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    13 Hispanic Scholarships for Students

    Posted November 9, 2023, 2:40 pm by Johnathan Kindall

    As Hispanic Heritage Month draws to a close, we wanted to highlight some of the special hispanic scholarships currently available for students across the country.

    It is estimated that by 2026 more than 4.1 million Hispanic and Latinx students will attend U.S. colleges, which far outpaces growth among all other racial-ethnic groups. However, the cost of higher education is only growing more expensive, and for students from migrant families or underserved communities it can be incredibly difficult to fully finance a college degree. That's why we've put together this comprehensive list of hispanic scholarships for high school students!

    Some of the scholarships listed here have deadlines quickly approaching or require specific prerequisites for application, so be sure to read the terms of the scholarship fully before applying. If the application deadline has already passed, we still recommend bookmarking this page, as all of the scholarships listed are annual awards that students can return to next year.

    All of the scholarships listed here are given on a national level, but we also encourage you to seek out opportunities closer to home, as many local communities have hispanic scholarships available for students from their area. Additionally, if you’ve already applied to a college or university, be sure to inquire about whether or not they have any college-specific scholarships for hispanic students.

    Take a look and start applying today! Scholarships with the earliest deadlines are listed first.

    The Dream National Scholarship

    Eligibility: Undocumented or DACA-Certified Students who came to the U.S. before the age of 16 and before Nov. 1, 2018.

    Deadline: February 29, 2024

    Amount: Varies

    Description: Defined as the “Pell Grant” for highly motivated undocumented students with significant, unmet financial need. Up to $33,000 of tuition and fees will be covered with one of their Partner Colleges for a bachelor's degree. Some successful applicants can receive an additional stipend for books, supplies, etc. for up to $6,000. GPA is a motivating factor in the decision, however they also consider the applicant's measurable dedication to community service, academic career, and overall successful in light of barriers and hardships routinely faced by undocumented students.


    Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic Heritage. To be eligible, you must be enrolled in high school and graduating in Spring 2024. Must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or a 7.5 GPA on a 10.0 scale. You must enroll in a higher education institution for 2024 to 2025, and be of hispanic heritage.

    Deadline: November 13, 2023.

    Amount: up to $4,000

    Description: The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who demonstrate involvement in their community and an exceptional academic record.


    Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic Heritage Preparing for Career in Government Finance. Requirements are that the student is enrolled in full- or part-time study in either undergraduate or graduate school. They must study a major with a government focus like public administration or political science. They must also submit letters of recommendation that focus on their commitment to the public sector.

    Deadline: December 29, 2023

    Amount: $10,000

    Description: GFOA provides a variety of scholarships, including the Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship to provide funding opportunities for exceptional minority students. Students must be preparing to lead a career in government finance to be eligible to apply for the scholarship.


    Jackie Robinson Scholarship

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic Heritage (Or Other Minority Group). In order to be eligible, you must be a graduating high school senior, a U.S. citizen, have evidence of financial need, a strong academic record, and a plan to attend a four-year university or college in the United States. The application must include a letter of recommendation, your demographic information, high school info/transcript, college plans, household information, activities/awards, and four essays (prompts provided). You may also submit test scores like AP/IB/PSAT but they are optional.

    Deadline: January 10, 2024

    Amount: Varies

    Description: Given in honor of the groundbreaking presence of Jackie Robinson, this scholarship funds four years of higher education for students of color with a portion given out each year.


    ACS Scholars Program

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic Heritage Majoring in Chemistry or Related Field. You must be a legal permanent resident or a U.S. citizens. It is open to graduating high school seniors or college students (seniors attending for a fifth year may apply). You must be a full-time student in either high school, college, university, or community college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    Deadline: March 1, 2024

    Amount: $1,000 - $5,000

    Description: The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to undergraduate students from historically underrepresented groups in the chemical sciences, majoring in chemistry-related disciplines, and intending to pursue chemistry-related careers.

    Latino Student excited about Hispanic Scholarship


    The Hispanic Scholarship Fund

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic Heritage. You must be a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA. You must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for high school students. College students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. You must plan on being enrolled full-time in a public/not-for-profit and four-year university for the following academic year (either undergraduate or graduate school).

    Deadline: February 2023

    Amount: Varies, award amounts range from $500 - $5,000, based on relative need.

    Description: Every year, HSF selects ~10,000 outstanding students as HSF Scholars from a broad and talented pool of applicants.


    McDonalds HACER National Scholarship

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic Heritage. In order to be eligible, you must be a high school senior; legal U.S. resident, U.S. citizen, or a DREAMER/DACA recipient; under 21 years old; at least 2.8 GPA; set to attend a two- or four-year college, university, or technical/vocational schools for full-time study; and have at least one parent of hispanic/latino heritage.

    Deadline: March 2023

    Amount: Tier 1 - $100,000; Tier 2 - $20,000; or Tier 3 - $5,000.

    Description:The McDonald's HACER National Scholarship Program will offer scholarships to 30 outstanding Hispanic students from all over the country. Funds are aimed to help recipients finance their college tuition, and there are three tiers. You must submit your transcript, personal statement, letters of recommendation (online), list of community service projects, and FAFSA report and/or 1040s.


    Latinos in Technology Scholarship

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic Heritage Majoring in STEM. It is open to high school students from a SF Bay Area county. Current college students and community college students may also apply, with preference given to rising juniors who are enrolled on a full-time basis. The scholarship is dispersed over the course of three years. Recipients can also participate in a Career Launch Academy, mentorship program, get access to internships, and more. College applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. All applicants must be able to show financial need.

    Deadline: February 28, 2023

    Amount: Varies, up to $30,000.

    Description: The Latinos in Technology Scholarship was established by the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, a public foundation dedicated to inspiring community philanthropy and engaging people to invest in the educational achievement and leadership development of a thriving Hispanic community in Silicon Valley.


    Prospanica Foundation Scholarships

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic/Latino Heritage. You must be a legal permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or a DACA recipient. You must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or a minimum of 2.75 GPA if earned while working at the time. You must also be a Prospanica member and enrolled or planning to enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program (BA/BS, MA/MS, PhD, etc). If you are applying for the undergraduate award then you must be a college sophomore or above.

    Deadline: April 21, 2023

    Amount: $2,000 - $5,000

    Description: The Prospanica Foundation funds the education of undergraduate and graduate students in the Hispanic community who aim to make meaningful contributions to the community and reach their full educational potential.

    Latina Student excited over Hispanic Scholarship


    Education Dynamics Minority First Generation Scholarship

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic Heritage who are first generation college students.

    Deadline: July 2023

    Amount: $10,000

    Description: EducationDynamics will award one $10,000 scholarship to a minority applicant who are the first in their families to go to college, are at least 17 years of age, and are pursuing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning or a certificate program.

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    ExxonMobil Engineering Scholarship

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic Heritage (Living in Certain Cities and States). They must also have at least a 3.75 GPA, be an entering college freshmen in the fall, and be a U.S. citizen with legal right to work without needing sponsorship.

    Deadline: September 2023

    Amount: Varies, up to $20,000

    Description:The ExxonMobil Engineering Scholarship encourages Hispanic high school seniors who are pursuing a degree in engineering. There is one scholarship awarded for $20,000, paid over four years, and twelve scholarships awarded for $2,000.


    The Gates Scholarship

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic Heritage. Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.3 GPA with the plans to enroll full-time in a four-year degree with a U.S. accredited, not-for-profit college or university. For applicants of American Indian/Alaska Native background, proof of tribal enrollment is required.

    Deadline: September 15, 2023

    Amount: Full cost of attendance that is not already covered by other financial aid

    Description: The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for outstanding, minority, high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to exceptional student leaders, with the intent of helping them realize their maximum potential. Ideal candidates are in the top 10% of their class, have demonstrated leadership ability, and shown exception personal success.


    NBC Universal Media Scholarship

    Eligibility: US Students of Hispanic Heritage Majoring in Entertainment or Media Industry. Must be a college sophomore or junior enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university, at least 18 years old, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be a legal permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or have legal authorization to work in the United States without requiring future sponsorship.

    Deadline: October 2023

    Amount: $5,000

    Description: The NBCUniversal Media Scholarship Program is intended to assist and encourage outstanding undergraduate Latino students attending a U.S. post-secondary institution with an interest in the media and entertainment industry.

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    Johnathan Kindall is the Content Editor at TeenLife Media. He attended Boston University’s College of Communications, graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Journalism. Johnathan is dedicated to launching teens into life by providing a number of resources that help teens navigate the world of college, enrichment learning and more.