With costs of higher education going nowhere but up every little bit of financial aid helps. We'd like to compile lists of scholarships kids and their parents might want to apply to. Here is a list of scholarship programs specifically geared to students of hispanic heritage. Write and tell us of others you know about!
http://www.laef.org/scholarships.html -- Feb 15th is the deadline but you can apply before that. This scholarship is for hispanics that live in
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm -- FAFSA on the web. This is a free application but required by many if not all the schools your student is applying for financial aid. This application needs to be filled out and, while doing it, you'll be directed to list the different colleges your student is applying to and FAFSA will send the completed application to each school. If you have more than 5 schools you're applying to then just put in the 5 schools and send the FAFSA in. After you get confirmation that the FAFSA has been sent to the schools go back online and make corrections on the FAFSA you already submitted by unclicking the names of the schools that already received it and adding the additional schools you want to receive it. One key thing about the FAFSA is that you should fill it out right after new year's. The financial aid office at the school my son is going to told us to fill it out even on January 1st, and that's what we did this year, using last year's income tax figures. When you get to the income tax part just click "will file" for both you and your student. The sooner the FAFSA is filled out the sooner the schools get it the sooner they can start figuring out what financial aid to give you. After you do taxes then go back to the FAFSA online and make corrections to it by inputting the current tax information.
http://www.rmhc.org/mission/scholarships/scholarships_hacer/ -- this is the Ronald McDonalds' scholarship our daughter applied for and received. They're wonderful! Very, very nice folks...and Ronald himself came and gave her the award! :-)
http://www.hispanicfund.org The Hispanic College Fund is one of the best scholarships you can apply to if there's any hispanic blood in you because you apply only once, you fill out only one application, but The Hispanic College Fund circulates your application among companies and
organizations nationwide that are looking to help hispanics out. Our daughter received a $5,000 scholarship from NASA through the Hispanic College Fund. They also keep you posted, in an ongoing basis, of new scholarships as they come available.
http://fastweb.monster.com/ -- We have mixed feelings about fastweb. We got zillion of emails from them and applied to many scholarships they sent us info on but didn't get any scholarship through them so not sure if it was worth all the time/effort we put into them.
Searching the web just now I googled "scholarships for hispanics" and came up with http://www.scholarshipsforhispanics.org/
These are URLs we just discovered which we'll be looking into in the
next few weeks:
http://www.hsf.net/; www.ed.gov/studentaid; http://hace-usa.org/scholarships/; http://www.finaid.org/; http://www.fedmoney.org/; http://web.mit.edu/mites/www/links/links_scholarships.shtml; http://www.chci.org/chciyouth/index.html this last URL offers help with essay writing, applications, etc.
http://www.chci.org/chciyouth/scholarship/listofscholarships.htm scholarship programs f/hispanics, both national and regional ones.
After your child is accepted at the college of her choice the school itself might help you out. A student we know received scholarships from Barnes & Noble and several other companies that she'd never applied to and it was because the University that had accepted her intervened on her behalf. Ask the university your child will be attending whether they help students out this way.
We would love to hear from you regarding these or any other scholarships you know about. Go to our message board and start your topic on the subject! :-)