2020 Scholarships for Hispanic Students

Many organizations and universities offer both need and merit-based scholarships that are designed to aid and encourage Hispanic students specifically to pursue higher education and to continue to break into fields that are mostly dominated by non-minority groups. These scholarships are available across a wide variety of majors and areas of interest, ranging from Journalism to Nursing to Engineering. 

So, what can you expect to have to submit in order to be considered for one (or more) of these scholarships? 

Requirements to Apply 


The most important qualifying factor when determining your eligibility to apply for Hispanic-specific scholarships is being Hispanic! Hispanics are people who are descendants of Spanish-speaking populations, such as Mexico, Spain, or Cuba.


Most scholarships typically require a minimum GPA to apply, such as 2.5, 3.0, or 3.5 out of 4.0. The required minimum will often vary depending on how competitive the scholarship is, or how many scholarships are being awarded. While some applications may only prompt you to enter in your GPA, most will require you to upload an official or unofficial transcript that verifies your GPA and grades in specific courses. 


Depending on the type of scholarship (state, federal etc.), the scholarship application may require you to show proof that you are a U.S. citizen or that you are a legal permanent resident of the U.S.

Resume & Essay(s)

While some scholarships may only ask you to submit a resume in order to be considered, others will ask that you answer one or more essay questions that are tailored specifically to the focus of the scholarship. For example, if you are a journalism student and you are applying to a scholarship to help fund your college degree in this subject area, an essay question may ask you to reflect on your proudest achievement thus far that is related to journalism. Ultimately, the essay questions that organizations or universities require are ones that will help them to get a better idea of who you are, what you are hoping to achieve, and why you deserve the scholarship.

Letters of Recommendation

One or more letters of recommendation may be required so the university or organization can “double-check” that your accomplishments and credentials are in fact what you indicated on your resume or in your essays. Common sources for letters of recommendation are professors or teachers, employers, and leaders from extracurricular activities. 

Financial Need

Generally, if you are applying for a need-based scholarship, the organization will require you to submit proof that you are in fact in need of the scholarship, which can generally be accomplished through filling out the FAFSA

Now that you know a little more about the requirements to apply to these scholarships, it is important for you to also be aware of the numerous sources that provide scholarships or access to scholarship resources for Hispanics. 

Scholarship Sources and Resources for Hispanic Students 

Nonprofits & Foundations - Foundations such as the Hispanic Scholarship Fund are designed to provide both “scholarships and support to as many exceptional students as possible”. 

State & Local Groups - These include youth groups, religious groups, clubs within your community, and more. 

Colleges & Universities - Many schools have their own scholarship page or section of their website, where they provide resources to help students with their scholarship search. Additionally, some colleges and universities even offer their own scholarships that students of Hispanic heritage can apply for. 

Companies and Corporations - Large companies and corporations, such as NBC Universal and Pacific Gas & Electric Company, offer scholarships to help give back to the community. 

Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities - also known as HACU, this association was founded in 1986 and represents nearly 500 colleges and universities that are working to provide Hispanic students with the necessary funds to pursue higher education.

Scholarships for Hispanic Students 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund 

Average amount awarded: Varies

Application deadline: February 15

Number awarded last year: 4,400

Merit-based award for U.S. citizens, permanent residents, eligible non-citizens, or DACA of Hispanic heritage with plans to enroll full time in an accredited U.S. 4 year university in the upcoming academic year. Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA for undergraduate and graduate students and a 3.0 GPA for high school students. Must complete FAFSA or state-based financial aid (if available). Must include an official transcript. Award ranges from $500-$5,000 depending on need. For additional information go to HSF.net.

National Association of Hispanic Journalism Scholarships 

Average amount awarded: Varies ($1,500 - $10,000)

Application deadline: Varies

Number awarded last year: N/A

One-time award for high school seniors, college undergraduates, and first-year graduate students who are pursuing careers in English- or Spanish-language print, photo, broadcast, or online journalism. Students may major or plan to major in any subject but must demonstrate a sincere desire to pursue a career in journalism. Must submit a resume and work samples. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or greater to be eligible. Applications are available only on our website - http://www.nahj.org.

Hispanic Network Magazine Scholarship

Average amount awarded: $500

Application deadline: August 15

Number awarded last year: 1

Hispanic Network Magazine will be offering a $500 scholarship that is available to Hispanic undergraduate students. Our goal is to create an environment of teamwork in which Latin Americans and other minorities have access to all applicable business and career opportunities. We are an information source designed to bring promising, talented people together with potential employers and customers throughout the business community.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Scholarship 

Average amount awarded: $2,765

Application deadline: May 24

Number awarded last year: 68

The scholarship programs are sponsored by corporate organizations. To be eligible, students must attend a HACU member college or university and meet all additional criteria. Visit web site http//www.hacu.net for details.

EDSA Minority Scholarship

Average amount awarded: $5,000

Application deadline: February 1

Number awarded last year: 1 

Scholarship established to help African American, Hispanic, Native American and minority students of other cultural and ethnic backgrounds to continue their landscape architecture education as they pursue a graduate degree or enter into their final two years of undergraduate study.

Randy Falco Scholarship

Average amount awarded: $10,000

Application deadline: March 22

Number awarded last year: 1

The Falco Scholarship is awarded to a college-bound Hispanic or Latino student who demonstrates exceptional talent as a creator of video programming as well as outstanding academic achievement and potential for success in a highly competitive profession. The $10,000 annual scholarship honors the industry contributions of renowned media executive Randy Falco, currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Univision Communications Inc. (UCI).


If you're looking for more scholarships like these, check out our other post on Celebrating Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month or start your own custom search!


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