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HSF General College Scholarships - Hispanic students who are enrolled or planning to enroll in a four-year institution the following fall. Outgoing high school seniors must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better; undergraduates, graduate students, and community college transfer students must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Award amount: This award ranges between $500 to $5,000, depending on the student’s academic merit and level of financial need.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Foundation Scholarship - Current college students at all academic levels who are enrolled full-time and pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field. Award amount: This annual, non-renewable award ranges from $1,000 to $5,000.

GN/LNESC Scholarship - Minority college students in their sophomore year with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA who are enrolled full-time and pursuing a degree in business or engineering. Award amount: This $5,000 annual award is renewable for up to three academic years.

Ronald McDonald House Charities/HACER Scholarship - High school seniors with at least one Hispanic parent who are eligible to enroll in an accredited undergraduate program the following fall. Award amount: Amount will vary by recipient based on merit and demonstrated need; an average of $1.8 million is awarded every year to scholarship recipients.

NBCUniversal/LNESC Scholarship - Latino undergraduates or high school seniors with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. High school candidates must first receive acceptance from an accredited school and earn either at least a 1770 on the SAT or at least a 26 on the ACT.
Award amount: This non-renewable $5,000 award is divided in half, with one lump sum dispersed in the fall and the other in the spring.

American Bus Association Diversity Award - Minority students from an underrepresented group who have completed at least one full year of postsecondary coursework with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and plan to major in a field related to the travel and tourism industry.
Award amount: $5,000

AICPA Scholarship Award for Minority Accounting Students - Minority college students enrolled full time in an accounting program with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Award amount: Annual awards vary from $1,000 to $5,000; this scholarship is renewable, but recipients must reapply yearly to receive additional funding.

La Unidad Latina Foundation - Latino undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled in an accredited degree program with at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA. Award amount: This annual, non-renewable award ranges from $500 to $1,000 per recipient.

Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) Scholarship - Hispanic U.S. citizens currently enrolled at an accredited postsecondary institution with a 3.0 cumulative GPA who are majoring in business. Award amount: Non-renewable awards vary from $1,500 to $10,000, depending on the recipient’s level of financial need.

ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship - Hispanic high school seniors with at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA who plan to enroll in an accredited postsecondary institution the following fall and earn a degree in engineering. Applicants must also have earned a score of 1350 or higher on the SAT or a score of 29 or higher on the ACT. Additionally, candidates must live in one of these American cities: Award amount: One national scholarship awards $20,000 over four years; 12 additional awards of $2,000 are presented for students in each of the 12 qualifying communities listed above.

Scholarships for Graduate Students


HSF's Scholarship Program - Full-time students at a four-year university or graduate school during the fall season of a scholarship cycle. Students must be of Hispanic heritage, maintain at least 2.5 GPA, and be U.S. citizens. Award amount: $500 to $5,000


Diversity Advancement Program Scholarship - Graduate students at Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Applicants must be from underrepresented populations. Award amount: $15,000

Pedro Zamoro Public Policy Fellowship - Young professionals, undergraduates, and graduate students (up to year 5) who want to gain experience with HIV-related public policy and government affairs. Minority students and members of the LGBT community are strongly encouraged to apply.

Victor Grifols Roura Scholarship - Latino medical students in their second or third year of graduate school. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited medical program in the LA metropolitan area and should have clinical interests in hematology. Award amount: $7,500

Association of Cuban Engineers Scholarship Fund - U.S. citizens or legal residents of Hispanic heritage. Applicants must have completed at least 30 units of coursework towards a bachelor’s degree or higher at an ABET-accredited school in the US or Puerto Rico. Applicants must be full-time students (6 semesters or more for grad students).

Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship Program - Full-time students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited university and pursuing a major in civil, electrical, or environmental engineering. The scholarship is available to minority students (including Hispanic or Latino students). A minimum 3.0 GPA is required. Award amount: $5,000

ACHE Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship - Minority students (including Latino or Hispanic students) in healthcare management graduate programs. Applicants should be enrolled in their final year of the program and must demonstrate financial need. Award amount: $5,000

AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students - Minority students (including Hispanic or Latino students) who have either been accepted into a doctoral program, have applied to a doctoral program and are awaiting acceptance, or have already matriculated in a doctoral program. They must have earned a master’s degree and have three years of full-time experience in the practice. Award amount: $12,000

American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship - Applicants must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian. They must plan on obtaining a graduate degree within the profession of library and information science. Award amount: $5,000

APSA Minority Fellowship Program - Students from underrepresented backgrounds (including Hispanic or Latino students) applying to doctoral programs in political science. Award amount: $4,000


Scholarships for Hispanic Women

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund - Women from an eligible developing country (including the Caribbean and most Central and South American nations) who are at least 25 years old, and enrolled in an accredited postsecondary program focused on empowering women and children. Recipients can not be permanent citizens, and must agree to return to their country of origin within two years of completing their degree. There are additional eligibility requirements that vary by country.

Hispanic Association of Women Scholarship - Women of Hispanic descent who are enrolled at a local college or university within a 60-mile radius of Lubbock, Texas. Applicants must submit an essay, a personal statement, a transcript, and a letter of recommendation.

The Hispanic Women's Council (HWC) Scholarship Program - Women who are of Hispanic descent and residents of New Mexico. They must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at the University of New Mexico or the Central New Mexico Community College part-time or full-time. Award amount: $500-$2,000

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program - Women of Chicana/Latina descent who are enrolled at a graduate or undergraduate institution and have lived at least two years in the area. Scholarship recipients must commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute for two weekends and to volunteering 10 hours for CLF. Award amount: $1,500


Scholarships for Undocumented Hispanic Students


Chicano Organizing & Research in Education (CORE) Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship - Undocumented Hispanic high school seniors or GED graduates who plan to enroll in an accredited postsecondary institution in the U.S. or Puerto Rico. Award amount: The final amount varies by each recipient’s academic merit and demonstrated financial need. On average, this scholarship provides more than $12,000 in financial support to students each year.

Royal Prestige Scholarship - Hispanic college students currently enrolled with at least a 3.0 GPA or Hispanic high school seniors with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA who plan to enroll in an accredited postsecondary institution the following fall. DACA Students and eligible non-citizens may apply. Award amount: This $2,500 award is non-renewable.


Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund - Any undergraduate or graduate student with a background in public service who plans to enroll at an accredited postsecondary institution. U.S. citizenship is not required. Award amount: Grants of up to $10,000 per year are awarded based on the recipient’s financial need.


Esperanza Educational Fund Scholarship - High school seniors in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C. with at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA who have enrolled or plans to enroll in an accredited postsecondary college program the following fall. This award is open to any immigrants or children of two immigrants, regardless of citizenship status. Award amount: This non-renewable award ranges between $5,000 and $20,000 per year, depending on the recipient’s financial need.

Scholarships for First Generation Hispanic Students


HACU IES Study Abroad Scholarship - U.S. citizens attending HSIs who demonstrates financial need. Priority will be given to first-generation students. Award amount: Students receive $5,000 for semester-long study abroad programs and $2,500 for summer-term study abroad programs.

'I'm First' Scholarship - First-generation high school seniors who are planning to enroll in a four-year degree program at a Center for Student Opportunity partner school. Award amount: $4,000; this renewable award will be dispersed in annual $1,000 increments over four years, provided that the recipient maintains full-time enrollment and passing grades.


Dorrance Scholarship - High school seniors from Arizona or Florida who are planning to enroll as first-generation students the following fall at a partner university. These schools include the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Hawaii. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and demonstrate financial need.
Award amount: This $12,000 annual award is renewable for up to four years of study.


Buick Achievers Scholarship - Outgoing high school seniors or current undergraduates planning to earn a degree in engineering, technology design, or another field related to the automotive industry. Special consideration will be given to minorities and first-generation students. Award amount: The annual $25,000 award is renewable for up to four years.


First Generation Grant - First-generation Colorado residents enrolled or planning to enroll at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
Award amount: The award varies between $100 and $1,000 per semester, and is renewable for up to 10 semesters

Scholarships for migrant workers and their families

Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship - Migrant workers or children of migrant workers who are currently enrolled in an accredited postsecondary program and plan to earn a teaching degree. Award amount: This annual $1,000 award is non-renewable.

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship - Students with a background in agriculture migrant work who have completed at least one year of education at an accredited postsecondary program. Award amount: Recipients get up to $20,000 for assistance with tuition and educational expenses; the final amount depends on the candidate’s financial need.

Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships for Migrant Farmworkers - High school students 16 years of age or older with a background in agricultural migrant work and an academic interest in visual, performing, media, or literary arts. Award amount: $500 awards are available year-round; $2,500 awards are available semi-annually. Both options are non-renewable.


Gloria Mattera National Migrant Scholarship - Those with a background in agricultural migrant work who is entering or enrolled in an accredited postsecondary college program. Award amount: $250 annual awards; non-renewable.

Margaret Raley New York State Migrant Student Scholarship - Any child of a migrant family with a history of movement in New York state who has completed their senior year of high school and plans to enroll at a postsecondary school. Award amount: An annual award of $500 will be given to one recipient or divided among two recipients.

Scholarships for ESL/ ELL students

Emily Griffith Foundation Scholarship - Students enrolled or planning to enroll in English language courses at Emily Griffith Technical College. Recipients must maintain at least a C-grade average and attend at least 75% of the course. Award amount: Each scholarship will be used to cover the cost of one ELL course; the amount varies depending on the recipient’s demonstrated need.

J.C. Casagrande Peace Scholarship - Foreign-born students who are enrolled at the University of Florida English Language Institute and maintaining a 4.0 cumulative GPA. Preference is given to candidates with a volunteer background.

Jane & David Falk ESL Scholarship - Students who are currently enrolled in at least one ESL course at Westchester Community College Award; applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Award amount: The amount varies by student, but recipients are usually awarded $2,000.

Jewel Keusder ESL Scholarship - ESL students currently enrolled at California’s Cypress College who have completed at least one on-campus ESL course and plan to transfer to an accredited four-year institution. Award amount: This annual $1,000 award is non-renewable.

Kathy Chatterton Memorial Scholarship - Any student at Los Angeles Community College who has completed at least 12 ESL course credits and plans to transfer to an accredited four-year program. Award amount: This annual $350 award is non-renewable.