Scholarships for Hispanic & Latinx Students to Apply for in 2021

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    Many organizations and universities offer both need and merit-based scholarships that are designed to aid and encourage Hispanic and Latinx 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? 

    Hispanic & Latinx Scholarships: Requirements to Apply


    The most important qualifying factor when determining your eligibility to apply for Hispanic or Latinx-specific scholarships is having Hispanic or Latin heritage! 


    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.

    While some scholarships are open to only U.S. citizens and permanent residents, others are open to international and undocumented students as well.

    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 essays that are tailored specifically to the focus of the scholarship.

    For example, if you are a journalism student and you are applying for 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 Hispanic and Latinx students. 

    Scholarship Sources and Resources for Hispanic & Latinx 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 and/or Latin 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 & Latinx Students

    Latinos in Technology Scholarship

    Average amount awarded: up to $30,000

    Application deadline: March 19

    Number of scholarships awarded: up to 100

    • This scholarship is for Latino/a students who are pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field
    • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have demonstrated financial need
    • DACA recipients who are also AB 540 students are eligible to apply

    McDonald's Hacer Scholarship

    Average amount awarded: $25,000

    Application deadline: February 3

    Number of scholarships awarded: 30

    • This scholarship is for Hispanic students in their senior year of high school (under 21 years of age)
    • Must be a US resident
    • Minimum 2.8 GPA

    Great Minds in STEM Scholarships

    Average amount awarded: $500 - $10,000

    Application deadline: April 30

    • This scholarship is for students pursuing a degree in a STEM-related field
    • Applicants must either be of Hispanic descent and/or demonstrate significant leadership/service within the underserved community
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA to apply

    AIFS - HACU Scholarship

    Average amount awarded: up to 50% off program fees

    Application deadline: Varies depending on the semester abroad

    • Scholarships for outstanding Hispanic students looking to study abroad during college
    • Students must meet all of the AIFS study abroad requirements to apply
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA.

    Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship

    Average amount awarded: Varies

    Application deadline: May 1

    • For academically competitive students who are identified as members of any of the following ethnic/racial groups: African American; American Indian or Alaskan Native; Asian or Pacific Islander; or Hispanic
    • Scholarship selection is based on financial need as determined by federal methodology

    Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund

    Average amount awarded: $2,000

    Application deadline: April 1 

    • Must be a Florida resident intent on pursuing a degree at an eligible postsecondary institution
    • Undergraduate applicants must apply in their senior year of high school
    • Graduate students may also apply but priority is given to undergraduate students
    • You must submit the FAFSA and demonstrate a minimum of $2,000 in financial need to be eligible

    Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarship

    Average amount awarded: $1,500

    Application deadline: March 31

    • For Latina and/or Chicana students enrolled at an accredited college, university, or community college in one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, San Francisco, Sonoma, or Yolo
    • Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA (community college and undergraduate students) or 2.7 GPA (graduate students)

    PICPA Minority Scholarship

    Average amount awarded: Varies ($1,000 - $7,000)

    Application deadline: March 17 

    • This scholarship is for students currently enrolled at a Pennsylvania college or university with a declared major in Accounting
    • Minimum 3.0 GPA 

    Latin American Educational Foundation Scholarship

    Average amount awarded: $2,000

    Application deadline: January 10 

    • Must be a Colorado resident with a minimum 3.0 GPA
    • U.S. citizenship is not required to apply (DACA and undocumented students are encouraged to apply)
    • Recipients are selected based on financial need, leadership potential, and character, and service to the community

    Hispanic Scholarship Fund 

    Average amount awarded: up to $5,000

    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
    • Must have 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)

    National Association of Hispanic Journalism Scholarships 

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

    Application deadline: Varies

    Number awarded last year: N/A

    • 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 
    • Must have a GPA of 3.0

    Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Scholarship 

    Average amount awarded: $2,765

    Application deadline: May 24

    Number awarded last year: 68

    • To be eligible, students must attend a HACU member college or university and meet all additional criteria

    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
    • For students pursuing a major in landscape architecture education as a graduate student or in the 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

    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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