The Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program was established in 1985 to invest in the young Hispanic people of the Greater Kansas City Area by providing grants 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, generally said to be the Argentine and Central Avenue communities in Kansas and the Westside and Northeast neighborhoods in Missouri. 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 fill the gaps a student encounters in financing a college education. 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 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.
The program will operate throughout the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area generally defined as Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson and Wyandotte Counties.
The selection committee will evaluate each applicant according to criteria established by the selection committee. The criterion generally focuses on a combination of the students' academic merit (as exhibited by the students' GPA and essay answers), financial need, and community involvement. For 2015, the Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program will distribute additional funds to Hispanic students residing generally in the Argentine, Armourdale and Central Avenue communities in Kansas and the Westside, Coleman Highlands, Westport, and Northeast neighborhoods in Missouri. Students from these areas will compete for scholarships against students who live in their same community with special emphasis being placed on the students' financial need. However, in order to receive a scholarship, the students residing in these areas must achieve certain minimum academic standards, as determined by the scholarship committee. The majority of the funds will be distributed, as in past years, to Hispanic students residing throughout the Greater Kansas City Area.
The following criteria will be used to evaluate each applicant.
A. The applicant must exhibit proven academic merit (as reflected in GPA and answer to essay question), financial need (as exhibited by family's gross income, size of family, and other financial need), and community involvement (as reflected in the application).
B. The applicant's permanent address must be within the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area.
C. The applicant has been accepted or is enrolled in a fully accredited college or university and is working toward an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree. (Applicants attending vocational or trade schools are not eligible.)
D. The applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student (minimum 12 credit hours for undergraduate and minimum 9 credit hours for graduate).
E. Applicants must be Hispanic. The objective of this program is to provide financial assistance to Hispanic Americans.