Scholarships to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month


September 17, 2015
by Susan Dutca-Lovell

    In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Scholarships.com is celebrating the heritage, culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans from September 15 to October 15. Not only have Hispanics and Latinos made a profound and positive influence on the U.S. through their strong devotion to family, work, and education, but they have helped shape the national character through their rich, culturally-diverse and multiethnic traditions. In recognition of Hispanic and Latino students' hard work and contributions, we have compiled a list of scholarships to provide further opportunities for higher education and academic success. Explore these and more scholarships as we aim to further the accomplishments and success of the Hispanic and Latino population:

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Scholarships.com is celebrating the heritage, culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans from September 15 to October 15. Not only have Hispanics and Latinos made a profound and positive influence on the U.S. through their strong devotion to family, work, and education, but they have helped shape the national character through their rich, culturally-diverse and multiethnic traditions. In recognition of Hispanic and Latino students' hard work and contributions, we have compiled a list of scholarships to provide further opportunities for higher education and academic success. Explore these and more scholarships as we aim to further the accomplishments and success of the Hispanic and Latino population:

Gates Millennium Scholars Program

Deadline: January 13, 2016
Available to: College freshman
Maximum Award: Varies

Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program was established to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

A minimum high school GPA of 3.3 or GED-equivalent is required. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership abilities through community service or extracurricular activities, and is enrolling for the first time at a U.S. accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking, first-year student.

For more information and to apply, please visit Gates Millennium Scholars Program

AMS Minority Scholarship

Deadline: February 2, 2016
Available to: High school graduates, rising college freshman
Maximum Award: $6,000

The AMS Minority Scholarships awards minority students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, especially Hispanic, Native American, and Black/African American students.

Students must plan to pursue careers in the atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. Marine Biology is not eligible. The $6,000 two-year scholarship is for $3,000 per year during freshman and sophomore years.

For more information and to apply, please visit AMS Minority Scholarship

Surety and Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program for Minority Students

Deadline: January 1, 2016
Available to: College freshman through college juniors
Maximum Award: $5,000

The Surety and Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program for Minority Students provides awards of up to $5,000 to outstanding minority students to support their studies in the areas of insurance/risk management, accounting, or business/finance.

Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have satisfactorily completed at least 30 semester hours, equivalent college work including at least 6 semester hours in his/her declared major.

For more information and to apply, please visit Surety and Fidelity Industry Intern and Scholarship Program for Minority Students

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

Deadline: September 30, 2015
Available to: Undergraduate through graduate students
Maximum Award: $10,000

Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students. The Technical Minority Scholarship awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above.

Applicants must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better to qualify and pursue a degree in a technical field. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or visa-holding permanent residents of African American, Asian, Pacific Island, Native American, Native Alaskan, or Hispanic descent.

For more information and to apply, please visit Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program

Deadline: Varies
Available to: High school seniors through college juniors
Maximum Award: $5,000

If you plan to become a preschool, elementary or secondary school teacher and are of African American/Black, Hispanic American, Asian American or Native American origin, you may qualify for up to $5,000 per year as part of the Minority Teachers of Illinois (MTI) Scholarship Program to pay for tuition, fees and room and board, or commuter allowances, if applicable.

Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and must teach in Illinois. If this teaching commitment is not fulfilled, the scholarship converts to a loan and you must repay the entire amount plus interest.

For more information and to apply, please visit Minority Teachers of Illinois Scholarship Program

The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

Deadline: February 29, 2016
Available to: College freshman through college seniors
Maximum Award: $2,500

The LAGRANT Foundation annually provides 15 scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students who are attending accredited institutions and are pursuing careers in the fields of advertising, marketing or public relations.

Applicants must be undergraduate students and either a U.S. citizen or permanent resident identifying in one of the following ethnic groups: African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Native American. Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and must major in a field of study that has an emphasis on advertising, marketing, public relations or in anthropology, art, communications, English, graphic design, sociology while maintaining a career focus in advertising, marketing or public relations.

For more information and to apply, please visit The LAGRANT Foundation Undergraduate Scholarships

AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

Deadline: March 1, 2016
Available to: College freshman through college seniors
Maximum Award: Varies

AAAS offers the Minority Science Writers Internship for students who are interested in pursuing a career in science journalism. The internship will take place in the summer at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of AAAS's Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world. Interns will spend 10 weeks at Science under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors, and have a chance to experience what science writers do for a living.

For more information and to apply, please visit AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

National GEM Consortium Fellowships

Deadline: November 11, 2015
Available to: Graduate students
Maximum Award: $16,000

GEM offers MS and Ph.D. level students an outstanding opportunity and access to dozens of the top Engineering and Science firms and Universities in the nation. The GEM Fellowship was designed to focus on promoting opportunities for individuals to enter industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers. GEM also offers exposure opportunities to a number of opportunities in academe. GEM provides three fellowship programs: MS Engineering, Ph.D. Engineering and Ph.D. Science.

These fellowship opportunities are for students pursuing a master's degree or doctorate in science, engineering or a closely related field. Applicants are required to submit transcripts and three letters of recommendation.

For more information and to apply, please visit National GEM Consortium Fellowships

APSA Minority Fellowship Program

Deadline: October 23, 2015
Available to: College seniors through graduate students
Maximum Award: $4,000

The Minority Fellows program is designed primarily for minority students applying to enter a doctoral program in political science for the first time. Applicants must be members of one of the following racial/ethnic minority groups: African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans.

Applicants must demonstrate financial need and must demonstrate an interest in teaching and potential research in political science.

For more information and to apply, please visit APSA Minority Fellowship Program

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

Deadline: May 1, 2016
Available to: High school seniors through college seniors
Maximum Award: $4,000

The Actuarial Diversity Scholarship promotes diversity within the profession through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students. Applicants must intend on pursuing a career in the actuarial profession and be a full-time undergraduate student at a U.S. accredited educational institution. For more information and to apply, please visit Actuarial Diversity Scholarship

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Vaishak S Nair  on  10/3/2015 11:51:54 PM commented:

Good Work

Alejandra H  on  9/25/2015 2:21:26 AM commented:

I just want to say thank you so much for this scholarships. God bless each and everyone of you for this help you are giving us it really means a lot thank you again.

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Pat R  on  9/20/2015 8:46:40 AM commented:

Thank you for your information. My son is interested in the fields of sociology and political science (social change:social justice) . Our family income is about 130,000. Do you know where I can find scholarships for that income. My son has a 3.9 GPA, is very hardworking, well rounded and has great character. Any advice is appreciated.

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