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HSF offers community outreach events for ways to get involved using resources such as our workshops, special events, and college retention programs are a great way to see how HSF can be a reference and help local communities.


College 101

College 101 Sessions provide bilingual workshops where students and their families receive information about the value and affordability of a college education. In two hour sessions, our bilingual outreach staff covers the essentials of college preparation, the financial aid process, researching scholarship opportunities, and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). College representatives are usually present and can speak with students and parents about any questions they have regarding admissions.

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College Camp

The College Camp Series consists of half-day specialized instruction, offering a range of college preparation workshops for middle and high school students and their parents. The curriculum covers how-to-instruction on taking the SAT or ACT, information on financial aid, assistance in writing a personal statement (essay), and guidance towards finding the right college for each individual. The workshop schedule for participants will vary by grade level and the parent workshops are bilingual (Spanish and English).

We also invite and encourage middle school students to take advantage of this day to learn about preparing for standardized college admission tests and other topics to help them prepare in the early stages of their schooling.

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Youth Leadership Institute

The Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is a three-day college empowerment, overnight conference hosted each summer at various college campuses across the country. Selected high school junior students have a chance to experience what it’s like to live on a college campus, participate in college and career workshops, interact with college students and various professionals who serve as mentors, and develop the skills to become leaders in their community.  The program’s primary goal is to remove students’ self-imposed limitations to college access.

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Special Events

Alumni Hall of Fame  – AHOF
The Alumni Hall of Fame Gala celebrates outstanding Latinos whose personal stories and accomplishments demonstrate the power of higher education. The Alumni Hall of Fame (AHOF) event recognizes the achievements of over 57,000 HSF alumni that have received scholarships in the past. Notable past inductees include Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa, Neurosurgeon at John Hopkins, the Honorable Antonio Garza Jr.; United States Ambassador of Mexico, and the Honorable Dr. Richard H. Carmona, Former Surgeon General of the United States.

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Leaders in Education Awards
The Leaders in Education Awards recognizes Southern California students, parents, schools teachers and other leaders in Hispanic education. The event is designed to raise awareness of HSF's work in Southern California and across the nation, and to highlight the contributions leaders in the community make towards education. Attendees include leaders from major corporations, politicians, educators, HSF scholars and alumni & community leaders.

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College Retention Programs

Mentor Match

HSF recognizes the challenges students may encounter as they adjust to college.  The HSF Mentor Match Program provides critical information to assist and facilitate student success. Utilizing the Mentor Match platform, students are paired with college graduates and working professionals, usually HSF alumni, who serve as mentors. Matches are made based on student needs and interests.  The pairs work together through the year to promote academic success for the entire college experience. In-person meetings are encouraged to strengthen the mentor relationships, and a weekly curriculum delivered through the platform directs focus on the important components of the collegiate timeline.

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Achievement Scholarship Program
The Achievement Scholarship Program is a five-year scholarship and student support program for community college students in Texas and Colorado. Eligible students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and plan to transfer to a four-year institution to earn a Bachelor’s degree. Selected students receive two years of scholarship funding while at a community college and an additional three years of funding upon transfer to a four-year institution. Additionally, the program aims to increase college matriculation and persistence by offering retention services.
Rising Star Scholarship Program

The Rising Star scholarship program is a four-year scholarship and student support program in Colorado and Texas to support exceptional students whose grade point average is between a 2.5 to 2.9, which is lower than the 3.0 minimum required for general scholarships. Additionally, the program aims to increase college matriculation and persistence by offering retention services.

Georgia Opportunities

The overarching goal of the Georgia Opportunities (GO) Program is to increase the number of Georgia’s first generation Latinos graduating from college by providing qualified students with  scholarships and retention support to facilitate their persistence to graduation. The Georgia Opportunities (GO) Program collaborates with organizations in three communities- Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta in Atlanta, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Georgia Mountains in Dalton and The YMCA of Costal Georgia in Savannah

Bilingual Teachers initiative (NW Arkansas)

The Bilingual Scholars Initiative, a collaborative five-year effort of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the University of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas Community College and the Springdale School District, aims to meet the unique challenges — many through the education system — of the growing Hispanic population in Northwest Arkansas. The initiative, which focuses on scholarship support for future teachers, college prep programs and campus-based scholar chapters, began during the 2012-2013 academic year.

Inland Empire Scholarship Program (CAF)

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and College Access Foundation have partnered to provide scholarship awards to assist outstanding Latinos who are high school seniors from Inland Empire (California counties of Riverside and San Bernardino) and that are planning to enroll at either the University of California-Riverside or California State University of San Bernardino during the 2009-2010 academic year. Selected students may receive the award for four years at $3000 per year.  All selected scholars will receive the benefit of participating in a Student Support Services program provided by their respective universities.

Generation 1st Degree (Pico Rivera)

The Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera program is a scholarship and community engagement campaign that began in 2012.  This campaign funds scholarships, and community outreach programs in Pico Rivera and will establish an endowment to fund future Pico Rivera students.


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