Being able to afford to go to college can be incredibly difficult for a lot of people. That’s one of the reasons why scholarships are so important. When it comes to scholarships for Hispanic women, there are actually a number of programs and awards available.
There are scholarships for Mexicans as well as specific scholarships for Latinos and other individuals from Mexico, Central America, and even South America who wish to attend college in the United States.
Every scholarship is different so it’s important to understand exactly what the specific requirements happen to be, the deadline for applying for them, and what level of education the student wishes to pursue. Below is a list of several different scholarships that are specifically designed for Hispanic women.
The SAI Scholarship.
This is the Spanish-American Institutes scholarship program. The Spanish-American Institute (SAI) is a nonprofit organization. They are devoted to providing educational opportunities and assistance to Hispanic students throughout Southern California.
This organization sees many Hispanic students being held back with regard to their higher educational desires. This could be due to finances, language barriers, and other obstacles. This organization also sees inadequate academic preparation is a major stumbling block to college education for Hispanic men and women.
In order to qualify for the SAI Scholarship, the student needs to be of Hispanic descent. For the Institute, Hispanic is defined as, “a person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or some other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.”
The students need to reside somewhere between San Diego and San Luis Obispo in the Southern California region. They need to be registered as full-time students at an accredited college or university. They may also be enrolled in a vocational or technical program. They need to have at least a cumulative GPA of 2.5 from high school or currently in college.
You can learn more and apply for the SAI Scholarship here.
McDonald’s Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources Program. (HACER.)
This scholarship program affects Hispanic students in the Southern California region and is part of the Ronald McDonald House Charities. This organization sponsors for college scholarship programs for promoting educational opportunities.
Currently, more than $3.8 million in scholarship funds have been awarded to students throughout the Southern California region. In order to qualify, students need to hold a minimum GPA of 2.7, be of Hispanic heritage, and be eligible to attend a higher education institution. This can include vocational and technical schools that have a complete course of study, two and four-year colleges as well as universities.
Those applying for this particular scholarship need to be legal U.S. residents and cannot be older than 21 years of age.
To learn more about this particular scholarship and apply for it, visit the HACER Program.
José Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund.
This scholarship is designed for Hispanic students who reside in the state of Florida. It is based on need as well as cumulative grade point average. In order to qualify, students who apply need to have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
Although this particular scholarship is based on need, any Hispanic student who is living in or studying in Florida can apply. However, the scholarship is more preferential to graduating high school seniors than other potential applicants.
Applicants need to be legal United States residents and cannot have defaulted on any other grant, loan, or scholarship program in the past, unless they have made reparations or other repayment arrangements.
An applicant needs to be of Spanish descent. According to the José Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund, Spanish descent refers to anybody who was “born in Mexico or a Hispanic country and/or having a natural parent who was born in Mexico or a Hispanic country.”
The applicant also needs to be enrolled in a higher education institution with a minimum number of credit hours. Graduating high school seniors who have already applied for and been accepted to a university will likely have established credit hours for the coming fall semester, so they would qualify to apply for this particular scholarship.
To apply for the José Marti Scholarship Challenge Grant Fund, visit here.
Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program.
This is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote the “professional and leadership development of Latinas.” The organization is devoted to helping Hispanic women improve their personal, educational, and professional lives.
Their scholarship program awards merit-based scholarships throughout the year to Hispanic women attending college. Each scholarship is valued at $1,500. In the year 2012, the Chicana/Latina Foundation awarded 40 scholarships.
In order to qualify for this particular scholarship, the student needs to be a woman of Chicana/Latina heritage. They also need to be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college.
They also must meet certain geographical limitations for this particular program, especially be enrolled in universities or colleges in northern California counties. These would include Alameda, Contra Costa, Marion, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Yolo.
To learn more about this particular scholarship program and to apply for it, visit the Chicana/Latina Foundation site.