8 Rare Scholarships for Hispanic Students in the US

Scholarships for Hispanic Students in the US: In recent years, Hispanic students in the US have expressed a strong desire to pursue their education at higher degrees. There is a growing trend indicating that they increasingly enrol in several accredited colleges in US. Interestingly, based on the data issued by the Pew Research Centre, there were around 2.3 million Hispanic students between the ages of 18 and 24 studying in a two-year or four-year degree program in 2014.

The data itself shows us that there was increasing willingness of the people to pursue their education at college/university level since 90s. Not only that, this figure also demonstrates a growing Hispanic population and tremendous decline of the people’s drop out from high schools. Such a fact is also echoed by the National Centre of Education Statistics that Hispanic students increased from 4% to 17% from 1976 up to 2015.


Sadly, despite such a thrilling fact, many of the Hispanic students come from low-income families who must ultimately pay rising tuition rates, thereby forcing them to take loans to support the payment and take shorter degrees in order to minimise the expenses. It is well known that almost half of all Hispanic students would choose a two-year degree so the cost will be more affordable.

Therefore, one of the best ways to guarantee sustainability for obtaining a high quality education at accredited colleges and universities is by applying many offered scholarships to this minority community. Luckily, in US there are several parties like foundations, local community organisations, and colleges or universities awarding scholarships particularly to Hispanic students residing in US. The available scholarships can be used to pay tuition, books and other necessary materials, or even to cover day-to-day expenses like food, dormitory, and laundry, often called as full ride scholarships.

Interestingly, many scholarships for Hispanic minority are awarded to those interested in pursuing their degree in engineering major, or more broadly, STEM.

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Below is the list of scholarships for Hispanic Students living in the US:

1. Hispanic Scholarship Fund

 One of the most popular scholarship among Hispanic students residing in US is Hispanic Scholarship Fund/HSF. It aims at providing more opportunities to them to obtain a university degree. Interestingly, the scholarship is awarded to those studying in various degrees including High Senior Schools, undergraduate students and graduate students. Not only that, it also accepts all majors of education with emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics fields).

Despite all this, awarding the scholarship amounting from $500 up to $ 5000 will be based on merit and financial need. For those graduating from high schools, must have a   3.0 minimum GPA, while those graduating from undergraduate and graduate students, having a 2.5 minimum GPA is a must.

The application for this year is closed in April 19, 2019.

For those interested in applying the scholarship in the following years, be recommended to visit its official website at www.hsf.net.

2. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Foundation Scholarship 

SHPE Foundation has regularly awarded an attractive scholarship for Hispanic students in US. Unlike HSF, this scholarship is only for students interested in STEM majors. The scholarship also will be awarded based on merit and financial need level with the amount ranging from $1000 up to $ 5000.

In order to be eligible in receiving the scholarship, the undergraduate students must have a 2.75 minimum GPA, the graduate a 3.0 minimum GPA, while PhD program must have a 3.5 minimum GPA. Not only that, one of the main requirements of the scholarship is that candidates must be enrolled in a full time program (12 hours undergraduate/ 9 hours graduate) in STEM majors.

For your information, the scholarship is always open to all states in US as long as applicants are the residents of the country.

For more detail information, please visit its official website at www.shpefoundation.org/scholarships/, or Email : shpefoundation@shpe.org.

 3. GE/LNESC Scholarship 

Thankfully due to partnership long established between the LNESC (LULAC National Educational Service Centres) and the General Electric Foundation, minority Hispanic students living in US will have more opportunities to receive a scholarship to help them complete their study in several accredited colleges in the fields of business or engineering. The award is $ 5000 given for those who plan to pursue their study to obtain a bachelor degree in the particular major. The scholarship requires applicants to have a 3.25 minimum GPA or the equivalent. In addition, it seems that the scholarship will require recipients to submit a progress report in each season in order to get the award in the following season.

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Although this year’s application is already closed, but applicants will still have chance in the following years. For further information regarding the scholarship, please visit www.lnesc.org, or you can subscribe its mailing list at www.lulac.org/sign_up.

4. ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship

A long partnership between Exxon Mobil and LNESC Scholarship has established a scholarship awarded to only Hispanic student living in US.  In regard with the amount, the scholarship is divided into two; national scholarship of $ 20.000; and $ 2000 local scholarship.

Applicants must be currently studying in high senior schools and have plan to pursue their study in engineering major with a 3.5 minimum GPA and having scored 29 or higher or the ACT Test, or 1350 or higher on the SAT Test.

Unfortunately, the scholarship is to be given to residents living in specific cities including Oxnard, San Diego, Colorado Springs, Miami, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Philadelphia, Bayamon, Austin, Corpus, Christi, Houston, Dallas, El Paso, San Antonio, and Vancouver. For this year, the application is already closed, but for those interested in applying it, can visit at www.lnesc.org.

5. NBC Universal/LNESC Scholarship

The NBCUNiversal together with LNESC have awarded scholarship to help and persuade excellent  Latino students of undergraduate program to pursue their study in  a US post-secondary institution. Applicant with interest in media and entertainment industry is highly likely to receive the award amounting $500 which is divided into two equal disbursements. Therefore, in order to get the second disbursement, recipients shall maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA.

Please don’t forget you have to be 18 year old at least or older. Unfortunately, for this year, the application is not available, but you still can follow or visit its website at www.lnesc.org, to find out more information regarding the scholarship.

6. The Hispanic Women’s Council (HWC) Scholarship

As a matter of fact, scholarship can be only awarded based on gender, including Hispanic female students living in USA. One of the most well-known scholarship provided to only women Hispanic students is the scholarship regularly awarded by the Hispanic’s Women council since 2007. The goal of such a scholarship is to help Hispanic women workers to finish their study and obtain a degree in an accredited college or university.

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Yet however, the scholarship of $ 500-2.000 is only provided to residents of New Mexico. Not only that, in order to become legible, applicants must be planning to pursue their study in undergraduate and graduate degrees currently enrolled in the University of New Mexico or Central New Mexico Community.

In order to receive the scholarship, applicant must be able to convince the Committee of the Scholarship by writing a high quality essay and providing letters of reference.

For this year, the application is still open until 6 July 2019. Therefore, for those interested in applying the scholarship, please visit www.nmhwc.com.


Grants are almost similar to Scholarship, yet they are often need-based. In several cases, you have to pay back unused funds after your graduation from a college/university. In fact, there are numerous foundations providing grants for students, including Hispanic students. In addition, State Governments and Private sectors sometimes provide grants to the applicants.

Here are the two of dozens of grants provided only for Hispanic students

7. Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards

The grant was established by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation in 1998. For those excel in several fields including Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment and Technology & Engineering during high senior schools can apply the grant. Recipients will get Gold, Silver and Bronze in each mentioned category and will take part in celebrations that take place in 10 regions such as Chicago, Atlanta, New York, Washington D.C etc.

In order to be eligible to receive the grant, applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA or 7.5 on a 10.0 scale. In addition, they have to pursue their education in an accredited higher institution.  For further information, please visit www.hispanicheritage.org.

8. Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund

Another grant that can be taken into consideration by Hispanic students is Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grand Fund. Students currently studying in undergraduate program or the ones who have already graduated from senior high school can apply this grant. Yet however, to be eligible, applicants must have a 3.0 minimum GPA and a plan to pursue their study in an accredited college in Florida.

For more detail information, applicants can visit its official website at www.floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org.

Before concluding this short article, actually there are a lot of scholarships and grants awarded to Hispanic students living in US. Some of which are awarded by considering residency (area, city, states) and gender such as the last one mentioned (Jose Marti Scholarship) and Texas Educational Opportunity Grant.

Therefore, it is highly recommended to keep checking and browsing internet to find out more opportunities of both scholarships and grants.

Happy browsing and good luck!

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