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.

Learn more and apply here.


AMS Minority Scholarships

Deadline: February 8, 2019

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.

Learn more and apply here.


Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Deadline: February 15, 2019

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.

Learn more and apply here.


The Randy Falco Scholarship

Deadline: March 11, 2019

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.

Learn more and apply here.


Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship

Deadline: March 31, 2019

The Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship, which is worth $5,000, is for minority students who are in their final year of a healthcare management graduate program.

Learn more and apply here.

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La Unidad Latina/Mpowering DACA Students (“LULMDS”) Scholarship Program


Deadline: April 15, 2019

This program awards three scholarships – one worth $3,000 and two worth $1,000 – to DACA students who attend an MPower Partner University (find the full list here).

Learn more and apply here.


LULAC National Scholarship Fund

Deadline: TBA

In February, the League of United Latin American Citizens will announce the information for its scholarship fund. The prizes will range from $250 to $2,000.

Learn more here.