6 College Scholarships Latinos Should Apply to Right Now
Jameel Andrews, Joana Amicar and Lianabel Amaro prepare to graduate from the New Jersey National Guard Youth Challenge Academy in Trenton, N.J., August 29, 2009. The program identifies New Jersey youth who have dropped out of high school and using military style training aim to enhance the life skills and employment potential Photo courtesy of Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
Between 1993 and 2014, the enrollment of Latinos in college rose substantially. In 1993, only 22 percent of Latinos aged 18 to 24 attended either a two- or four-year college, according to Pew. By 2014, with about 2.3 million Latino students, the number jumped to 35 percent. And while enrollment for Latinos continues to grow, the cost of higher education can still prevent some from attending college – or it may push others into taking on onerous loans.
Though the spring semester has just begun, it’s never too early to start thinking about summer and fall. That’s why we put together a list of scholarships meant to provide some relief for Latino students. Jot down these deadlines on your calendar.
Anhelo Project Dream Scholarship Application
Deadline: January 26, 2018
The Anhelo Project is for undocumented students in Illinois. “Our goal is to support undocumented students, many of whom despite growing up in the United States and earning a high school diploma, continuously face challenging roadblocks when pursuing a post-secondary education. One major obstacle being financial need due to ineligibility to apply for federal and state financial aid.”
The AMS Minority Scholarship awards students who “have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students.” The two-year scholarship provides students with $3,000 for their freshmen year and $3,000 for their sophomore year.
The National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) will offer five different scholarships in 2018 ranging between $1,500 and $5,000. “NAHJ scholarship opportunities are open to college-bound high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students pursuing careers in English or Spanish-language print, broadcast, digital, or photojournalism. ”
The ACS Scholars Program awards students who are Latino, African American, or American Indian. It’s open to students (high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors) who plan to or are majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or another chemical science field.
The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship offers an annual scholarship for African American/Black, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islander students interested in the actuarial profession. The amount awarded varies, with high school seniors receiving $1,000, sophomores $2,000, juniors $3,000 and seniors $4,000.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund has one goal: to “assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree.” The scholarship is open to high school seniors, undergrads, students transferring from community college to four-year universities, and graduate students. The 2018-2019 scholarships vary between $500 and $5,000.