Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund
As a result of support from the Hispanic Chamber, the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), Meyer Memorial Trust, and individual donors, the Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund was established as an endowment at OCF to provide a long-term source of college scholarship for Latino students.
According to the 2010 U. S. Census, the number of Latinos in the U.S. has increased by over 57% during the last decade. In Oregon, the number of Latinos has increased by over 236% between 1990 and 2006. Latinos now represent 12% of our state population. As the Latino population increases in Oregon, education remains a key issue. Nationally and locally, Latinos have the highest drop out rate. In Oregon, 13% of Latino students leave high school compared to 6.3% for all Oregonians.
Despite the high drop out rate, the number of Latinos attending college has shown increases, but the percentage of Latino students attending college is still less than the general population (20% for Hispanics vs. 37% for the general population). An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education identifies family income as a major obstacle to Hispanic college success.
Today, one of every four new workers entering the labor force is Hispanic. An educated Hispanic population is fundamental to the future productivity our local and national economy. For this reason, the Hispanic Chamber has chosen to support Latino students that are continuing their higher education.
Donations Make A Difference
To provide support and encourage Hispanics to continue their higher education, The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber provides annual scholarship awards to qualifying applicants. Since 1996, the Hispanic Chamber has awarded over $2.2 million in individually and corporate sponsored scholarships, to 899 Latino students throughout Oregon and SW Washington.
The Hispanic Chamber is a 501c3, non-profit organization. The federal identification number is: 93-1156358.
- Applicant must be of Hispanic ancestry, permanently residing in Oregon or Clark County, Washington
- Applicant must be currently attending a high school in Oregon or Clark County, Washington or have attended a high school in Oregon OR Clark County, Washington and currently enrolled in an accredited college.
- Applicant must have at least a 3.0 GPA as evidenced by a high school or college transcript.
- Applicants will be evaluated on academics, extra-curricular activities, community service, written essays, and letters of recommendation.
- Applicant must be enrolled by September 2018 in an accredited community college, 4 year college or university, or accredited graduate degree program.
The 2018 scholarship has now closed. Please check back in December to find information regarding the 2019 scholarship cycle. Please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 222-0280
If you are unable to upload your transcript or letter of recommendation to your application, please email it to our scholarship email: email@example.com
College Aid Links
The good folks at the Chamber have taken some time to gather a wide array of useful resources for prospective college students. Take a look at what we have listed and let us know of any resources that we should add to the list.
- ACT Testing: Offer comprehensive assessment, research, information, and program management services to support education and workforce development.
- ASPIRE Scholarship: OSAC website
- American Council on Education: Most visible and influential higher education association.
- Beauty School Directory: The web’s largest directory of beauty schools.
- Best Colleges: Financial Aid Opportunities for Hispanic and Latino Students
- Broke Scholar: A scholarship search program with a database of more than 650, 000 scholarships.
- Casa de Oregon
- Coca-Cola Scholars Program: Achievement and leadership-based scholarships for graduating high school seniors.
- College Board Online: An online resource to connect students to college success and opportunity.
- College Universities: Find colleges and trade schools nationwide. Receive scholarship information and research.
- College and Career Search: College and Career Search is a website called Study.com that has online courses and video lessons.
- FAFSA on the Web: Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Fastweb: Online scholarship resource
- Financial Aid Page: A student guide to financial aid
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund: Online resources to help prepare, plan and pay for college
- Hispanic Scholarship Listing: Online scholarship search program
- Latino College Dollars: Latino College Dollars is a website where people share info about scholarships, financial aid, careers, internships and more
- Learn and Serve America: A national and community service federal agency
- MALDEF: Scholarship resource guide for high school, college and graduate students.
- Mapping Your Future! An online resource for students, families and schools to help navigate higher education and student loan process.
- Military Officers Association of America: Scholarship fund for military officers and their families.
- NALEO Educational Fund: Facilitates full participation of Latinos in the American political process, from citizenship to public service.
- Online Schools: Oregon: Extensive database of accredited online schools in Oregon and Nationwide.
- Oregon Health & Science University: Oregon’s academic health center
- Oregon Student Assistance Commission: State agency assisting Oregonians in their pursuit of a college education.
- SAT Testing: Resource to prepare for the most widely used admission test
- Sallie Mae College Answer: College savings plans
- Sallie Mae Fund: Educational and Financial Resource
- Scholarship America: Scholarship and educational support
- Scholarships.com: Free scholarship and financial aid search
- Schools in the USA: Assistance in exploring selected colleges and university programs across the US.
- Student Debt: Debt help organization
- Student Loan Network
- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Established in 1999, a program for low-income students of color.
- U.S. Bank: Student banking center
- U.S. Department of Education: Database on American schools, financial and educational assistance
- Vocational Information Center: Online resource for vocational and technical careers
- Walmart Scholarship: Various scholarship opportunities
- Western Union Foundation: Financial support to help achieve educational goal.
- World Wide Learn: An education and career research program.
- Travelers Insurance Paid Internship: Summer 2017 Claim Professional Development Program Internship
Resources for prospective college students
A special thanks to the companies and individual contributors for investing in Oregon’s future. If you are interested in supporting the Hispanic scholarship please donate via the donations page above or reach out to the Chamber staff for more information.
Scott & Linda Andrews
Bertha Ferran and Friends
Jim & Jennifer Mark
Garcia Seabold Investments, LLC
Jose Morfin Munoz
Nancy Ramirez Arriaga & Gerardo Ochoa
Martha & Ken Thrasher