Every year, thousands of students enroll in college. Usually, students look for a variety of different sources to help them fund their education. If you are a student of Hispanic descent, there are a number of resources that you can use in order to increase your chances of finding a scholarship that will meet your needs. One of the best ways to begin your scholarship search is to complete the FAFSA application as early as possible. This form will inform you whether you have qualified for any federal or state specific scholarship assistance programs. In addition to completing the FAFSA, you might want to consider other scholarships designed for Hispanic students.
National Hispanic Recognition Program:
This program is only open to students who are invited to apply, based on their PSAT/NMSQT score. In order to be eligible for an invitation, students must be in their third year of high school. Additionally, students must hold at least a 3.5 grade point average. Students must also actually take the PSAT/NMSAT test in their junior year of high school. Lastly, only students who are at least 25% Latino or Hispanic will be considered for this award. The top 5,000 PSAT scores are recognized through this program.
When filling out the PSAT/NMSQT test, it is imperative that you select the Latino/Hispanic option on your sheet. If you fail to choose this option, you will not be automatically considered for this scholarship and instead will have to petition to be included. In terms of the timeline of this award, you should take the PSAT exam in October of your junior year. Students who have taken the PSAT in previous years may not count their scores from those exams. Students who are eligible to apply for this program will be contacted sometime between February and March. At that time, they will receive an invitation to officially apply for the scholarship. Within the next two months, you will also receive additional information about reporting your grade point average from high school and submit a form declaring your ethnic background. Only students who complete the application process by June 30th are eligible for this scholarship. Students who are selected for this award will be notified in the beginning months of their senior year.
Students who are selected for this scholarship will find out in time to list it on their college application materials. Both you and your school will receive confirmation that you were selected. Additional information about the National Hispanic Recognition Program can be found at this link.
There are also tons of other scholarships for Hispanic students, if you need extra funding. One of the best programs to look at is the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. This program provides thousands of awards to students who come from Latino/Hispanic backgrounds. The amounts of the awards range from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. Each award has its own requirements, application procedure, and application deadline. Check out this website for a full list of potential scholarships for Hispanic students.