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Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

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Causes: Education, Scholarships, Scholarships & Student Financial Aid, Student Services

Mission: HSF empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible

Results: Founded in 1975, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund empowers Latino families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional Hispanic American students as possible. HSF strives to make college education a top priority for every Latino family across the nation, mobilizing our community to proactively advance that goal – each individual, over a lifetime, in every way he/she can. HSF also seeks to give its Scholars all the tools they need to do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come. As the nation’s largest nonprofit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, the Fund has awarded over $588 million in scholarships and provides a range of programs for students, HSF Scholars, Alumni, and parents. For more information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, please visit HSF.net.

Target demographics: Hispanic college-bound students seeking scholarships and related support services

Direct beneficiaries per year: More than 4,600 students with scholarships and thousands of other students with academic support services

Geographic areas served: US

Programs: *College and financial aid planning for parents, and middle and high school students, through free, bilingual College 101 and College Camp workshops *Leadership training for outstanding high school juniors (Youth Leadership Institute) and HSF Scholars (National Leadership Conference, STEM Summit, Finance Conference, Media & Entertainment Summit, and Career Symposium) to accelerate academic and professional success through mentoring and career guidance *Scholar Celebration receptions in various cities, celebrating HSF scholarship recipients, and their families, serving more than 500 students, families and HSF constituents *College readiness and support resources, via HSF.net, to support the more than five million web visitors we receive every year, as well as the more than 890,000 students, parents, and other users who registered with MyHSF profiles *Mentoring, via MentorMatch, a proprietary technology that pairs Scholars and Alumni and distinguished professionals to enhance academic and professional success *Videos, tutorials, and webinars, through HSF University aimed at building academic mastery and enrichment *Internship and full-time employment opportunities for HSF Scholars, via HSF’s Career Services team, and the HSF Career Center *Administration of a $417 million, multi‐year grant, by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and implement The Gates Scholarship. This program is slated to launch in 2018, and will fund undergraduate education for 3,000 Pell-eligible minority students, over a 10-year period

Community Stories

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Joaquin R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since my first introduction to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) in 2015 as a junior in high school to my 5th, HSF has played a critical role in my life. By attending the Youth Leadership Institute in 2015 at the University of Chicago, I was able to experience for the first time what a strong Hispanic community and leadership looked like. They gave me the vision to dream and the tools to succeed in whatever it is I choose to do. With their guidance, I was able to become a Gates Millennium Scholar! Just a week ago I attended the 2019 Finance Conference in New York City as a mentor to an amazing group of mentees. If you have not heard of HSF yet I would encourage you to look them up as they have been a big proponent of the Hispanic community, promoting higher education, and wonderful leaders doing great work!

Client Served

Rating: 5

In October 2019, I attend the HSF Finance Conference in New York, New York. This life-altering conference was filled with a career expo, discussions, panels, and fireside chats with leading industry professionals and distinguished HSF Alumni. I am beyond grateful to have indulged in various professional development activities. The insights and advice I received have inspired me to step into a different realm in which I was unaware. Today, I am continuing my job search with additional career options in cooperate America thanks to HSF.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization at the forefront of preparing the future Hispanic leaders of the U.S. Professional, great attention to detail, and impactful programming was given to 100+ HSF Scholars at the 2019 Finance Conference in NYC. Provided lifelong lessons in personal growth and career advancement advice, great mentors and administrators, and unparalleled access to leading professionals and panelists.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) has helped me tremendously throughout my undergraduate career. It is so much more than a check as far as scholarships go. It is truly a support network with employees that genuinely care about the students they serve. The most impactful experience however for me is the times that I have been allowed to come back and volunteer with them such as the College 101 camps, the Youth Leadership Institute and Young Leaders Consortium. Through these events I have witnessed the impact that HSF has on students who may not believe in themselves. After going through these events, they come out prepared, and energized to take charge of their future. It is inspiring work and gives me hope for the future.

1 Tracy J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended HSF's 2019 Youth Leaders Summit and didn't expect that it would have such an impact on me. I've attended many leadership conferences, but this was like no other. Rather than just addressing the topics of college and career readiness, I actually had the opportunity to network with like-minded peers, college admissions officers, mentors, and executives from various companies. It was truly life changing and I was able to create long-lasting relationships with people that I only met for four days.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful time during the cohort 1 of Young Leaders Summit (YLS)—a racially diverse, free, 4-night comprehensive college conference—in 2018 at the University of Chicago; I bonded many new relationships, made a lot of friends, learned everything about college admissions and financial aid, and felt confident about my college application process and applying to top universities. To give back, I gladly accepted being in the A-Team for cohort 2, where I had an even greater time than my first year; not only did we, the A-Team, helped cohort 2 end with a tremendous success, but I also reunited with eleven other students from cohort 1, met more amazing college and high school students, including the 34 mentors, from all around the nation (including Alaska and Puerto Rico), worked with the A-Team by running the behind the scenes, and spent priceless time with them (the YLC administration did not even expect the A-Team to get along so close together!). Volunteering at the YLS was definitely my favorite part of my 2019 summer. I honestly cannot be more thankful to HSF for letting me participate in both YLS cohorts completely free; both being a student in the first cohort and a volunteer in the second changed my life a lot. I will be sure apply to be a mentor for cohort 3! I hope to see everyone at the cohort 3 of YLS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Attending a great opportunity like Young Leaders Summit hosted by HSF and other contributors was an unparalleled experience. Without a financial burden, I connected to 200 brightest minds all across the country and started a network with professional from a variety of fields. This organization brings the best of the best opportunities to low-income students to empower and enrich with us invaluable experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This past month I had the unforgettable pleasure of attending the Young Leaders Summit. Whenever anyone asks me about it, I always say the truth- that it was the best experience of my life. I have never felt so uplifted in terms of information and self-esteem. Through the summit I met with some of the best students across the country who also suffer economic disparities. All of my peers were given tools I believe they couldn’t find any where else. I will spend the rest of my life owing a debt to this program and HSF and all the better for knowing them.

1 Linda P.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the 2019 Youth Leadership Summit hosted by HSF and had the best time of my life. As a low-income student with little college guidance, the program not only provided me with support I’ve never had, but also allowed me to meet new friends. I’m so grateful to HSF for everything!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the 2019 YLS at the University of Chicago hosted by HSF. It was truly a life-changing experience. The knowledge and the growth I had gained from the experience was very valuable. The chance to talk and be surrounded by many high achieving students just like me was very inspirational. On top of all that, the staffs were extremely helpful and professional.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It was amazing, they do everything they can to help people. I really appreciate everything they do and can not wait to see where we will all go!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the Young Leaders Summit in the summer of 2019, and it was an absolutely fantastic experience! Couldn't have asked for a better community to help propel my success in the next year. Thank you HSF!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the HSF Youth Leadership Institute at the University of Chicago. HSF covers all costs of attendance for the students accepted into the program. It was truly a life changing experience. The program was empowering and informative. It taught me about networking, the college application process, and financial aid. Additionally, it connected me to a group of inspiring and bright Hispanic students that I'm grateful to have met. I'm so thankful to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for this experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the Youth Leadership Institute and appreciated the work Hispanic Scholarship fund did to make this helpful, enjoyable experience possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in the Youth Leadership Institute at the University of Chicago, and it was truly a transformative experience. I gained confidence in my ability to apply to selective universities, and I also gained the skills that I will need in order to succeed at such a school. I left with access to numerous resources and a new familia.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Youth Leadership Institute was an amazing experience that has given me opportunities I couldn't dream of beforehand.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the inaugural Entrepreneurship summit with HSF in 2019 and was blown away by the passion and dedication that went into making this event possible. It was clear that leadership, staff, and volunteers truly cared about HSF's mission. I would love to dedicate time and resources to HSF in the future.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel honored to have attended HSF's Finance Conference in New York. I had the opportunity to meet other young Latino and Latina students from across the nation and was inspired by their stories and motivation to succeed. HSF provided great resources while we were at the conference. I learned and grew a lot during my time there.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Went to one of their college camps in Atlanta held at Georgia State University. It was very informational and touching to see an organization dedicated to the Hispanic youth.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing experience at the HSF STEM Summit - I think it will truly impact my career!