If you are a college student of Hispanic descent, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a broad range of scholarship opportunities to help you attend college or graduate school. The HSF general college scholarship ranges from $1000 to $5000 per year and is available to legal permanent residents or US citizens with a minimum grade point of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarships are available for community colleges, four year programs, and some graduate programs.
The HSF also has many scholarships supported by foundations such as AT&T, Budweiser, ExxonMobile, Goldman Sachs, Honda, Hormel, Macy's, Morgan Stanley, the Federal government, Shell, Toyota, and even Winchell's donuts. All of these have their own requirements and deadlines, so you should check with the HSF webstie at HSF.net. In all cases, you must apply using their online application and must complete a FAFSA as you would with any college funding option.
Some of the scholarships are restricted to women or to students attending particular colleges or universities. For example, scholarships may apply only to a certain college or to institutions in particular states. In some cases, such as the HSF/CVS Caremark Scholarship Program, which is only for students pursuing a Doctorate in Pharmacy. Preference for some scholarships is given to students who are bilingual. For others, the student must demonstrate leadership and volunteer experiences.
In all cases, the scholarships are only available to those pursuing their first undergraduate or graduate degrees. HSF also provides information for students and families, in both English and Spanish, to help them understand the financial aid application process and prepare for college admissions. The HSF also offers a career center for HSF alumni. Workshops and seminars are offered in communities throughout the country as well.