Last updated: November 21, 2017

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. 

Educational Milestones for Hispanic Students in the U.S.

Educational Milestones for Hispanic Students in the U.S.

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.

Resources for Hispanic Students

College Action Plan

An e-mentoring group utilizes the Facebook community to exchange tips of planning for college from middle-school through the college application process.

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities National Internships

This program opens the doors of opportunity for Hispanic students prepare for and seek out internships.

New Futuro

Offers a guide for Hispanic students and their families to navigate the college application process.

Student Now

Resources for Latino students including scholarship information, sorority and fraternity options and other general information specifically for Latino students.

The Dream.US

This site offers financial aid resources and information on the best colleges for Hispanic students.

Plato

The PLATO project provides resources for underrepresented students who plan to study abroad.

 
 

How to Pay for College

1

Scholarships

There are hundreds of scholarships for Hispanic students, which are awarded by local organizations, private companies, societies and more.

 
2

Grants

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.

 
3

Fellowships

While scholarships usually fund tuition, fellowships typically cover graduate study, research projects and abroad experiences without needing to be paid back.

 
4

Student Loans

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.

 
5

Federal Work-Study Program

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.

Scholarship Application Preparation

Not all scholarships are based off of your GPA, but most need to verify your high school education to qualify. Try to get certified copies of your transcript early, so you have plenty of time to meet the deadline.
Although there are scholarship opportunities that aren’t merit-based, it’s valuable to take the SAT or ACT standardized tests in case it’s a scholarship qualification.
Your scholarship essay is what will bring attention to your application out of the pool of applicants. That’s why it’s important to craft a stand out piece that attests to your experience, adheres to the scholarship guidelines and most importantly, highlights your true personality.
Letters of recommendation are a true judgement of your character—something that can’t be revealed through your test scores or transcript. Reach out to former teachers, counselors or bosses, so that they can speak to your qualifications. You may also want to provide them with a resume that outlines your achievements and goals as well.
 

Hispanic Scholarships

Instructions: Click through the dropdowns below to sort by your field of study, award amount and if you qualify for need-based aid.

¡Adelante! Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Scholarships, internships and leadership development opportunities are available through ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund. The Fund supports and aims to inspire Hispanic college students. See website for up-to-date opportunities and eligibility requirements.

"I'm First" Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: Varies

First generation high school seniors planning to pursue a four-year degree at a Center for Student Opportunity Partner School are eligible to apply for this renewable scholarship. Must maintain passing grades for renewal.

ABA Diversity Scholarship

Amount: $2,500

Awards Available: 2

Deadline: Varies

With an aim to broaden traditionally underrepresented groups in the operation and management of travel, transportation and tourism field, this scholarship is awarded to those who have a relevant major or career path. Current undergraduate students are eligible to apply and must have a GPA of at least 3.0 or higher.

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: May 2, 2018

Eligible candidates are full-time undergraduate students attending an accredited U.S. institution with the intent on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession.

AMS/Industry Minority Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Undergraduate minority students are eligible for this award. Students must be seeking a career in oceanic, hydrologic or atmospheric sciences.

Ann Seki Memorial Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Students must be enrolled in an engineering program in their freshman, sophomore, or junior year at an undergraduate college or university. Must have a 3.3 GPA.

APS/IBM Internship for Underrepresented Minorities

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Candidates who identify as female and are from an underrepresented minority are eligible for this internship. Current undergraduate students majoring in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science, biology or materials science may apply.

APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: February 15, 2018

Undergraduate students who identify as female who are majoring in materials science, physics, computer science, chemistry, biology or engineering fields are eligible. Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply.

Association of Cuban Engineers Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

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.

Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPA) Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: May 15, 2018

Students of Hispanic heritage are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Must be a member of ALPFA in good standing, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Sophomore students and above in an undergraduate or graduate program in Business or STEM related fields are eligible.

Becas Univision Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Awards Available: 34

Deadline: Varies

Students who are the first generation to attend college are eligible to apply for this award. Must have a 3.0 GPA. Financial need will be considered.

BRAG Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: June 2, 2018

Students must be enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student. Leadership, scholastic achievement, and community engagement will be considered for this award.

Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Full-time students enrolled in an engineering undergraduate program are eligible to apply. GPA of 3.0 or above is required.

Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship Program

Amount: $5,000

Awards Available: 1

Deadline: April 15, 2018

Candidates must be full-time enrolled as a junior or senior in an undergraduate program, or as a graduate student. Eligible majors include civil, chemical or environmental engineering, or one of the environmental sciences such as biology, ecology or geology. The scholarship is for those in a minority group.

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar-Intern Program

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: April 1, 2018

This award is a scholar-intern program for Latino leaders. Funding for college is available along with hands-on experience and professional development. Eligible candidates are currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students.

Chips Quinn Scholar Program

Amount: $1,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: October 1, 2018

All Hispanic college juniors, seniors, and graduate students are welcome to apply for this award. Includes internship opportunity with proof of drivers license.

Coca-Cola for the Dream Scholarship

Amount: up to $20,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Coca-Cola partners with the Hispanic Scholarship Foundation to offer $175,000 in scholarships for Hispanic and Latino students. Students are asked to submit a photo of themselves with a Coke can, in addition to the scholarship form, to apply.

CSUB C. Richard and Audrey Barnes Nursing Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: April 8, 2018

Students enrolled in an undergraduate nursing program are eligible to apply. Must demonstrate merit and financial need.

CUNY Becas Scholarship Program

Amount: $6,330

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Candidates for this award are those who demonstrate financial need, academic achievement and commitment to service in the Mexican community. Awards are available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Cynthia E. Mboe Memorial Scholarship

Amount: $819

Awards Available: 1

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Students must be a first generation female pursuing an undergraduate degree. Must have a 2.8 GPA and demonstrate financial need.

Edward S. Roth Manufacturing Engineering Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Minorities of any group are eligible to apply for this award. Candidates are high school seniors and undergraduate or graduate students. Students must be pursuing a degree in manufacturing engineering at an ABET accredited school.

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Amount: $45,000

Awards Available: 10

Deadline: January 31, 2018

Candidates must be U.S. citizens accepted to or enrolled in an undergraduate program related to a NOAA field. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply, especially if majoring in a science related to oceanic, atmospheric or environmental disciplines.

ESA Foundation Scholarship Program for Minority Students

Amount: $3,000

Awards Available: 30

Deadline: May 4, 2018

High school seniors and current undergraduate students who are pursuing a career in computer and video game arts are eligible. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Excelen-SIA Academic Scholarship

Amount: $1,500

Awards Available: 1

Deadline: June 22, 2018

Students must be a freshman undergraduate with a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Must be enrolled in an accredited degree program.

ExxonMobil / LNESC Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Latino and Hispanic high school seniors pursuing a degree in engineering are eligible to apply for this award. Must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Must be a U.S. citizen to apply.

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

Amount: $5,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Hispanic students pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or math related fields are eligible to apply. Financial need will be considered. Applicant does not need to be a U.S. citizen for consideration.

Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Awards Available: 1

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Student must be a child of a migrant worker to be eligible for this award. Must be pursuing a degree as an educator and demonstrate financial need.

GE fund and GM Fund LULAC Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: Varies

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.

Golden Door Scholars

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: October 25, 2018

This award is for students of Hispanic heritage who are recent high school graduates and current college students. Preference will be given to students from states that require undocumented students to pay out of state tuition.

HACUS-IES Study Abroad Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: Varies

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).

HENAAC Scholars Program

Amount: $10,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Scholarships are awarded to Hispanics or those who demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or math. A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale is required.

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

Amount: $1,000-$3,000

Awards Available: 160

Deadline: October 2, 2018

High school seniors with at least one Latino parents and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are eligible. Check scholarship website for a full list of participating states and cities.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund/ALPFA Scholarship

Amount: $2,000-$10,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: May 15, 2018

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers this scholarship for students of Hispanic heritage pursuing business and finance-related degrees. Applicants must be a sophomore, junior, or senior at a full-time four-year college or university.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund/Marathon Oil Scholarship Program

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: April 5, 2018

Awards are given to students of Hispanic heritage. Applicants can be current high school or undergraduate students.

Hispanic Scholarship Giveaway

Amount: 2,500

Awards Available: 20

Deadline: February 6, 2018

What would you do to change the world? Hispanic and Latino students are encouraged to apply for this essay-based scholarship opportunity.

HSF General College Scholarships

Amount: $500-$5,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: April 1, 2018

These scholarships are awarded to students planning to enroll in a four-year undergraduate program. High school seniors must have a cumulative 2.5 GPA to apply.

Hyatt Hotels Fund for Minority Lodging Management Students

Amount: $2,000

Awards Available: 20

Deadline: May 1, 2018

The scholarship is open to minority students who are attending an undergraduate institution in the next academic year. Students must be majoring in hospitality management.

IIE UPS Scholarship for Minority Students

Amount: $4,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: Varies

Undergraduate students must be attending an accredited institution for industrial engineering. Eligible schools include those in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Interpublic Group Scholarship and Internship

Amount: $5,000

Awards Available: 2

Deadline: January 27, 2018

Candidates are ethnically diverse students who are current juniors in an undergraduate program, with a career interest in advertising or public relations. Permanent residents and U.S. citizens who live in NJ, NY, CT and PA are eligible.

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Hispanic and Latino students seeking a bachelor's degree or graduate degree are eligible to apply. The minimum GPA requirement is 2.8. Undergraduate students must have completed at least one year of full-time study in order to be eligible.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) NBC Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Awards Available: 10

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.

Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship for Racial Ethnic Minority Students

Amount: $2,500

Awards Available: 1

Deadline: March 15, 2018

The Leonard M. Perryman Communications Scholarship award is given to a current undergraduate student studying mass communications or religion journalism. Students must be a United Methodist ethnic minority.

Lockheed Martin Scholarship Program

Amount: $500-$5,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: February 16, 2018

This scholarship sponsored by the Hispanic College Fund (HCF) is for a student of Hispanic descent pursuing an undergraduate degree in business, science, or engineering. Financial aid will be considered for this award.

LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF)

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: March 31, 2018

Students who have been accepted to or enrolled in a two or four year institution may apply. Applicants can be a legal permanent resident, a U.S. citizen or be granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

McDonald's HACER National Scholarship

Amount: $100,000

Awards Available: 5

Deadline: February 5, 2018

The HACER scholarship provides resources to Hispanic high school seniors pursuing all majors and degree programs. Must be a legal U.S. resident with a 2.7 GPA or higher, with at least one Hispanic parent. Must be pursuing a full-time two or four-year undergraduate degree program at an accredited institution to apply.

Moss Adams Foundation

Amount: $1,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Minority students of at least junior status in an undergraduate degree program are eligible for this award. Students must be pursuing a degree in accounting.

National Hispanic Heritage Professional Student Scholarship

Amount: $2,000-$5,000

Awards Available: 21

Deadline: October 14, 2018

This scholarship is for Hispanic students pursuing careers in healthcare and enrolled full-time at an accredited undergraduate or graduate university program.

National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity

Amount: $2,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: March 1, 2018

Bringing diversity to the field of journalism, this scholarship is available to high school seniors who plan to become a journalist. Scholarships include a book stipend.

PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Awards Available: 10

Deadline: May 31, 2018

PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Latino Scholarship Fund awards are given to incoming and current undergraduate students. Hispanic and Latino students who are permanent legal residents, U.S. citizens, DACA, undocumented or eligible non-citizens are eligible to apply.

RMHC/HACER National Scholarship

Amount: $100,000

Awards Available: 5

Deadline: January 18, 2018

Hispanic and Latino high school seniors are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Applicants must be younger than 21 years old and be a legal resident of the United States.

RTDNF Carole Simpson Scholarship

Amount: $2,000

Awards Available: 1

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Awards are granted to minority individuals who are current undergraduate students. Candidates must be seeking a career in television, radio or digital journalism.

RTDNF Ed Bradley Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Awards Available: 1

Deadline: May 31, 2018

Students must have at least one year of undergraduate study completed to be eligible. Candidates must be pursuing a career in digital journalism, radio or television.

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science SOARS Program

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2018

Candidates must have completed two years of college coursework and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Female and minority students in the field of atmospheric science, biology, geoscience, chemistry, earth science, engineering, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, computer science or social science are eligible.

Smithsonian Institution James E. Webb Internship

Amount: $6,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: Varies

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.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Scholarships

Amount: $1,000-$5,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: Varies

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.

Southwest Airlines Education Travel Program

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: May 22, 2018

This scholarship is for students enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at least 200 miles from their school of choice. This scholarship goes directly towards travel costs for students. Must have a 2.5 GPA to apply.

Surety & Fidelity Industry Intern-Scholarship Program

Amount: $5,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: October 2, 2018

Undergraduate minority students who have declared insurance or risk management, accounting, finance or business as a major are eligible to apply. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

The HSF Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Awards Available: 34

Deadline: Varies

Awards are given to those of Hispanic heritage who are high school students, current college students or community college transfers. Students must carry a certain GPA based on if they are in high school or college. See application for more details.

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

Amount: $2,500

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: February 28, 2018

Current minority undergraduate students are eligible to apply for this career-building fellowship. Areas of study include advertising, public relations and marketing.

The NAVSEA Scholars Program

Amount: $10,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Freshman undergraduate students of Hispanic heritage are eligible for this award. Students must be pursuing a degree at a Hispanic serving institution to apply.

USHLI Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: December 30, 2017

Students must have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry. Candidates must be accepted to or enrolled in a two- or four-year college institution.

WHOI Summer Student Fellowship Program

Amount: Varies

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: February 15, 2018

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution awards student fellowships to students who have completed at least their junior year of undergraduate study. Minority students are encouraged to apply, especially if they are studying in the fields of science or engineering.

Women in Marketing Scholarship

Amount: $750

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: December 11, 2017

This award through Gorilla 76 is for female Hispanic students pursuing a degree in Marketing. Students that are sophomores and above who demonstrate passion and inspiration in their essay are preferred.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

Amount: $10,000

Awards Available: Varies

Deadline: September 20, 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.

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