HSF, or the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, offers scholarships exclusively to students of Hispanic heritage. In addition to providing an abundance of scholarships (more than 150 to be exact), students can find a plethora of information on the website. The main website, which can be seen here, has information that pertains to student applicants, parents of students, HSF Scholars, and HSF alumni. Resources are in place to help students and parents locate scholarships, apply for scholarships, plan for college, and much more! For example, HSF provides unparalleled mentoring and internship opportunities to its scholars. It also helps scholars network.
The HSF offers a number of different scholarships. Some of these scholarships require students to major in certain fields or hold a unique attribute. However, there are general eligibility requirements that pertain to all of the various scholarships. In general, students must plan to enroll at a four-year college or university the semester after their high school graduation on a full-time basis. Awards are open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are residents of the United States or who meet DACA requirements. All applicants in high school must hold a 3.0 grade point average while current college students should hold at least a 2.5 grade point average. Only students of Hispanic heritage will be considered for the award. In some cases, students will be required to complete the FAFSA.
Certain fields, such as STEM, have many more scholarships available than other fields. The amount of the scholarshipsvaries from $500 to $5,000. Students from any major can apply for these scholarships. The HSF helps students keep track of scholarships by showing which scholarships are currently open, which ones are closed, and which awards will be opening soon. The current list can be seen at this website. This helps students save time by only applying to awards that are open.
When the scholarship cycle is open, students can find the application at this website. In general, the scholarship application opens January 1st and closes at the end of March. Typically, award notifications are made over summer during the months of June and July. The scholarships are typically distributed to winners around November or December each year.
In addition to the online scholarship form, students generally need to submit additional documentation. This includes an enrollment verification form, the FAFSA, a Student Aid Report, and a Financial Aid Award Letter. These forms are all available at this website. The specific scholarship that you apply for will indicate which forms are required.
Students are selected for these scholarships based on a number of different criteria. In general, students are evaluated based on community involvement, personal strengths, previous academic achievement, and leadership. All applications are read by trained readers and then finalists are selected. Finalists are narrowed down even more by awarding the top applicants until funding is exhausted. Additional students may be placed on the waitlist in case funding becomes available at a later time. Additional information and a list of FAQs can be found here.