The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their focus in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Science, Technology, and Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM).
Three awards for each student category are given in each of the different regions across the country. In addition, one Regional Award-winning student from each category will be selected as the National Youth Award recipient in his or her respective category. Youth Awards begin with a high-profile, national search through a celebrity-based multimedia campaign that includes partnerships with more than 5,000 high schools and hundreds of colleges, media, elected officials, businesses, and organizations.
Approximately 13,000 applications are collected from qualified juniors who are honored as seniors in the fall. Students have an average GPA of 3.5 or higher, and are promoted as role models to inspire others and shatter negative stereotypes. Youth Awardees can receive grants for education or community projects to encourage social innovation and entrepreneurship.
Eligibility: Must be graduating from an accredited high school ; Must have an un-weighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale; Must be of Hispanic Heritage including (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines); Planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school. If selected, attendance at the regional ceremony is mandatory. Travel to the ceremony will be at the recipient’s expense. Completed online application including a letter of recommendation, transcript, and essay questions. Applicant must be a Permanent Resident, DACA, U.S. Citizen, or Eligible Non-Citizen. For more information please see www.HispanicHeritage.org.
- 3.0 Minimum GPA
- Must currently be in high school
- Type of institution award is open to: two-year college
- Must be Hispanic
- Award is available to U.S. citizens
- Application form required
- Essay required
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Donor: Hispanic Heritage Foundation
HHF is a 501(c)3 focused on assisting a Latino to help hundreds more through a unique cycle of leadership built on a high-profile, year-round continuum of sustainable programs, including the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards, Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT), Hispanic Heritage Awards and Public Awareness Campaigns.
HHF promotes cultural pride, accomplishment and the great promise of the community through public awareness campaigns seen by millions.
HHFs award-winning LOFT leadership and workforce development program is divided into 10 Tracks, or industries, which are priorities for America, including Innovation & Technology, Science & Healthcare, Engineering, Finance, Entrepreneurship, Education, Public Service, Law, Media & Entertainment, and Latinas. Tens of thousands of students and young professionals are connected to each other and to mentors and resources; over 50 trainings, workshops, and informal Charlas are hosted across the country; creative initiatives are executed; and hundreds of minorities are placed into internships, mentorships, fellowships and full-time positions with Fortune 500 companies and government agencies.Website