Latinos in Technology Scholarship

Silicon Valley Community Foundation

The Latinos in Technology Scholarship is provided to 100 Latino students to support them in pursuing a college education. The scholarship was established by the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley. The awardees must major in a STEM program and demonstrate financial need.

Key Information

Eligibility Requirements

  • Age/Grade Level:
    The applicant must be a current college student entering their junior or senior year.
  • Minimum GPA:
  • Financial Need:
  • Other Academic Requirements:
    The awardees must be planning to enroll on a full-time or part-time basis for the next academic school year. Preference will be given to full-time and rising junior students.
  • Citizenship:
    The applicants must be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizens include the United States legal residents and students who have obtained Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).
  • School:
    The student must be a graduate from a high school in the Greater Silicon Valley (includes Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, San Francisco County; Fremont, Newark, and Union City in Alameda County and Scotts Valley in Santa Cruz County). Preference will be given to San Mateo and Santa Clara County high school graduates.
  • Major/Career:
    The awardee must have a declared major in and been accepted into a STEM program.
  • Ethnicity:
    The applicant must be of Latino or Hispanic origin (as defined by U.S. Census Bureau).

Application Details

  • Transcript:
  • Resume/Activity List:
  • Essay:
    Upload a typed Word doc or PDF personal statement of at least 500 words, but no longer than 850 words (approximately 2-3 pages, double-spaced). Title the statement with your last name, first name and middle initial. In the statement, you must address the following prompts:Describe your short- and long-range goals and how furthering your education will assist you in reaching those goals.Comment on the personal characteristics, educational and extracurricular activities that have helped prepare you for college.Reflect on your personal journey (significant accomplishments, challenges and/or hardships) and any life lessons that you think will help you succeed in college.Indicate why you believe you are a good candidate for the specific scholarship(s) for which you are applying.Sign and date your personal statement.
  • Recommendation Letters:
    Upload a PDF of two signed and dated letters of reference as instructed below. Scan your two signed and dated letters of reference into one single PDF file. Only two letters will be considered by the selection committee.One letter from a teacher or academic advisor on school letterhead.One letter from a volunteer or work supervisor, community leader or personal acquaintance. (Letters from work or volunteer supervisors must be on the organizations letterhead. Personal acquaintance letters cannot come from parents or relatives.)Each letter must be signed and dated. Letters of reference that were written for other scholarships or college applications for the current academic year are acceptable; however, keep in mind that these may not speak to how you are the best candidate for the scholarship for which you are currently applying.
  • Other Materials:
    Evidence of financial need must be submitted for all community foundation managed scholarship programs. Upload PDFs of the item that applies to you (see below).Do not assume you wont be eligible for any federal or state financial aid. Many institutional and private scholarships require that you complete the FAFSA to be considered for these types of awards. If your or your familys financial situation drastically changes, your financial aid office will have your FAFSA application on file and you will be able to request an appeal. By appealing a financial aid award, some students are able to secure thousands of dollars in additional grants and student loans.

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