Henaac Scholarship Winners Essays

Scholarships aren’t always based on academics – some celebrate a person’s heritage. Take a look at these scholarships for students of Hispanic descent.

HACU IES Abroad Diversity Scholarship – This scholarship is for students attending Hispanic-Serving institutions that are members of Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). The scholarship award amount typically ranges between $2,500 and $5,000. Applicants must hold a minimum 3.3 GPA.

CORE Que Llueva Cafe Scholarship – Undocumented students of Chicano/Latino descent are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship award amount typically is $500.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic descent who have a declared major in and have been accepted into a STEM program. Students must hold a minimum 2.5 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $10,000.

La Unidad Latina Foundation Scholarships – College students of Hispanic descent are eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship award amount typically ranges between $500 and $1,000.

Cascajal Foundation Scholarship – This scholarship is for graduating high school students from Houston who are of Columbia descent. Applicants must hold a minimum 2.0 GPA and submit an essay with their application. The award amount for this scholarship typically is $500.

MillerCoors National Scholarship – Incoming college juniors and seniors of Hispanic descent are eligible for this scholarship. Applicants must be studying an eligible major, see website for details. The typical award amount for this scholarship is $3,000.

Danny Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic descent who are studying electronics and/or engineering and need financial assistance to attend college. The award amount for this scholarship varies.

NSHMBA Foundation Scholarship Program – To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must be NSHMBA members and of Hispanic descent. Students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $2,500 and $10,000.

Rixio Medina & Associates Hispanics in Safety ScholarshipStudents of Hispanic descent pursuing a degree in occupational safety and health or a closely related field are eligible for this scholarship. The award for this scholarship typically is $4,000.

Great Minds in STEM / HENAAC Scholars Program – This scholarship is for students of Hispanic origin who participate in and promote organizations and activities in the Hispanic community. The award amount for this scholarship typically ranges between $500 and $10,000.

HENAAC Scholarship Application

The 2018-19 Scholarship Application Portal will close on April 30, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST.


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It is strongly recommended that you have all the following documents ready to upload at the time of application. Documents must be in PDF format or WORD document. Transcripts that are multiple pages must be scanned, saved and uploaded as one single PDF (The system will not allow you to upload each transcript page as individual files). Photos must be submitted as a JPEG as per the instructions below.

  • Official Transcripts:
    • Transcripts must contain the seal of your university/college or high school or signature of the Registrar. (it is okay to open transcripts you received in a sealed envelope to scan and upload or email).
    • The cumulative GPA, weighted or unweighted must appear on the transcript. If the GPA is not indicated on the transcript, the transcript will be considered invalid and your application will be incomplete. GMiS does not calculate GPAs..
    • A generic grade report or a printout from an online course schedule is NOT an Official Transcript.
    • If your school has the capacity to send e-transcripts or through a national clearinghouse, transcripts must be sent to scholars@greatmindsinstem.org
    • Transcripts must be in English.
    • If you attended school in another country, the transcript must be converted into a 4.0 scale and into English. 
  • Resume: one-page limit.

  • Personal Statement: In 700 – 850 words, please answer the following three-part question as a single essay. Please be sure to address all three elements as a single essay, and not three separate parts. It must be an essay; otherwise your application will not be considered. Provide specific examples as needed.
  • Chevron Scholarship: Undergraduate and graduate students only - If you have an interest in working in the energy, petroleum, gas or oil industry and would like to also be considered for a $5,000 Chevron Scholarship, please download the document – 2018 Chevron Questions – complete the questions and upload the document as part of your application.

  • One Faculty Letter of Recommendation from an advisor, dean, principal, faculty or instructor – i.e. someone who can speak on behalf of your academics. The letter must be written on official letterhead and include the recommender’s signature. NOTE: If the recommender prefers, faculty letters may be directly emailed to scholars@greatmindsinstem.org, attention to HENAAC Scholarship Selection Committee.

  • One Peer Letter of Recommendation from a friend, classmate, lab partner, teammate, member of a student/youth organization. The letter may not be from a mentor, coach, or supervisor, unless that individual is within your same age group.

  • Photo: The photo will not be used in the scholarship selection, but rather used for publications of scholarship recipients, in print and online.
    • The photo must be professional in style and content.
    • The photo must be of high quality – i.e. 300 dpi. In other words, no cell phone photos. The photo must be taken with a digital camera or scanned at a high resolution. An indicator of a high quality photo is a photo over 1 MB.
    • The photo should be a head-shot. There is no need for a full-body photo.
    • The photo should not be a party-shot, i.e. taken at a party. No party or scantily-clad photos.
    • The photo should not a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other social media photo.
    • The photo should not be a glamour shot.
    • The photo should not be Black and White or Sepia. Photos must be in full color.

Disclaimer: The information you submit electronically or otherwise, as part of the HENAAC Scholarship Program - application, resume, transcript, essay, and letters of recommendation - will be made available for public review and evaluation by the HENAAC Scholarship Committee, which consists of volunteers from across the STEM Enterprise including corporate America, K-20, and local, state and federal governments. If you have any privacy concerns - legal or otherwise - and information cannot be disclosed, you are advised not to apply for the scholarship. If you are under the age of 18, and you are a graduating high school senior or college student, you must also upload a letter of permission from your parent/guardian along with the application.

GMiS uses commercially reasonable physical, managerial, and technical safeguards to preserve the integrity and security of your personal information. We cannot, however, ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to GMiS and you do so at your own risk. Once we receive your transmission of information, GMiS makes commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security of our systems. However, please note that this is not a guarantee that such information may not be accessed, disclosed, altered, or destroyed by breach of any of our physical, technical, or managerial safeguards.

If you have any concerns regarding this Disclaimer, please email scholars@greatmindsinstem.org.


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