Hispanic Student Scholarship Opportunities

Cinco de Mayo Educational and Charitable Council, Inc. Continuing Education Scholarship

It is our goal to help local Hispanic students realize their college dreams. We are offering scholarships for $500 each. This scholarship will be awarded based primarily on an essay. We are eager to offer our support to someone that shows a strong desire to continue their education and possesses qualities that will help empower Hispanic youth to do the same.

1. Requirements to qualify for Hutchinson Cinco de Mayo Educational and Charitable Council, Inc. Continuing Education Scholarship:

  • Be of Hispanic Heritage
  • Have a grade point average of 2.5
  • Must use the funds within 2 consecutive years at an accredited college or for vocational training.
  • Must have graduated from a Reno County school or completed a GED program in Reno County, or have a Reno County home (family) address.

For more information and to apply

Deadline: Must be mailed by April 1, 2016

Financial Aid for Minority Students

Minority students have an expansive selection of financial aid available to them, but finding and applying for those opportunities isn’t always easy. Read on to learn how to begin creating your financial aid strategy.

Students of color and other minority groups have long been underrepresented in higher education. In an effort to change that and to increase overall access to postsecondary education, numerous organizations, associations, and companies are dedicated to supporting the academic endeavors of all minority students. Navigating this financial aid landscape, however, can sometimes be overwhelming, particularly for those who may be the first in their family to attend college. To help minority students achieve their goals, AC Online created the following guide on financial aid. Students and their families can explore the different types of financial assistance available; learn where to find and access scholarship money; get tips and recommendations from a financial aid expert; and find a list of various resources for support and additional information on paying for higher education.

For more information about these scholarships

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The HSF is the nation's leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. HSF's vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans.

More information and the application process

Applications for this year now available. Deadlines vary by program.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS)
The Gates Millennium Scholars award, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 for outstanding African Americans, American Indian/Alaskans, Asian Pacific Islander Americans, and Hispanic Americans. This award gives students an opportunity to earn undergraduate college degrees; the award also funds students seeking graduate degrees in mathematics, science, engineering, education or library science. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need to reach their fullest potential.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation established the initiative to encourage and support students to complete college and continue on to earn master's and doctoral degrees in disciplines in which their ethnic and racial groups are currently underrepresented.


Scholarships for Hispanic Students

Scholarships and grants are an ideal way to help pay for tuition. They are essentially gifted funds based on financial need, cultural background, educational and civic achievements, athletic ability, hobbies, intended major, etc. Funds received do not have to be repaid, although some sources require students to give back to a community or organization as a condition of the scholarship or grant.

There are many opportunities for Hispanic students, but the trick is knowing where to look for the right scholarship or grant. Though high school guidance counselors and college financial aid offices are a good place to start, it helps for students to do research outside as well:

For more information about these multiple opportunities and to apply

Deadline: Varies by scholarship opportunity

The Office of Financial Aid at Wichita State University is providing external scholarship information as a courtesy. Outside of maintaining the WSU Financial Aid Web site (www.wichita.edu/financialaid), our office does not promote, validate, or maintain the Web sites listed. URL addresses and Web site contents frequently change. If you find a link that is no longer valid, please contact our office. Web sites appearing here do not necessarily imply that Wichita State University or the Office of Financial Aid agree with the material contained on or linked to the Web sites.