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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

95 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSF is an amazing organization that helps Hispanic students around the country and I have been honored to be one of those students. They have truly changed my life. I wouldn't have been able to afford going to college if it wasn't for their generosity and the countless donors that help students by providing the scholars with scholarships and other types of resources such as internship opportunities and networking events. HSF truly wants students to succeed and have gone above and beyond to make their dreams into reality.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is devoted to helping deserving students across the nation to fulfill their academic and professional dreams.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is a great organization dedicated to help Hispanic students succeed in college. I never imagined that HSF would invest so much in me. They have helped me with mentorship, career planning, guidance, and scholarship. Everyone is extremely dedicated and willing to help at any time.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Many organizations provide scholarships, but hardly any provide awardees with a strong network of support. Thank you HSF and donors!!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization. Re-writing the Latino narrative!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has made it possible for me to go to college, and it inspires me to try harder every day.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hispanic Scholarship Fund is positively changing the lives of young Latino leaders.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

HSF has played a vital role in my education and without their professional, academic, and professional support I would not be where I am today.

3 Karina Romo

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund's active dedication to equity in access to higher education is something I admire. Through programs such as College Camp, LUNA receptions, and Mentor Match, the organization is able to offer much more than just monetary assistance, instead, they go above and beyond by providing opportunities for all Latinos to be involved in the betterment of our families and communities. With their leadership, our communities will have students, mentors, and allies they can look up to and seek for help.

As a HSF National Leadership Conference alumni, I am a fortunate and proud part of HSF's vision.

1 Luis8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing and door opening in every way. Helps Latino scholars to network with each other and professionals in many industries.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization full of some great employees! Can't wait to volunteer again.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Sophomore year I was trying to figure what to do the following year because my parents nor I could pay for the hold on my account and financial was pretty much tapped out for the year. Next thing you know, a check came in the mail from HSF that covered the hold on my account and allowed me to register for my Junior year of college. My parents and I are truly grateful of what HSF's scholarship meant to us and my ability to stay in college and eventually graduate.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a high school senior I was lucky enough to have been awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Those $10,000 allowed me go through my college years a little less stressed because I knew my personal expenses would be covered. This allowed me to take on life-changing unpaid internships at several Fortune 500 companies. These internships helped propel my career in the right direction. Without the help from HSF, I would have probably needed to take a job at the mall to cover my expenses and would have missed out on some great opportunities. I'm so grateful that I was able to take on internships that gave me real world work experience instead. Thank you HSF!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund helped me make going to college possible. Because of the scholarship I was awarded, I was able to graduate from a reputable university and achieve my Bachelor degree! The HSF contributed to my success and I am so grateful for that opportunity. Thank you HSF!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Receiving an HSF Scholarship helped to make college possible for me. As a professional in the same line of work, advancing Latino youth through scholarship, I see the value in paying that support forward and giving others the same assistance to be successful. HSF is a great non-profit and plays a critical role in developing Latino leaders. This is the beacon of light students need on their college journey.

1 UpLatino

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is one of the most progressive and heartwarming nonprofits that I have had the pleasure of witnessing. Their online presence doesn't feel like you are online, it feels warm and non intimidating for future applicants. The parent of the year award is brilliant... it says if they can do it, we can do it!

In today's world where we are getting hit with media everywhere it is very refreshing to find an organization wearing it's big heart on their sleeve.

Congratulations team HSF on all your success in helping #RiseUp people to their potential.

Respectfully,
Gina Linn Espinoza
UpLatino and Get Wise Latinas

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund helps serve Latino students by giving them the opportunity to apply for scholarships that will help for their education. I was a student who received a scholarship through the HSF and I am grateful that there is an organization like it that helps many students out. I am currently a student at UCLA and I am majoring in Biology so that in the future and even right now I can give back to my community. All I have to say is that HSF is a fantastic organization and that it should continue to thrive and help students that are in need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund serves Latino students through scholarship. I was honored to have received the Gates Millennium Scholarship through HSF in 2012. It was such a surreal moment, a moment that confirmed I had the opportunity to live a better life. This organization believed in me, in my potential, and chose to invest in my future. They invigorated my passion to succeed and to do better for myself. I work hard everyday to pay back their investment so that I may also invest in my community as HSF did with me. I am majoring in political science and minoring in education at UCLA, I plan to obtain a Ph.D. in education and research the inequities of our education system. HSF is more than scholarship but a community, a community that strives to guarantee Hispanic students the opportunity to graduate from university and enter the workforce. They offer access to conferences, personalized assistance, and so much more. My interaction with HSF staff has always been of the most pleasant, they are kind, genuine individuals who seek to help scholars in every way imaginable. HSF confirmed the magnitude of the Hispanic community and inspires me to contribute to that very community.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to HSF for a couple of years in recognition of the importance of the mission of this non-profit to hispanics individually, and to the broader community. I was motivated to add HSF to those non-profits that I support due to the impact the organization had on my business partner. Partly through the funding provided by HSF, this talented individual was able to complete his education at a top-ranked university, and then went on to obtain his DDS from a highly respected dental school. He is now leading a thriving dental practice focused on the Dallas hispanic community. I am very pleased to be able to contribute to creating similar stories with other hard-working, exceptional students looking for a way to achieve their goals.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I've been in management for over 25 years at a major automotive company and have been involved, as a company representative, with a variety of Hispanic community organizations during that time. As a Latina who is first in her family to obtain a college education, the topic of furthering the education of under-represented minorities is personal, it's critical, and not just because it's right, but because the success of this country depends on it. Everyone has seen the demographics. Latinos currently comprise 17% of the US population. Estimates indicate that Hispanics will represent 31% by 2060. And, most of that growth is in the number of U.S.-born Latinos. Today, some 800 thousand U.S.-born Hispanics enter adulthood each year. It is imperative that we find a way to educate this vibrant and vital segment of our population. HSF is finding a way to do just that. In my experience, HSF has the most efficient, effective, and comprehensive program that prepares, supports and funds the educational success of our Latino youth. I firmly believe HSF is making a difference. They have my highest recommendation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a sponsor of Hispanic Scholarship Fund for several years both directly and through my company's employee resource group. They have a very noble goal of ensuring every Hispanic household in the U.S. has at least one college graduate, inspiring and mentoring others in the family and community. Their staff has been proactive in working with my organization to identify areas for collaboration and to magnify our collective impact. Since 1975, HSF has provided over $470M in scholarships to Latino students, as well as related support services. HSF seeks to give students all the tools they need to apply to college, do well in their course work, graduate, enter a profession, excel, help lead our nation going forward, and mentor the generations to come. I am honored to be associated with such a great organization.

1 Stella M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As part of the AT&T HACEMOS non-profit employee resource group which raises funds for student scholarships, we partnered with HSF to find students worthy of a scholarship. HSF took on this challenge and excelled at finding outstanding Latino college bound students who needed help. As chair of the scholarship committee I had the opportunity to interview each recipient and was thoroughly impressed with each of them. HSF is a professional, trustworthy organization with a long history of serving our community. We easily placed our trust in them and they came through! I support HSF and the work they do each and every day.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

In regards to providing access to higher education, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund is one of the key catalysts of our generation providing thousands of scholarships to aspiring college students like myself on a year basis and contributing to the improvement as well as the overall security of our community. This organization is one of the finest of it's kind considering rates of college entry rates for Hispanic students have vastly increased since the Hispanic Scholarship was established in 1975.

As a Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar, I was afforded the opportunity to attend UCLA and earn a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies. This scholarship and organization is the reason I am able to pursue my passion for learning, further my education, and attend one of the best universities in our country. The staff and administration are friendly, resourceful, knowledgeable, and completely dedicated to helping students reach their goals on personal, professional, and academic levels. I have volunteered at several events and I truly believe this is a unique non-profit organization because they make you feel welcomed, they inquire about your life interests, they express their ideals and betterment of both the Hispanic and global community, and they ultimately are available to scholars, members, parents, and all individuals seeking assistance or information how to obtain or utilize scholarships.

1 Rosangela C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is hispanic and latino serving organization that advocates and assists with the possible obtainment of a higher education. I have been a recipient of HSF since 2007 and had I not received some economic assistance as well as provided with the external support services (mentorship, professional development, and internship opportunities) that HSF offers, I would probably not be in the current stage of my academic career. HSF provides a sense of security and support, that makes for the dream of mine to obtain a Ph.D in Environmental Science possible.