LULAC offers scholarships for students seeking financial support for their college education. If you have never heard of LULAC, the acronym stands for the League of United Latin American Citizens. The scholarship was established in 1932 and helps support eligible students of Hispanic heritage fund their college degree. The program first began actively holding fundraisers, such as holding dances or selling tamales, in order to raise scholarship funds. While this practice still continues at the local level, today there are other national corporations who donate to the scholarship mission of LULAC.
LULAC scholarships are offered through an agreement with LULAC and LNESC. This scholarship, called the LULAC National Scholarship Fund, was created to assist students from underserved communities achieve their dream of matriculating in college. LULAC Councils work on raising funds for the scholarships at a grassroots level while all funds raised are matched by LNESC, their corporate partner. As a result of this cooperation, many aspiring Latino leaders have received college scholarships. Students who are interested in applying for this scholarship should ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria prior to submitting an application.
The LNSF awards have scholarships that are broken into three separate categories. Each different scholarship has its own eligibility requirements. The National Scholastic Achievement Awards provide scholarships worth $2,000. This is the most competitive scholarship. In order to be eligible, students must score very high on their standardized test score (a 1350 or higher on the SAT or 29 or higher on the ACT) and hold at least a 3.5 grade point average. The General Awards provide scholarships between $250 and $1,000 and are less competitive. This award takes into account previous academic achievement, yet places the focus on its funding decision on the applicant’s previous involvement in the community, motivation, and sincerity. Somewhere in between these two awards, is a third award of moderate competiveness. It is called the Honors Award. This scholarship provides eligible students with awards worth $500 to $2,000. In order to be eligible students must hold at least a 3.0 grade point average and score well on their standardized test scores (at least a 23 on the ACT or 1100 on the SAT).
In order to be eligible for the awards, students must plan to attend a college or university (either a 2-year or 4-year school) or a vocational program. Students who just applied to schools, but who do not yet know where they will be attending, are still eligible to apply for this scholarships. Students must plan to enroll on a full-time basis. Only students who are legal permanent residents, U.S. citizens, or DACA eligible can receive the scholarship.
In order to apply for the scholarships, all application materials must be received prior to March 31st. A completed application includes an LNSF application form, a personal essay of about 300 words, a letter of acceptance or enrollment from a college or university. Some awards also require copies of a students SAT or ACT score and school transcripts. Additional information can be found here: http://media.wix.com/ugd/a353c1_cb38b35630f1478e960650a8a89fd7e7.pdf.