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.
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.
Considering all these facts, the US department of Education has come out with various plans to provide financial aid to this deserving minority community.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The HP scholarship consists a total package for 4-years amounting to $40000 in total and contains:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Applicant should be a US Citizens or persons with Permanent Resident visas.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.