must demonstrate involvement in their school or community in order to be considered for this award.
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