Frequently Asked Questions


To be eligible for the Youth Awards, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2020)
  • Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.5 on a 10.0 scale
  • Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2020-2021
  • Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
  • If selected, attendance to regional awards ceremony is mandatory and travel is at the recipient’s expense
  • Be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA

If I am not a high school rising senior, can I apply for the Youth Awards?

No. Our Youth Awards program is only open to rising high school seniors who will be graduating high school in the Spring of 2020.

If I'm currently enrolled in college or someone that does not qualify for a Youth Awards what other opportunities does the HHF offer?

We highly encourage students to join our Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) Network. This is where we keep our members informed about opportunities on entry level jobs, scholarships & grant opportunities; students can also keep in touch with other young professionals with similar interests. Join LOFT Network:

Can I apply if I am getting my GED?

Yes. If you are under the age of 21 and are receiving your GED, you are eligible for the Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards.

What does HHF consider to be Hispanic/Latino ancestry?

If you or one of your parents can directly trace your ancestry to Latin America, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, the Spanish speaking Caribbean or the Philippines, then you qualify for this award.

What is an un-weighted GPA?

AP and IB classes give greater point weight to their grades which can result in GPAs over a 4.0. For the purpose of the Youth Awards, we look at un-weighted averages. This levels the playing field for students whose schools do not offer many AP or IB classes.

What if my school does not use a 4 point grading scale?

Some schools use a 10 point grading scale. A 7.5 GPA is equivalent to 3.0.


Letter of Recommendation

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GPA Verification Form

Download GPA Verification Form (PDF, 152kB)

Essay Questions

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Are you submitting documents for a student applicant?

If you are submitting a Letter of Recommendation or GPA Verification form for a student applicant, please submit the documents here.


What are the 2019 Youth Award Regions?

  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Miami, FL
  • New York, NY
  • Northern CA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Puerto Rico
  • Washington DC

Can I apply to more than one region?

No. You can only apply to one (and only one) region. If selected for the Youth Awards, you MUST be willing and able to attend the event at your own cost. Attendance is absolutely mandatory for all selected students to receive their grants.

What are the 2019 Youth Award Categories?

The 2019 categories include, but are not limited to: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment and Technology & Engineering.

* Categories are subject to change. Please check the web site for more information.

Can I apply to more than one category?

Yes. The more categories you apply to, the more chances you have of winning. Please note you can only apply to ONE region.

What is my YA ID (Youth Award ID)?

Your Youth Award ID or YA ID is used internally to track your applications. This is found on the center of your online application form and upper right corner on the PDF version of your completed application. Please note, if you apply to multiple YA categories, you will have multiple YA IDs.

What is considered a complete application?

In order for your application to be complete we must have the following

  1. Completed Youth Awards Application
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. GPA Verification form (Available for download during your application process)

Your letter of recommendation and GPA verification will need to be uploaded and your application submitted in order for it be considered complete.

My school won't release my GPA verification form or letter of recommendation to me. What should I do?

If your school will only mail GPA verification forms or letters of recommendation directly to colleges and grant giving organizations, then ask them to mail them to us.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation
(YA ID #)
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 7111 7th Floor
Washington, DC 20004

The online application can provide you with a link to share with your school to submit the required documents.

If I have submitted an application online, can I go back and change the details?

No, you cannot change application details, but you can delete the application and submit another in its place. You can, however, still edit your Personal Information section at any point.


When are Award Recipients Selected?

  • The regional award recipients will be selected and informed in October/November. Regional Awards Ceremonies take place during November/December. You must agree to attend the Regional Award Ceremony at your own expense in order to be eligible to receive your award.
  • National Youth Award Recipients are announced in late December or early January.

Is this a one-time grant?

Yes, this is a one-time grant.

How do we find out if we are chosen to receive a grant?

HHF will notify all recipients at least 2 weeks prior to the regional ceremony.

What do Award Recipients Receive?

  • Regional Youth Award recipients receive: $1,000 to $3,500 educational grant to use for their college education or to fund a community service effort.
  • National Youth Award recipients receive: all expense paid trip to the National Youth Awards ceremony (Location TBA).

What other educational grants can help me advance my education?

Visit our website and join our LOFT Network for more scholarship and educational grant information.

DOs and DON’Ts


Do consult with your parents before choosing a region where travel would be involved. Remember travel is at your own expense.

Do read all instructions.

Do complete the application (Upload your letter of recommendation & GPA verification form).

Do apply for more than one category.

Do put your YA ID on your all your documents this includes your letter of recommendation and GPA verification form.


Don't skip any steps.

Don't rush through your application.

Don't apply to more than one region.