20 Great Hispanic Scholarships

To help promote greater college campus diversity, Hispanic scholarships have been created by many community organizations. Hispanics are the fastest-growing racial minority in the United States with over 50 million people.

Pew Research found that the number of Latinos enrolled in college has tripled since 1993 to 2.2 million. However, the Hispanic dropout rate is still significantly higher than other ethnicities at 14 percent. Only around 15 percent of Hispanics aged 25 to 29 have attained a bachelor’s degree. Young Latino/a students are often deterred from higher education because of financial need and/or family obligation. The following are 25 great scholarships for Hispanics to overcome any hurdles and achieve their college dreams.

1. Becas Univision Scholarship

Deadline: March 30th

Offering up to $5,000, the Becas Univision Scholarship is granted by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) to Latino/a students who are enrolling full-time at an accredited, non-profit college for bachelor’s or master’s programs. Eligible candidates must be of Hispanic heritage, carry a minimum college GPA of 2.5 or high school GPA of 3.0, be U.S. citizens or legal residents, and complete the FAFSA form. Funding may be used for tuition, fees, textbooks, or room and board.

Contact

Becas Univision Scholarship
1411 West 190th Street Suite 700
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 975-3700
scholar1@hsf.net
Scholarship Link

2. CHCI Scholarship Program

Deadline: April 16th

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) hosts an annual scholarship program to present $1,000 to associate, $2,500 to bachelor’s, or $5,000 to graduate students of Hispanic heritage in the United States and Puerto Rico. Qualified applicants must be enrolled in at least nine credits at an accredited college, exhibit financial need, show active involvement in public service, and exhibit strong leadership potential. Applications must include a resume, letter of reference, and two essay responses.

Contact

CHCI Scholarship Program
1128 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 543-1771
scholarships@chci.org
Scholarship Link

3. Chicana/Mexicana Foundation Scholarships

Deadline: March 31st

Valued at $1,500, the Chicana/Mexicana Foundation gifts 30 scholarships each year to women of Hispanic heritage who are enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year college in Northern California. Eligible recipients must have lived in California for at least two years, maintain full-time studies, have completed at least 12 college units, achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, attend the CLF Leadership Institute, and commit to volunteering at least 10 hours with CLF.

Contact

Chicana/Mexicana Foundation Scholarships
1419 Burlingame Avenue Suite W2
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 548-1040
CLFinfo@chicanalatina.org
Scholarship Link

4. Daniella Altfeld-Moreno Scholarship

Deadline: January 11th

Sponsored by the Pride Foundation, the Daniella Altfeld-Moreno Scholarship is awarded for $1,000 annually to Latino/a youth under age 25 who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or straight LGBTQ ally. Applications are accepted from active LGBTQ community members residing in select Pacific Northwest states, including Alaska, and attending any regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian institution full-time. Preference is given to students involved in intercollegiate or intramural athletics.

Contact

Daniella Altfeld-Moreno Scholarship
2014 E. Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 323-3318
scholarships@pridefoundation.org
Scholarship Link

5. Dominican Bar Association Scholarships

Deadline: July 15th

Each year, the Dominican Bar Association (DBA) grants $3,000 scholarships for Hispanics enrolling in their first, second, third, or fourth year at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States or Puerto Rico for a Juris Doctor degree. Selection is based on academic achievement, financial need, and community service record. Aspiring lawyers must submit official transcripts, a resume or CV, two recommendation letters, and a personal statement of goals in legal studies.

Contact

Dominican Bar Association Scholarships
P.O. Box 203
New York, NY 10013
Dominicanbarassoc@gmail.com
Scholarship Link

6. Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship

Deadline: December 31st

The United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) bestows the Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship annually for $1,000 to full-time college students of Hispanic descent who have unmet financial need for attending an accredited two or four-year institution in the U.S. and U.S. territories. Application packets aren’t complete without a 1,000-word background essay, one-page resume, portrait picture, official transcript, and three recommendations. Recipients are invited to the National USHLI Conference in Chicago.

Contact

Dr. Juan Andrade Scholarship
431 South Dearborn Suite 1203
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 427-8683
acalderon@ushli.org
Scholarship Link

7. Esperanza Education Scholarships

Deadline: April 1st

Ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 apiece, the Esperanza Education Scholarships are presented annually to immigrant Latino/a students who are graduating from licensed high schools in Washington DC, Maryland, or Virginia and pursuing post-secondary education. To qualify, candidates must be accepted for full-time enrollment at an accredited public college, carry a minimum GPA of 2.5, have been born outside the U.S. or have two parents born abroad, and demonstrate financial need.

Contact

Esperanza Education Scholarships
P.O. Box 27507
Washington, DC 20038
apply@esperanzafund.org
Scholarship Link

8. Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship

Deadline: March 14th

Administered by the LULAC, the Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship awards $2,000 scholarships for Hispanic students graduating from a high school in the San Antonio or Houston area of Texas. Qualifying seniors must be accepted at an accredited U.S. college, have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, score at least 20 on the ACT, score at least 1050 on the SAT, and plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree full-time. Applicants must submit a 500-word essay answering “What Drives Your Dream?”

Contact

Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship
1133 19th Street NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 835-9646
communications@lnesc.org
Scholarship Link

9. George Ramos Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 2nd

Since 1984, the California Chicano News Media Association (CCNMA) offers the George Ramos Memorial Scholarship for $500 to $1,000 to honor the long-time Latino columnist and editor who won the Pulitzer Prize. Eligible applicants are Hispanic students from California who are enrolled full-time in an accredited in-state college or university to study journalism, news media, or communications. Applications must include a resume, official transcript, reference letter, and five work samples.

Contact

George Ramos Memorial Scholarship
725 Arizona Avenue Suite 206
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(424) 229-9482
ccnmainfo@ccnma.org
Scholarship Link

10. HSF General College Scholarships

Deadline: March 30th

Perhaps the most well-known Hispanic scholarships, the HSF General College Scholarships are available for $500 to $5,000 each to Latino/a undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolling full-time at accredited non-profit, four-year colleges. U.S. citizens, permanent legal residents, and DACA immigrants holding a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 can apply. All majors are accepted, but priority is given to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

Contact

HSF General College Scholarships
1411 West 190th Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 975-3700
scholar1@hsf.net
Scholarship Link

11. Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge

Deadline: April 1st

The Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) has created the Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge to present at least $2,000 to financially needy students of Hispanic heritage who are enrolling full-time at an eligible Florida institution. Applicants must reside in Florida, have U.S. citizenship or DACA status, take at least 12 credits per term, have an unweighted GPA over 3.0, and not be in default. Students born in Mexico, Central, or South America are given reference.

Contact

Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(888) 827-2004
osfa@fldoe.org
Scholarship Link

12. MAES Presidential Scholarship

Deadline: April 30th

Each year, the Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES) Foundation awards the Presidential Scholarship for $1,000 to $4,000 to Hispanic students aged 18 and older who are pursuing a college major in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Qualified candidates must be paid MAES members, attend an accredited four-year college, hold a GPA of 3.0 or higher, have unmet financial need, be actively involved in volunteer work, and display excellent leadership potential.

Contact

MAES Presidential Scholarship
2437 Bay Area Blvd Suite 100
Houston, TX 77058
(281) 557-3677
questions@mymaes.org
Scholarship Link

13. Mexican American Dream Scholarship

Deadline: September 30th

Established in 2008 by the Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM), the Mexican American Dream Scholarship is bestowed for $1,000 upon outstanding Hispanic immigrants with AB-540 or DACA status who are pursuing an associate or bachelor’s degree full-time with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Eligible applicants must be California residents from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, Ventura, or Inland Empire counties. Recipients must agree to complete at least 50 hours of volunteer service with the COFEM.

Contact

Mexican American Dream Scholarship
125 Paseo de la Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 417-8390
scholarship@cofem.org
Scholarship Link

14. MillerCoors National Scholarship

Deadline: June 30th

As one of several scholarships for Hispanics in the ¡Adelante! Fund, the MillerCoors National Scholarship is given for $3,000 to college juniors or seniors with a declared major in accounting, computer science, public relations, finance, communications, international business, sales, supply chain management, or marketing. Candidates must be of Hispanic descent, attend a partnering U.S. university, take at least 12 credits per semester, possess a GPA over 3.0, and display promise for business.

Contact

MillerCoors National Scholarship
8415 Datapoint Drive Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 692-1971
info@adelantefund.org
Scholarship Link

15. NAHN Nursing Scholarships

Deadline: April 1st

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) offers multiple Nursing Scholarships for Hispanics who are enrolling in CCNE or NLN accredited colleges to complete a LPN diploma, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s program in nursing. For $1,000 to $3,000, eligible applicants must be NAHN members, exhibit financial need, be U.S. citizens or legal residents, possess a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, demonstrate promise for the nursing profession, and submit two letters of faculty recommendation.

Contact

NAHN Nursing Scholarships
6301 Ranch Drive
Little Rock, AR 72223
(501) 367-8616
info@thehispanicnurses.org
Scholarship Link

16. NBCUniversal Scholarship Program

Deadline: July 31st

Created by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the NBCUniversal Scholarship Program provides 10 annual awards for $5,000 each to outstanding Hispanic high school seniors and college students who are working towards a bachelor’s degree in America. Successful applicants will have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, score at least 26 on the ACT, score 1770 or higher on the SAT, have U.S. citizenship or legal residency, and pursue full-time college studies.

Contact

NBCUniversal Scholarship Program
1133 19th Street NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 835-9646
communications@lnesc.org
Scholarship Link

17. Philip Arreola Scholarship Fund

Deadline: April 4th

For $10,000, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (HCCW) operates the Philip Arreola Scholarship Fund to financially support Latino/a high school graduates who have been accepted as full-time students in an associate or bachelor’s program. Qualified recipients must be legal U.S. residents, live within Wisconsin, demonstrate financial need, and have academic merit. Applications must include a two-page essay outlining applicants’ involvement in the Hispanic community.

Contact

Philip Arreola Scholarship Fund
1021 West National Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53204
(414) 643-6963
eagosto@wi.rr.com
Scholarship Link

18. Silicon Valley Latinos in Technology Scholarship

Deadline: May 6th

The Silicon Valley Latinos in Technology Scholarship program presents $30,000 over three years to more than 100 Hispanic students who are entering their junior or senior year of an accredited STEM college program. Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or legal residents, be high school graduates of the Greater Silicon Valley, maintain an undergraduate GPA above 2.5, exhibit unmet financial need, and show commitment to closing the high-tech employment diversity gap.

Contact

Silicon Valley Latinos in Technology Scholarship
2440 West El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 450-5487
scholarships@siliconvalleycf.org
Scholarship Link

19. Toyota/TELACU Scholarship

Deadline: February 26th

Since 2007, The East Los Angeles Community Union (TELACU) has partnered with Toyota to grant a $5,000 scholarship to Hispanic undergraduate students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business, science, technology, engineering, or math disciplines. To be eligible, candidates must legally reside in California, be rising juniors or seniors, attend a regionally accredited college, and have good standing. Recipients also participate in corporate workshops to develop interviewing skills and find internships.

Contact

Toyota/TELACU Scholarship
5400 East Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90022
(323) 721-1655
Scholarship Link

20. Victor Grifols Roura Scholarship

Deadline: November 7th

The National Medical Fellowships (NMF) Foundation gifts the Victor Grifols Roura Scholarship for $7,500 annually to one exemplary Hispanic students entering their second or third year at an accredited medical school. Aspiring doctors must be U.S. citizens, train in the Los Angeles metropolitan area, show genuine clinical interests in hematology, demonstrate leadership ability, and be committed to serving medically underserved communities. Applications must include a transcript, curriculum vitae, short biography, and two recommendations.

Contact

Victor Grifols Roura Scholarship
347 Fifth Avenue Suite 510
New York, NY 10016
(212) 483-8880
scholarships@nmfonline.org
Scholarship Link

Steep tuition prices may make Hispanics question whether attaining a college degree is worth the investment, but pursuing college education does pay off long-term. On average, college graduates make $1 million more in their lifetime than high school graduates. The CDC even reported that university degree holders live an average of nine years longer than high school dropouts. Minimizing student loan debt is key to begin building your professional success. Grants and scholarships for Hispanic students are the best financial aid resources because they offer free money without repayment. Take pride in your cultural heritage by applying for these great Hispanic scholarships.

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