Washington, DC (November 16, 2009) – The Hispanic College Fund today opened student applications for its 2010-2011 scholarship season. More than $2 million will be awarded in scholarships to more than 500 deserving Hispanic students from the United States and Puerto Rico. Applications will be open until February 16, 2010.

This is the seventeenth year that the Hispanic College Fund has supported Latino students through its scholarship program. To date, the organization has awarded more than $15 million total in scholarships to approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Last year, it received 38,000 applications for approximately 600 available scholarships.

«Receiving a Hispanic College Fund scholarship provided me with educational opportunities that I never would have had without those funds,» said Luis Andrade, a senior Finance major at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. «Now, I hope to go into financial planning, to help other people prepare for their education and their children’s education. I am proud to be associated with an organization that is doing so much to help young Hispanics like me be successful in their college and professional careers.»

To qualify for the scholarships, undergraduate and graduate students must maintain a 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA; be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico; be enrolled full-time at an accredited university for the 2010-2011 school year; and must demonstrate financial needs. Certain scholarships are restricted by major. For more information, visit http://scholarships.hispanicfund.org . Scholarships range in amount from $500 to $10,000 and may be used to cover tuition and academic fees and expenses.

All scholarship applications must be submitted to the Hispanic College Fund on-line. Students are encouraged to submit their applications in advance of the February 16, 2010 deadline to ensure that all supplemental materials are received in a timely manner.

Corporations and programs supporting the 2010 scholarship cycle include: Denny’s, Ford Motor Company Fund, Google, Kaiser Permanente, the Manuel Candamo Memorial Scholarship, Verizon, PepsiCo, and J. Willard and Alice S.
Marriott Foundation.

For more information about the Hispanic College Fund, visit www.hispanicfund.org .

About the Hispanic College Fund
Founded in 1993, the Hispanic College Fund is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., with a mission to develop the next generation of Hispanic professionals. For 15 years, the Hispanic College Fund has provided educational, scholarship, and mentoring programs to students throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, establishing a career pipeline of talented and career-driven Hispanics who are trained in the fields of business, science, technology, engineering and math. The Hispanic College Fund has an annual budget of $6 million with 20 full-time employees. In 2006, the Hispanic College Fund received the Brillante award for «Nonprofit of the Year» from the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, and in 2007 was recognized by USA Today as one of the nation’s top 25 charities. In 2009, the organization was honored with Charity Navigator’s highest rating for non-profit management and financial responsibility. For more information, please visit: www.hispanicfund.org

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