mexican-americanAs the total Hispanic population of our nation continues to outnumber that of other minority groups in the United States, more scholarships for Mexican-Americans are being created by organizations and universities seeking to promote diversity in higher education.

Due to significant social and economic barriers, Mexican-Americans have often been considered undereducated as the percentage of Hispanics on college campuses has lagged behind other minorities. However, there has been a 25% spike in university enrollment for Mexican-Americans over the last couple years with more Hispanics attending college than ever before.

If you are of Mexican descent, read on to learn more about 25 great scholarships for Mexican-Americans that can help overcome financial obstacles towards receiving your college degree.

1. A.W. Bodine –Sunkist Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 30th

In memory of the distinguished director of Sunkist Growers and a respected agricultural leader, the A.W. Bodine-Sunkist Memorial Scholarship will provide $2,000 annually to Mexican-American students of families involved in California or Arizona agriculture. Qualified applicants must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, be enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program with at least 12 graded units per term, and submit a personal essay discussing their agricultural background.

Contact

A.W. Bodine –Sunkist Memorial Scholarship
P.O. Box 7888
Van Nuys, CA 91409
(818) 379-7339
corporate.communications@sunkistgrowers.com
Scholarship Link

2. Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 17th

Annually, the Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program offers $1,500 awards to women of Chicana or Latina heritage who are enrolled in accredited post-secondary institutions in one of the eligible counties in Northern California. To qualify, candidates must be enrolled as full-time college students, have completed at least 12 college units, possess a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in college coursework, and complete 10 hours of volunteering at the CLF Leadership Institute after being selected.

Contact

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program
1419 Burlingame Avenue Suite W2
Burlingame, CA 94010
(650) 373-1083
CLFinfo@chicanalatina.org

3. Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship

Deadline: April 16th

Within the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship program, Mexican-American students have the opportunity to receive $1,000 for an associate’s degree, $2,500 for a bachelor’s degree, or $5,000 for a graduate-level degree at an accredited post-secondary institution in the United States or Puerto Rico. Eligible candidates must maintain full-time enrollment, show consistent participation in community service activities, be U.S. citizens with Latino/a descent, and demonstrate critical financial need for assistance.

Contact

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship
300 M Street SE 5th Floor Suite 510
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-1771
mhughes@chci.org

4. Done Vida Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 31st

Sponsored by the Washington Regional Transplant Community (WRTC), the Done Vida Scholarship Fund presents up to $3,000 annually to graduating Latino high school seniors or Latino college students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. For consideration, participants must create a video no longer than 2 minutes in English or Spanish that creates a call to action, explains the statistics, or explores the misconceptions that surround organ, eye, and tissue donation for saving lives.

Contact

Done Vida Scholarship Fund
7619 Little River Turnpike Suite 900
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 641-0100
contactwrtc@wrtc.org

5. Gilbert G. Pompa Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Deadline: July 21st

Through the ¡Adelante! U.S. Education Leadership Fund, the Gilbert G. Pompa Memorial Endowed Scholarship is granted annually for $1,000 to U.S. citizens of Mexican or Hispanic descent who are enrolled at an accredited university in Texas in a pre-law program with plans to attend law school. Qualified candidates must have completed 90 credit hours before the upcoming fall semester, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher, maintain full-time enrollment, and provide a resume of community service activities.

Contact

Gilbert G. Pompa Memorial Endowed Scholarship
8415 Datapoint Drive Suite 400
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 692-1971
info@adelantefund.org
Scholarship Link

6. Ginger and Fred Deines Mexico Scholarships

Deadline: May 31st

Established in honor of the past president of Transportation Clubs International (TCI), the Ginger and Fred Deines Mexico Scholarships are awarded each year for $1,500 to graduating high school seniors of Mexican nationality who are enrolling full-time in a post-secondary school in Mexico or the United States. Students must be pursuing a degree in the field of transportation logistics, supply chain management, traffic management, or transportation safety to prepare for a career in any transportation-related industry.

Contact

Ginger and Fred Deines Mexico Scholarships
P.O. Box 426
Union, WA 98592
(877) 858-8627
info@transportationclubsinternational.com

7. Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (HACER) Scholarship

Deadline: January 27th

Funded by the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), the Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (HACER) Scholarship is presented annually for $2,000 to currently enrolled high school seniors who have at least one parent of Mexican or Hispanic heritage. In order to be eligible, candidates must plan to attend an accredited two or four-year college, be legal U.S. residents, be less than 21 years old, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher, and reside within the accepted geographic boundaries of Southern California.

Contact

Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources (HACER) Scholarship
765 South Pasadena Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 744-9449
sarah.stanley@porternovelli.com

8. Hispanic Women’s Council Scholarship Program

Deadline: July 10th

Each year, the Hispanic Women’s Council (HWC) provides academic scholarships to Mexican-American or Hispanic female students residing in New Mexico who are enrolling full-time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University of New Mexico (UNM) or Central New Mexico Community College (CNM). Applicants must submit a completed application, unofficial current transcript, one-page narrative personal statement on career goals, and current resume with volunteer experiences in the Latina community.

Contact

Hispanic Women’s Council Scholarship Program
P.O. Box 27271
Albuquerque, NM 87125
(505) 277-0111
lflores@unm.edu

9. Hon. Mario G. Olmos Scholarship

Deadline: February 3rd

Ranging in value from $1,000 to $3,000 each year, the Hon. Mario G. Olmos Scholarship has been established by the La Raza Lawyers Association to honor the memory of the late Superior Court Judge who was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1990. Eligible students of Mexican descent currently enrolled in their first, second, third, or fourth year of law school must demonstrate academic achievement, leadership abilities, ties to California’s Central Valley, involvement in the Latino community, and financial need.

Contact

Hon. Mario G. Olmos Scholarship
5200 North Palm Avenue Suite 401
Fresno, CA 93704
(559) 228-6700
ecg@lrplaw.net

10. Jameson Family Scholarship

Deadline: February 15th

Administered by Holy Cross Ministries, the Jameson Family Scholarship is granted annually for Latino and Latina students who have completed at least one full year as HB144 students at the University of Utah. To qualify, applicants must be motivated with a good academic record, maintain full-time enrollment, and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to students who are majoring in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as those who have been involved in leadership and/or community service activities.

Contact

Jameson Family Scholarship
860 East 4500 South
Murray, UT 84107
(801) 261-3440
acunniff@hcmutah.org

11. Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 3rd

Through the CCNMA: Latino Journalists of California, the Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship is awarded for up to $2,000 annually to qualified Latino high school seniors and college students who are pursuing a career in broadcast, print, photo, and/or online journalism full-time at an accredited California university. Recipients will be chosen based on commitment to the field of journalism, Latino community awareness, financial need, scholastic achievement, character reference letters, and work samples produced by each applicant.

Contact

Joel Garcia Memorial Scholarship
3502 Watt Way Suite G38
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-5263
info@ccnma.org

12. José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant

Deadline: April 1st

Within the Florida Department of Education, the José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant is presented for $2,000 to provide financial assistance to students of Hispanic origin who were born in or have a natural parent born in Mexico to attend any of the eligible post-secondary institutions within Florida. Qualified candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, be a prospective full-time undergraduate or graduate student, have U.S. citizenship, and not owe repayment on any state or federal loans.

Contact

José Martí Scholarship Challenge Grant
325 West Gaines Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(888) 827-2004
OSFA@fldoe.org
Scholarship Link

13. Los Padres College Tuition Assistance Program

Deadline: January 16th

Each year, the Los Padres Foundation hosts the College Tuition Assistance Program awards $8,000 for four years of undergraduate studies to Mexican, Puerto Rican, and Latino high school seniors in the New York City metropolitan area who are committed to pursuing a bachelor’s degree in post-secondary education. Applicants must be the first in their family to attend college, meet federal guidelines for low income, be legal U.S. citizens, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher, and complete 100 hours of non-faith based community service.

Contact

Los Padres College Tuition Assistance Program
P.O. Box 305
Nassau, DE 19969
(800) 528-4105
info@lospadresfoundaiton.com

14. LULAC National Scholastic Achievement Awards

Deadline: April 14th

Within the National Education Service Centers of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Scholastic Achievement Awards are distributed each year for $2,000 apiece to help Hispanic youth in underserved communities to make the dream of college enrollment a reality. Eligible candidates must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better, have received a 29 or higher on the ACT test or a 1350 or better on the SAT test, and be enrolling full-time in a U.S. post-secondary institution.

Contact

LULAC National Scholastic Achievement Awards
1133 19th Street NW Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 835-9646
scholarship@lnesc.org

15. MALDEF Dream Act Student Activist Scholarship

Deadline: July 2nd

As the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) has created the Dream Act Student Activist Scholarship to award $5,000 outstanding Mexican-American undergraduate and graduate student leaders who have advocated for immigrant rights in the Dream Act. Applicants must submit a completed application with a current resume, official transcript, and 500-word responses to three essay questions.

Contact

MALDEF Dream Act Student Activist Scholarship
634 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014
(213) 629-2512
scholarships@maldef.org

16. Mexican American Dream Scholarship

Deadline: October 25th

Through the Council of Mexican Federations in North America (COFEM), the Mexican American Dream Scholarship is awarded for $1,000 annually to outstanding students who are immigrants or of immigrant descent to provide financial funding for receiving a bachelor’s degree at an accredited institution. Candidates must be AB-540 students, maintain full-time enrollment with at least 12 semester hours, possess a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or greater, reside in southern California, demonstrate financial need, and complete a minimum of 50 hours of volunteer work.

Contact

Mexican American Dream Scholarship
125 Paseo de La Plaza Suite 500
Los Angeles, CA 90012
(213) 417-8380
info@cofem.org
Scholarship Link

17. Mexican American Educational Guidance Association Scholarships

Deadline: March 7th

For those attending a school in the San Dieguito Union High School District, the Mexican American Educational Guidance Association (MAEGA) offers $1,000 scholarships annually to graduating seniors of Mexico descent who demonstrate significant financial need in furthering their education. Eligible applicants must plan to attend a two or four-year accredited college, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, submit two letters of recommendation, and write a two-page essay describing the importance of their Mexican heritage.

Contact

Mexican American Educational Guidance Association Scholarships
P.O. Box 1782
Solana Beach, CA 92075
(858) 337-8163
scholarships@maega.org

18. Mexican American Engineering Society (MAES) Scholarships

Deadline: September 19th

Annually, the Mexican American Engineering Society (MAES) bestows scholarships for up to $2,000 to Latino/a student members age 18 or older who are furthering their education in the pursuit of a college degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) field. Selection will be based on academic achievement, leadership potential, involvement in community service, financial need, work experience, and recommendation letters.

Contact

Mexican American Engineering Society (MAES) Scholarships
2437 Bay Area Blvd. Suite 100
Houston, TX 77058
(281) 557-3677
questions@mymaes.org

19. Mexican Scholarship Fund

Deadline: March 7th

First founded in 2004 by the Consulate of Mexico in Indianapolis, the Mexican Scholarship Fund is designed to provide monetary support to students of Mexican descent who are planning to pursue a college degree at an accredited in-state higher education institution. Eligible candidates must demonstrate academic promise with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher, showcase significant financial need, reside within Indiana, and exhibit pride in their Mexican heritage.

Contact

Mexican Scholarship Fund
615 North Alabama Street Suite 119
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 643-2423 ext. 555
scholarships@cicf.org

20. Rodolfo Montes Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: May 23rd

In memory of the beloved dentist who provided highly discounted dental services for those in need in East Los Angeles, the Rodolfo Montes Memorial Scholarship is granted annually to outstanding graduate students of Mexican descent at the University of Southern California who are enrolled full-time in the School of Cinematic Arts, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, Gould School of Law, or Keck School of Medicine. Preference will be given to students who exemplify leadership potential within the local Hispanic community.

Contact

Rodolfo Montes Memorial Scholarship
3601 Watt Way Suite 315
Los Angeles, CA 90089
(213) 740-9033
gradsch@usc.edu

21. Rosie Lopez Student Advocate Scholarship

Deadline: May 1st and October 1st

In partnership with the Arizona Hispanic Community Forum, the Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) has created the Rosie Lopez Student Advocate Scholarship to present $1,000 each semester to outstanding Arizona students of Mexican descent who are currently enrolled in a two or four-year post-secondary institution within Arizona. Applicants must be pursuing an undergraduate degree, be enrolled in at least three credit hours each semester, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have a history of advocacy work against injustice.

Contact

Rosie Lopez Student Advocate Scholarship
1112 East Buckeye Road
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(623) 518-2237
lamar.bryant@cplc.org

22. SHPE Foundation General Scholarships

Deadline: May 1st

Ranging in value from $1,000 to $3,000 based on need, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Foundation offers general scholarships to qualified high school graduating seniors, undergraduate students, and graduate students of Hispanic descent who demonstrate significant motivation for pursuing a degree in a STEM field. Candidates must be SHPE members, be accepted into an accredited two or four-year college, maintain full-time enrollment, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Contact

SHPE Foundation General Scholarships
1765 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 647-2122
shpefoundation@shpe.org

23. Soledad O’Brien Scholarships

Deadline: April 14th

Thanks to a generous donation made by the famous news anchor and special correspondent for CNN to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Soledad O’Brien Scholarships are granted annually for up to $5,000 apiece to undergraduate or graduate students of Latino/a descent who are pursuing a career in TV broadcast journalism. Qualified applicants must show a sincere commitment to the field of journalism, demonstrate academic achievement, exhibit financial need, and be active in the Hispanic community.

Contact

Soledad O’Brien Scholarshipsducati
1050 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 662-7145
contact@nahj.org

24. William K. Schubert MD Minority Nursing Scholarship

Deadline: July 15th

In an effort to increase the diversity of registered nurses at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the William K. Schubert MD Minority Nursing Scholarship is granted for $2,750 to individuals of underrepresented groups, including Mexican-American or Latino, who are preparing to be pediatric registered nurses. Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree in nursing, be seeking initial nursing license in Ohio, and have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Resource:  Top Online Colleges in Ohio

Contact

William K. Schubert MD Minority Nursing Scholarship
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229
(513) 636-4200
diversity@cchmc.org

25. Wisconsin Hispanic Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: March 31st

In an effort to energize Wisconsin’s fastest-growing community, the Wisconsin Hispanic Foundation Scholarship has been established to provide financial support to young Mexican-American men and women who are pursuing a degree at an in-state institution. Eligible applicants must be Wisconsin residents, be enrolled full-time, be a minimum of 25% of Hispanic descent, submit an official transcript, and agree to complete at least 20 hours of volunteer service during the Mexican Fiesta in late summer.

Contact

Wisconsin Hispanic Foundation Scholarship
2997 South 20th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53215
(414) 383-7066
info@mexicanfiesta.org

Did you know that your Mexican heritage can help finance your college education to reduce the burden of rising tuition costs and avoid accumulating debt to repay after graduation? Thanks to scholarships like these, the rate of Mexicans with college degrees has risen by more than 320% since 1970. Therefore, make sure you check out these scholarships for Mexican-Americans to increase the financial support you have for continuing this amazing progress and reaching your own professional aspirations in higher education. Buena suerte!

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