As a student financing an education either independently or with assistance, the price tag on a college tag can be overwhelming. One of the ways to minimize student debt and ease the stress of paying for college is by applying to scholarships, some of which may align with your personal identities.
For our Latinx students of all school years and academic standing, here are some scholarship opportunities that we highly encourage you to apply for! Some require essays and additional application materials – read more about each below:
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI): Next Opp → https://www.chcinextopp.net/scholarships
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) is the nation’s premier Hispanic leadership development organization. A nonprofit and nonpartisan 501(C)3 organization based in Washington, D.C., CHCI promotes education attainment, provides unmatched career development experiences, and offers leadership programs that connect program participants to a network of U.S. leaders. Multiple scholarships are listed on the institute’s website – be sure to search the qualifications and ensure that you apply to scholarships designated for students currently enrolled in a college or university.
US Hispanic Leadership Institution → https://www.ushli.org/category/scholarships/
The US Hispanic Leadership Institution offers several scholarships to Latinx youth, most notably the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship For Young Hispanic Leaders. The institution also connects students to internships and scholarships through their scholarship database, which all students can access by completing and submitting the form on their website.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund → https://www.hsf.net/scholarship
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund sponsors thousands of HSF Scholars every year, which is a program that connects students to career services, mentorship, leadership development, knowledge building, and wellness training, as well as scholarship opportunities. To be eligible, students must be of Hispanic heritage, a US citizen, permanent resident, or DACA, and plan to be enrolled for the following school year.
The Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in América → https://www.maldef.org/resources/scholarship-resource-guide/
MALDEF, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, advocates for scholarship and other professional development opportunities for all Latinx students. Their resource guide, available in both English and Spanish, contains an extensive list of scholarships organized by month during which applications are due.
Hispanic Dental Association> https://www.hdassoc.org/scholarship-program
Though a membership-based organization, rates to join the Hispanic Dental Association are very reasonable for individual student memberships and will connect you to great scholarship opportunities through the association. Several scholarships are available to dental students of all school years, funded by individual donors and corporate partners.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers → https://shpe.org/students/scholarshpe
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) aims to close the gap in the Hispanic STEM education pipeline by connecting Latinx students to scholarships. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply, but must be members of the SHPE before applying. There are over 100 scholarships available and requirements are listed for each opportunity on their website.
Ciencia Scholars → http://www.alliancescholars.org/scholarships.html
The Ciencia Scholars Program is an initiative through the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. Navigate to their website and click on your education level, either undergraduate or graduate, and you will be redirected to a master list of available scholarships for students pursuing careers in science.
If you would like to discuss scholarship applications and other professional development opportunities available to you, schedule an appointment with a Career Coach via Handshake. You can also find blogs, campus organizations, professional societies, and other resources available to you on our Latinx Affinity Community Page.