Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., a product of the Latino Civil Rights Movement, was hired to teach civics in a Texas public school. His classroom was primarily composed of Mexican-American children, many of whom were children of migrant farm workers and spoke little English. After teaching for three days, Dr. Andrade was fired and arrested for speaking Spanish in his own classroom. This incident prompted Dr. Andrade to create an institution in which Latinos could empower themselves to challenge the status quo.
Established in 1982, the mission of the USHLI is to fulfill the promises and principles of democracy by promoting education and leadership development, empowering minorities and similarly disenfranchised groups through civic engagement and research, and by maximizing participation in the electoral process. USHLI has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and internships to students from disenfranchised groups. Most notably, the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanic students who share Dr. Andrade’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership.
Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students, in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or Undocumented). Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students. This includes high school seniors, college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors up to age 25. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.