Hispanic Center Scholarship Fund – Traditional Students

Application Information





Application Deadline

March 15

Awarded By:

Berks County Community Foundation

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be pursuing or intend to pursue postsecondary, undergraduate education at an accredited institution. Graduate students are not eligible to apply.
  4. Must be a resident of Berks County, Pennsylvania.
  5. Must have an ethnic background originating from Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Central America, or South America.
  6. Must be 24 years of age or younger.
  7. Must enroll as a full-time student.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is for residents of Berks County, Pennsylvania, who are pursuing undergraduate education and have an ethnic background from Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Central America, or South America. Students must be 24 years of age or younger and plan to attend school full time.

Application requirements for the Hispanic Center Scholarship Fund – Traditional Students are:

  • Application form
  • Essay
  • Official Transcript
  • Recommendation letter
Additional Information: Scholarship applicants shall exhibit a strong commitment to academic achievement or demonstrate a special talent in the humanities or a vocational trade, and be actively involved in school and/or community activities. The intent is to acknowledge and encourage those individuals who have demonstrated a level of personal responsibility necessary to attend and succeed in a continuing education institution, and who have a financial need. Students are encouraged, although not required, to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Please note: All potential applicants who are responsible for raising their child or will be furthering their education on a part-time basis should not apply for this award; they should apply for the Hispanic Center Scholarship Fund - Non-Traditional Students program. All applicants will be notified in May. Berks County Community Foundation employees, board members and/or committee members are not eligible to apply for or be nominated for a scholarship offered by Berks County Community Foundation, nor are their immediate family members. However, immediate family members are eligible to be nominated and recognized as the recipient of a scholarship, but without the financial award of the scholarship. Immediate families include spouses; children, stepchildren, grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, and their respective spouses; siblings and their spouses; and ancestors. The ineligibility period for Berks County Community Foundation board members or employees and their family members extends five years after board service or employment terminates. The ineligibility period for committee members who are not Berks County Community Foundation staff or board is in effect only during their term of service and is only related to the committee on which they make decisions.

Award Amount: The award amount varies annually. Awards are non-renewable; however, previous recipients may reapply and be considered with other applicants.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $2,361.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 15

Applications are available on the Berks County Community Foundation (BCCF) website. All applicants must apply via the BCCF online application. Students must create an account to access the application. As part of the application, the student will be required to submit the following materials: an essay of 250 to 500 words that addresses the topics listed on the application; his/her most recent high school or college transcript; and contact information for a professor, teacher, school official, clergy, employer, advisor, or community leader that knows him/her well and will write a letter of recommendation on his/her behalf. The recommender will receive instructions via email for submitting the letter. Applications must be submitted by the deadline date.
About Berks County Community Foundation:
Contact Information: Leta Doganes, Scholarship and Grant Administrator
Address: 237 Court St. Reading, Pennsylvania 19601

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