Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students

Last updated: April 23, 2019

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. If you need help, use our interactive guide to learn how to answer every question.

 
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.

EMPOWER Scholarships

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: April 15, 2020

The EMPOWER Scholarship, supports minority students who are pursuing a career in a medical or rehabilitation field.

Great Minds in Stem Scholarship Program

Amount: $500-$10,000

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Applicants must be of Hispanic origin and/or must demonstrate leadership or service within the Hispanic community. Applicant must also be enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4-year undergraduate or graduate program and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Must be pursuing a STEM degree.

Ceasar Chavez Latino Education Fund

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Latino students in Arizona and California are qualified to apply. Scholarships are based solely on academic performance, leadership, extracurricular activities, commitment to volunteer service and financial need.

Migrant Farmworker Baccalaureate Scholarship

Amount: $20,000

Deadline: July 1, 2019

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.

League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) NBC Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: October 22, 2019

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.

Hawai'i Community Foundation Scholarships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

Hawaii Community Foundation is providing a wealth of financial support to qualified students throughout Hawaii. With over 250 scholarships, Hawaii students can surely find a scholarship that applies to them.

National Medical Fellowships

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The National Medical Fellowships awards financial support to underrepresented minority students demonstrating leadership and currently enrolled in a graduate level healthcare program in the US. Must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Community service will also be considered in application process.

Goldman Sachs MBA Fellowship

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The MBA Fellowship is designed to increase interest in financial services among black, hispanic and native american business school students.

HACUS-IES Study Abroad Scholarship

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: November 1, 2019

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).

LULAC National Scholarship Fund

Amount: Varies

Deadline:

LULAC strives to create lifelong learners and leaders within the hispanic community. Students must be pursuing a bachelor's degree at a full-time status in order to be considered.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: January 1, 2020

The Latinos in Technology Scholarship was established to support Hispanic community in Silicon Valley. This program will give up to 100 Latino student to graduate from college with an educational opportunity. The scholarship is need-based specifically for residents of specific Northern California counties.

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program

Amount: $18,000

Deadline: January 31, 2020

This scholarship awards graduate students pursuing a degree in sociology demonstrating strong mental health research and/or interest. Students will be selected based on intent on research and development in mental health, academic achievement and financial need.

Edward S. Roth Manufacturing Engineering Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Deadline: February 1, 2020

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.