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Great Scholarship Opportunities in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

There are scholarships for Hispanic and Latino/a students of all levels, plus those with an affinity for the community. Here are some you need to check out!

CollegeXpress strives to be a valuable resource for everyone, including Hispanic and Latino/a students searching for the right colleges and scholarships to help them thrive academically, personally, and professionally. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we’ve gathered a variety of scholarship opportunities for high school, college, and graduate students with Hispanic or Latino/a heritage, or an interest in the Hispanic community. Please note that some application deadlines have passed, but you can keep these opportunities in mind for the future!

The Youth Awards

Sponsored by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, The Youth Awards competition is open to Latino/a high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community. Gold, silver, and bronze awards are granted in several different categories, including Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Engineering, Green Sustainability, and more. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage and plan to enroll at an accredited institution of higher education next fall. Awards: One-time grant of up to $4,000 to fund a college education or community service effort that tackles a social issue; Deadline: November 13

Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders

Sponsored by the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI), the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship recognizes Hispanic students with a commitment to leadership. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted as a full-time undergraduate at an accredited two- or four-year institution in the US and have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry. DACA and undocumented students are also eligible to apply. Applicants are required to submit essays on their background and the future of Latinx leadership as well as two letters of recommendation. Awards: $1,000 for four-year schools, $500 for two-year schools, plus a scholarship to attend the USHLI National Conference; Deadline: November 30

Rumba Meats Scholarship

This year, USHLI has also partnered with the Cargill family of brands to celebrate the Hispanic community through food with the Rumba Meats Scholarship. To be eligible, members of the high school Class of 2023 must have demonstrated financial need, an active history of consistent community service, and at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry. DACA and undocumented students are eligible to apply, and essays about an applicant’s family history and heritage are also required. Once awarded, the 25 recipients must provide a two-minute video explaining how their Hispanic heritage has influenced their life as well as their plans to preserve it. Awards: $1,000; Deadline: November 30 

HACU Scholarship Program

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) represents more than 500 colleges and universities in the United States, Latin America, and Spain. HACU partners with several different brands to offer scholarships to current college students enrolled at member schools, including many emerging and existing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). A variety of scholarships are offered in partnership with Miller Lite, Coca-Cola, Café Bustelo, MGM Resorts, and more, each with differing requirements, amounts, and deadlines; the featured award for the fall 2022 semester is the Neutrogena® #RealSkinRealResults Scholarship for undergraduate and graduate students, with three awards available. Please note that all scholarships require applicants to demonstrate financial need and attend an HACU member college in the US or Puerto Rico. Awards: $5,000; Deadline: December 1

CollegeXpress Scholarship for Students of Color

Hispanic and Latino/a students are eligible to apply for the quarterly Scholarship for Students of Color sponsored by CollegeXpress. Just complete a free CX profile and answer the following question in just one sentence: Who is your hero? Winners of this random drawing will receive a $1,500 scholarship that can be used at any CollegeXpress featured college or university, plus $500 will be donated to the charity of your choice. If you miss one deadline, you have three more chances throughout the year to enter. Award: $2,000; Deadline: December 31 (as well as March 31, June 30, and September 30)

Hispanic Heritage Scholarships

The Hispanic Heritage Scholarship Fund has invested almost $2 million in Central Florida’s Hispanic youth since 2000. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage as well as a US citizen, legal permanent resident, DACA, or eligible citizen according to the FAFSA. These scholarships may only be used at the University of Central Florida, Valencia College, Seminole State College, Lake-Sumter State College, Rollins College, or AdventHealth University. Awards: $3,500–$5,000; Deadline: February 25

HSF Scholars

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) has awarded over $500 million in scholarships to high school, college, and graduate students since 1975, with around 10,000 recipients selected each year. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage as well as US citizens, permanent legal residents, or DACA students. Recipients are chosen based on merit, with award amounts based on relative need. HSF Scholars are also eligible to apply for all Scholar Conferences. Awards: $500–$5,000; Deadline: March 15

Hispanic Scholarship Consortium Scholars Program

The Hispanic Scholarship Consortium (HSC) offers a variety of renewable college scholarships and leadership training opportunities for students of Hispanic and Latino/a heritage residing in Texas. Applicants must plan to enroll at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States on a full- or part-time basis. The program is open to graduating high school seniors, undergraduates, and graduate students, and US citizenship is not required. Awards: Amounts vary; Deadline: April 30

ACAE Scholarships

Offering multiple scholarships for college students each year, the Association of Cuban-American Engineers (ACAE) works to promote Engineering education, provide networking opportunities, and address engineering issues relating to Cuba’s future. Applicants must be US citizens or legal residents of Hispanic heritage who have completed at least 30 units of coursework toward a bachelor's or advanced degree in Engineering at an ABET-accredited institution in the United States or Puerto Rico. The online application asks for short answers about family history, professional goals, and how applicants plan to help other Cuban or Hispanic students in the future. Awards: $500–$2,500; Deadline: September 9

Hispanic Health Professional Student Scholarship Program

The National Hispanic Health Foundation offers multiple scholarships to students with outstanding academic and leadership records as well as a commitment to serving Hispanics. Students must be enrolled full-time in a US-based accredited graduate program in Medicine (Allopathic or Osteopathic), Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing (including BSN), Master of Public Health or Health Policy, or Physician Associate. Applicants aren’t required to be Hispanic but must have an interest in the health of Hispanic communities and NHHF Scholars Alumni activities. Around 15–20 recipients are chosen every year. Awards: Up to $5,000 annually for three years, plus individual $2,000 scholarships; Deadline: September 23

Find even more college funding opportunities with our Scholarship Search tool, and learn about great Hispanic-Serving Institutions that support diverse student bodies.

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