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College Grants for Latinos

There are hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants available for Latino Americans from non-governmental enterprises.

From not-for-profit organizations to major private companies, those that offer these so-called niche grants require students to demonstrate financial need, as well as to match certain requirements. These may include a particular planned field of study or a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. Programs are typically highly competitive.

Following is a list of some of the many nation-wide grant opportunities for Latino students.

Note: Award details change periodically.

– The Hispanic College Fund (HCF) awards nearly $2 million a year to over 600 Hispanic American students nationwide.

– Sodexho awards eighteen $5,000 annual grants to promising young Hispanic students. All candidates for the HCF program will automatically be considered for the Sodexho program.

– The Sally Mae Fund First in My Family program awards $500,000 annually to Hispanic Americans who are the first in the family to attend college. Individual awards range from $500-5000 per student, per year.

– The Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) awards $150,000 per year to Hispanic American students with a minimum 3.0 GPA pursuing a major in accounting, finance, information technology or a related field. Individual awards range from $1,250-10,000 per student, per year.

– The Google Scholarship Fund awards twenty individuals a $10,000 grant to pursue studies in computer science or engineering. Grantees must have a minimum 3.5 GPA and be outstanding juniors or seniors, Master’s or PhD students.

– The Kaiser Permanente College To Caring Program provides six outstanding Hispanic American nursing students in their juniors or senior year with an $8,000 annual grant. Grantees also receive a $2,000 stipend toward a work-study program at Kaiser Permanente in California.

– The Hilton Family Diversity program awards ten renewable $2,500 grants each year to deserving Hispanic students attending any four-year college or university within the United States. Grantees are also invited to attend the annual Hilton Scholars Retreat.

– The Lockheed Martin program awards $90,000 per year to Hispanic American students pursuing degrees in business administration, science or engineering. Individual awards range from $500-5000.

– The Los Padres Foundation awards two $5,000 grants per year – for one outstanding male and one outstanding female Puerto Rican or Latino student pursuing a graduate degree.


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