Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Americans

Fiesta Del Sol Scholarship
This is for Hispanic students enrolled at an accredited college or university in an undergraduate, degree-seeking or certificate program or be a senior in High school accepted as an undergraduate student in college. (If in college, be enrolled for a minimum of 6 semester hours in the 2015/2016 school year); One must have earned a cumulative minimum of a 2.5 GPA (on a 4 point scale or its equivalence); Demonstrate community or school service and must showcase a financial need. One must reside on the Southwest side of Chicago within the following boundaries: Between 16th Street and 79th Street and between Cicero Avenue (4800 West) and Canal Street (500 West); Be or become a volunteer at Pilsen Neighbors Community Council/Fiesta del Sol (min 80 hrs).

The National Hispanic Health Foundation
The National Hispanic Health Foundation will award 24 scholarships to graduate students in dental, medical, public health, policy, physician assistant, pharmacy, and podiatry students and BSN or graduate students in nursing school, who exhibit exceptional academic performance, documented leadership activities, and commitment to a career providing healthcare services to the Hispanic community in the US. Eleven recipients will receive $5,000/year for two years and thirteen recipients will receive $2,000 for 1 year. Deadline for application is Friday, October 3, 2014.

Hilda Lopez-Arce Scholarship
Each year the Hilda López-Arce Scholarship Selection Committee in conjunction with the Latina Network, Subcommittee of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Latinos award a $500 scholarship to a student who exhibits leadership qualities and who has made contributions to the Latino community. One student is selected each session regardless of their residency status. Deadline for the Spring session is the 1st of December prior.

HSF General Scholarship
This scholarship is for Hispanic graduating high school students, community college students, transfer students, college students, and graduate students. To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and plan to enroll full-time (community college and transfer students may enroll full- or part-time) at an accredited institution

Illinois Latino on Higher Education
Illinois Latinos Progresando (LP) is a non-profit organization committed to improving the lives of immigrants and their families. LP will award six scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. The scholarship will go towards the 2012-13 academic year. One must be admitted or enrolled in an undergraduate degree-seeking program or certificate program at an accredited college or university and enrolled for at least 6 credit hours for the 2012-2013 academic year. One must also demonstrate financial need and be a Latino or immigrant student residing in the Chicago area with a commitment to service. May 1 is the deadline.

Uleed Community Scholarship Program
Uleed is giving away a few scholarships this year. Each award will be $1,000.00. All applicants must apply by April 5th.  One must be between the ages of 18-25 and reside in the following Chicago communities of Belmont Craigin, Logan Square, Hermosa, or Humboldt Park.  Proof of residency is required.  You must commit to 20 hours of community service with the ULEED organization. Contact for more information: or 773-234-8203.

Colgate Palmolive Scholarship
For students who are members of the Hispanic Dental Society and who aim to further their commitment in aiding and supporting the Hispanic community. Applicant must have and undergraduate/graduate degree in an oral health related field. Scholarship amounts of up to $10,000.

Hispanic Dental Association Foundation HDAF Scholars Award
For students who are members of the Hispanic Dental Association and entering their first year of an accredited dental program, this includes dental school, dental hygiene, dental assistant, and dental technician programs. Award amount equates to $1,000.

Hispanic College Fund College and Career Institute Scholarship
Created to maintain and increase the enrollment of Hispanic students in higher education. Applicant must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to apply along with a commitment to meet program requirements if accepted. Award amount ranges from $500 - $10,000.

CHCI Scholarship
For full-time undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Applicants are encouraged to have volunteer experience and community service hours. Awards in the amount of $1,000 for community college students, $2,500 for a 4-year academic institution, and $5,000 for graduate level institution.

Costco Pharmacy Scholars Program  
For Hispanic Students who are in their 2nd year of pharmacy school.  Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants must also demonstrate financial need. Students who receive a scholarship must agree to a one-year commitment of working in a Costco Pharmacy Store. Scholarship awards range from $500-$9,500.

Hispanocare Scholarship
To provide supplemental financial assistance to Hispanic students who are residents of Illinois and are pursuing careers in the healthcare field, have a dedication to their academic achievement, are involved with the community and have a demonstrated financial need. Applicants must have a minimum ACT composite score of 21 and 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or 4.0 GPA on a 5.0 scale.

Ford Blue Oval Scholarship
A need based scholarship for students having a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Scholarship awards range from $500-$5000.

Fourth Annual Qui Lueva Café Scholarship
For undocumented Latino Students who need financial assistance for higher education. Scholarship is intended for students entering their freshmen through junior year. Applicants must meet academic requirements and must provide a personal statement and be involved in extra-curricular activities. Fourteen scholarships totaling $7,000 will be awarded to freshmen applicants. Eighteen scholarships totaling $9,000 will be awarded to sophomores. Thirty scholarships totaling $15,000 will be awarded to juniors.

The Gates Millennium Scholarship
This scholarship is for full-time degree seeking, first year students. Applicant must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.3 on an un-weighted 4.0 scale. Applicants with leadership skills and extracurricular activities are encouraged.

Mass Mutual Scholars Program
For African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Hispanic students.  Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale along with being a full-time degree seeking student. Eligible students must be entering their 2nd through 5th year. Applicant must plan to attend an institution in one of the following areas: Atlanta, GA, Chicago, IL, Denver CO, Houston, TX, Los Angeles, CA, Miami, FL, San Antonio, TX, and San Francisco, CA. Award amount $5,000.

Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
Ten - $10,000 and thirty - $5,000 scholarships available.
Must be pursuing a degree related to the health field and completed at least 1 year of school.

Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship at UIC
For continuing UIC African American, Latino, or Native American undergrad and professional students. Must be enrolled full-time and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Applicant must have Junior or Senior status in the fall after applying.  Fifteen $2,000 scholarships will be awarded, five $5,000 graduate fellowships, and five $5,000 professional fellowships will be awarded annually.

Aspen Institute – William Randolph Hearst Fellowship for Minority Students
For students seeking to gain experience on issues relating to philanthropy, volunteerism, and non-profit organizations. Scholarships are open to students of any major and awards range from $2,500 to $5,000.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund
This website provides a list of various types of scholarships available for Hispanic students at different educational levels. Visit their website for more information.

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