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Tips to Get Scholarships and Grants for Hispanic and Latino Students

Emerging Educational Trend between Hispanic and Latino Students:

Unlike a decade or two ago, more number of Hispanic and Latino students enrolls themselves in full time college programs.  The numbers are rising steeply and are likely to rise even higher in the coming years.

The number of high-school dropouts among this community is also declining significantly.  All these factors put together increases the number of graduates from the Hispanic and Latino Community.

Challenges Faced by Hispanic & Latino Students:

Most of the Hispanic & Latino Students come from low-income families and hence find it difficult to cope up with the educational costs. This is the main reason why majority of them consider a two-year program rather than a 4-year professional program, which usually calls for higher fees.

Consequently many of them fall prey to high-interest student loans and remain indebted for decades. Their family background and needs, language barriers all add on to their challenges.

Scholarships & Grants for Hispanic & Latino Students:

Considering all these facts, the US department of Education has come out with various plans to provide financial aid to this deserving minority community.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP):

The children of Hispanic migrant workers form an understated group. The US Department of Education provides financial aids to around 345000 Hispanic Students aged from 3-21 each year through its Migrant Education Program.

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is one such plan that provides fresh college goers a financial aid comprising of five-year tuition grants.

The darker side of this migrant community is their inability to concentrate on their studies as they keep migrating due to various reasons, thereby dropping out of school at various levels.

Development, relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act:

The number of undocumented students in the U.S. rises from year to year. These students are categorized as “Foreign” in majority of the schools, which ultimately makes them ineligible for federal student aid and reduced tuition rates.

The U.S. Department of Education bears the cost of Education for this group of people up to Grade 12. But due to non-availability of aids, most of them are unable to pursue their education.

The present U.S. Administrators have formulated an act known, as the DREAM Act that ensures such undocumented students would be provided with a permanent residency status thereby removing all hindrances on their way to education.

The DACA Program:

According to law, a student must be a permanent resident of the U.S to receive any type of federal aid. Earning a permanent residency status in the U.S has become common through procurement of a Green Card. However undocumented residents are unable to do so.

At this scenario comes the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Program.

This program features as follows:

  • Any undocumented child that enters the U.S. before attaining the age of 16 is classified as DACA students.
  • They are eligible to receive a SSN (Social Security Number)
  • They might seek admission into colleges with ease.
  • They are eligible to receive funding sponsored by the state or the educational institution, by filling out a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Aid)
  • However they are still ineligible for Federal Financial Aid.

The following states offer special provisions for undocumented students:

California

Colorado

Connecticut

Florida

Hawaii

Illinois

Kansas

Maryland

Michigan

Minnesota

Nebraska

New Mexico

New York

Oklahoma

Oregon

Rhode Island

Texas

Utah and

Washington

On the contrary three states namely Arizona, Georgia, and Indiana have straight away banned reduced tuition fee for undocumented students. Whereas the remaining 29 states remain unspecified about their policies towards undocumented students.

3 Northrop Grumman HENAAC ScholarshipsThe HSI (Hispanic Serving Institutions) program:

The HSI status is awarded on non-profit postsecondary institutions, which comprises of at least 25% of Hispanic full-time students.
The eligible HSIs are entitled to receive grants from the Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE).

Such grants received are then put to use for the upliftment of the college and the services provided for Hispanic students. HIS is now termed as the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU). More than 33% of the Hispanic students graduate from here.

The EPP (Education Partnership program):

The Education Partnership for Undergraduate Scholarship Program offers a 2-year scholarship for Under Graduate Education for students pursuing their education in the field of STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics that directly supports the goal of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Under this program, students are given an opportunity to conduct research works at a NOAA office throughout their two paid summer internships. Over 186 students have benefited from the program.

Eligibility to EPP:

Must be a U.S. citizen presently accommodated as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or a 3rd year student in a five-year program in a Minority Serving Institutions are eligible to apply for the Education Partnership programs.

According to the US Department of Education Minority Serving Institutions comprises of Hispanic Serving Institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaskan-Native Serving Institutions, and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions.

Also, applicants are required to earn and maintain a minimum of a 3.2 grade point standard on a 4.0 scale rating.

Benefits under EPP:

Students are granted a financial aid worth $45000 during their junior and senior graduate studies. They are offered paid internships for 21 weeks, during which they receive stipend and also housing allowances.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Scholars Program

The HP Scholar award is a scholarship for engineering students from the minority category. This program provides excellent opportunities to students interested to pursue their education in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering.

This scholarship is specially designed to students who come from the understated minority group comprising of African Americans, Latino or American Indian.

Eligibility for Hewlett-Packard Scholars Program: 

  • The applicant should be an African American, Latino or American Indian.
  • The applicant should be a High School Senior or Community College transfer Student.
  • The applicant should attend one of the universities(University of California, Los Angeles, North Carolina A&T, Morgan State University, or University of Washington), which are partnered with HP.
  • The Major Subject of study should be Computer Science, Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering.

Benefits under HP Scholar Award:

The HP scholarship consists a total package for 4-years amounting to $40000 in total and contains:

  • Cash award of $12000 (paid as $3000 per year)
  • The HP Productivity package contains an HP laptop, printer and PDA.
  • Three paid Summer Internships with HP while pursuing their undergraduate program.

Northrop Grumman HENAAC Scholarship

The Northrop Grumman Scholarships are basically specified under the HENAAC Scholars Program. This specially designed program is formulated in such a way that it addresses the United States need of the moment, which is to generate more local engineers and scientists.

There are 3 types of scholarships offered under the HENAAC scholars program namely:

  1. Corporate/Government Sponsored Scholarships
  2. Special Recognition Scholarships and
  3. In Memoriam and Personal Tribute Scholarships.

The recipients of HENAAC scholarship excel very well and set an example for future student generations from the Hispanic community. They also strive hard to empower the domestic knowledge power. The HENAAC Scholars Program has been experiencing tremendous growth right from its formation.

Eligibility for Northrop Grumman Scholarships:

  • Applicant should be pursuing education under the STEM field of Education.
  • Applicants should prove their merit worthiness through academic achievements, leadership skills and campus and community events.
  • Applicants must secure and maintain aGPAof 3.0 or higher on a standard 4.0 scale
  • Applicants must be either from Hispanic origin and/or must have proved unmatched leadership skills or strived towards service within the Hispanic community.
  • Applicant must have been accommodated in a full time 2-year or 4-year UG or Graduate Program in a recognized university.

3 Hewlitt-Packard (HP) Scholars ProgramBenefits under Northrop Grumman Scholarships:

The total benefits under this program ranges from around $500 to $10,000, depending upon the study, the university and the GPA.  Apart from this they would find a place in the Listing in the HENAAC STEM Career Conference issue of TECHNiCA Magazine and press release.

Requirements for Online Application Process:

  • Application
  • An essay comprising of 700-word based on a scheduled topic
  • Current resume
  • A letter of recommendation from a peer. This might be from a friend, classmate, lab partner, roommate, teammate, or fellow member of a campus or community organization
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty, teacher, mentor, advisor, counselor, principal, dean, or MEP Director
  • Official transcript in English with the seal of the applicants college or high school
  • Applicant’s Photo (for publication in TECHNiCA Magazine)

The application form should be filled with due care since there would not be another chance to submit missing documents or requirements. On proper submission of application and successful selection, the applicant will be intimated about the selection through E-mail in the month of August and those who are not selected will be notified in the month of September.

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

This Scholarship program was incorporated to support students from the minority circle. Since Xerox corporation always strives hard towards the educational upliftment of minority students, they have come out with this most-wanted aid to the minority students.

Eligibility for Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship

The Applicant should be a US Citizens or persons with Permanent Resident visas.

  • The Applicant must be a full-time student.
  • The origin of the applicant should be of a Hispanic/Latino, African American, Asian American, Pacific Islander or Native American.
  • The Applicant should pursue his/her education in any one of the below mentioned fields:
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computing & Software Systems
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Imaging Engineering
  • Information Management
  • Laser Optics
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Material Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Optical Engineering
  • Physics
  • Printing Management Science
  • Software Engineering
  • The Applicant should secure and maintain a GPA of 3.0 on a standard 4.0 rating scale.
  • The Applicant should either be enrolled as a College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, Master’s Study or a Doctoral Study.
  • Spouses and children of Xerox employees are eligible under this program.

Benefits under the scholarship program:

The Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship provides a cash award ranging from  $1000 to $10000 based upon the eligibility criteria.

Apart from the Technical Minority Scholarship program, Xerox also offers a lot of other scholarship programs exclusively designed for minorities:

Xerox Foundation Scholarship Program:

As already discussed, Xerox has always strived towards the development of the Minority students & work force.It always has its emphasis on intensifying the existenceand achievements of minorities in its technical cadres.

Benefits under the program:

Through its humanitarian support, the Xerox Foundation provides grants directly to schools in order to inspire minority students to choose hardware and software engineering studies and emerge as successful engineers and scientists.

Xerox Fellowship Program:

The Xerox Corporation funds the Xerox Fellowship Program. It offers grants that pay for research works for certain elected fields of master’s and Doctoral Studies, which comprises of mostly women and minorities.

Under this program, the student or the researcher gets the unmatched opportunity to work with a MIT faculty as well as a professional engineer from Xerox. This combination provides the students a cutting edge in their specific fields. The students who are funded under this program, most likely prefer to join Xerox.

Affiliated Computer Services Scholarships:

The acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) by Xerox happened in 2010. Like Xerox, ACS also has its own humanitarian side. It funds many scholarship programs through its partner the Winners for Life Foundation.

Under this program, the Winners for Life foundation works for the development of teenage students who are highly proficient but lack support to pursue education. It provides the scholarships to individual schools and organizations. The organizations in turn choose the candidates.

The scholarship amount goes mainly to institutions that promote minority students. For e.g.: American Indian College Fund.

Benefits of the Scholarship:

The award is for $2,000 for a student with a minimum GPA of 2.0 rating on a standard 4.0 rating scale.

To Sum up The U.S Department of Education along with various Private institutions offers a wide array of scholarships and grants to the minority community of the country. It works on the development and upliftment of the minority students who are going to be the hope for future generations. It is up to the students to choose a proper and eligible program that suits your requirements and go ahead in the path to success.

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