We're Awarding 15 $1000 Scholarships

Latinos Count is now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applications must be postmarked or submitted no later than 11:59 p. m. on Monday, April 11, 2022.

Latinos Count will award 15 scholarships in the amount of $1000. The award is for one year. Recipients will be eligible to apply for additional funds in the future. We will give special consideration to applicants who are a single parent.

Eligibility

  • Students graduating from high school in the spring of 2022, and plan on attending a two or four-year college or university.

  • Students now enrolled in a two or four-year college or university.

  • Previous Viva College scholarship recipients enrolled in a two or four-year college or university.

  • A resident of Northeast Indiana (includes LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, Allen, Huntington, Wells, and Adams counties).

Qualification

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a full-time student in an accredited four-year or two-year educational institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories;

  • If currently attending college, applicant must be in good standing with the institution (must not be on academic or disciplinary probation).

  • Indicate a need for financial support; and

  • Have at least one parent of Hispanic ancestry.

Requirements

First-time high school applicants must submit the five (5) items listed below by the April 11 deadline. (Cover page; Essay; Transcript; Reference letters; and, Work Experience/Award/Activity List).

College applicants must submit items 1-4 (Cover page; Essay; Transcript and Reference Letters). An application will not be considered until all items have been received.

Submissions

Cover Page

Applicants must complete the attached cover page.

Essay: High School/Leadership

High school applicants submit a 750–1000-word essay that responds to three topics:

Background
The student should describe their qualities, beliefs, achievements, and memorable experiences. The essay should include information about their family (parents and siblings), and individuals that have positively affected their life. If student is a single parent, please write about the joy and challenges of parenthood as you pursue a college diploma. Finally, the applicant should identify his/her reason in attending college, major and career goal.

Financial Need
The applicant should discuss his/her plan to pay for their college expenses including family support, working, loans, and scholarship support.

Leadership
The applicant should discuss the future of Hispanics/Latinos in America, the of leadership needed, and any role the applicant hopes to play in providing such leadership.

Essay: College

College applicants must submit a 500-750-word essay describing their qualities, beliefs, achievements, and memorable experiences. Please describe any particular challenges, crisis, or stressful experiences that they successfully overcame and how they were able to handle these situations. If student is a single parent, please write about the joy and challenges of parenthood as you pursue a college diploma. 

Additionally, what advice would you offer students who are leaving high school and plan on attending a college or university? Finally, student must share their belief about the importance of obtaining a college diploma.

Transcript

Applicants must submit a high school or college transcript verifying their eligibility status and grade point average (GPA).

Letters of Reference

High School applicants must submit two (2) letters of reference from persons that have known you and can speak to your qualities and achievements. Such persons would include high school teachers or counselors, employers, pastor/priest, professor, academic advisor, coach, or band instructor. As a convenience, templates for reference letters are provided.

College/University applicants must submit two (2) letters of reference from persons that have known you and can speak to your qualities and achievements. One of your letters must be from a college/university representative indicating you are not on academic or disciplinary probation.

We’ve created a template letter of references as a resource.

Work Experience/Award/Activity List

First time high school applicants must submit a list detailing their work experiences, leadership experiences (class officer, team captain, student council, club officer), academic accomplishments and other relevant awards and activities.

Deadline

The complete application, which includes, the cover page and additional requirements, as indicated above, must be received, or postmarked by 11:59 p.m. on April 11, 2022. The application is not considered complete until all required information is received.

You may also mail or hand-deliver your complete application to: Latinos Count, c/o: Scholarship Committee, 428 West Sherwood Terrace, Fort Wayne, IN 46807.

High School Application

College Application