There are many scholarship options for Latino students who want to attend college or graduate school. Scholarships are available from the government, from public and private organizations, and through the college that will be attended. There are scholarships specific to Latino students and others that are available to any minority. Students can learn about specific scholarships by using online search engines, contacting the financial aid office of the college they are attending, or working with the college counselor at their high school. These are only a few of the scholarship options for Latino students who plan on attending a college or university for graduate or undergraduate studies.
Latino students may want to contact public and private organizations that are related to their area of study. Examples include the American Association of Hispanic Certified Public Accountants Scholarship or the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance Accounting. Another scholarship is the Hewlett Packard Scholarship for engineering students. There are also many large private companies that provide minority scholarships. These include General Electric, AT&T, Ford Motor Company, Bank of America and Best Buy. Some large companies have their scholarships listed on the Latino College Dollars website. These include Sodexho, Lockheed Martin, Coca Cola, and Chevrolet.
Other organizations, such as the Hispanic College Fund, provide more generalized financial aid to Hispanic students. They provide funding for scholarships such as the Marriott's Scholar Program, the Sallie Mae First in My Family Scholarship Program, and the Hilton Family Diversity Scholarship Program. These programs each have different application requirements and deadlines to meet. Review the requirements carefully before submitting the applications.
Colleges often have scholarships available for specific minority students, for specific areas of study, and, sometimes, for a combination of these factors. One example is Project Cambio for Hispanic women who are studying a business related major. Another example is the Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship program that provides a scholarship to students who enroll at a college in the state of Illinois.
There are many different online search engines to help college students find scholarship and grant information. Latino students may want to use one specific to Latino students, such as Latino College Dollars. This search engine will search for scholarships and grants for students according to GPA, deadline for application, school location, and major study area. Not all of the scholarships listed will require the student to be Latino, so it is important to apply early and to apply to as many scholarships as possible. Review the deadlines and requirements carefully.
Using this tool, students may also be able to apply for scholarships such as the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber Scholarships or the IDT Hope scholarship for children of Hispanic parents. Both of these scholarships have summer deadlines for application. Two scholarships with fall deadlines include the Hispanic Scholarship Consortium and the Latin Ladies Organization Scholarship.