Hispanic Scholarships

Where to Find Hispanic Scholarships

Hispanic Scholarships are awarded by a number of foundations in 2013.  Hispanic students should start by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms in early January and applying for federal financial aid and the Pell Grant, as some Hispanic scholarships are need-based and will require proof of financial need.

¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund Hispanic Scholarships

From the ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund, there are a couple of $3,000 scholarships for Hispanic students.  Eligible candidates have at least a 3.0 GPA and will be college juniors or seniors by the fall of the year for which they will use the scholarship.  For the “MillerCoors National” Scholarship, the following subjects are eligible: international or general business, economics, finance, accounting, marketing, public relations, general communications, or sales.  For the “MililerCoors Engineering & Sciences” Scholarship, the following subjects are eligible: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and bio-chemistry. Students must also be studying at partner institutions, listed on the scholarship site.

The Adelante Fund also awards a scholarship of $1,500 for students in the Chicago Metro area.

For students in the San Antonio area, who have a parent employed at the local energy company, CPS Energy, the Adelante Fund also awards two HOPE Scholarships. A scholarship of $1,500 goes to a student in the Alamo Community College District and of $3,000 for a student of the Univeristy of Texas in San Antonio.

Marriott Scholars Program helps Hispanic Students

Hispanic students who wish to enter the hospitality industry should consider the Marriott Scholars Program.  The scholarship pays for full tuition up to $9,000.  The deadline is March 1st.  Candidates should be upcoming freshmen or sophomores who will be entering a hospitality management or culinary program.  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.  See the Hispanic College Fund to submit an application.

Latino Journalists of California Scholarship

The Chicano California News Media Association (CCNMA) offers the scholarship for Latino Journalists of California – deadline April 2, April 2, 2012.  Candidates should either be from California originally and attending college (in or outside of California) or if not from California, candidates should be attending college (or accepted to attend college) in California.  Among the requirements are the submission of an autobiographical essay of 300 to 500 words to explain your family background, any hardships you’ve experienced, and why you wish to become a journalist.

Chemistry and Accounting Scholarships

The ACS Scholars Program is for students from the following minorities: African-American, Hispanic, and Native American. It helps them pay for their studies in chemistry or related fields.  Qualified students receive amounts of $2,500 for freshman, $3,000 for sophomores, and $5,000 for juniors and seniors.  Financial need is one of the criteria of the scholarship. The deadline is March 1, 2012.

The American Association of Hispanic Certified Public Accountants (AAHCPA) awards scholarships every year.  Candidates must be U.S. citizens.  Between ten and 40 students receive a scholarship each year.  Students will need to submit official transcripts, a letter of recommendation, a copy of their class schedule, and an essay.  The amount of the award varies.  The deadline is September 15th.  For more details, contact AAHCPA@netscape.net.

Northern California Scholarships

Scholarship applications for Mipueblobecas.com will be available in April of 2012.  Hispanic students in Northern California should check their webpage at that time in order to find the latest information for the scholarships available for the next academic year.  Past scholarships have ranged in value from $1,000 to $10,000.

Hispanic Scholarship Providers

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund awards scholarships and has resources for Hispanic high school students, families, and college students.  They also include a Career Center and Alumni group.  Scholarships are available to help pay Hispanic students pay for community college, undergraduate studies, and graduate school.

The Hispanic College Fund helps Hispanic high school students prepare for college.  They feature a Career Institute for college students, and the Hispanic Professionals Institute to assist Hispanic college graduates to get  started in their careers. The Hispanic scholarship deadline from the Hispanic College Fund is the 1st of March, 2012.

The The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute also offers scholarships. The deadline for 2012 scholarships is April 16, 2012.  The following will be awarded: a $1,000 scholarship for a Hispanic community college student, a $2,500 scholarship for a Hispanic university student, and a $5,000 scholarship for a Hispanic graduate student.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) administers he HACU Scholarship Program.  Applications for the 2012-2013 academic year are available in the spring of 2012.  HACU scholarships are need-based, so candidates must submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms as well. Apply for the Pell Grant and any state grants in January of your senior year of high school.  After that, send your data to HACU with your scholarship application.  E-mail HACU at scholarship@hacu.net for any questions.

Resources for Hispanic Scholarships

The National Council of La Raza, is a Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.  They maintain scholarship information and have co-sponsored scholarships in the past.

Latino students can also look into the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF). Their website has a scholarships and resources area. The HHF sponsors the National Youth Awards for Hispanic high school juniors in the following categories: business, community service, education, engineering and math, and healthcare.

The following book can also help Hispanic students find help to pay for college: Financial Aid for Hispanic Americans

College grants and the process of applying for federal financial aid should be a part of your scholarship search, too.  Make sure you understand the process of applying for the Pell Grant and the college grants that are offered by your home state.

By applying early and being prepared, you can stand out and be ahead of the pack when it comes to paying for college and being the recipient of a Hispanic scholarship.