Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is an amazing resource. Not only does the HSF offer their scholars a wide range of support services to succeed in higher education — they also have some pretty generous scholarships!
That’s why, in this post, we’re going to share all the information you need to put together a winning application for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Here’s what will cover:
- How much scholarship money you can win as an HSF Scholar
- The Hispanic Scholarship Fund eligibility requirements
- How to apply for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- The HSF application timeline
- 6 tips to improve your chances of winning an HSF scholarship
Let’s jump right in!
What Is the Hispanic Scholarship Fund?
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is a nonprofit organization that aims to empower Hispanic and Latino students with the knowledge and resources to excel in higher education.
Every year, the HSF selects around 10,000 students to become HSF Scholars. If you’re selected as an HSF scholar, you gain access to a wide range of amazing services, including internship and job opportunities with the HSF’s corporate partners, mentorship opportunities, leadership development programs and conferences, wellness programs, and exclusive scholarship opportunities.
HSF Scholarship Opportunities
Annually, the HSF awards HSF Scholars more than $30 million in merit-based scholarships – ranging from $500-$5,000 per student! These scholarships can be used to pay for tuition, fees, books, and other academic-related supplies, room/board and transportation expenses related to school.
But, it’s important you know up front that not all HSF Scholars receive scholarships. That’s why later in this post we’ll give you some tips on how to boost your chances of winning! This is, of course, assuming you’re eligible to apply. Let’s check now to see if you are!
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Eligibility Requirements
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund can be an option for you at nearly every stage of your education, including when you’re a:
- Graduating high school senior
- Undergraduate student (all years)
- Community college student transferring to a four-year university
- Graduate student (law school, medical school, MBA, and all other full-time masters or PhD programs)
But to become an HSF Scholar and be eligible for scholarships, you must also:
- Be of Hispanic heritage
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA
- Have a minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students; minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for college and graduate students
- Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public or not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, in the US, for the upcoming academic year
- Submit the FAFSA or state-based financial aid forms (if applicable)
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How to Apply for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund
Applying for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund will require you to gather several documents to complete your online application. Luckily, it’s nothing too complicated!
Here’s everything you’ll need:
Your most recent high school or college transcript. You may be able to request these online. If not, you’ll need to speak with your high school guidance counselor or college registrar.
A completed FAFSA. If you’ve never done this, check out our guide on how to apply for FAFSA!
A copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR). You’ll get this after submitting your FAFSA.
Financial aid award letter from the college/university you will be attending. You’ll get this from your college/university’s financial aid department.
A picture. You’ll need to submit a professional headshot or student photo.
Enrollment verification from your college/university. You’ll need to request this from your school’s admissions office. Or, if you’re not yet enrolled, you can wait to send it the summer after you have received your HSF award notification.
A personal essay. You’ll be asked to write an essay about your goals, strengths, education values, and why you’re applying for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
At least one academic recommendation letter. This letter will need to come from a teacher, academic advisor/guidance counselor, or some other person who has influenced your academic development. You can also include additional recommendation letters, including from someone who knows you outside of an academic environment (e.g. sports coach, your boss at work).
Employment Authorization Document (EAD). This requirement only applies to you if you’re a DACA recipient.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund Application Timeline
So, by now you may be wondering: when is the application for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund open and when is it due? Well, we’ve got you covered! Here’s the official HSF scholarship timeline:
January 1: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund application opens.
February: The application is due.
March – April: Finalists for the HSF are announced and asked to submit recommendations, transcripts, the SAR, and the personal essay.
May – June: The HSF evaluates applications and selects Scholars who will then be notified if they have received a scholarship (funded) or if they were waitlisted for an award (waitlisted). All HSF Scholars will gain access to HSF support services as long as they submit the remaining required documents.
June – September: All HSF Scholars must submit their financial aid award letter.
October – November: All HSF Scholars must submit their enrollment verification form.
October – December: The HSF Scholarships are awarded to a select number of HSF Scholars.
Official Scholarship Website
Disclaimer: This is NOT the official scholarship page. This is only a one-page summarized listing of the scholarship. While we endeavor to keep the information up to date and correct.