The Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program was established in 1985 to invest in the Hispanic youth of the Greater Kansas City Area by providing awards to both entering and continuing college students. The primary focus was to assist those Hispanics living in the area with the largest concentration of Hispanic residents. The scholarships are designed to supplement the students' financial resources from family, government, and other sources. It is the intent of the Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program to bridge the financial gap between students and their educational goals. It is expected that these scholarships will result in better educational and, ultimately, economic opportunities for Hispanics. It is the express intent of the Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program that scholarship recipients make use of the scholarships to graduate from college and return to the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area to contribute to the local Hispanic community. The goal of the Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program is to award college scholarships annually.
The Fund is comprised of money raised from the public and/or private sector and of matching scholarships from area colleges and universities.
- Be of Hispanic Heritage.
- Graduating/have graduated from a Greater Kansas City metropolitan area high school or obtain a general equivalency diploma (GED) from a local organization. (The Greater Kansas City metropolitan area is generally defined as Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson and Wyandotte counties.)
- Attend/have attended a Greater Kansas City metropolitan area high school for the last three years prior to graduation.
- Accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university and working toward an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree. (Applicants attending vocational or trade schools are ineligible.)
- Enroll or be enrolled as a full-time student. (A minimum 12 credit hours for undergraduate and 9 credit hours for graduate.)
- Proven academic merit as reflected in GPA and answer to essay question.
- Demonstrated need for financial assistance as exhibited by family's gross income, size of family, and other financial need.
- Demonstrated community involvement as reflected in the application.