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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

107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Bryan Z.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since attending the Youth Leadership Institute in 2017 and becoming an HSF Scholar, I have gained meaningful connections and experiences through the organization. HSF has inspired me to define the minority narrative and to chase my dreams and endeavors no matter how big they may seem. I am so inspired to become a world champion, make it to a top tier university, become a news anchor, make it to Time Magazine, and make it to the Academy Awards because of the HSF Familia and network. HSF has given me the Latinx family that I need to continue pursing my passions regardless of whatever odds I'm going against. They value me for my character and not by my background. HSF represents everything that I advocate for and inspires me to change the minority narrative and change the way people view minorities in this country. That is what I am going to do till the very end!

Julia E.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been involved with HSF since 2018, and as a result of the HSF Scholar designation, I’ve not only received scholarship money to help support my academic journey, but I’ve attended two conferences (Finance and National Leadership Conference) that have gotten me connected to so many scholars, professionals, companies, and HSF Staff. 100% recommend HSF to any Hispanic/Latinx students looking for a community network that looks out for your best interest!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Before HSF YLI at UChicago, I was nervous and unprepared to begin the college application process. HSF connected me to mentors and Latino peers that help guide me through the application process. I am confident in my future and blessed to be a part of the HSF community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSF helped me learn more about Finance through their Finance Conference. It was a great virtual experience, and it was clear that the HSF team really did an AMAZING job at organizing this online conference by the way students were engaged and by its structure that allowed one opportunities to network and learn!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the HSF Youth Leadership Institute in July 2020. It was a great experience! I learned everything from how to write my college application essay, to what to expect my freshman year of college, to how to have a good job interview. Everyone from the CEO of HSF to my
college-aged mentor contributed to making this an incredible experience! I feel like I will use what I learned throughout my life.

Arturo Miguel Garcia O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is an excellent organization. The opportunities, including scholarships, conferences, and career services, are truly helpful for students. I'm a participant of their National Leadership Conference and I loved it. I met a group of amazing people and learned a lot throughout the conference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The HSF YLI was so empowering and an absolutely astonishing program. The HSF team is so supportive of latinx students, and extremely dedicated to rewriting the latino narrative. There couldn’t be a better program!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

AMAZING!!! HSF is doing it right. I participated in a program and it was forced to be moved virtual, but HSF handled it perfectly. Due to the efficiency of HSF, it was still a life changing program for me and I learned boundless information and skills.

Carla G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Outstanding organization that continuously supports and checks on students selected as HSF Scholars. I was awarded with scholarships when I was in college, invited to career development conferences where I received coaching and advice from successful professionals and well-prepared HSF staff, and given the opportunity to be a mentor and panelist at conferences. I have witnessed how HSF is constantly finding ways to improve and provide the best resources to their scholars

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSF honestly kick-started my entire college searching experience. I had no idea what to even be looking for before I attended their YLI camp.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was honored to be chosen to participate in their Youth Leadership Institute 2020. When I signed up (pre-COVID) the event was to be held at the University of Chicago, but after the epidemic struck HSF was forced to relocate to a virtual setting. The shift went seamlessly, and I feel that I gained the same amount through the online course that I would have in person.
The YLI taught me everything I needed to know about the college process and how to get the most out of my college experience, as well as connecting me with my Latino peers from across the nation and PR. It also helped me make valuable connections with the mentors, guest speakers, and HSF staff members. I'm proud to be considered a scholar of this fantastic organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely loved my experience!! It armed me with the knowledge I would not have had access to.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience has been awesome with HSF. I have learned many life skills that I will cherish and take with me in my future careers and paths.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSF is an awesome organization to be apart of. I love every minute of volunteering!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I have gained so much knowledge about the program which not only am I helping HSF but they helped me improve my skills as a person. Great organization.

Rebecca S.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The HSF organization has helped me in many ways as a student survey volunteer. I have enhanced my time management skills, improved my efficiency skills along with providing the best support I can to the HSF organization. HSF is a great organization to be apart of and I couldn't be more proud to represent this institution.

Ana K. F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such a great non profit organization!!! thank u so much for your help. These are the type of organizations we need to fundraise for.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’m so grateful for the experience HSF has been able to provide me in high school and my undergrad career. I was able to step out of my comfort zone and practice my communication skills. Also, I love the network of students I am connected to, who I share similar uprisings with.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience as a volunteer here has always been one of warm welcomes and attentiveness to my well-being and professional pursuits. The atmosphere is one of neighborliness, and for that reason would always help out when needed.

Josue M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund continuously delivers and supports young and talented scholars - deserving of the recognition. The experiences and confidence that HSF instills within its scholars are one to none, and their ability to develop leaders is clearly depicted throughout the life of the scholar.

Personally, my gratitude and desire for a long-lasting impact on our community inspires me to continue to serve as a mentor, career coach, and volunteer -- always reaching for greater impact.

I am thankful and blessed to be part of the HSF community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So proud to support this non-profit. HSF provides life-changing support for its scholars and those individuals that support its cause. Not only does this organization award much needed financial support to deserving Latino students, it also provides career services support to ensure they have a pathway to a life changing career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great experience volunteering at HSF in preparation for their conference. HSF employees are generous and have a greater purpose. This organization is helping bring change to structural inequalities in the United States and making a key difference

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was one of their scholarship recipients. They offer great help to Hispanic students who don't have first hand experience in college. They offer a lot of resources from volunteering, scholarships, to job opportunities. I am very thankful for them.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 1

After years of volunteering with HSF, I'm very disappointed in how I have been treated as an alumna. It is clear the org has become more about business rather than students. It caters to those who are already succeeding and completely ignores low-income students, it's full of favoritism and elitism. I constantly get calls and emails to donate and contribute my time, which I will no longer be doing. At the end of the day, HSF and the CEO prioritize their public image, the fancy galas, award shows, and conferences instead of meeting the real needs of students. Feel free to check out their reviews on Glassdoor from previous employers (their rating is 2.4, and 34% approve of the CEO)

Alejandra V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for two years for HSF's College Bootcamp and my sisters have been able to attend the last two years. This nonprofit is very professional and genuinely cares for students. My sisters and I are first-generation; she learned so much from the bootcamps and it was so helpful because she was around people her age. The littlest one is in middle school and she feels much more prepared to start thinking about college because of the information. As a volunteer, I have seen how they do their best to benefit parents and students of all ages. I recommend getting involved with this nonprofit 100%.

Leslie Irene J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience at the 2019 Media and Entertainment Summit. I learned valuable skills for resume building and for interviews. I hope to participate in another conference in the future!

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.

5 man-

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!

1

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.

1

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!

1

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.

1

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!!

2

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!

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

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.

1

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.

1

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.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Like many others said, I thought I was not going to learn anything from this seminar. But I was wrong. I left with two things. A wonderful mentor to guide me through life and a ton of valuable information /skills. The mentors here truly care about you and will do everything they can to help you. They also provide you with awesome presentation and speakers. I was able to gain skills and tips I would never be able to acquire anywhere else! Honestly, if you attend to any of there events, I am sure you will leave home with more than you imagined.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the 2018 Youth Leadership Institute at Princeton University, sponsored by HSF, Wells Fargo, and Princeton University; and it has been a truly life changing event. The HSF does amazing things not only for its scholars, but just in general for the good of communities around the country. It empowers future Latino/Latina leaders and always gives back. I am blessed to be a part of the HSF network and fortunate to be considered a scholar of this fantastic organization.

1 Liz G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best experiences of my life! I’ve been recommending to all my applicable friends :)

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was a great experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life! I recommend everyone try to be involved with this phenomal group. Super nice, helpful people.

1 Edith Valle V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HSF is a great organization that cares about the well-being and career development of young Hispanic students. The conferences, the scholarships and the advice they provide are very insightfu, inspiring and helpful.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSF is a wonderful organization that always makes sure to help all of their scholars. I am so grateful for the opportunity to grow and through their help, become an even better future leader, who is willing to and can give back.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going to the Youth Leadership Institute put on by HSF greatly increased my confidence in going through the college application process. I gained invaluable resources and friends from this experience. The YLI taught me about financial aid, gave me advice for my application essays, and allowed me to ask questions about anything related to applying to college and learn from current college students, admissions officers, and connected me to working professionals in order to learn about where college can take you. Without the YLI and HSF, I would feel lost when approaching my college applications and I wouldn't have access to all of the resources for scholarships, networking, etc. and I wouldn't have the support from HSF to help me navigate college. HSF provides incredible services for Hispanic students and the YLI at Princeton truly changed my life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The HSF is an absolutely amazing organizing that provides resources and opportunities for students that go far beyond what would be expected of them. I attended their Youth Leadership Institute at Princeton and found myself welcomed into a strong network of high achieving Latino students and mentors. All the adults involved were incredibly helpful and kind, the information I received was detailed and important, and I left the program feeling empowered and prepared to apply to college. HSF is truly wonderful, and I will be recommending it to everyone I can for years to come.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended the YLI at Princeton and had an absolutely amazing experience. What HSF does is really special, and I can't wait to begin to volunteer with them so as to give back in repayment for letting me attend YLI. I will absolutely be recommending HSF to everyone who is eligible to receive any of the many services they offer. I'd really like to thank them for everything they've done so far and will continue to help me with.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a part of the YLI at Princeton. More than anything, I left the YLI with a sense of confidence, not only for the upcoming college applications but also for life after high school in general.

I had a great time with my "familia" and the people there. Everyone was very friendly, open, and willing to answer any questions. My mentor was a lot of fun and very open to discussion.

I am extremely grateful to the HSF and plan to tell many others about it.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Taught me so much and helped motivate me and give me direction about college and life

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going into it, I thought the YLI program through the HSF would be another one of those self acclaimed "best college help programs." The reality of it is that the YLI didn't tell me what to do, it gave me the skills to discover it for myself. I feel like this program truly taught me something while at the same time allowing me to explore how I want my future to look. It gave me a pathway to success that simply isn't found through any other program. I know I'm ready for college, and would highly suggest that every Hispanic 11th grader apply for this program, as it provides a priceless experience that will impact the rest of your life.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSF provided me with the tools to confidently navigate the college application process during their 4-day YLI conference. I met great people, learned valuable things and overall had an amazing experience. I will definetly encourage other incoming juniors to apply and attend YLI.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a panelist at the Gates Scholar Summer Institute which was run by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and I was amazed at how well organized the 4-day conference was and the rich content they provided for their scholarship recipients. I would love to work with the HSF again.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSF has provided me with the opportunity to network with my peers from other top universities such as Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford, to name a few. I will always remember how this organization has allowed me to connect with mentors that look like me, and the relationships formed with amazing peers that I am honor to know.

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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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a great organization from Top to Bottom. Everyone professional and respectful. So much gets done in a positive way. The scholars are truly exceptional. You can see the magic in their eyes. I feel better knowing this program is around.

1 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.

3 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.