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 is a free, bilingual, multi-media, two-hour workshop, primarily for high school students and their families, which identifies and addresses the various steps it takes to prepare for college. Each session covers the courses a student needs to take during high school, the resources available for financial aid – e.g., the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – and the requirements for, and the process of, applying to college. The workshops are typically offered early evenings during the week in various cities across the country.
College Camp is a free, bilingual, half-day, college preparation workshop for middle school students, high school students, and their parents, which is held in various cities across the country. The workshops offer breakout sessions that cover information on taking the SAT/ACT, financial aid, writing a personal statement, and finding the right college, in addition to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process. Participants also have the opportunity to interact with various successful professionals, e.g., local business leaders, sponsors, HSF Scholars and Alumni, educators, and others.
Youth Leadership Institute
The Youth Leadership Institute is a three-day, overnight college empowerment conference for approximately 100 Latino high school juniors who are selected through a competitive application process. It is designed to give these students the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and excel in school and beyond. Selected students experience what it is 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 communities. The conferences are hosted each summer at various college campuses across the country.
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National Leadership Conference
During the summer of 2015, HSF will hold its first, annual, national leadership conference for approximately 150 HSF Scholars (location TBD). The purpose will be to foster leadership skills, career advancement, community empowerment, and a culture of giving.
The HSF MentorMatch program pairs students with college graduates, usually HSF alumni, who serve as mentors. Matches are made, based on student needs and interests. The pairs work together throughout the year to boost academic success and enhance the entire college experience. New matches are made at the start of each academic year. However, HSF is currently developing a proprietary system that will enable increasingly more refined matches, based on better data and analytics. The ultimate goal is to have a match in place through graduation and beyond.
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With over 30 Scholar Chapters nationwide, HSF’s national network provides a support system for HSF Scholars, through Student Coordinators on their respective college campuses, and provides a direct link to HSF Staff and resources. Although geared toward the needs of HSF Scholars, HSF Scholar Chapter programs are also open to other college and college-bound students in local communities. The Student Coordinators work closely with HSF staff to customize programming to meet the needs of Scholars on their respective campuses, as well as those of local, interested students. Programming focuses mainly on academics and community outreach. Chapter members serve as role models by actively educating newly enrolled Latino college students, and local Latino youth, on how to prepare for and excel in college.
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HSF takes pride in honoring new scholarship recipients, prior to the fall term of each academic year. These events held in various cities across the country focus on congratulating our newest “HSF Scholars” and welcoming them into the HSF family. Each Celebration, which occurs in July/August within Scholars’ respective home towns, is an intimate reception honoring the winners, their accomplishments, and their families. The gatherings also provide new Scholars an opportunity to interact with HSF Alumni, fellow HSF Scholars, staff, and sponsors, and to begin to establish a network, through these contacts, that we hope will last a lifetime. Additionally, the events feature keynote speakers and give Scholars the opportunity to share what their scholarships mean to them.
Latinos Uniting & Networking for Advancement (LUNA) Series
These events are held throughout the U.S. to bring together career-oriented HSF Alumni, help them further their career aspirations, and introduce them to other talented individuals. It also helps connect HSF’s 60,000 Alumni, individuals who have received HSF scholarships, to one another and to HSF. The LUNA Series also brings together other community partners and professional associations, and features well-known keynote speakers. The events also provide an opportunity for attendees to get involved with their respective communities by volunteering for HSF programs and/or donating to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund.
Annual Alumni Hall of Fame (October 8, 2014 – New York City)
HSF’s Alumni Hall of Fame (AHOF) Gala event, in New York City, honors distinguished Latinos whose personal journeys to success exemplify the goals and values of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Anticipated audience size is 550. Notable past inductees include Honorary Rosie Rios (Treasurer of the United States), Dr. Richard Carmona (U.S. Surgeon General), Anthony Romero (Executive Director, ACLU), Raul Yzaguirre (former United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic), Honorary Jose Huizar (Member of the Los Angeles City Council), Luis Ubinas (Former President, Ford Foundation), and Cesar Conde (Executive Vice President, NBCUniversal). At each event, we recognize two HSF Alum inductees, one non-HSF Alumni honoree, and one corporate honoree.
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Leaders in Education Awards
HSF’s Leaders in Education Awards (LEA) Luncheon recognizes HSF Scholars and parents, community organizations, and corporate leaders for their special contributions to advancing higher education for Latino students. It attracts approximately 350 participants, and attendees include leaders from major corporations, politicians, educators, HSF Scholars and Alumni, and various community leaders.
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.
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.