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Law School Diversity Scholarship Program

Buckfire Law firm annually offers the Law School Diversity Scholarship Program to support law school students belonging to minority groups or demonstrating a defined commitment to issues of diversity.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
June 1, 2023
Application Deadline
October 1, 2023
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$2,000
1 Award Winner
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$2,000
1 Award Winner

Medical Diversity Scholarship Program

Every year, the Buckfire Law firm offers one available scholarship valued at $2,000 per recipient for undergraduate study across the United States.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
June 1, 2023
Application Deadline
October 1, 2023
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$2,000
1 Award Winner
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$2,800
1 Award Winner

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program of $2,800 is awarded to undergraduate or graduate students interested in advancing toward doctoral study upon completing their bachelor's degree.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate
Application Open Date
August 22, 2023
Application Deadline
October 1, 2023
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$2,800
1 Award Winner
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$5,000
1 Award Winner

Alma Exley Scholarship

The Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in a teacher training program at a Connecticut college or university. Students in their junior or senior year and master’s students are eligible to apply.

Eligible Grades
College Junior – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
September 1, 2023
Application Deadline
October 31, 2023
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$5,000
1 Award Winner
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$15,000
3 Award Winners

Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

The HHF and its partners present the Youth Awards to three Latino high school seniors from each category who succeed in the classroom or the community.

Eligible Grades
High School Freshman – High School Graduate
Application Open Date
August 1, 2023
Application Deadline
November 13, 2023
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$15,000
3 Award Winners
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$10,000
1 Award Winner

CAA’s Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts

CAA's Professional Development Fellowship in Visual Arts was created to help multicultural artists and artists from underrepresented minority groups and culturally diverse communities in the various aspects of their work.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
September 15, 2023
Application Deadline
November 15, 2023
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$10,000
1 Award Winner
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$6,200
7 Award Winners

TMCF | Ford Blue Oval Scholarship

The Ford Blue Oval Scholarship awards $6,200 to seven male students for their undergraduate studies.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 1, 2023
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$6,200
7 Award Winners
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$4,000
1 Award Winner

Minority Teacher Education Scholarship

The Minority Teacher Education Scholarship (MTES) is a renewable award of up to $4,000 a year to minority students in Florida pursuing education-related bachelor's undergraduate or graduate programs.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 2, 2023
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$4,000
1 Award Winner
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$20,000
20 Award Winners

Minority Fellowship Program for Mental Health Counselors Doctorate

The NBCC Minority Fellowship Program is a $20,000- scholarship and fellowship program that supports mental-health counselors pursuing doctoral studies in the United States.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Doctorate
Application Open Date
September 22, 2023
Application Deadline
December 15, 2023
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$20,000
20 Award Winners
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$10,000
30 Award Winners

Minority Fellowship Program for Mental Health Counselors Master’s

The Minority Fellowship Program for Mental Health Counselors is a program that supports mental health counselors and offers a $10,000- fellowship to graduate students pursuing their master’s in mental health.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
September 22, 2023
Application Deadline
December 15, 2023
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$10,000
30 Award Winners
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$10,000
25 Award Winners

Oracle Developer Scholars Program

The Oracle Corporation, with the UNCF, offers 25 scholarships valued at $10,000 for undergraduate studies across the United States. Only African American, Hispanic, and Native American students are eligible.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – Graduate
Application Open Date
September 22, 2023
Application Deadline
December 15, 2023
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$10,000
25 Award Winners
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$5,000
1 Award Winner

Arcadis Scholarship

Every year, Arcadis awards a $5,000 scholarship to a student from an underrepresented racial and ethnic minority group who is pursuing a graduate degree in STEM fields.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 20, 2023
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$5,000
1 Award Winner
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$10,000
1 Award Winner

Jacobs Holly A. Cornell Scholarship

In partnership with the American Water Works Association, Jacobs Holly A. Cornell Scholarship offers $10,000 to a minority postgraduate student interested in waterworks.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 20, 2023
Open
$10,000
1 Award Winner
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$2,500–$16,000
1,000 Award Winners

NACME Scholars (Block Grant) Program

NACME partners with like-minded entities to provide the NACME Scholars (Block Grant) Program of up to $16,000 for high-achieving, underrepresented minority college students pursuing careers in engineering and computer science.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
January 1, 2023
Application Deadline
December 31, 2023
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$2,500–$16,000
1,000 Award Winners
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$2,500
1 Award Winner

Chairish Design Your Future Scholarship

The Chairish Design Your Future Scholarship is awarded to students from underrepresented minority groups and of all educational levels enrolled in accredited post-secondary institutions to further their education.

Eligible Grades
High School Senior – Graduate
Application Open Date
July 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 1, 2024
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$2,500
1 Award Winner
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$30,000
60 Award Winners

Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship awards $30,000 scholarships to students with financial need from minority backgrounds.

Eligible Grades
High School Freshman – High School Senior
Application Open Date
September 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 11, 2024
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$30,000
60 Award Winners
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$4,000
1 Award Winner

APF Queen-Nellie Evans Scholarship

The APF Queen-Nellie Evans Scholarship offers one $4,000 scholarship grant to master’s or doctorate students who are from minority and underrepresented groups.

Eligible Grades
Graduate – Postgraduate
Application Open Date
March 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 31, 2024
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$4,000
1 Award Winner
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$45,000
10 Award Winners

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

As part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s mission, the EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship provides funds of $45,000 to rising junior undergraduate students for their final two years.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 31, 2024
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$45,000
10 Award Winners
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$3,000
3 Award Winners

Student Excellence in Archaeology Scholarships

Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship offers $3,000 grants to three underrepresented minorities wishing to or undertaking archaeology courses.

Eligible Grades
Undergraduate – Graduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 31, 2024
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$3,000
3 Award Winners
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$10,000
10 Award Winners

Minority Advertising Scholarships

Minority Advertising Scholarships program of up to $200,000 a year supports graduate students of minorities to complete their graduate and postgraduate studies in advertising, PR, design, and photography.

Eligible Grades
All
Application Open Date
August 2, 2023
Application Deadline
February 1, 2024
Open
$10,000
10 Award Winners
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$5,000–$100,000
30 Award Winners

McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship

McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship offers up to $100,000 to 30 high school seniors of Hispanic origin to pursue undergraduate studies of their choice, part-time or full-time, at U.S institutions.

Eligible Grades
High School Junior – Undergraduate
Application Open Date
October 1, 2023
Application Deadline
February 5, 2024
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$5,000–$100,000
30 Award Winners
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$10,000
10 Award Winners

Oracle Corporate Scholars Program

The Oracle Corporate Scholars Program awards $10,000 to 10 college students each to further their education.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – College Senior
Application Open Date
October 11, 2023
Application Deadline
December 8, 2023
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$10,000
10 Award Winners
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$10,000–$15,000
1 Award Winner

Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence

Annually, Goldman Sachs awards from $10,000 to $15,000 each to Black, Hispanic, and Native American college and undergraduate students through the Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence program.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – College Junior
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 1, 2024
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$10,000–$15,000
1 Award Winner
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$5,000
1 Award Winner

EESI Future Climate Leaders Scholarship Program

Students at HBCUs can apply for up to $5,000 in awards each academic year to pursue programs related to environmental science, clean energy, and climate policy at EESI-accredited institutions.

Eligible Grades
College Sophomore – College Junior
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 12, 2024
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$5,000
1 Award Winner
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$20,000
5 Award Winners

ASA Minority Fellowship Program

The American Sociological Association is offering a scholarship of $20,000 to those seeking a doctorate in sociology, including social psychology, gender and sexuality, education, medicine and health.

Eligible Grades
Graduate
Application Open Date
November 1, 2023
Application Deadline
January 31, 2024
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$20,000
5 Award Winners

About Hispanic Student Scholarships

Colleges across the U.S. are prioritizing diversity and representation because it is important for alleviating inequality in the country. For example, did you know that Hispanics/Latinos make up almost 20% of the U.S. population but only about 1 in 5, just 20%, of Hispanic/Latino people hold a college degree? That’s why organizations and businesses offer scholarships based on race or ethnicity, with the aim of helping students from minority groups access a good college education. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the immediate enrollment rate for Hispanic students in 2020 was 60% — the third highest behind Asian (86%) and white (67%), while the percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds enrolled in college was 35.8%.

To be eligible for Hispanic scholarships you must be of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American descent/origin. Often, the line between Hispanic and Latino is blurred and the scholarships can usually apply to both of these groups. Our Scholaroo database has more than 100 different scholarships for Hispanic and Latino students.

Top 10 Hispanic scholarships

Here are 10 easy to apply for scholarships. Some of them are open to students from any demographic, while others are specifically for Hispanic students. They all have minimal application requirements, which makes them easy to apply for. But you stand a chance to be awarded large scholarships so it's worth a shot.

ScholarshipAward Amount
McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship$5,000–$100,000
Cameron Impact Scholarship$20,000–$50,000
Most Valuable Student Competition$1,000–$50,000
Burger King Scholars$1,000–$50,000
TheDream.US National Scholarship Program$16,500–$33,000
Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards$15,000
Davis-Putter Scholarship$15,000
U.S. Senate Youth Program$10,000
Global Citizen Scholarship$2,000–$10,000
Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics Essay Contest$1,000–$10,000

Hispanic students in STEM

Hispanic students have been historically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. Despite making up 18% of the U..S population, Hispanic students only account for 7% of those who graduate with a degree in STEM subjects. This is due to various factors such as language barriers, lack of resources or support from family and friends, and limited access to higher education opportunities. Fortunately, there are many initiatives emerging which aim to encourage more Hispanic youth into STEM fields by providing mentorship programs and scholarship opportunities as well as introducing them to role models from similar backgrounds who can share their experiences with aspiring scientists. With these initiatives in place, we are sure that Hispanics will soon be able to take their rightful place among the world’s leading innovators.

For the 2020 academic year, the NCES reported that 773,971 STEM degrees and certificates were awarded. Hispanic students made up 14.6% of that number, 14.4% were males and 14.9% were females. The actual number of degrees or certificates awarded was 94,927 — 61,963 went to Hispanic males and 32,964 went to Hispanic females. In 2020, there were 17,037 associate’s degrees awarded to Hispanic students — 11,670 went to males and 5,367 went to females; 52,905 bachelor’s degrees — 32,160 to Hispanic males and 20,745 to Hispanic females; 7,841 master’s degrees — 4,953 for males and 2,888 for females; and 1,203 doctor’s degrees — 691 were awarded to males and 512 to females.

What are the most popular majors for Hispanic students?

In recent years, there has been a trend among Hispanic students to pursue STEM majors such as engineering, computer science, and mathematics. These fields of study have become increasingly attractive due to the well-paying job opportunities that they offer. Other popular majors for Hispanic students include business studies and health sciences, as these studies can lead to lucrative careers in the ever-growing healthcare industry. It is important for Hispanic students to be aware of the various options available to them, as well as the importance of choosing a major that aligns with their own goals and interests.

In 2020, 2,038,431 bachelor’s degrees were awarded and 302,615 of those were awarded to Hispanic students. The three fields of study with the most degrees awarded were Business, Health professions and related programs, and Social sciences and history. The top three degrees among Hispanic students were the same — 26,493 Business degrees, 11,808 Social sciences and history degrees, and 11,585 Engineering degrees.

Of those 302,615 bachelor’s degrees, 117,211 were awarded to Hispanic males. The fields of study with the highest number of degrees conferred to Hispanic males were Business (26,493), Social sciences and history (11,808), and Engineering (11,585) — the three most popular fields for males overall were Business, Engineering, and Social sciences and history. The fields with the fewest degree conferred among Hispanic males were Military technologies and applied sciences (102), Legal professions and studies (249), and Theology and religious vocations (326).

Scholarships for Hispanic women and Latinas 2023

In 2020, 2,038,431 bachelor’s degrees were awarded and 302,615 of those were awarded to Hispanic students. Of those 302,615 bachelor’s degrees, 185,404 went to Hispanic women. The most popular fields of study among women in 2020 were Health professions and related programs, Business, and Psychology. For Hispanic women, the top three fields were the same — 28,256 Hispanic women in Health professions and related programs, 26,900 in Business, and 19,489 in Psychology. The fields with the lowest number of degrees were Transportation and materials moving with 91 degrees, Military technologies and applied sciences with 19, and Library science with only 15.

There are at least 9 different scholarships that are specifically for Hispanic women and Latinas on Scholaroo. The award amounts range from the $1,000 Ashton Washington Women of Color Annual Scholarship to the $15,000 Mission North The Future Is... Fellowship. The areas of study range from engineering and science to public relations and technology.

If those don’t fit your needs, head to our Scholarships for Women page — there are almost 100 scholarships listed so you’re likely to find something. If you’re looking to pursue a specific degree program, head to our College Majors page and search through the various majors. We’ve introduced search filters too to help make the search even easier, so use them to narrow down the search to scholarships that are valuable to you.

How to win scholarships for Hispanic and Latino students 2023

These scholarships are often meant to supplement federal aid so ensure that you’ve filed for Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA. This will also help organizers determine whether you are eligible – financial need is usually an eligibility requirement and qualifying for federal aid is a way to prove that you need assistance. Read the tips we’ve provided on each of the scholarships to ensure you nail your application.

Something that we strongly recommend that you plan your essay. Most scholarship applications ask for an essay – either on a provided topic or a motivational essay in which you explain why you deserve the scholarship based on your goals for the future. We have an article on How To Write a Scholarship Essay that goes into more detail. We advise you to write multiple drafts and have others read them before you submit them. It’s also very important that you stick to the word count — anything significantly over or under will likely be disqualified. Take your time, and don’t rush the writing process because you need to submit your best work.

Frequently asked questions

How many college scholarships for Hispanic students are there 2023?

There are 108 different scholarships for Hispanic students in our Scholaroo database. These are for college and university — some cover tuition costs and additional educational costs such as textbooks and accommodation. One of the top scholarships is the McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship — 30 Hispanic students will be awarded anywhere from $100,000 to $5,000 for their college education. Another popular scholarship is the Kia America – HACU STEAM Scholarship, which the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) awards in collaboration with KIA America. The awards are worth $2,000.

When is the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards deadline 2023?

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization established by the White House to empower and inspire Latino leaders across the U.S. In 1998, it founded the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards to honor Latino high school students. The award can be used by receipts to fund their college education or a community service effort. The award deadline for the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards is November 13.

What is the Hispanic Scholarship Fund?

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is a leading scholarship organization that assists students of Hispanic heritage to obtain a college education and university degree. The fund offers scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Hispanic students only to cover the cost of their education. Check out the HSF Scholarship, funded by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which awards more than 10,000 students.

What are HSIs or Hispanic-serving institutions?

Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) are accredited colleges and universities where total Hispanic enrollment is at least 25%. They are designated by the U.S. Department of Education to receive federal grants, which fund programs designed to strengthen the institution’s ability and resources to serve Hispanic students. The goal of HSIs is to help close the achievement gap between Latino/a college students and their peers by providing additional financial, academic, and social support for this population. Additionally, HSIs are often located in urban or rural neighborhoods that have a high percentage of poverty and a large Hispanic student body. This makes them important assets within these communities as they create accessible educational opportunities for individuals from minority backgrounds. In 2020, there were 1,901,959 Hispanic students enrolled in HSIs in the U.S.