Though the two terms are oftentimes used interchangeably, there is a difference. Hispanic refers to those of Spanish-speaking origin, while Latino/a refers to those of of Latin American origin. That being said, both groups are under-represented in the media and in professional positions, especially the women. Therefore, we’ve highlighted just a few scholarship opportunities for Hispanic and Latina women.
CSF Fiesta Queen Scholarship and Pageant
Deadline: May 6, 2017
If you are based in Colorado, this opportunity might be for you! This pageant offers four monetary awards to go toward higher education in Colorado: $2,500 to the Fiesta Queen, $1,500 to her First Attendant, $1,250 to her Second Attendant, and $1,000 to her Third Attendant. Those awarded have two years to use the funds with proof of enrollment.
Requirements: Must be a Colorado resident planning to attend a Colorado institution of higher education. Must be female, of Hispanic descent, between the ages of 18 and 22. Must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Chicana / Latina Foundation Scholarship
Deadline: March 31, 2017
A merit-based scholarship, this piece of financial aid is awarded to Latina and/or Chicana students who are enrolled at a Northern California college/university.
Requirements: be a resident of a Northern California county for two years, be enrolled full-time, as an undergrad have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, as a graduate student 3.0 or higher, commit to attending the CLF leadership institute and volunteering 10 hours.
National Hispanic Business Women Association
Deadline: March, 2017
In their efforts to empower and encourage women, the NHBWA offers this scholarship to provide financial aid to deserving students and help them towards their goal of a college degree.
Requirements: provide 2 letters of recommendation, write 2 essays, demonstrate financial aid, be a woman of Hispanic descent.