2024 ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program

Application Form NOW OPEN


The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and Southwest Airlines® have opened applications for the 20th Annual ¡Lánzate!/Take Off! Higher Education Travel Award Program.

Online applications will be accepted until April 26, 2024.

If you are a dependent of a Southwest Airlines Employee or HACU Employee, you are not eligible for this travel award program.

Required fields are indicated by an *.

Part 1: About You

* DOB / / (MM/DD/YYYY)
Student must be 18 years old or older at the time of application.

(E-mail where award notification and e-passes will be sent, if selected)

Part 2: About Your School

DO NOT use abbreviations for the name of your school

Name of the College/University You Are Attending in the 2024-2025 Academic Year (Must be at least 200 miles from permanent/home address)

College/University CITY
College/University STATE

College/University ZIP CODE

(Southwest Airlines Destination Nearest to your College/University)

Part 3: About Your Educational Experience

Click Here for Enrollment Verification Form.
NOTE: Enrollment Verification Form must be completed by both you and the college/university registrar.

What if my institution’s registrar will not sign HACU’s Enrollment Verification Form?
FAQ, Click Here

If applicable, submit additional documents here (i.e. copy of unofficial transcript with GPA).

Cumulative GPA is based on a 4.0 Scale
What if my college/university does not issue a GPA or is not on a GPA grading system? FAQ, Click Here

(i.e. Dorm or Apartment)

On-/Off-Campus Personal Mailing Address Information

On-/Off-Campus Personal Mailing Address Information

On-/Off-Campus Personal Mailing Address Information

Part 4: About Your Home

(Your Permanent Home Address must be 200+ miles from your college/university attending)

(Southwest Airlines Destination Nearest to Hometown/Home Address)

(If USA, list country of ancestral Hispanic Origin.)

(If USA, list country of ancestral Hispanic Origin.)

Part 5: Essay Questions


Please answer the following questions that apply to you as the student. Each question must be answered in 300-500 words. Essays will be evaluated for content and grammar. Failure to complete the questions below will render your application ineligible. (Note: applications with less than 300 or more than 500 words will NOT be reviewed.)

For Scholarship essay writing tips, visit www.academictips.org.

Required for all students. Please answer the following question:

(Please be specific and explain your unique circumstances in 300-500 words.)


Are you a college Undergraduate student?

(Please be specific and explain your unique circumstances in 300-500 words.)


Are you a college Graduate student working on a Masters, Ph.D, or professional program (i.e. law or medical student?)

(Please be specific and explain your unique circumstances in 300-500 words.)

(i.e., graduate assistantships, fellowships, departmental stipends, travel support from graduate student associations, etc.)


Are you a previous Southwest Airlines Program Lánzate recipient?>

(200 word minimum essay - Please be specific and explain your unique circumstances.)

Part 6: Terms and Conditions


I hereby agree that Southwest Airlines and HACU shall have, without further obligation to me, the right to use my name, voice, likeness, essays, and/or photograph and biographical information for advertising and promotional purposes in conjunction with this and similar promotions without notice to me and without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

I understand that I am required to submit an Enrollment Verification Form signed by the college or university I am attending at the time of application. If selected for the award, I understand that I will be required to complete and sign an IRS Form W-9 (collectively, the “Required Documentation”). Failure to submit required documentation will result in my application not being considered for this award. E-passes of $600 or more will be reported to the IRS.

It is understood and agreed that this is a complete RELEASE and DISCHARGE of all claims and rights of the undersigned against the aforementioned parties to be released, and that no action will be taken by or on behalf of the undersigned with respect to any such rights, it being understood that this release shall be binding upon the heirs, executors, and administrators of the undersigned.

I agree to hold Sponsor (HACU), Southwest Airlines, and each of their parent, subsidiary and affiliated corporations, and the officers, shareholders, directors, employees, agents and representatives harmless against any and all claims or liability arising directly or indirectly from use or misuse of a travel award or participation in the Award Program.

I also give my authorization, permission and consent to HACU to contact and receive information from any institution, agency, college/university and/or persons for the following purposes:

a. to verify any of the information I have provided or may provide to HACU, and/or
b. to obtain any other information concerning my scholastic/academic status in order to assess and monitor my qualifications and/or continued eligibility for this or any other award.

The authorizations, permissions and consents I have hereby given shall remain in full force and effect unless I revoke this consent in writing by letter addressed to HACU’s Scholarship Department in San Antonio, Texas.

I hereby verify that all of the information I have provided is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I further acknowledge and agree that any incomplete or false information may result in my application not being considered or in the termination of any award which may be granted.

I agree to the Official Rules and Regulations of the Travel Award Program, posted online at http://www.hacu.net/hacu/Lanzate.asp .

Final Submission Notice

Please note that once you agree to these terms and submit the application you will not be able to edit, change or update this application. Therefore, please take a moment to double-check all of your personal information and make sure that there are no grammatical mistakes in the essay. Check to see if you have uploaded your completed and signed Enrollment Verification Form.


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