Last updated: March 19, 2018
Since 2012, we’ve seen long-term increases in Hispanic students pursuing higher education, as well as positive trends in educational enrollment for traditionally underrepresented students. A record seven-in-ten or 69% of high schoolers of Hispanic descent enrolled in college from the class of 2012, which was higher than their caucasian counterparts of the same graduating class. While these figures demonstrate a positive socio-economic uptick for underrepresented students, this certainly indicates a growing need for federal, private and state funding to support the increase in higher education enrollment.
Luckily massive amounts of opportunities exist for Hispanic and Latino students when it comes to financial aid. Organizations such as the Hispanic Education Association (HEA), American Association in Higher Education (AAHHE) and the Hispanic Education Coalition (HEC) are just a few of the many groups dedicated to providing national, renewable and recurring scholarship opportunities to support students who wish to pursue the careers of their dreams. To learn more about how you can pay for college, follow this guide and use our interactive tool to sort through scholarships for Hispanic students.
Thousands of successful Latino Americans have used student loans and scholarships as a way to fund their college education—many of whom are first generation college students. American actress, Gina Rodriguez, best known for her lead role on hit series Jane the Virgin, has first-hand experience of what it’s like to to overcome both financial and emotional obstacles to attend college. In a recent interview with Huffington Post, the 33-year-old Golden Globe winner vocalized how valuable your education is to yourself, your family and your community.
“You are not only experiencing this amazing time in college and getting your education — owning something that no one can ever take away from you — but you are going to be the face of your family, for your cousins for those that come after you, for even your ancestors. Just remember, during those times of fear or doubt, that you are right now discovering your true strength.”
- Gina Rodriguez, Huffington Post: Gina Rodriguez Has The Ultimate Pep Talk For First-Generation College Students
Recent studies show that Latinos were even more likely than white students to say that a college degree is essential to get ahead in life. In an age of rising high school graduate rates and college attendance, Latinos are making huge strides towards pursuing and achieving a higher education. With such fantastic socio-economic progress being made, it’s more important than ever that there is enough national financial support to guide students to the careers of their dreams.
An e-mentoring group utilizes the Facebook community to exchange tips of planning for college from middle-school through the college application process.
This program opens the doors of opportunity for Hispanic students prepare for and seek out internships.
Offers a guide for Hispanic students and their families to navigate the college application process.
Resources for Latino students including scholarship information, sorority and fraternity options and other general information specifically for Latino students.
There are hundreds of scholarships for Hispanic students, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.
Grants don’t need to be paid back and are based on your financial circumstances. They are usually funded by the federal government, your state or college.
While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.
You can borrow money from the government or a bank, but it needs to be paid back with interest. The federal government offers many loan options—fill out the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see if you qualify for financial aid. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.
Provides part-time jobs for undergraduate and graduate students with financial need, allowing them to earn money to pay education expenses.
If you’re just beginning the process of finding suitable scholarships, make sure you’re prepared for the application process by starting a folder with the assets below.
Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by your field of study, award amount and if you qualify for need-based aid.
Deadline: July 1, 2018
Children of migrant workers who demonstrate pursuit of a career in agriculture are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students must have completed one year of college to qualify.
Deadline: July 1, 2018
Any U.S. resident that has been accepted to an accredited university can apply. Applicants are asked to answer questions on immigration for a chance to win.
Deadline: August 1, 2018
In partnership with NBC Universal, LULAC offers these scholarships to high-achieving Latino students who plan to pursue a career in media and entertainment. Sophomore students and older are eligible to apply.
Deadline: September 30, 2018
Minority students who are full-time enrolled in a four-year institution are eligible to apply. Students must be on a track to a bachelor's, master's or PhD in an engineering discipline or technical science.
Deadline: November 6, 2018
Latino students pursuing a career in the entertainment or media industry are eligible for this award.
Deadline: December 16, 2018
This award is for students of Hispanic heritage. Applicants must have completed 30 credits toward their undergraduate degree to apply. U.S and Puerto Rico residents are eligible to apply.
Deadline: December 31, 2018
All applicants must be enrolled in an accredited educational institution (K-12, high school and college) in the United States or Puerto Rico
The Gerber Scholarship in Pediatrics Program awards underrepresented minority students interested in pediatrics and emphasis on nutrition with financial support. Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Leadership and community service will be considered in application process.
This need-based scholarship honors Hispanics pursuing a degree in STEM related fields. SHPE provides over $450,000 in scholarships to fill the gap in Hispanic education and successful career placement. Must have a 2.75 GPA and be a SHPE member to apply.
Candidates are U.S. permanent residents or citizens who have been accepted to or enrolled in a semester, summer or academic year IES abroad program. Scholarships are awarded to those attending Hispanic-Serving Institutions that belong to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).
Scholarships support the increase of underrepresented minority groups in management of cultural and scientific organizations. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the field of business or public administration.
Minority students with an engineering or business major are eligible for this award. Students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree at a full-time status in order to be considered.
This scholarship was established in memory of distinguished director of Sunkist Growers and agricultural leader, to provide funds for undergraduate students from Arizona or California agricultural backgrounds who are in need of financial assistance. GPA and extracurriculars must demonstrate potential for success.