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Eligibility Requirements

Application Materials

Selection Criteria and Process

Scholarship recipients will be selected based on qualities traditionally valued and demonstrated by the immigrant community: hard work, resourcefulness, perseverance in the face of adversity, academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to one’s community. A committee drawn from the local community will review applications and select a group of finalists for interviews.

April 1 Application materials due
April 28 Finalists notified
May 9, 17 Interviews
May 19 Scholarship recipients notified

Scholarship Conditions

The Esperanza Education Fund will award scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $20,000, depending on financial need. Scholarships will be disbursed directly to the recipient's educational institution. Failure to comply with the following conditions may result in the suspension or revocation of scholarship awards.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am already in college. Can I apply for the Esperanza Scholarship?
A: No. The Esperanza Scholarship is open only to high school seniors.

Q: I have a GED and want to go to college. Can I apply for the Esperanza Scholarship?
A: You are not eligible for the Esperanza Scholarship for high school seniors. However, you may be eligible for the Esperanza Scholarship for GED holders. Please go to http://www.esperanzafund.org for more information.

Q: I live in California but want to attend college in Virginia. Can I apply for the Esperanza Scholarship?
A: No. The Esperanza Scholarship is open only to students graduating from high schools located in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Q: I live in Virginia but want to attend college in California. Can I apply for the Esperanza Scholarship?
A: Yes, as long as you meet the other eligibility criteria.

Q: I want to go to a community college. Can I apply for the Esperanza Scholarship?
A: Yes, as long as you meet the other eligibility criteria. The Esperanza Scholarship provides $5,000 two-year scholarships for students to attend community college.

Q: I am currently in community college and want to transfer to a four-year college. Can I apply for the Esperanza Scholarship?
A: No. The Esperanza Scholarship is open only to high school seniors.

Q: I did not take the SAT or ACT. Can I apply for the Esperanza Scholarship?
A: Yes. If your college did not require you to take the SAT or ACT, you are not required to submit a score report.

Q: What is the Esperanza Education Fund's College Board code?
A: The Esperanza Education Fund does not have a College Board code. Please make a copy of your score report in case you are selected as a finalist.

Q: I have applied to several schools, but I haven't decided where I will go yet. Can I apply for the Esperanza Scholarship?
A: Yes, as long as you applied to a public school and understand that you will not receive any scholarship funds if you do not enroll in a public college or university. If you apply for the scholarship and later decide to go to a private school, please email us at apply@esperanzafund.org so that we can disregard your application.

Q: I am not sure if the school I want to attend is public or private. How can I tell?
A: Check on the school's website or call the school's admissions office. Most community colleges are public. State schools are public. Some popular public schools in the region include:

Q: I was born in the United States, and only one of my parents is an immigrant. Can I apply for the Esperanza Scholarship?
A: No. The Esperanza Scholarship is open only to immigrants (born outside the United States) and children of two immigrants.

Q: My family is from Puerto Rico. Can I apply for the Esperanza Scholarship?
A: No. Because Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, they are not considered immigrants.

Q: I am not a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident. Can I apply for the Esperanza Scholarship?
A: Yes, as long as you meet the other eligibility criteria. The Esperanza Scholarship is open to all immigrant students, regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status.