Hispanic students have a long list of places to turn to for grants and scholarships to help them pay for a higher education. This money is available from a number of foundations, associations and scholarship funds dedicated to the cause of assisting Hispanic students in attending college. While some of the amounts offered are relatively small, there is one particular scholarship program covered here that offers a huge $100,000 scholarship supported by McDonald’s and a leading Hispanic economic research center. Hispanic students can also make use of federal education funding and loans including the U.S. Department of Education’s largest education grant program, the Pell Grant.
I would encourage you to take advantage of every grant, scholarship and loan you can get your hands on to earn a college degree. Joining the workforce with an education will generally allow you to earn around $15,000 more per year than doing so with only a high school diploma. The lifelong benefits of having a college education go far beyond simply earning more money over your lifetime, as well. When starting your search for financial aid to attend college, you should always start by contacting the financial aid office of the school you plan to attend. Remember to look into local sources for funding as much of the grant and scholarship money available to you as a Hispanic student is available in your local area.
The HACER Scholarship is a result of the partnership between McDonald’s, the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research. The partnership has provided scholarships for Hispanic students since 1985 to the tune of well over $22 million in college funding. HACER offers a generous number of national and local scholarship opportunities for Hispanic students in the United States, including four annual national scholarships of $100,000 each. To apply, you must be a student with at least one parent of Hispanic heritage, be a high school senior with at least a 2.7 GPA and be enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited college or university inside the United States this upcoming school year. Applications are accepted yearly with a December 20 deadline and are handled through an online application process. Students will need to provide a school transcript, a personal essay, a letter of recommendation and tax documentation through the application process.
Hispanic National Bar Association
This bar association of Hispanic lawyers provides around $100,000 in education funding each and every year to Latino law students nationwide. In each of the HNBA’s 19 regions, a minimum of three students are selected through the program to receive a $1,000 award to be used to pay for tuition. Applications are accepted via email and must be submitted to HNBA Event Director Erika Lopez-Tello at email@example.com. There is no annual deadline as applications are accepted on a year-long rolling basis. Scholarships are of course only offered to Hispanic students pursuing a law degree at accredited college programs.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The HSF is a leading provider of education funding for Hispanic students in the United States. They provide over 150 types of scholarships for Hispanic students and have already provided over $400 million in scholarships since their founding in 1975. In addition to scholarship funding, the HSF also provides internships and mentoring to Hispanic students. Scholarships are available to students that have maintained a 3.0 GPA who are pursuing their first undergraduate or graduate degrees. You must be a legal resident of the United States and plan to attend an accredited school located in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands. Scholarships range in size from $1,000 to $5,000 each and have varying deadlines. For a full list of all scholarship opportunities available through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, visit their website or call toll-free 1-877-HSF-INFO for more information.
LULAC National Scholarship Fund
The League of United Latin American Citizens provides this scholarship fund for disadvantaged students located inside the United States and Puerto Rico. In addition to scholarship funding, LULAC maintains 14 education and technology centers that support Hispanic students. Since its founding in 1973, the league has provided support to over 500,000 Hispanic students and provided almost $20 million in education funding to 150,000 candidates. LULAC is the largest membership based organization supporting Latino students. Applications for scholarship funding opens yearly in January with three types of awards offered by the organization. These include the National Scholastic Achievement Award of $2,000, an Honors Award of $500 to $2,000 and a General Award of $250 to $1,000. For more information, send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Society of Hispanic MBAs
The NSHMBA offers two types of scholarship programs to benefit Hispanic students seeking business degrees inside the United States. Funding is provided by a list of private and corporate donors. The NSHMBA Foundation Program provides scholarships, assistantships and fellowships to Hispanic business majors pursuing an MBA on a full or part-time basis. Its University Partner Program also offers scholarships to Hispanic students directly through business schools across the United States. For more information on either, visit the National Society of Hispanic MBAs website or send an email to email@example.com.
Every student planning to attend an institution of higher education regardless of ethnicity should apply for the federal Pell Grant as one of their first stops in looking for grant or scholarship funding. The Pell is set to provide up to $5,645 per year to every student that is eligible to receive it. All federal student grants are easily applied for by filling out one application known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. While the Pell is a needs based grant program, filling out your FAFSA will also consider you for all of the other grants available through the U.S. Department of Education. If you have any questions about how to apply for federal student aid, contact the financial aid department at the school you plan to attend and they will help you complete your application. The financial aid office can also help you find any grant and scholarship opportunities that may be available for Hispanic students at their institution. And as most education funding is offered locally, this is always your best place to start when beginning to think about how best to pay for college.