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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 $550 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

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Christopher R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a recipient of multiple HSF scholarships throughout my undergraduate career and as an HSF Scholar who's had the wonderful opportunity to work for HSF as a student mentor, I can say with total confidence that this organization is destined to continue touching the lives of many more Latinx students across the country, as it has mine. I've grown both as a professional and as an individual as a result of my involvement with HSF, and I cannot wait to see what fellow HSF Scholars have in store for their futures given that HSF does such an amazing job of identifying and truly supporting young and exceptional Latinx talent! The HSFamilia is alive and real, and I am so incredibly thankful for it.

2 Isiah Cruz D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a four-year recipient of the HSF Scholarship and as a proud member of the HSF family, I can honestly say that this organization has changed my life. HSF empowers me to achieve more, connects me to other incredible Latinx leaders, and, on more than one occasion, has transformed how I perceive my Latinx identity for the better. Operationally, the organization is impeccably run, with visionary leaders and a dedicated workforce. I look forward to being a part of this organization into perpetuity and strongly believe that it deserves all of the praise in the world.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSF presented me with a life changing experience! I was invited and honored by attending the STEM Summit organized by HSF and had an insane time meeting similar Latinos and Latinas also pursuing a career in STEM! Additionally, it was inspirational to not only listen and connect with the professionals invited to talk to us, many of which had hard upbringings and were at a disadvantage due to their race and ethnicity. HSF is doing an amazing job empowering Latinos and Latinas as they strive to reach their goals! I cannot wait to see the extent of their endeavors in the next generation of Latinx Students!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Filled with wonderful, friendly professionals and inspiring talents! The students are extremely intelligent and engaged. I only have good things to say about this organization and I support its cause and message.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Wonderful staff with a determined meaningful purpose to help disadvantaged Latino students to excel in academia and post-graduation careers.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Great forum to provide students with advise on what it's like for life after college.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization really cares about the Latino community and it provides many resources to help us succeed in our academic careers and in life. The events they organize, the sponsors, the staff, the scholarships, everything is well-planned and has the purpose to motivate young Hispanics to become leaders and help the Latino community. They cherish diversity and encourage respect and love among different people. Something that is very needed nowadays in our country. Great organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has changed my life for the better. I would recommend it to anyone. It's run by amazing, compassionate, and hardworking people. They provide the resources you need to succeed and encourage you to reach your goals. I have nothing but great things to say about HSF because nothing beats being a part of their "familia." I attended the YLU at UPENN and the experience was so wonderful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSF is an amazing organization that more people need to hear about. I attended the Youth Leadership Institute at the University of Chicago during July 2017 as a student; I was very impressed. I learned useful information on college admissions and scholarships. The staff was very friendly and professional--meeting everyone was my favorite part. The YLI was very interactive, informative, and empowering. I am so grateful for HSF and recommend it to all Hispanic students!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a participant at the YLI at UC Davis in 2015 and it was an experience I I'll never forget. I also had to the chance to be on the A-team and be a mentor for a group of amazing students! This organization is dedicated to help the Latino community in a way possible, by far one of the best non profit organizations in the country!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great Organization filled with passionate individuals that have served our community to become the future leaders of America! I have the honor to serve with HSF and allowed to be inspired to aspire others who are in my position.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I have the honor of serving on one of the regional advisory boards for HSF, and have for several years; and I regularly volunteer at various events. The mission of HSF is audacious, and the ground-breaking leadership and innovation the organization drives to champion and achieve the vision of at least one college degree in every Latino household is nothing short of remarkable. The talent of the leadership team and staff to bring the commitment and vision to life is unwavering, and the quality of students who are supported by HSF as scholars is the very best our country has to offer. I have seen first-hand how HSF has strengthened the Latino community, and changed the lives of thousands of young people and their families through structured programming starting with middle school students, supporting high school students applying for college, and developing leadership skills for college students. No other non-profit I have ever worked with has shown the caliber of skill, talent and ability I have experienced from HSF with every single interaction. I look forward to continue serving. #adiplomaisforever

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with HSF at an event in Baltimore and was really impressed. As someone who benefitted from great mentors and really dedicated staff during my own road to college, I'm really thankful that HSF is doing the work it's doing. Great org.

Julie139

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization, providing Scholarship and support services/programs to deserving recipients.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the Leaders in Education Awards ceremony this year. What an inspiring event. HSF is doing amazing work in the Latino community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Had an opportunity to volunteer at one of HSF's College Camps in Los Angeles. This organization does fantastic work for Latino kids and families. Very good information and very motivational speakers

Client Served

Rating: 4

In the past few years, HSF has really transitioned from being a check in a mailbox to a full-fledged community with events and programs to help their scholars. They are constantly trying to improve, and they are actively building a formidable group of latinxs from all backgrounds and from all over the nation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome organization! It help me achieve my dreams!

Daisy A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is an inspiring and amazing organization. I thank HSF for supporting women, Latinos, and New Mexicans like me to dream big and be a role model to others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSF is really dedicated to helping Hispanic students get a higher degree. The HSF staff is committed to helping each and every student that reaches out to them in a timely fashion. The HSF team has been a great influence on my college education and has helped me strive to reach my educational goals.

Andrea152

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great group of people committed to helping Hispanic students achieve their fullest potential.