The Hispanic College Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, two separate foundations that provide Hispanic student scholarships, have begun their 2009-2010 application seasons. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund has many 2010 scholarships you can apply for right now, and start dates for several of the Hispanic College Fund scholarships are coming up in mid-November.

Application deadlines range from December 2009 to May 2010.

In addition to funding their own Hispanic student scholarships, the Hispanic College Fund and Hispanic Scholarship Fund have created partnerships with private companies and corporate foundations to sponsor a range of scholarships with different eligibility criteria. Some scholarships are for Hispanic students in certain areas of the country, other awards are for students pursuing degrees in specific subjects, and single parent scholarships are limited to these hardworking nontraditional students.

Although most minority scholarships are intended for students with financial need, most Hispanic College Fund and Hispanic Scholarship Fund sponsors are also looking for applicants who are eager to excel in school and in their future careers and communities.

Here are a few of the Hispanic student scholarships each Fund offers. You should visit the Hispanic College Fund and Hispanic Scholarship Fund websites to get all the details you need for submitting a valid application on time.

Hispanic College Fund

  • Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Scholarship Program: $1,250 – $1,500; one $10,000
  • Denny’s Single Parent Student Scholarship: $1,500
  • Ford Blue Oval Scholarships (geographically targeted): $500- $5000
  • Google Scholarships (Computers/IT; undergrads & grad students): $10,000
  • Kaiser Permanente “College to Caring” Scholarship Program (Nursing): up to $8,000 for BSN students in Northern California
  • Manuel Candamo Memorial Scholarship (Puerto Rican or Puerto Rican descent students): $500 – $2,500; one $10,000
  • Marriott Scholars Program (Culinary & Hospitality): up to $9,000 per year for four years
  • NASA “Motivating Undergraduates in Science and Technology” Scholarships: half-tuition up to $10,000
  • Sodexo Foundation Scholarships: $500 – $5000
  • United Health Foundation Latino Health Scholars (Healthcare; grad students): $2,500 – $5,000
  • Verizon Scholarships (Business/Accounting and Computers/IT): $500 – $5,000

The Hispanic College Fund warns, “HCF Applications cannot be completed last minute. Recommenders need at least 2 weeks’ notice to write a thorough and useful letter and transcripts usually take 2-3 weeks for a school to process and mail.”

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

  • Gates Millennium Scholars Program for High School Seniors
  • HSF/Monsanto Fund Scholarship Program: $10,000/year
  • HSF/Air Products Excellence (Engineering): $15,000
  • HSF/Atrisco Heritage Foundation Scholarship for heirs of the Atrisco Land Grant
  • HSF/BB&T Charitable Scholarship (Business, Legal or Liberal Arts)
  • HSF/Hormel Scholarship Program (Culinary): $2,500
  • HSF/HSBC-North America Scholarship Program (Business and IT; geographically targeted)
  • HSF/Macy’s College Scholarship Program: $5,000
  • HSF/Marathon Oil Corporation Scholarship Program: up to $15,000/year (deadline: Nov. 1st)
  • HSF/Procter & Gamble Company (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math): $2,500
  • HSF/Qualcomm Scholarship Program: $5,000
  • HSF/Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. High School Scholarship: $2,500

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s mission is “to strengthen America by advancing the college education of Hispanic Americans.” Over its 34 years, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded more than 90,000 scholarships (worth over $250 million). Two-thirds of these scholarship recipients were the first in their families to go to college.

In addition to money, a number of Hispanic student scholarships provide education bonuses such as summer internships with the scholarship sponsor. Between money for tuition and opportunities for relevant educational training, scholarships from the Hispanic College Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund look like a valuable source of financial aid, especially in these times.