9 Top Scholarships for Hispanic Students - NerdWallet

9 Top Scholarships for Hispanic Students

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This article was last updated on Feb. 17, 2015.

With college becoming increasingly crucial to career advancement, financial awards can play a vital role in fostering future success, especially for minority and first-time college students. Although the burden of tuition bills may seem overwhelming, there has never been more scholarships and financial aid available, and this is particularly true for prospective Hispanic or Latino students. To get you started, we’ve assembled a list of our favorite scholarships for Hispanic or Latino students across the United States.

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Nationwide scholarships

Hispanic Scholarship Fund/ALPFA Scholarship

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a number of scholarships every year. The ALPFA scholarship is for students of Hispanic heritage pursuing business and finance-related degrees (business administration, accounting, economics, human resources management, information technology, finance, management, marketing or hospitality management). Applicants must be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year full time at a four-year college or university or be pursing a master’s degree.

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship Program

The Actuarial Foundation awards three annual scholarships to minority students. These scholarships are open to Hispanics, African-Americans and Native North Americans. Students pursuing a degree that may lead to an actuarial profession are welcome to apply.

Rixio Medina & Associates Hispanics in Safety Scholarship

The American Society of Safety Engineers offers an award to a student of Hispanic heritage. Students must be bilingual (Spanish-English) and preference is given to applicants enrolled in ASAC/ABET accredited safety programs.

Gates Millennium Scholarship Program
These scholarships are for outstanding graduating high school seniors or GED recipients who are Hispanic, African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native or Asian Pacific Islander American. Students must be a U.S. citizen or a national or legal resident of the country. They need to have a minimum GPA of 3.3 and meet federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. Students are required to enroll in a full-time degree-seeking program at an accredited college or university in the U.S.

Regional scholarships

Hispanic Leadership Council Scholarship Awards
Location: Texas

The Hispanic Leadership Council awards annual scholarships to students enrolled in four-year colleges, qualifying trade/business schools or junior colleges served by the Region 14 Service Center in Texas. Finalists will undergo an interview process before selections are made.

Hispanic Education Endowment Fund Scholarships
Location: Orange County, California

The Hispanic Education Endowment Fund serves students in Orange County, California. The fund issues need-based scholarships to graduates of Orange County public or private high schools. Applicants must have lived in Orange County for the last six years and be enrolled in a four-year college.

HCCW/Philip Arreola Scholarship
Location: Wisconsin

This scholarship, which is administered by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, is for a graduating high school senior student who will be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the state. To qualify, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a legal resident; maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA; demonstrate a history of academic achievement and involvement in school and/or community activities; and show financial need.

La Plaza Scholarship
Location: Indiana

These scholarships are for graduating high school seniors or currently enrolled college undergraduates who are Indiana residents and planning to attend or are enrolled in an accredited Indiana college or university. Must have a minimum 2.7 GPA and demonstrate determination and/or self-motivation as well as financial need. Preference is given to students of Hispanic descent. A specialized essay is required.

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program
Location: California

This scholarship is for full-time female college undergraduate students or graduate students of Chicana/Latina descent. The applicants must have lived for two years in one of the following Northern California counties and be students at a college or university located in one of them: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, San Francisco, Sonoma or Yolo. Recipients of this scholarship must commit to attending the CLF Leadership Institute for two designated weekends and to volunteering 10 hours for the foundation.

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