Cynthia Matus Morriss, Chair of the National Hispanic Caucus of School Board Members, issued a press release earlier this week announcing that their 2010 scholarship applications are now available through January 29, 2010.
Eligible students must be of Hispanic origin, eligible for graduation from a public high school in 2010, provide proof of acceptance to an accredited post-secondary institution of higher learning with the intention to complete a two or four year degree prior to receiving the scholarship, and hold a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4 point scale.
Other considerations in the selection criteria will be given to the academic record, a demonstrated financial need, extra curricular activities, personal qualities, and special consideration will be given to those applicants who plan to become education majors.
Four $1,000 scholarships will be given to one Hispanic student each who resides in the Western, Central, Northeast, and Pacific regions of the country.
Last year, the Hispanic Caucus of School Board Members was able to raise enough money for two scholarships per region. Funds were raised from companies such as Aramark Education, The Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program, Vision IT, CANevadu, and IBEN/NECA, as well as individuals, such as Ralph Young and Tom Carran.
Applications will be available on line through the National School Boards Association website beginning November 19, 2009 and are due by January 29, 2010.
Two other organizations also announced scholarship programs for Hispanic students earlier this week.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarship Program announced that all U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of Hispanic origin who are pursuing or plan to pursue their first undergraduate or graduate degree, hold a 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4 point scale, and are enrolled or plan to enroll full-time as an undergrad or graduate student in a degree seeking program at a U.S. accredited institution in the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam are eligible. The scholarship deadline is December 15, 2009.
Hispanic students may also apply for the Gates Millenium Scholars Program until January 11, 2010. The Gates Millenium Scholars program requires that students hold a 3.3. grade point average on a 4.0 scale, plan to enroll in a degree program for the first time, and be a United States citizen or legal permanent resident.