Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students
Check out scholarships that are exclusive to Hispanic students.
June 17, 2009
La Unidad Latina Foundation Academic Scholarships
The La Unidad Latina Foundation offers academic scholarships of $250 to $1,000 for Hispanic students enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program at a 4-year US college or university. Applicants must have completed one full-time year of undergraduate education or at least one full-time semester of graduate study. Applicants must have a GPA of 2.8 to 3.6 (inclusive) on a 4.0 scale. The deadlines are February 15 (spring) and October 15 (fall).
League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)
The League of United Latin American Citizens sponsors the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF). Scholarships amounts are up to $2,000. Applicants must have applied to or be enrolled in a college, university or graduate student (including 2-year colleges and vocational school programs leading to an Associate’s degree). A minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required for the National Scholastic Achievement Awards, and a minimum 3.25 GPA is required for the Honors Awards. Applicants must be US citizens or legal permanent residents.
Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) (California)
The Orange County Hispanic Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) provides more than 100 scholarships worth more than $150,000 to Orange County Hispanic students. Award amounts range from $500 to $4,000. Applicants must either be graduating from an OC high school or transferring from an OC community college. Fields of study include architecture, arts, business, economics, engineering, economic development, finance, information technology, law enforcement, marketing, real estate and writing as well as general awards. Minimum GPA requirements vary by scholarship program. All applicants must demonstrate financial need. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic achievement, community service and/or work history. The deadline is mid-December for high school seniors and mid-February for community college students.
Sallie Mae Fund
The Sallie Mae Fund offers two scholarship programs for Hispanic students. The First in My Family Scholarship provides $500 to $5,000 to students who are US citizens or permanent residents and have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The deadline is April 15. The scholarship is managed by the Hispanic College Fund. The other award program is the Community College Transfer Scholarship.
Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund (SALEF) (California, Texas, Washington DC)
The Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund offers the “Fulfilling Our Dreams” scholarships Salvadoran, Central American, and Latino high school seniors, college students and graduate or professional students who reside and study in California, Houston or Washington DC. Community college students must be AB540. The scholarships are open to all students regardless of immigration or citizenship status. Applicants must be majoring in health-related fields of study, theology, philosophy, cultural studies, environmental studies or social justice. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. Award amounts range from $500 to $2,500 (some may be renewable). A minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale is required; some awards require at least a 3.0 GPA. Scholarship recipients are expected to participate in community service and/or mentorship of high school students. The deadline is June 30.
The Smithsonian Institution offers the Latino Studies Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships to facilitate research related to Latino history, art and culture using Smithsonian resources. The predoctoral fellowships provide a stipend of $27,000 per year plus allowances. The postdoctoral fellowships offer a stipend of $42,000 per year plus allowances. There is also a research allowance of up to $4,000. The deadline is January 15. For more information, call 1-202-633-7070, fax 1-202-633-7069, write to Office of Fellowships, Smithsonian Institution, 470 L’Enfant Plaza Suite 7102, PO Box 37012 MRC 902, Washington, DC 20013-7012 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.