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Hispanic College Fund Announces - Opening of Scholarship Applications

Monica Raugitinane

Applications will be available online from Nov. 15, 2010 to March 1, 2011

WASHINGTON (Nov. 15, 2010) - With Hispanic students being part of the largest minority group in the United States and only 13 percent earning a college degree, it is important for the Hispanic College Fund to provide resources for students to pursue higher education and professional careers. The Hispanic College Fund announced the opening of scholarship applications, which are available online from Nov. 15, 2010 through March 1, 2011 at Scholarships range from $500 to $10,000 and will be awarded for the 2011-2012 academic year.

To be eligible to apply, students must fulfill the following requirements*:

· Be of Hispanic background
· Maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale)
· Have graduated from high school in the U.S. after attending at least 3 years
· Reside in the U.S. or Puerto Rico
· Plan to enroll in a fulltime undergraduate, and in some cases graduate, program for the 2011-2012 academic year at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
· Demonstrate financial need
· *Some scholarship programs may have additional eligibility requirements
"We encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity to pursue their college dreams," said Lindsay Bernsten, director of college programs for the Hispanic College Fund. "We seek young leaders who are committed to their education, communities, and becoming professionals. The simple act of applying for a scholarship is the first step in showing commitment and leadership."

Committed corporations such as Google, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, Ford Motor Company Fund, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, Computer Packages, Inc., and many others, are providing scholarships through the Hispanic College Fund.

"En la economía difícil hoy en día, es fundamental para proporcionar recursos a los estudiantes para alcanzar la educación superior a fin de que estén dispuestos a crear un Estados Unidos más fuerte", dijo el Dr. Carlos Santiago, director ejecutivo del Hispanic College Fund. "Gracias al compromiso y la generosidad de muchas empresas, cientos de estudiantes que lo merecen van a recibir becas de este año."

Launched in 1993, the Hispanic College Fund scholarship program identifies the nation's most promising Hispanic college students and rewards their academic achievement with educational scholarships. As of 2010, the Hispanic College Fund has awarded nearly $15 million in scholarships to over 5,400 students.


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 17 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. The Hispanic College Fund annually awards millions of dollars, impacting thousands of students through high school to college to career. HCF has been recognized by USA Today as one of the nation's top 25 charities and has twice received Charity Navigator's top four-star rating for fiscal responsibility. In 2010, the College Board recognized HCF for program innovation.