Scholarship opportunities are particularly important for Hispanic students about to go to or are in college. With 44 million residents, the Hispanic population of the United States has grown into the largest minority population in the county. Many of that number come from economically disadvantaged families and are receiving college degrees at a third of the rate of white students. Without financial assistant, many would be unable to afford college. Like any other students, Hispanics need to search out the best scholarship opportunities that best fit their situation, major, place of origin. A little research and work and bring in several thousand dollars of year of scholarship money that does not need to be paid back. Here are some of the top Hispanic scholarship opportunities out there.
The College and Career Institute of the Hispanic College Fund accepts deserving students to their program meant to foster financial, social, and professional support. Accepted students receive between $500 and $10,000 each year, as well as advisory phone calls each term. Students will also be required to participate in webinars on topics meant to improve their social, financial, and professional skills. The Institute hopes to help students complete college while building skills and relationships that will benefit them in their careers. Applicants must plan on attending an accredited four-year university in the United States or Puerto Rico, demonstrate financial need, and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, be a U.S, citizen, permanent resident, or graduate from a U.S. high school after having attended for at least three years.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers several opportunities for Hispanic college students at all levels of the university experience, from graduating high school seniors attending college for the first time to graduate students pursuing advanced degrees. All applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident, and are pursuing their first undergraduate or graduate degree. Students must also attend a university in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam, or the U.S. Virgin Islands. There are many awards for graduating high school seniors, continuing undergraduate and graduate students, and community college transfer students. Search the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s website for the awards that best fit you.
Some scholarship opportunities are very specific, like the Berrien Fragos Thorn Arts Scholarships. Intended for students who have a background marked by migration for agricultural work, the Thorn Scholarship seeks to give creative students the opportunity to attend college to pursue their artistic endeavors, a chance they would likely have a hard time getting otherwise. The fields are diverse, covering just about any artistic endeavor one could think of. Students must be at least 16 years old and do not even have to be enrolled in school.
These have only been a handful of Hispanic scholarships for college. Financial aid organizations are making more and more available as the need of Hispanic students grow. A little research into state, local, or university scholarships can reap enormous rewards and make the once unaffordable college experience affordable.