Scholarships & Opportunities

Scholarships for Mexican American Students

May Scholarship

PepsiCo Cesar Chavez Lation Scholarship
Scholarship is open to students of Latino descent who are graduating high school seniors. Applicant must be planning to start their studies at higher educational institutions in Arizona and California. Applicant must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership in extra-curricular activities, a commitment to volunteer service in the community and financial need.
Award: $5,000
Deadline: May 31, 2017
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June Scholarship

Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship NEW
Scholarship is open to graduating high school seniors with at least a 3.4 GPA. Applicant must be a female student of color (identify as Hispanic/Latina, Native American/Alaskan Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, or Black/African/American).
Award: $1,000
Deadline: June 12, 2017
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July Scholarship

GOGO Charters National Scholarship for Immigrants and Refugees NEW
Applicant must be first-generation U.S. citizens (born outside the US), refugees, or immigrants (legal documentation is not required); high school seniors at the time of the application with a GPA of 3.4 or greater; planning to attend an accredited 2-year or 4-year college/university as a full-time student; and submit a short essay (presented in writing, or video or audio) explaining how scholarship would help you achieve your goals.
Award: $10,000
Deadline: July 5, 2017
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August Scholarship

Scholarship for Latino Students
Buenas Opiniones
This scholarship is for graduating Latino high school seniors or currently enrolled college undergraduate or graduate students. In order to be eligible for any of them, you must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be pursuing or plan to pursue a technical, undergraduate or graduate degree in the upcoming academic year. Submit a 500 – 1,000 word essay on your struggles as a Latino student.
Award: $2,500 per year for up to four years
Deadline: August 31, 2017
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Be sure to also check out Scholarships for All Students, which includes current and ongoing scholarships.


The PSAT is just around the corner and the county Library the resources listed below to help students prepare:

Learning Express Library (LEL): Click here for access LEL Statewide Login

This resource includes tutorials with downloadable materials, timed practice exams, and helpful test taking tips for the PSAT. LEL helps individuals to further their career paths with a robust complement of College and Career Readiness tools. School Center focuses on K-12 skill-building and improvement in math and language arts, College Preparation Center focuses on 9-11 grade AP, PSAT, ACT, and SAT Exams, and College Center focuses on post-secondary education skill-building including practice exams for undergraduate (Accuplacer, Asset, Compass). Learning Express Library will also include updated information about the NEW SAT Exam starting in January.

Gale Testing & Education Reference Center: Click here for access Gale Statewide Login

Gale Cengage Learning provides individuals with start-to-finish resources with all the information and support materials needed to make informed, confident decisions to shape your life. This resource includes over 300 practice tests and courses, dozens of ebooks and study materials, information about more than 4,000 schools, scholarships, resume builder, and career module that help you cover subjects from career change to salary negotiation. Testing & Education Reference Center has sections for High School, College Prep, Career, Grad School, and International tools. Each section includes official practice exams (PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP and more) and study materials for accurate and productive student learning.

College Scorecard
U.S. Department of Education's resource for finding and comparing colleges, and financial information.

How to Help Your Child Prepare for College and Career - A Guide for Hispanic Parents

The Science Behind the Ultimate Scholarship Application - YouTube video that tells how to craft a great scholarship application.

Sample Winning Scholarship Essays (in PDF)

Ongoing Scholarships