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Scholarship Process and Selection

Find the answers to your questions regarding the selection process below:

  1. How are students selected?

    Successful candidates are selected on the basis of academic achievement, personal strengths, leadership, and commitment to giving back to the community.  All completed applications are evaluated by HSF certified readers. Once they have been read, we then begin our rigorous process of selection. Some scholarships are open to all class levels, institutions, majors and locations whereas, others have more specific criteria to which we must match eligible applicants.  It is important that the information an applicant provides regarding his/her "intended" school/major be as up to date as possible, prior to our selection process.

  2. Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

    Yes. There is no limit on the number of scholarships for which a student may apply. However, while applicants may be considered for multiple scholarships, each may only receive one award.  HSF strives to make the best possible match of applicant to scholarship.

  3. Can I receive more than one HSF scholarship per academic year?

    No. HSF strives to help as many Latino students attend college as possible. Hence, a Scholar may receive only one award per academic year.

  4. Are there stages to HSF’s selection process?

    Yes. The HSF selection process consists of several stages: Submitted, Semi-Finalist, Finalist, Awarded or Waitlisted, Documents Received, and Disbursed.

    An applicant will be categorized into the submitted stage when both the application and recommendation form have been received. Semi-Finalists are applicants whose application has been selected for review.

    Applications given the highest scores by our readers become Finalists and must submit additional documents, such as academic transcripts and final Student Aid Report (SAR), upon request.  After all Finalists’ documents have been collected, the top scoring applicants, in descending order, will receive awards or be waitlisted for an award.

    Waitlisted HSF Scholars may not receive an initial award, but will continue to be considered for an award if additional funding becomes available during the current award cycle. Additionally, waitlisted HSF Scholars will have access to all of the same services and resources that awarded Scholars do, with the exception of the scholarship award, itself.

    Disbursed students are scholarship recipients who have been sent scholarship funds via mail or electronic transfer.

  5. I have a really high GPA and consider myself a strong candidate. Why didn’t I receive a scholarship?

    Unfortunately, every year, the applications we get from deserving students greatly outnumber the awards we have available. Accordingly, selection is highly competitive and not every strong student will make the final cut.

    It’s also important to remember that if your application is not complete, you will not be considered for a scholarship. Many bright students miss out on opportunities because they submit incomplete applications.

    Take charge of your application process by:

    • Following up with school officials, as well as recommenders, and making sure they have completed the forms they’re responsible for, correctly and on time.

    • Make sure to follow all instructions carefully.

    • Have a teacher, counselor or parent look over your application to make sure you didn’t overlook anything.

  6. I have been selected, and am, or will be, enrolled at more than one institution to make me full-time; am I still eligible for the scholarship?

    Documentation between your home institution and host institution will be required. You must submit the following items*:


    • Enrollment Verification Forms from each campus you are attending

    • A copy of official documentation from your home institution (i.e. Consortium agreement; Dual enrollment; Transient agreements, etc.).  If you are unsure what a Consortium Agreement is, please visit your academic advisor

    • A brief written explanation as to why you cannot be full-time at one campus that includes a list of the classes and their unit/hour value, in which you are enrolled, per campus

    *It is important that these documents be uploaded to your Document Bank within your scholarship application. We will need to review this documentation in order to make a final decision.

  7. I have been selected, and am/will be, deferring school in the fall term; am I still eligible for the scholarship?

    No. In order to be eligible for an HSF scholarship, students must be enrolled full-time in the fall and spring terms, for the year in which the scholarship is awarded. Please note that scholarship funds cannot be deferred to another academic term or school year

  8. I have been selected and I applied for multiple scholarships. Can I wait to see if I can get a higher award amount?

    Our intention is to make the best possible match of scholarship to student. Accordingly, once you are selected for one scholarship, you are out of the running for other HSF scholarships. Hence, we highly encourage you to accept the scholarship offered.

  9. I was awarded an HSF multiyear scholarship in the past. How do I renew my scholarship?

    In order to reactivate your multiyear scholarship, formerly known as “renewal” or “cohort” scholarships, you must login to your MyHSF profile and complete your scholarship application. At the start of the application, you will be required to enter your personal authorization code, formerly known as a coupon code, in order to access the application. Authorization codes will be emailed to each scholar separately, therefore, make sure to update your contact information on your MyHSF profile as soon as possible.

    Unlike new applicants, you will NOT be required to answer the application essays and to submit recommendations. Additionally, all multiyear scholarship recipients are required to upload the following documents into their Document Bank on the scholarship application:

    • Student Aid Report (SAR)

    • Financial Aid Award Letter (FAAL)

    • Academic Transcript

    • Enrollment Verification

    For more information about these documents please refer to the “Supporting Document” FAQs.

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