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Scholarship Deadlines Approach

Three opportunities to apply for scholarships or fellowships with impending deadlines were recently announced for Hispanic students:


Hispanic College Fund 

The Hispanic College Fund is calling for scholarship applications for the 2008-2009 academic year. The one-year scholarship amounts range from $500 to $10,000 and recipients must re-apply each year. The average scholarship awarded is $3,000 and the deadlines for scholarships vary between Feb.1, 2008 to March 15, 2008.

To be eligible for a scholarship, the applicant must plan to attend a college or a university as a full-time student for the entire academic year. Only U.S. citizens or permanent residents residing in the United States or Puerto Rico and who have a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible.

In 2007, the HCF awarded over $1.8 million in scholarships to 615 students. For more information, visit or call 1-800-644-4223.

University of UtahChicano Scholarship Fund

The University of Utah Chicano Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for the 2008 Chicano Scholarship Awards. The application deadline is Jan. 31.

The fund supports the success of outstanding Chicano/Latino students with financial awards to attend the university. Students are recognized for promoting cultural pride and traditions while overcoming adversity.

“I’d like to encourage students to apply regardless of what they believe they’re eligible for,” Karla Motta, a fund committee member, told The Deseret Morning News.

Recipients are selected on the basis of family background, community and life challenges. Last year the fund, with a donation from the Ibarra Foundation, awarded 10 $1,000 scholarships and renewed two, full-ride Ibarra Foundation scholarships for the 2007-08 year.

To view the requirements and to apply, visit

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz, D-Texas, announced that the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) — a nonprofit known for providing youth development leadership programs — has launched a national campaign to recruit Hispanic undergraduate and graduate students.

“I am always impressed by the quality, hard work, and ambition of the young leaders who have participated in past CHCI programs,” said Ortiz. “Participants learn how to communicate with elected officials, gain extensive knowledge of the political process, and make numerous professional contacts. I urge all college students and graduates with an interest in how public policy affects the Hispanic community to apply for these programs.”

For the first time, applications for CHCI’s 2008 Congressional Internship Program, the Public Policy Fellowship Program, the Graduate & Young Professional Fellowship Program and the International Affairs Fellowship Program are available online. Application deadlines are March 1, 2008.

According to a press release, the scholarship program has provided more than $1 million in need-based scholarships awarded to Hispanic students since 2001 and is available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a two- or four-year accredited college or university.

For more information call CHCI at 202-543-1771 or visit

–Diverse staff

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