Grants, Scholarships, and MORE
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There are a lot of college grants and scholarships for students of Hispanic ancestry. However, a majority of the scholarships have specific, narrow, limiting eligibility requirements. Many of the scholarships are restricted to high school students, specific fields of study, specific geographical location, or school. We will present a list of grants and scholarships for Hispanic/Latino students with the least amount of restrictions for eligibility requirements. Below this relatively-short list, will be another list of resources for grants and scholarships that are more specific with their eligibility requirements.
The Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Program (HSF)
Sponsor: Hispanic College Fund (HSF)
Probably, this is the FIRST website (source) that you should visit. This organization provides MULTIPLE scholarships and the eligibility requirements vary with the different scholarships.
PLEASE visit The Hispanic College Fund Scholarship Website at:
General College Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Hispanic College Fund
The General College Scholarship is one of the scholarships provided by HSF that has almost no eligibility requirements.
Eligibility Requirements: Need to be of Hispanic heritage. Need to be U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with permanent resident card or passport I-551 (not expired). Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale. Need to be pursuing first undergraduate or graduate degree.
Money: $1,000 to $10,000.
Contact Information and Eligibility Requirements: http://www.hsf.net/innercontent.aspx?id=460
First in My Family Scholarship
PLEASE NOTE: As of November 2012, there is some question to whether this scholarship is being funded. We are in the process of checking to see if this specific scholarship is valid.
Sponsor: Sallie Mae and Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Eligibility Requirements: "The program is open to Hispanic Americans who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled as full-time undergraduate students at approved, accredited institutions. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)."
Money: "Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000."
Contact Information: http://www.thesalliemaefund.org/smfnew/scholarship/first_family.html
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Scholarship
Sponsor: Hispanic Scholarship Fund associated with Wal-Mart.
This is one of the HSF scholarships that has some specific eligibility requirements that prevents some students from applying. Most noticeably is the field of study as "undergraduate students must be majoring in either one of the following: Marketing, Accounting, Business, Finance, Management, Computer Science, Computer Programming, Information Technology (IT) Civil Engineering, Construction, Electrical Engineering, Environmental/Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Fashion"
We know that there are specific requirements, but we list this scholarship because we feel that many students will be going into one of the career fields mentioned in this scholarship. Many of the careers listed above are careers that ARE in demand.
Contact Information, More Rules, and MORE Requirements: http://www.hsf.net/innercontent.aspx?id=798
CHCI Scholarship Program
Sponsor: Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc.
Eligibility Requirements: "CHCI’s scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply."
Money: "CHCI scholarships provide recipients with a one-time scholarship of:
Contact Information and Rules: http://www.chci.org/scholarships/page/chci-scholarship-program
U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders
Sponsor: United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI)
Eligibility Requirements: "Applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student, in a four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Recipients must also be available to attend the 29th Annual National USHLI Conference in Chicago, IL in February 2011."
"Applicant must submit a 250-500 word (one page minimum) self-description including: his/her family history (parents, siblings), life and/or work experiences that have influenced the applicant, and pertinent extracurricular and community involvement activities."
"Leadership Essay: Applicant must submit a 500-750 word essay (2-3 pages) on the future of Hispanics in America, the kind of leadership needed, and any role the applicant hopes to play in providing such leadership."
Money: $1,000 if you attend a four-year college. $500 if you attend a two-year college.
Contact Information and MORE. There are MORE rules and general information that you need to read at: http://www.ushli.org/docs/2011%20Scholarship%20Application.pdf
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) Scholarships
Sponsor: College Assistance Migrant Program
"The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is a unique federally-funded educational support and scholarship program that helps more than 2,000 students annually from migrant and seasonal farmworking backgrounds to reach and succeed in college. Participants receive anywhere from $750 to $4,000.00 of financial support during their freshman year of college and ongoing academic support until their graduation. View the list of the (38) currently participating colleges/universities."
Money: Varies between CAMPs (grants) from $750 to $4,000.
Contact Information and MORE information: http://www.migrantstudents.org/scholarshipsources.html
La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarships
Sponsor: La Unidad Latina Foundation, Inc.
Money: Varies between $250 and $1,000.
Contact Information: http://www.lulfoundation.org/apply/tabid/60/Default.aspx
Salvadoran American Leadership & Educational Fund (SALEF) Scholarships
Sponsor: Salvadoran American Leadership & Leadership Fund
SALEF sponsors, at least, three scholarships:
"Health Career Scholarship: Scholarships are offered to students pursuing health related fields. This includes graduating high school seniors, community colleges, vocational/ trade schools, undergraduate, students pursuing a Master in Public Health (MPH) and students in Medical and/or Dentistry schools. Scholarship money is generously provided by The California Wellness Foundation.
High school Student Scholarship: Graduating High school seniors are eligible to apply for SALEF Scholarship regardless of their field of study and the educational institution they decide to attend after high school. Scholarship money is generously provided by the College Access Foundation of California (CAFC)
General Field Scholarship: SALEF scholarship is open to students regardless of their field of study. Students could either be enrolled in a 2 year institution, 4 year institution, or graduate school."
Contact and MUCH MORE Information: http://www.salef.org
Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship
Eligibility Requirements: The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship provides awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 for undergraduate and graduate minority students in technical disciplines that include:
The student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be enrolled full-time.
Money: Varies between $1,000 and $10,000.
Contact Information: http://www.xeroxstudentcareers.com/why-xerox/scholarship-faq.aspx
Chicana / Latina Foundation Scholarship Program (for Women)
Sponsor: Chicana/Latina Foundation
Eligibility Requirements: This scholarship has some major restrictive criteria, but the Chicana/Latina Foundation offers over 30 scholarships: "Each year the Chicana/Latina Foundation awards merit-based scholarships to 30 Latina college students, valued at $1,500 dollars each."
Money: 30 scholarships worth $1,500 each.
For Contact Information, Eligibility Requirements and MORE, PLEASE visit the following websites:
Sodexo Scholarship Program (Stephen J. Brady STOP Hunger Scholarships)
Sponsor: Sodexo Foundation
Money: The scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice.
Contact Information, Rules, and MORE: http://www.sodexofoundation.org/hunger_us/scholarships/scholarships.asp
Scholarships.com is an impressive website that will offer a free scholarship search service as well as provide a list of Hispanic scholarships. PLEASE pay attention to the web pages as some of the pages/forms may be ADVERTISEMENTS for colleges that you are filling out and NOT the scholarship website's profile/registration.
Fastweb is another very popular free scholarship search service that allows the student to pick a number of options for their "profile", including heritage. PLEASE pay attention to the web pages as some of the pages/forms may be ADVERTISEMENTS for colleges that you are filling out and NOT the scholarship website's profile/registration.
Scholarships4Students.com will list some Hispanic scholarships at http://www.scholarships4students.com/hispanic_scholarships.htm
College Grants and Scholarships with the Minimum Amount of Eligibility Requirements is a Kindle ebook that lists approximately 90 college scholarships that have the least amount of eligibility requirements, so that just about anyone can apply for these scholarships. There are only so many scholarships for a specific group of people, whether it is Hispanic, single mothers, women, nursing students, veterans, or other groups. This ebook can provide a list of more available scholarships. Some of these scholarships require writing an essay while others require filling out just an application. There are NOT many scholarships available without specific, limiting criteria. There are many resources that will list thousands of scholarships, but a majority of them will have very specific requirements that prevents many students from applying to most of the scholarships listed in the resources. However, this Kindle ebook lists scholarships that most people within the U.S. can apply for. If you do not have a Kindle, you can download the free Kindle Previewer in order to view Kindle books on your PC at http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000765261 OR https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A3IWA2TQYMZ5J6 . We know how difficult it is to format documents for the Kindle so the formatting might be kind of strange for some of the text. However, we find the text tolerable and the links work.
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