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HACU Student Programs Overview


Thanks for your interest in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and its student programs. HACU currently offers the following programs for college-level students.

HACU Scholarship Programs - Click here to apply!

The scholarship programs administered by HACU are made possible due to generous contributions from corporate and federal organizations.

To be eligible to apply for one of HACU’s scholarships, students must be attending a HACU-member institution (visit for a complete listing) and meet all additional criteria for the program to which they are applying. HACU uses one scholarship application for the several different programs it administers. Program criteria will vary based on the requirements of the funding organization, e.g., specific major, level of study, college/university, region of the country, etc. Scholarship amounts also vary depending on the program.

Scholarship funds are sent to the HACU-member institution financial aid office during the fall academic semester.  Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will re-open in January 2018. Contact for more information.

Annual Conference Scholarships - Click here to apply!

In addition to our general scholarship programs, HACU also has opportunities for students to attend our Annual Conference Student Track held in the fall. HACU's Student Track is a three day career development and networking symposium designed to build the career skills. There are three ways students may be considered for this opportunity.

1. )“HACU Sponsored Student Scholars” pay for the student’s conference registration, travel, lodging, and meals with conference-sponsored events.

2.) "Student Delegates" program enables colleges and universities to sponsor students to attend HACU’s Annual Conference. . You may also contact for more information.

3. ) Student Track Conference Scholarship - students may apply to receive a full conference scholarship to attend HACU Annual Conference. The scholarship covers round-trip airfare, 4-night hotel accommodations and conference registration. Students may complete the online application here. Application will re-open in January 2018. 

Southwest Airlines’ Travel Award Program

Through “Dándole Alas a Tu Éxito/Giving Flight To Your Success,” Southwest Airlines will provide round trip tickets to students with socioeconomic need who travel away from home to pursue a higher education. Students must submit a transcript and certificate of enrollment from the university that they are attending. More information regarding the online application, eligibility criteria and deadlines for the travel award program is now available on HACU’s Web site by clicking here.

For more information, please e-mail:

HACU Study Abroad Scholarship Programs

HACU has partnered with several study abroad providers to provide scholarships for students at HACU member institutions to participate in a number of programs around the world. In addition to the scholarship, a student can ordinarily apply federal financial aid (Pell Grant, Stafford Loan, and PLUS loan) toward this study abroad program.

The HACU-AIFS Scholarship is available for outstanding Hispanic students attending a HACU-member institution. Scholarships cover 50% of the AIFS all-inclusive program fee. Students must meet all standard AIFS eligibility requirements. Application, essay and other required documents must be submitted by March 1 for the summer session. April 15 for academic year/fall quarter/fall semester, and Sept. 15 for spring quarter/spring semester. Click here to download PDF Application form.

The HACU-IES Abroad Scholarship is available for first-generation college students and/or Pell Grant recipients that attend a Hispanic-Serving Institution that is a HACU-member institution. Scholarships range from $2,500 to $5,000 per student to study abroad in one of 36 international cities. Application, essay and any other required documents must be submitted by May 1 for the Fall/Academic year and Oct. 25 for the spring calendar.

HACU National Internship Program (HNIP)

College-level students looking for an internship opportunity may want to consider applying to HNIP. HNIP is HACU’s largest student program, placing hundreds of students each year in paid federal and corporate internships throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Additional HNIP information including an application may be obtained through HNIP’s Web site at

Click here for results of a 2007 independent study of HNIP's success!


HACU Alumni Association

Past participants of HACU student programs, including former HNIP interns, scholarship recipients, conference student track attendees, are invited to be part of the HACU Alumni Association. Membership is free and provides the opportunity to keep up with HACU doings and network with fellow alumni. DC area alums are active in periodic volunteer projects. For more information, click here.

ProTalento: The HACU Resume Database for Hispanic Professionals 

Post your resume to this on-line database and give employers a chance to look you over. It's free--and easy. Help employers become more diverse and create a workforce of tomorrow that looks more like us! Click here for more information.

For additional student-related information that may be of interest, consult HACU’s Scholarship Resource List.