7 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.
McDonald’s HACER® National Scholarship
Deadline: February 4, 2019
McDonald’s is giving out 30 scholarships – ranging from $5,000 to $100,000 – to high school students planning to attend a two- or four-year college or university. Those who apply must have a 3.0 GPA and at least one Latino parent.
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 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.
The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences gives out several scholarships each year, including the Randy Falco Scholarship, which is reserved for Latino or Hispanic students who wish to pursue a career in the television industry. The award is $10,000.