Scholarships for Hispanic Students
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Mission North The Future Is… Fellowship
The Future Is… Fellowship awards $15,000 to one female BIPOC(Black, Indigenous, or Person of Color) student pursuing studies in communications with an interest in tech or science.
Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship
Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship offers financial assistance to students in their final year of a graduate program in healthcare management. It’s for racially/ethnically diverse and LGBTQ students.
Ashton Washington Women of Color Annual Scholarship
To preserve the heritage of a WOC and help her excel, the $1,000 Ashton Washington Women of Color Annual Scholarship was founded by an HBCU graduate and her grandmother.
UNCF – Anthem Corporate Scholars Program
Students from minority ethnic groups and races are awarded $5,000 scholarships and internship programs by a Fortune 500 company.
The Prospanica Scholarship, worth $2,000 to $5,000, is specifically for undergraduates and graduates who want to achieve something in their lives and inspire others to become successful.
Richard W. Collins III Leadership with Honor Scholarship
Maryland Higher Education Commission annually awards the Richard W. Collins Leadership with Honor Scholarship to minority students who are part of ROTC programs at Maryland’s four HBCUs.
V&E Diversity Scholarship
Vinson & Elkins offers $10,000 to seven high school senior students of a minority in Houston, Dallas, and Austin to enroll in law undergraduate degree programs at accredited universities or colleges.
CME Group Foundation Scholars Program
$20,000 is awarded to an outstanding student attending a partner institution by the CME Group Foundation.
Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship
The Joel Garcia Memorial scholarship is targeted at Latino high school students and college students who are pursuing a degree in journalism.
Brown and Caldwell Minority Scholarship
Brown and Caldwell offer the Minority Scholarship to undergraduate students from minorities enrolled in engineering or environmental sciences-related programs at accredited colleges or universities in the U.S.
The Courage Kenny Foundation offers the Empower Scholarship of $1,500 to three ethnic minority students to pursue a career in the medical or rehabilitation field in Minnesota or Western Wisconsin.
Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
The American Bar Association (ABA) annually offers the Legal Opportunity Scholarship to racial and ethnic minority undergraduate and graduate students pursuing law in the U.S. to complete their studies.
Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program
The Tennessee Minority Teaching Fellows Program awards one $5,000 scholarship to full-time undergraduate and/or part-time graduate students enrolled in courses creditable to teachers. Licensed teachers are not eligible.
Student Of Color Scholarship
The Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation-Student of Color Scholarship offers a $10,000 scholarship to undergraduate or postgraduate students of color.
CVS Health Foundation Health Care Careers Scholarship
Apply for a chance to bag the CVS Health Foundation Health Care Careers Scholarship worth up to $20,000.
Milliman Opportunity Scholarship
Milliman Inc. offers the Milliman Opportunity Scholarship of $5,000 to undergraduate students of an ethnic minority to study actuarial science, data science, mathematics, computer science, statistics, finance, economics, or programming.
APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship
The American Planning Association (APA) provides the APA Judith McManus Price Scholarship of $1,000 to female and minority students to pursue careers as practicing planners in the public sector.
APSA Minority Fellowship Program
The American Political Science Association offers the APSA Diversity Fellowship Program of $5,000 to 14 graduate students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups to pursue their doctorate degrees in political science.
The Hispanic Scholarship Consortium seeks to support Hispanic and Latino students in Texas to study at a university or college in the United States.
KyCPA College Scholarships
The KyCPA College Scholarship offers 43 $1,550 scholarships to college students currently enrolled in accounting.
PRSA Georgia Multicultural PRism Scholarship
The PRSA Foundation offers the $1,000 PRSA Georgia Multicultural PRism Scholarship to republic relations, journalism, and mass communication students.
William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship
William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship is an annual program to support students from underrepresented groups accepted or enrolled in a prelicensure registered nurse program.
Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship
The Kansas Board of Regents offers the Kansas Ethnic Minority Scholarship of $1,850 to ethnic minority high school senior students in Kansas to pursue undergraduate degree programs of their choice.
CGCS – Bernard Harris Scholarship Program
The Bernard Harris Scholarship Program awards four graduating high school seniors who seek to major in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) courses at college or university level.
¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program
The ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award program offers 185 $1,500 flight e-passes to undergraduate and graduate students who travel away from home to study.
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.
|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|
|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.