College Scholarships for Hispanic & Latino Students

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Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarship was set up to help students with Hispanic heritage get a college degree. Awards are based on both merit and financial need and range from $500 to $5,000. Some of the eligibility requirements include:

  • A GPA of at least 3.0 for high school students
  • A GPA of at least 2.5 for undergraduate and graduate college students
  • Filling out the FAFSA
  • Being a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, DACA or eligible non-citizen

The scholarship is open to all majors, but STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) majors may be given preference. February 15 is the deadline to turn in all applications.

Haz La U Scholarship

Sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Colgate-Palmolive, the Haz La U program awards $100,000 in scholarships to 31 students of Hispanic descent every year. Scholarships range from $2,000 to $15,000 and are awarded based on academic merit and a demonstrated track record of leadership in the community. Deadlines for this award vary every year, but information becomes available in September.

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarship

Designed to fuel civic engagement in the Latino community, the La Unidad Latina Foundation offers awards between $500 and $1,000 to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at a 4-year college. Applicants should also:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.8
  • Have finished at least one year of undergraduate study
  • Reside in the United States
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a community leader, faculty member or administrator at their school

The deadline to apply is typically in October.

First Generation: Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU) Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Abroad Scholarship

The HACU IES Abroad Scholarship gives qualifying students a chance to receive up to $5,000 for a regular semester and $2,500 for a summer semester. Students also get the opportunity to travel abroad and study in locations around the world. Eligible applicants are:

  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • In demonstrable financial need
  • The first in their family to go to college (preference is given to these individuals)
  • In a standard (not customized) college program
  • Currently attending a school that is part of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
The deadline for fall applications is May 1. Spring applications must be submitted by November 1.

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