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The HACU Scholarship Program 2017-2018 application is OPEN

 The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities is pleased to offer scholarship opportunities to assist in defraying some of your college expenditures. Please review each scholarship’s criteria carefully to see if you qualify. 

Additional scholarship opportunities will be added as they become available prior to the fall 2017 semester. 

In addition, all scholarship applicants MUST meet the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate financial need if required by scholarship sponsor (typically determined by FAFSA).
  2. Meet specific criteria for the scholarships to which they are applying.
  3. Attend a HACU-member college or university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico at the time applications are completed and scholarship awards are made.  For the most up-to-date listing of HACU member institutions, please click here.
  4. Before starting the online application process we recommend you print these instructions first. Click here for the instructions.

  5. Scholarships are ONLY for enrolled college students. All students must have completed their first semester of freshman year at the time of applying. High School students are not eligible to apply. 

  6. HACU Scholarship Privacy Policy 

    If you have any HACU scholarship program questions, send an e-mail to                                                                                                  



Big Red ¡Avance! Scholarship -  (5) $1,000

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • Must be attending a four-year HACU-member institution within the United States, or Puerto Rico
  • Open to all majors
  • Cumulative GPA: 3.0
  • U.S. Citizen
  • First generation college student strongly encouraged to apply

Application deadline for Big Red ¡Avance!: Friday, May 26, 2017


Denny's Hungry for Education Scholarship - (5) $1,000

  • ​Full or part-time undergraduate or graduate student
  • ​Must be attending a two-year or four-year HACU-member institution within the United States, or Puerto Rico
  • Open to all majors
  • Cumulative GPA: 2.5
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident 
  • 500 word essay topic: How Denny's can impact childhood hunger in the United States.

Application deadline for Denny's Hungry for Education: Friday, April 14, 2017


 Cafe Bustelo El Cafe Del Futuro Scholarship Essay Contest - (9) $5,000

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students
  • Must be 18 years or older and currently enrolled at a four-year HACU-member institution within the United States, D.C. and Puerto Rico
  • Open to all majors
  • Latino descent
  • 800 word essay topic: Describe how your Latino heritage, family, and the community in which you grew up have impacted your desire and motivation to obtain a college degree. Additionally, describe what you intend to accomplish with your degree and how you will give back to your community.

See official rules for complete details here

​Application deadline for Cafe Bustelo El Cafe Del Futuro Essay Contest: Friday, May 26, 2017