The cost of higher education is constantly on the rise, making financing a college degree extremely difficult for many families. This is particularly true of the Latino community. In fact, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, 77% of Latinos say that the cost of education is a key reason why they do not go to college or fail to finish once they have started. In effort to close the academic achievement gap, LNESC partners with corporations and grassroots organizations to provide high-need students with scholarship dollars.
LNESC provides a number of important scholarship opportunities, which include awards that range in award amount and have varying eligibility criteria. Some scholarships are available to all post-secondary students regardless of major while others are available to students pursuing specific degrees. For more information on our annual scholarship programs, please click on the opportunities below:
Since 1973, LNESC has awarded over $30 million in scholarships through the LULAC National Scholarship Fund and its specialized scholarships, including:
- The ExxonMobil Engineering Scholarship awarding 117 students $396,000 since 2014
- The Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship awarding more than 1,785 students over $3,580,000 since 2016
- The NBCUniversal Media Scholarship awarding 80 students $400,000 since 2015
- The Macy’s Emergency Scholarship Fund awarding over 215 students $108,000 since 2015
The ExxonMobil Engineering Scholarship helped alleviate a financial burden that was made much worse due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before I received the award, I had been unable to find paid work and the apprehension associated with losing the ability to aid in the cost of my academics truly worried me. This scholarship helped put me at ease as it would go towards relieving some of the burden of my collegiate expenses.
– Eloy, Columbia University, Biomedical Engineering
The Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship offered me the support to pursue a higher education at Texas Tech University, with less financial stress and more freedom to explore my academic interests. From this, I was able to apply and earn admittance to a guaranteed acceptance medical program within the state of Texas. This scholarship also allowed me to secure a position in a research lab, take a wide variety of college courses, live on campus, and participate in extra-curricular activities. As Vice President of the student organization Widening Horizons, I am in the unique position to offer support and college advice to disadvantaged elementary and middle school students within the Lubbock, Texas school district.
– Lillian, Texas Tech University, Pre-med Psychology
As an immigrant, a minority, and a woman in STEM, my academic path was often uphill and with many obstacles. The generosity of the LULAC National Scholarship Fund gave me much financial relief which allowed me to succeed academically, to be very involved in my community, and to pursue my passions throughout my college career. This ultimately led me to achieve my goal of being accepted into medical school in hopes of one day becoming a physician to inspire other students and to help correct the disparities minorities face in medicine.
– Paola, University of Texas at El Paso, Biological Sciences with Biomedical Concentration
The Macy’s Emergency Scholarship Fund helped me to focus on my studies while at the same time alleviating financial stress on my family. I am grateful for the opportunity because I am able to complete my BSN and pursue my Master’s degree in nursing.
– Opeyemi, University of South Alabama, Nursing
Because of this scholarship, I was able to complete my bachelor’s degree on time and graduate without any debt. I did not have to worry about finding a job at the time and could concentrate on my academics instead. Thanks to the NBCUniversal Media Scholarship, I could continue onto grad school since the money my parents had saved up for my education was not used on my bachelor’s degree.
– Cristina, Dallas Baptist University, International Studies