There is a wealth of scholarship opportunity for Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students to consider, though finding reliable and succinct information regarding all of these opportunities can be overwhelming and frustrating. While there are many sources of academic funding for Hispanic students, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is a veritable goldmine of scholarship opportunities, offering well over 50 different scholarships in tandem with major corporations and private family foundations. The following three are just the tip of the iceberg, and were chosen based on the size of the scholarship award.
Through the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers the Gold Standard Scholarship Program, which awards a substantial $10,000 academic scholarship to Hispanic students who live and attend school in one of the six NBA market areas. These NBA market areas are New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Boston and New Orleans. Scholarship money is disbursed in the Fall, and award recipients are automatically eligible for a larger $30,000 scholarship by way of an online competition.
To qualify for the Gold Standard Scholarship, Hispanic students must be legal U.S. citizens living and attending school in one of these six cities, be 21 years of age at the time of application, be enrolled full-time with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must demonstrate leadership qualities as well as service experience. The application deadline for the Gold Standard Scholarship is January 31st of the year in which the award is to be disbursed.
The Marathon Oil Corporation offers up to $30,000 to Hispanic students who are enrolled as sophomores at the time of application, and who are majoring in accounting, computer science, computer engineering, chemical engineering, environmental engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, information technology, geology/geosciences, or supply chain management. The scholarship is also open to Hispanic college seniors considering a masters program in geology, geophysics or petroleum engineering.
Other qualifications outside of ethnicity and field of study are legal citizenship and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Award recipients are also given the opportunity to take part in a paid eight-to-ten week summer internship at the nearest Marathon Oil corporate location, where they will be assigned a professional mentor. The application deadline for the Marathon Oil Corporation Scholarship is November 1st of the year prior to the award disbursement, which occurs the following Fall.
For Hispanic students whose studies fall under the category of media, performing arts, film, communications or writing, the McNamara Family Foundation offers the Creative Arts Project Grant. This grant provides the considerable sum of $15,000 to Hispanic students who are majoring in the arts, and who are legal U.S. citizens maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The grant is designed to provide assistance to Hispanic arts majors who need the funding to begin and complete a major creative arts project required by their institution to satisfactorily complete their course of study. The application deadline for the McNamara Family Creative Arts Project Grant is February 28th of the year in which the award is to be disbursed.