Like women, Hispanic people are severely underrepresented in STEM fields. Latinos make up 16 percent of America's population, but just 6.2 percent of the engineering workforce. Luckily, there are a host of organizations trying to close this gap by helping Hispanic students who are interested in STEM get through college. For a list of more organizations supporting Hispanics in STEM, check out U.S. News partner STEMConnector.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Foundation
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Foundation awards more than $500,000 in scholarships to Latino students who want to study engineering. Prizes range from $1,000-$5,000. This year, the application deadline was April 1.
Accenture offers multiyear internships and $3,000 scholarships for college sophomores studying business, engineering, computer science, information systems, or math. They are awarded in conjunction with the ASPIRA Association.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund offers a host of scholarships for students studying all fields.
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program
Each year, 1,000 minority students studying STEM (or library science or education) will get good-through-graduation scholarships to use at any university. The deadline is January 11.
Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
HACU awards a variety of scholarships for students who demonstrate financial need. Applications will open in the spring.
Hispanic College Fund
The Hispanic College Fund and Google offer $10,000 scholarships and an all-expenses paid trip to Google Headquarters in California. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA, demonstrate financial need, and be studying computer science or computer engineering.
Hispanic Dental Association
The Hispanic Dental Association has a variety of scholarships ranging from $1,000-$10,000 for students interested in studying dentistry.
League of United Latin American Citizens
The League of United Latin American Citizens, in conjunction with General Electric, awards two Hispanic students studying business or engineering with $5,000 scholarships.
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
More than 15 percent of minority engineering grads since 1974 have received a scholarship from NACME. More information about deadlines and requirements should be up sometime in the spring.
National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates
NAMEPA awards $1,000 scholarships to freshmen entering an engineering program and students transferring from a community college to a four-year engineering program.
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
The National Alliance for Hispanic Health awards scholarships to 35 students with a declared STEM major.
National Association of Hispanic Nurses
More information about NAHN's scholarship programs will be available early next year. This year, eight students interested in nursing won $5,000, and five students won $1,000.