Hispanic & Latino Grants
Posted on July 19, 2015 in Minority Grants
Hispanics now outnumber other minorities in the United States, but that advantage does not translate to college – the percentage of Hispanics who actually attend college is lower their population would suggest. Colleges and universities are actively engaged in increasing their diversity with recruiting and marketing efforts aimed at Hispanics. Scholarships and grants designated for Hispanic students are one way to help these minorities onto equal footing in the U.S.
Hispanics have historically been undereducated, but the number of Hispanics going to college is rising every year. They are realizing that to obtain well-paying jobs, they need more education, including a college degree. One of the biggest obstacles for Hispanics to obtain that education has been funding. Hispanic and Latino grants are now available if you know where to look.
As with other minorities, Hispanics should begin their college funding search with widely available federal grants such as Pell Grants. Some state grants are also available, as are specific grants at various colleges and universities. Another good option for Hispanic grants is corporate America as companies realize the importance of supporting and promoting diversity in their own ranks.
Below are several resources for Hispanic students to access as they look for college funds:
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund works in cooperation with corporate and philanthropic organizations to promote access to college by providing financial aid and encouragement to Latino students headed to college.
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, or HACU, is a consortium of American and International colleges and universities serving a large Hispanic student body. The HACU is made up of more than 200 accredited Hispanic-serving colleges and universities – these institutions provide grants and scholarships specifically for Hispanic college students.
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers gives grants and scholarships to qualified Hispanic students in the fields of science, technology and engineering. These grant are administered by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Foundation and are awarded based on need and merit.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsors the Gates Millennium Scholars program, which offers full tuition grants to minority students of all backgrounds as long as they are pursuing college studies in the STEM areas.
The League of United Latin American Citizens works with General Electric to sponsor two scholarships every year for qualifying Latin-American students who want to study business and engineering at the college level.
Look at state grant programs as well. Just two examples of opportunities for college funds for Hispanics:
- In Texas, the Texas Educational Opportunity Grant, is open to minority students who are Texas residents and can show the necessary level of financial need.
- Florida provides the Jose Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund, which is an open award to open to Hispanic undergraduate from Florida who have kept a 3.0 or better GPA through high school.
Hispanic grants are readily available for students of Hispanic or Latino heritage. Take advantage of the grants from the government, foundations and companies to complete your college funding and learn everything you can as you prepare for life after college.