The most important qualifying factor when determining your eligibility to apply for Hispanic or Latinx-specific scholarships is having Hispanic or Latin heritage!
Most scholarships typically require a minimum GPA to apply, such as 2.5, 3.0, or 3.5 out of 4.0. The required minimum will often vary depending on how competitive the scholarship is, or how many scholarships are being awarded.
While some applications may only prompt you to enter in your GPA, most will require you to upload an official or unofficial transcript that verifies your GPA and grades in specific courses.
Depending on the type of scholarship (state, federal etc.), the scholarship application may require you to show proof that you are a U.S. citizen or that you are a legal permanent resident of the U.S.
Resume & Essay(s)
While some scholarships may only ask you to submit a resume in order to be considered, others will ask that you answer one or more essays that are tailored specifically to the focus of the scholarship.
For example, if you are a journalism student and you are applying for a scholarship to help fund your college degree in this subject area, an essay question may ask you to reflect on your proudest achievement thus far that is related to journalism.
Ultimately, the essay questions that organizations or universities require are ones that will help them to get a better idea of who you are, what you are hoping to achieve, and why you deserve the scholarship.
Letters of Recommendation
One or more letters of recommendation may be required so the university or organization can “double-check” that your accomplishments and credentials are in fact what you indicated on your resume or in your essays. Common sources for letters of recommendation are professors or teachers, employers, and leaders from extracurricular activities.
Generally, if you are applying for a need-based scholarship, the organization will require you to submit proof that you are in fact in need of the scholarship, which can generally be accomplished through filling out the FAFSA.
Now that you know a little more about the requirements to apply to these scholarships, it is important for you to also be aware of the numerous sources that provide scholarships or access to scholarship resources for Hispanic and Latinx students.