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Tips for Applying for Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholarships Prepare the required documents. You will need: • Your e-mail address AND a password o

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It must be your personal account

Your Social Security Number Your cumulative GPA for the first semester of your senior year The names of the colleges or universities you would like to attend The area of study you think you want to pursue Your mailing address with zip code and county The name and e-mail address of a recommender who knows your academic work

Register online • Go to www.hsf.net o Click on the Scholarships tab o Click on Apply Online o Register as a first time user by filling out the questions and creating a password for your account • Write down your email and password and keep them in a safe place • Go to your personal email & click on the message from Hispanic Scholarship Fund to confirm your registration • Log back into the HSF website using your email & password • GO SLOW! Answer each question accurately. There is no way to correct the answers after you submit them. • Mark that you are planning to attend a college or university in the fall • Indicate if you will attend full time or part time. Remember that HSF requires you to attend full time. Draft the essays • Draft the essays in a separate document, then cut and paste them into your application • Be sure to answer the questions and follow instructions • Spelling & grammar count! Get someone who is a good writer to help you! Fill out the FAFSA • If possible, do it online at www.fafsa.ed.gov as soon as possible. Mail the supporting documents by the deadline • Official copy of school transcript (with seal and/or in sealed, signed envelope) • If you are not a U.S. citizen, copy of your legal residency document Recommender • Your recommender will receive an email to complete your recommendation. Follow up with him/her to ensure it is completed on time.


2011-2012

HSF/PEIERLS RISING STAR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Scholarship award is up to $2,500 The HSF/Peierls Rising Star Scholarship Program is a scholarship available to current high school seniors residing in Texas or Colorado. Awards are $2,500 for students entering a four-year university or $1,250 for those enrolling in a community college for the 2011-2012 academic year. Selected students may receive up to $2,500 for four academic years for a possible total award of $10,000.

Application Deadline February 15, 2011

APPLY ONLINE: WWW.HSF.NET Priority given to students participating in one of the following pre-Collegiate programs:

Colorado: t AVID t College Summit Peer Leader t Colorado “I Have a Dream” t Colorado Uplift t Denver Scholarship Foundation t Educational Talent t Girls Inc t Goodwill Industries t University of Colorado Pre-Collegiate Program t Upward Bound

Texas: t Austin Partners in Education t AVID t Big Brothers Big Sisters t College Forward t Communities in Schools t G-Force Student Mentorship t Go Center Student Member t San Antonio Education Partnership t TRIO t USTA P20 Outreach Program

Requirements: t Must be of Hispanic heritage t Must plan to be enrolled full-time at

an undergraduate course of study at a two-year or four-year U.S. accredited institution during the 2011-2012 academic year. t Must graduate from high school in

2010-2011

t Must have a minimum cumulative

grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 and maximum of 2.99 on a 4.00 scale tMust be a United States citizen or

legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-55 (not expired). tMust apply for the federal financial

aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA)

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country. In its 35 year history, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $300M in scholarships to more than 50,000 students in need. HSF’s mission is to strengthen America by advancing the college education of Hispanic Americans, and is committed to work toward the goal of realizing a college degree in every Latino household.


How to Apply to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund