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Latinos In Action Blog | Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources
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Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources

Scholarship and Financial Aid Resources

These resources are meant to be a guide for students. This post does not constitute legal advice or any type of endorsement.

FAFSA Information

On October 1st the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – known as FAFSA – opens for the 2019-2020 school year. The sooner you fill out the application, the more grant money you are likely to receive (up to twice as much!). Here are some helpful resources for FAFSA:

Official FAFSA website


7 Things You Need Before You Fill Out the 2019–20 FAFSA® Form


Am I Eligible for Financial Aid If My Parents Are Undocumented?


Scholarship Opportunities


Youthlinc Utah Young Humanitarian Award

This Award recognizes service-minded Utah high school juniors and seniors and undergraduate students with a $22,000 in college scholarship awards. To apply: Visit www.youthlinc.org and click on Young Humanitarian Award slider. The deadline is March 1, 2019.

2019 ACLU of Utah Youth Activist Scholarship Program 

“This year, we will be awarding four scholarships of $3,500 each to college-bound high school seniors who have shown a strong commitment to civil liberties through activism. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2019.” To learn more, click HERE.

MALDEF Scholarship Resource Guide for the 2019-2020 School Year

“MALDEF is pleased to provide you with this extensive list of scholarships, including many that do not inquire about immigration status or require a valid social security number.” 31 pages of scholarship opportunities straight from the Latino Legal Voice for Civil Rights in America! There are a variety of scholarships listed for everyone, from high school seniors through graduate students. Deadlines vary.

Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students

This guide explains the basics of applying for scholarships and provides advice on scholarship situations unique to Latinos. At the bottom, there is a list of scholarships available for the following groups: ESL/ELL students, migrant workers and their families, first-generation Hispanic/Latinos, undocumented Hispanic/Latinos, Hispanic/Latina women, graduate students, and general scholarships for Hispanic/Latino students.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

“HSF empowers families with the knowledge and resources to successfully complete a higher education, while providing scholarships and support services to as many exceptional students as possible.”

9 Incredibly Useful Scholarships for Latinos

The title speaks for itself!

65 Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students

Keep an eye on those deadlines and figure out which ones are most relevant to your situation.

22 Scholarships from Major Airlines

Requirements for these scholarships range from having a direct connection to the airline, students planning to study tourism or aviation, and anyone who writes a story about their experience moving.


List of Conservation-Related Scholarships

Directorate Resource Assistant Fellows Program

Awarded By:      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Awarded To:      Undergraduate Seniors and Graduate Students Interested in a Conservation Career &

a 11-Week Opportunity to Support Biology, Fisheries, Outreach and Other Projects

Deadline:             Currently Open

More Info:          https://www.thesca.org/serve/position/2019-fws-directorate-resource-assistant-fellows-program-candidate/po-00727173


Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

Awarded By:      The Wilderness Society

Awarded To:      Graduate Students with Potential to Make a Significant Positive Difference

in Wilderness Protection to Support Research and Preparation of Research Paper

Deadline:             Currently Open; Applications accepted through mid-April

More Info:          https://www.wilderness.org/articles/article/gloria-barron-wilderness-society-scholarship-how-apply


Nature Academy Internship Program

Awarded By:      Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum, University of Michigan

Awarded To:      University of Michigan Students Interested in Sustainability, Conservation

& Ecological Restoration

Deadline:             Currently Open; Open until filled; Positions from May 6 – Mid-August

More Info:          https://mbgna.umich.edu/education/nature-academy-internships/


Evinrude Water Research Excellence Fellows

Awarded By:      Evinrude

Awarded To:      Master and Ph.D. Students of University of Wisconsin Milwaukee

School of Freshwater Sciences

Deadline:             Check Site; Anticipated deadline of March 30, 2019

More Info:          https://uwm.edu/freshwater/brpevinrude-water-research-excellence-fellowship-application/


National Zoology Park (NZP) Bird House Keeper Aide Internship

Awarded By:      The Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

Awarded To:      Biological Sciences Students with Minimum 2 Years of College Interested in Daily Animal Management and Keeper Aide Activities, Including Visitor Education

Deadline:             October 31 for Spring Semester; March 31 for Summer; and June 30 for Fall

More Info:          https://nationalzoo.si.edu/careers/internships/bird-house-keeper-aide-internship


EREF Scholarship Programs

Awarded By:      Environmental Research and Education Foundation

Awarded To:      To Be or Current Full-Time Master’s or Doctoral Students Studying Waste Management

Deadline:             Check Site

More Info:          https://erefdn.org/scholarship-program/


Tim Tucker Memorial Outdoor Communications College Scholarship

Awarded By:      Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America

Awarded To:      College Student Majoring in Communications with Intent of Working in the Outdoors

Industry as a Writer, Publisher, Photographer, Blogger, Broadcaster, or PR Specialist

Deadline:             Check Site

More Info:          https://www.seopa.org/ojefa-scholarship-information


Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship Program

Awarded By:      Chicana/Latina Foundation

Awarded To:      Latina College Students Enrolled in an Eligible Northern California County

Deadline:             February 1 – April 7, 2019

More Info:          https://chicanalatina.org/programs/scholarships/


Wyoming Community Foundation Scholarships

Awarded By:      Wyoming Community Foundation

Awarded To:      Varied – 29 Different Scholarships

Deadline:             Varied, Check Site, Most February 15 – May 1

More Info:          https://wycf.org/


Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise

Awarded By:      Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation

Awarded To:      Current Student at Two-Year Community Colleges and

Member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Deadline:             Check site

More Info:          https://www.ptk.org/scholarships/associatedegreescholarships.aspx



Student Conservation Corps & Congress (Sc3)

Awarded By:      Green Alliance Schools Alliance & Partners, including the National Conservation Training

Center of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Awarded To:      High School Students with Demonstrated Interest in Sustainability

Deadline:             Check Site for Regional Summits

More Info:          https://www.greenschoolsalliance.org/sc3


Youth Conservation Corps Summer Conservation Program

Awarded By:      Youth Conservation Corps & Lake County Forest Preserve District (Illinois)

Awarded To:      Diverse High School Students Ages 16-18 who are Lake County Residents Seeking

Job Opportunities and Environmental Education and Interested in Preserving

Lake County’s Wetlands, Prairies and Woodlands

Deadline:             Check Site

More Info:          http://youthconservationcorps.org/what-we-do/


Watershed Scholarship Fund

Awarded By:      The Watershed Fund and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Awarded To:      Students Residing in South Central Connecticut Regional Water District

who Intend to Enroll or are Enrolled in Undergraduate or Graduate Studies

in Environmental Sciences

Deadline:             March 29, 2019

More Info:          http://thewatershedfund.org/applications/


LULAC National Scholarship Fund

Awarded By:      LULAC, LNESC & Various Corporate Sponsors

Awarded To:      Graduating High School Seniors & College Students from Underserved Communities

Deadline:             The 2019 Application will be Available February, 2019, Check Site

More Info:          https://www.lnesc.org/lnsf


Schott Family Scholarship Program

Awarded By:      Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans

Awarded To:      High School Senior with Minimum GPA of 3.4 Planning to Attend Santa Clara University

Deadline:             Check with Santa Clara University to find out how to apply

More Info:          https://scholars.horatioalger.org/


Legacy Scholarships

Awarded By:      The American Legion

Awarded To:      Children of post 9/11 Veterans Who either Died on Active Duty

or Have a VA Disability Rating of 50% or Greater

Deadline:             Currently Open; Closes April 15, 2019

More Info:          https://www.legion.org/scholarships/legacy


Samsung American Legion Scholarship

Awarded By:      Samsung and the American Legion

Awarded To:      High school juniors who attended either the Legion’s Boys State or Auxiliary Girls State

program and are direct descendants of wartime U.S. military veterans

Deadline:             Currently Open; See Site for Details

More Info:          https://www.legion.org/scholarships/samsung


RAY Marine Conservation Diversity Fellowship

Awarded By:      Underrepresented Student in the Marine Conservation Field

Awarded To:      Undergraduate College Students Graduating in June/July

Deadline:             January 3 – March 15

More Info:          https://rayconservationfellows.org/home


Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program

Awarded By:      American Conservation Experience (ACE)

Awarded To:      Diverse Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Recent Graduates Interested in

Historic Preservation / Cultural Resources Work with National Park Service & Others

Deadline:             Sign up for job alerts

More Info:          http://www.usaconservation.org/programs/epic-internship/crdip-home/


Semester at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Awarded By:      Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Awarded To:      Junior or Senior College Students, particularly those from underrepresented groups

Studying Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Meteorology, Mathematics, Physics or

Engineering that Want an Ocean-Related Research Experience

Deadline:             Rolling Admission Policy; Application for the 2019 semester opened in October

More Info:          http://www.whoi.edu/semester-at-whoi/


Harvard University Center for the Environment Environmental Fellows Program

Awarded By:      Harvard University Center for the Environment

Awarded To:      Recent Doctorate Recipients Seeking to Tackle Complex Environmental Problems

Deadline:             January 16, 2019

More Info:          http://environment.harvard.edu/environmental-fellows-program


John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

Awarded By:      National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Awarded To:      Graduate Students who have an interest in Ocean, Coastal & Great Lakes Resources

and in the National Policy Discussions of those Resources.

Deadline:             Check State Sea Grant Programs for 2020; 2019 deadline was Jan/Feb 2018

More Info:          https://seagrant.noaa.gov/Knauss


National Marine Fisheries Service-Sea Grant Joint Fellowship Program

Awarded By:      NOAA, National Marine Fisheries Service

Awarded To:      Graduate Students Enrolled in PhD Program Interested in Fish Population and Ecosystem

Dynamics or Marine Resources Economics

Deadline:             Check State Sea Grant Programs for 2020; 2019 deadline was Jan/Feb 2018

More Info:          https://seagrant.noaa.gov/NMFS-SG-Fellowship


Graduate Women in Science National Fellowship Program

Awarded By:      Graduate Women in Science

Awarded To:      Women Graduate Students Interested in Research Careers in the Sciences

Deadline:             November 5, 2018 – January 11, 2019

More Info:          https://www.gwis.org/page/fellowship_program?


The Garden Club of America Award in Desert Studies

Awarded By:      The Garden Club of America & Desert Botanical Garden

Awarded To:      Graduate or Junior or Senior Undergraduate Students Studying Arid Landscape

Horticulture, Conservation, Botany, Environmental Science or Landscape Design

Wishing to Gain Practical Field Experience

Deadline:             January 15, 2019

More Info:          https://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships/details/id/12


The Garden Club of America Fellowship in Ecological Restoration

Awarded By:      The Garden Club of America & the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

Awarded To:      Graduate Student Pursuing Specialized Study and Research in Ecological Restoration

Deadline:             December 31 of Year Proceeding Study/Research, Check Site

More Info:          https://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships/details/id/13


The Garden Club of America Award in Coastal Wetlands Studies

Awarded By:      The Garden Club of America & the Anna M. Rockefeller Fund

Awarded To:      Graduate Students to Support Field-Based Wetlands Research

Deadline:             January 15 Preceding Year of Study

More Info:          https://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships/details/id/11


The Frances M. Peacock Scholarship for Native Bird Habitat

Awarded By:      The Garden Club of America & Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Awarded To:      College Senior or Graduate Students Interested in Studying Habitat for Threatened or

Endangered Birds Native to the U.S. for Effective Land-Management Decisions

Deadline:             January 15 Preceding the Proposed Period of Study

More Info:          https://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships/details/id/21


The Garden Club of America Awards in Tropical Botany

Awarded By:      The Garden Club of America

Awarded To:      Students Completing PhD in Botany w/in 2 Years

Deadline:             January 15 Preceding the Proposed Period of Study

More Info:          https://www.gcamerica.org/scholarships/details/id/30


*The five opportunities immediately above are among more than two dozen opportunities offered by the Garden Club of America.  However, applicants may only apply for one opportunity per year.  So visit the site to learn about all opportunities and apply appropriately.”


National Federation of the Blind Scholarship Program

Awarded By:      National Federation of the Blind

Awarded To:      Legally Blind Student Pursuing Full-Time Postsecondary Studies

Deadline:             November 1 – March 31

More Info:          https://nfb.org/


Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund

Awarded By:      Rankin Foundation

Awarded To:      Low Income Women, Age 35 or Older, Pursuing Education

Deadline:             Opening in November for 2019 – 2020 School Year

More Info:          https://rankinfoundation.org/



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