Scholarship for Latino/a Students Including Those with DACA Status

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) offers scholarships to provide financial assistance and increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education.

Applicants must demonstrate a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or academic major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.

You can learn more about the scholarship program and read about other opportunities offered by the CHCI at and access the 2015 scholarship application by visiting  Applications are due April 16, 2015.  Essays and letters of recommendation are required, so if you are interested, visit the scholarship’s website and application page as soon as possible.

CHCI scholarships provide recipients with a one time scholarship of:

  • $2,500 (paid in equal installments for each year of study) to pursue an undergraduate degree
  • $5,000 to pursue graduate-level study

Awards provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment in a United States Department of Education accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program within the United States and Puerto Rico during the period for which scholarship is requested
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
  • Strong writing skills
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization.   NOTE: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival”  (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application.
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