11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Undergraduate Scholarship
If you are an undergraduate student and are planning to major in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics—you can receive up to $2,000 through SHPE’s Undergraduate Scholarship program.
You must be a current college sophore, junior or senior to qualify, and your GPA must be at least 2.75. Applications are accepted February through April.
12. Univision Natas Scholarship
Each year, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences—the professional association best known for the Emmy Awards—awards the Univision Natas Scholarship to Hispanic or Latino students pursuing careers in the television industry. Recipients can receive $10,000 for their education. Applications for the scholarship are due in April.
Tips to Make Your Scholarship Application Stand Out
If you’re applying for a national scholarship program, the organization behind it likely receives thousands of applications. To maximize your chances of winning an award, follow these tips:
- Read the requirements carefully. Scholarship application requirements can vary a great deal. While some will ask you for multiple essays and letters of recommendation, some are very simple and will request you fill out a short form. Make sure you review the requirements carefully so you don’t make a mistake or submit an incomplete application.
- Pay attention to deadlines. Issuing organizations don’t have any flexibility when it comes to application deadlines; if you miss it, you won’t be able to apply during that application cycle. If you find a scholarship that’s a good fit for you, set a reminder for the program’s deadline so you don’t forget.
- Request letters of recommendation early. You may need a letter of recommendation from a guidance counselor, teacher, mentor or manager. Try to give your recommender plenty of time to write the letter, and make sure to closely follow the requirements for how to submit it.
- Tailor your essays. While writing essays can be time-consuming, don’t skimp and submit the same essay for every scholarship. Spend a little extra time tailoring your essay to that specific opportunity and emphasize how that organization’s focus and mission aligns with your own career goals and interests.
- Be you. Scholarships are rarely based on your vocabulary or the complexity of your sentences. Organizations are looking for talented applicants with personality, so be authentic and don’t be afraid to share your personal experiences.