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Hispanic Scholarship Fund (Univision Scholarship) – How To Apply For Up To $5,000 (2018)

Updated: February 4, 2018

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is specifically focused on providing scholarship opportunities to Hispanic students.

The Becas Univision Scholarship program has now been combined with the HSF.

The deadline for 2018 is March 30, with selection happening in May 2018. Winners will find out if they are the lucky recipient of a scholarship between October and December 2018.

The available scholarships give applicants the opportunity to receive anywhere between $500 and $5000 in educational financial assistance.

The amount you receive will depend on your financial need which is determined by the selectors. Of course, you have to be chosen to have a chance at any amount so making sure you meet all the eligibility requirements is vital as a first step (see below).

For an extra high chance of being selected for the HSF or Univision scholarship, consider that they are in 2018 putting a greater emphasis on students who are studying STEM majors:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics

You do of course stil have a chance of receiving a scholarship in other fields, as all of the usual graduate and major fields are eligible.

In addition to scholarships, a range of other services are also provided by the fund to assist future and current students. Scholarships valued between $500 up to $5,000 are awarded, providing an excellent opportunity to have many of your educational expenses covered.

The overall goal of the HSF is to encourage Latino families and individuals to feel confident in making further education an achievable priority in their lives, rather than something that seems financially out of reach.

Some of you might be looking for the Becas Univision Scholarship program – however this scholarship has now been merged with the HSF and that’s where you now need to apply.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund aims to see one college graduate in every Hispanic household in the USA!

Quick Facts About the HSF Scholarships:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students can qualify for merit-based scholarships
  • Awards range in value from $500 up to $5,000
  • All graduate fields and majors are accepted. There is an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subjects

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

What are the eligibility requirements to qualify for a scholarship with HSF?

To qualify for up to $5,000 from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, you need to meet some basic requirements.

As an adult student and a college undergraduate or graduate, or someone transferring from community college, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship with HSF provided you:

  • are of Hispanic heritage
  • are a US citizen, a permanent legal resident, an eligible non citizen according to the FAFSA, or DACA
  • have a 2.5 GPA minimum on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
  • are planning to enrol at an accredited four year university or graduate school full time during the Fall of the scholarship cycle year
  • complete a FAFSA
  • you may also need to complete a financial aid application in your state where applicable

When Do Applications Open?

December 1 2017 was the date when applications opened for the HSF scholarships 2018.

The Fund recommends preparing in advance, and the first step is to start your own profile at the official HSF website. Applications close on March 30, giving you three months to prepare and apply.

What Other Scholarship Programs Does the HSF Offer?
In addition to the main HSF scholarship of between $500-$5000, the fund also offers various other scholarship programs for Latino students, including adults and mothers wanting to go back to school like yourself. It’s important to be aware of all the awards that are available and if you qualify – the more scholarships you apply for, the greater your chance of receiving one!

This college financial aid can mean the difference in being able to study, or not being able to afford it at all.

The other four scholarship programs on offer through the HSF are:

  • Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS)
  • Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities Scholarship (VAMOS)
  • Greater Cincinnati HSF Scholarship
  • Becas Univision Scholarship Program

No matter which scholarship you want to apply for, it’s important to be familiar with the eligibility requirements so that your application will have the best possible chance of succeeding and getting you that scholarship money you so want and need for your further education!

Read on to find out the specific requirements for each of the other college financial aid programs offered through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.

Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS)

This scholarship started in 1999 with plans to run for 20 years thanks to a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Note that this scholarship is not specifically targeted at adults, although some mothers might be eligible if you meet are a high school senior, GED recipient, or high school graduate going to an accredited college for the first time. If you don’t meet these requirements as an adult woman or mother, don’t despair, as there are many other Hispanic and general scholarships that you can apply for.

Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities Scholarship (VAMOS)

Students in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas are who the Valley Alliance of Mentors for Opportunities Scholarship is aimed at, with the goal to help people like you to become empowered to achieve your goals with the help of the financial assistance provided with this scholarship. This is a generous scholarship that offers the winners:

  • $3,000 of financial aid per year of study for students attending University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • $5,000 for students who are attending other universities, colleges and accredited institutions

Do note however, that unlike the other scholarships within the HSF, VAMOS is only open to high school graduating seniors so is unlikely to be suitable for most mothers. It is still worth being aware of this scholarship in case it becomes open to older students in the future.

Greater Cincinnati HSF Scholarship

This scholarship program is aimed at Latino students who live in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. It is all about supporting people in need throughout the Midwest, providing much needed student financial aid to the lucky winners.

To be eligible as an adult student for the Greater Cincinnati HSF Scholarship you need to meet these requirements:

  • Be of Hispanic heritage
  • Resident of Ohio, Indiana or Kentucky or be planning to attend school in either of these states
  • Have a minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
  • Be a US citizen
  • Complete your FAFSA
  • Have pkans to enrol in an accredited university or college full time

Applications for the Greater Cincinnati HSF Scholarship open in January and are distributed between October and December each year.

Becas Univision Scholarship Program

The Becas Univision scholarship was started as a part of the Univision Educación campaign. What you need to know about this scholarship program:

  • The scholarship is open to Latino students who live in the USA
  • You must be of Hispanic heritage
  • As an adult college or graduate student you need to have a minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
  • You need to complete a FAFSA application, and state based application if required
  • You need to be planning to enrol full time in an accredited 4 year university or grad school during the Fall of a scholarship cycle year

Applications for the Becas Univision Scholarship Program open on January 1 and have a deadline of March 30 for submissions. If you have been chosen to receive an award through the program, you will find out during June or July, and the awards are distributed from October to December.

  1. Aracely
    August 30th, 2018 at 22:19 | #1

    Hi I am a mother of two girls, one lives in AZ. the youngest with me 19 Yrs.old.
    I lost my job and my house, I want to return to school. but I need help with rent and pay my utilities and pay my books, I file for chapter 13, just to save my car and daughter car. I need emeragncy cash or loan, I apply for a job, but I am studying to get my life insurance and also started college. please anyone can guide me to a link to get help for two months rent and utilities and pay my books.

  2. lourdes Spicer
    September 27th, 2017 at 03:45 | #2

    I am a Hispanic proud American.

  3. lourdes Spicer
    September 27th, 2017 at 03:44 | #3

    I am a 49 year old single parent to a 13 year old. I am a two time divorcee. I am currently enrolled full time student at Southwestern College in Chula Vista CA. I am a recovery six years clean. I have been battling sclaraderma the last 3 years with this Autoimmune Disease. It is very debilitating and makes it difficult some days. I am determined to get my Associates Degree and currently receive Bog and EOPS. This aid pais my tuition and book. I can not make up for the first seven years of my daughters childhood but have earned her trustworthiness. I have a Child Development major because I hope to educate women in prison with D.U.I.s and/or women with drug charges. I hope to work teaching women in recovery better care for their children when they get out. I am determined to teach child parenting so children do endure what I put my child through when in my addiction. Now while I myself don’t believe I deserve as much, I believe my daughter does. Going back to school at 49 leaves me without the ability to work. Though my family is supportive it adds stress to an already financially depleted situation. I wan’t to be able to afford babysitting and gas and school supplies for my daughter. Thank you for considering me. This sheds glimp of light to a dim situation. Thank you for your time.

  4. December 12th, 2015 at 11:40 | #4

    I am a single Hispanic Mother that has a 7month year old datehugr,I know ya’ll give out grants to Hispanic mothers that need it most but i really do need it.I live with my mother and right now i currently am not working and my mom is supporting me and my datehugr and i wanted to go to college to do something with not only my life but my datehugrs life!Her father is supposed to be paying child support but doesn’t and he doesn’t even see his datehugr at all and i’m here living under my mom’s roof not doing anything for mine and my datehugrs life and i really don’t want do this anymore,i want to get the best education i can for my datehugr,because who knows how long we have left on this earth and i want to at least show my mother and my datehugr that i tried to be the best mother i can be!All this mother stuff is very new to me because she was so unexpected but things happen for a reason and if ya’ll would be so kind to give me a grant i promise i won’t let you down.Please contact me at my email and i hope to hear from ya’ll soon.

  5. Ana
    June 6th, 2015 at 16:50 | #5


    I have been looking into getting some help with school. Since I started, It has been very difficult to keep up economically. Since I already started taking some classes, is it too late for me?

  6. catherine vanzeyl
    December 4th, 2014 at 00:52 | #6

    I am a 54 year old Hispanic Women who would like to go back to school. Is this scholarship for me?


  7. Brittany
    August 21st, 2012 at 17:32 | #7

    I am a single mother and on financial aid probation. I got pregnant and was not able to complete my corses. I’m trying to register for this semester only i have to pay for my classes and supplies; and at this time I am also having to pay a fee of 300 dollars to the campus as well. I don’t know what the fee is for, but I do know that there is assistance for single mothers. I don’t know if maybe my search method is what’s wrong, but i can’t seem to find any useful information. When i was going to school my grades were high and its so fustrating that I can’t get back in just cause of not being able to afford all these expenses.
    Please help!!!
    Thank you.

  8. joan
    July 9th, 2011 at 13:17 | #8

    Do you know of a scholarship grant for moms residing in the Philippines? Thank you.

  9. Monica Steneck
    May 25th, 2011 at 16:50 | #9

    I wish participate in this program, but I don’t know what should do first or what steps following. Would you give me orientation, please?
    I am single mother. I came to Las Vegas in April 2002. I came with my two sons, Angelo and Raul. Always I have worked for supporting to my family. But, I want to study, I have a lot of project, I want to obtain a Master Degree in Social Worker because that profession is my vocation.
    I was born in Peru. Today, I am citizen.
    Thank you,

  10. Valerie Michelle Pagan
    January 18th, 2011 at 19:00 | #10

    does this scholarship can be used in puerto rico cause im studing I dont qualified for the fasfa and I need it cause I paid n I dont have a job and 1 child

  11. Latysha Coleman
    November 30th, 2010 at 20:53 | #11

    Hello I am a out of work, divorced mother of two, attending graduate school and attempting on starting a non profit organization. Are there any grants available for graduate students? Does the Obama grants for moms in school actually exist?

  12. Erika Nuñez
    November 16th, 2010 at 03:57 | #12

    I’am a single parent raising a teenager of 14 years Old and finally I can squeeze some self growth time to reach my Education in Alternative Medicine, But am very concerned on how to pay for my Education & My Daughters, it hunts me with alot of fear….. Pls contact me Asap with the information needed to be a prosperous candidate for a free grant or scholarship that would fit Ny Criteria….

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