Hispanic Scholarships and Grants
Hispanic college students can find college grants for Hispanics and Hispanic scholarships from several sources.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund every year awards several scholarships to Hispanic students. They also have resources for Hispanic high school students, families, and college students, including a Career Center and Alumni group. The fund also has scholarship programs for graduating high school seniors, community college students, undergraduate students and graduate students.
The Hispanic College Fund is another excellent source scholarships for Hispanic students. They have a program to help prepare high school students for college, a Career Institute for college students, and the Hispanic Professionals Institute to help Hispanic college graduates make the transition from studying to getting started in their careers. The Hispanic scholarship deadline from the Hispanic College Fund is the 1st of March, 2012.
The The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute has a scholarship program. The deadline for the 2012 scholarship awards is April 16, 2012. These are one-time scholarships and include a $1,000 scholarship for an Hispanic community college student, a $2,500 scholarship for an Hispanic university student, and a $5,000 scholarship for an Hispanic graduate student.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is another resource for Latino college students looking for how to pay for college. The HACU Scholarship Program will take applications for the 2012-2013 academic year in the spring of 2012. As the HACU scholarships are need-based, you will want to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms as well. Start applying for the Pell Grant and any state grants in January of your senior year of high school, and then submit your paperwork to HACU when you apply for their scholarship. For any questions, you may e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Hispanic Scholarships
Hispanic college students may be interested in the National Council of La Raza. The the National Council of La Raza, a U.S.-based Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, sponsored the Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship Program, along with Best Buy. While they have not announced whether the scholarship will be offered again for the next academic year, they do keep a list of scholarships for under-represented minorities.
The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) is offering scholarships to both full-time and part-time MBA students. The annual deadline for the scholarship is May 2nd. To be eligible, candidates must be members of the NSHMBA. Membership is free. Scholarship range from $2,500 to $10,000 and are based on financial need. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of Hispanic heritage with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Those who demonstrate two years of full-time work experience can apply with a 2.75 GPA or better. Online applications are accepted from March 1st till April 30th. For further details see the website nshmba.org or contact Julie Farlinger, the scholarship manager for NSHMBA at (507) 931-1682.
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is another source of references for Latino students. They have a scholarships and resources section on their website. They also sponsor the National Youth Awards every year for Hispanic high school juniors who have excelled in one of the following award categories: business, community service, education, engineering and math, and healthcare.
To understand the process of apply for Federal Financial aid and how federal and state college grants can help pay for college, it is also highly recommended to read these pages regarding the standard federal and state college grants on our websites pages, regarding undegraduate grants, Pell Grants, grants by state of residence, the FSEOG, community college grants, and vocational grants. With this information and the sources listed above for free college money for Hispanic students in the form of Hispanic scholarships, Hispanic students will be able to seek the help they need to pay for college.