Hispanic scholarships

If you're a Latinx or Hispanic student, the good news is that you're eligible for a lot more scholarships than you might think.

What are Hispanic Scholarships

Students with Latinx and Hispanic-American heritage can apply for scholarships targeted to their communities. Many organizations offer scholarships geared towards underrepresented communities such as the National Hispanic Business Women Association, which is only offered to women who identify as Hispanic and live in California. There are even Hispanic scholarships for graduate students, such as the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program for Mental Health Counselors which is only offered to minority students studying for their Master's degree in counseling.

Hispanic Scholarships may cover some or all of the education costs a student may incur for the year. Some may even cover multiple years depending on the total cost of attendance.

Where to look for Hispanic scholarships

Start with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. It's a source of scholarships for Latinx students and supports Hispanic-American higher education. There are scholarships available for graduating high school students as well as two-year or four-year college students.

In efforts to promote and support diversity, many funds and organizations like the Hispanic Scholarship Fund offer resources and scholarships to minority students who are underrepresented in the community and on many college campuses.

Additionally, other scholarship opportunities exist for Latinx and Hispanic-Americans such as the McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship, National Hispanic Business Women Association Educational Scholarship, and CINTAS Foundation Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition. When searching for scholarships be sure to look for both general and niche scholarships to help pay for college. 

How to apply for Hispanic scholarships

Many Hispanic scholarships are available and students should become familiar with all the scholarships they may be eligible for. After researching all available scholarships, students can compile a list of scholarships they qualify for and start applying. Be sure to note the deadline dates for each scholarship. It's also a good idea to read the requirements for entry, as many scholarships may request official transcripts or a letter of recommendation. Some may even request financial documents from your parents in order to assess their financial situation. 

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Frequently asked questions about Hispanic scholarships

While most Hispanic scholarships are open to students of all genders, there are quite a few scholarships that are targeted to Hispanic women, such as the Chicana Latina Foundation.

Several scholarships exist for Hispanic first-generation college students such as Education Dynamics Minority First Generation Scholarship Contest and Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program.

Students who are part of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program have several scholarship opportunities available to them. TheDream US National Scholarship is one of many scholarship programs available to DACA recipients.

Contrary to popular belief, there are scholarships available for graduate students. For example, students studying at the post graduate level in counseling can apply for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program for Mental Health Counselors. Law students who have a passion for defending the legal rights of the Hispanic community can apply for the MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program.

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