There are scholarships for just about everything under the sun...academic achievement, athletic prowess, membership to certain groups, etc. Financial aid is such a complex animal, however, and it has even been set up along ethnic lines. You may find, in your financial aid search, scholarships that require applicants to be of a specific ethnic origin. In the pursuit of higher education, everyone looks out for each other, so various opportunities are available to different groups. In this case, as you can plainly see by the blog's title, we're talking about scholarships for Hispanics. Let's check out some scholarships now.
- Gates Millennium Scholars. This is a grant-funded scholarship opportunity sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship is intended to aid outstanding minority scholars in completing Bachelor's degrees in any discipline. Additionally, GMS provides for Graduate-level students in such fields as mathematics, engineering and education. Geared towards students with high levels of financial need, this program, while it awards 1000 individuals per year, requires at least a 3.3 GPA from graduating high school seniors. Proven leadership skills are a must!
- Hacemos Scholarship Program. Hacemos is a member organization committed to supporting its members and encouraging success in professional, personal and community-related pursuits. The scholarships is open to Hispanic individuals and dependents of Hacemos members. Award amounts range from $1500 to $2500 for one academic year and eligible students must have a 3.0 or higher GPA. This scholarship is open to a wide range of students, regardless of academic major or class. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and city/state residency restrictions apply.
- HSF/Procter & Gamble Company Scholarship. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, in association with Procter & Gamble, offers scholarships for outstanding Latino students. These awards are targeted toward students in the STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and disburses a $2500 scholarship. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, pursuing an undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics and have at least a 3.0 GPA. Pell Grant recipients are given preference for the award.
- The President Obama/STEM Teacher Scholarship Program. This award is available to junior undergraduate students in the STEM field of study intending to pursue teaching with an award amount of $5000, split between the last two years of study ($2500 junior and senior years). Candidates must be Hispanic, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, be a U.S. citizen and study at a 4-year California university.
As you can tell, there are a wide variety of scholarship opportunities for the Latino community, ranging from general scholarships to particular areas of study. Indeed this just begins to scratch the surface of minority financial aid opportunities, and there's so much more out there! If you have any questions about these or other scholarship options, talk to Go Financial Aid today. We'll be sure to find the right solutions for your needs!