There are a few scholarships and recognition programs that are available to juniors in high school who are Hispanic, who are trying to fund their college educations without the use of loans or with as few of the loans as they can. The mission of the foundations is to bridge the gap between underrepresented minorities and degree attainment. Below are examples of the different scholarships and recognition programs available to Hispanic juniors.
Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards
This foundation gives the awards to those students of Latino heritage who are excellent students and who take part in the community. It’s divided into 8 categories – technology, science, math, engineering, business, education, sports, and journalism. Those who are successful candidates have to have at least a 3.0 GPA and the students can use the scholarship for funding either a service program in the community or college education. More information can be found at hispanicheritage.org
National Hispanic Youth Initiative
This second of the scholarships and recognition programs prepares as well as encourages Hispanic juniors in high school for pursuing biomedical research and health science majors. Those candidates that are successful will be invited to attend the summer program each year which lasts a week and takes place in Washington, D.C. They work with a faculty member who is going to provide a perspective of healthcare issues of Hispanic-Americans that is very broad. They get knowledge in conflict management, research procedures, and leadership. There is more information found at their website here icps.org.
National Hispanic Recognition Program
This program chooses about 5,000 Hispanic juniors in high school who are demonstrating great skills academically on the PSAT. The recognition academically in writing, math, and critical will be indicated on their applications to college. The students must have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA for qualification. More information can be found at collegeboard.com.
These three scholarships and recognition programs for Hispanic juniors have helped a lot of students be able to go to college who may not have been able to go otherwise. If you are a junior in high school and you think that you might be able to qualify for one of these scholarships and recognition programs, speak to your high school guidance counselor and find out what you have to do to apply. You can also visit one of the sites that are listed above to find out more and see what needs to be done.