Youth Awards Application

Application Deadline: December 2nd, 2019 for Puerto Rico only

NOTICE: The 2019 Youth Awards Application is closed for all regions except Puerto Rico. No more applications will be accepted for Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Northern California, Phoenix, or Washington, DC.

If you have any questions, please contact us at info@hispanicheritage.org.

Application deadline for Puerto Rico will be December 2nd, 2019.

- The Youth Awards Team

ATENCIÓN: Informamos que el proceso de postulación para los Premios a la Excelencia Juvenil Hispana 2019 en PUERTO RICO SE MANTENDRÁ ABIERTO hasta el 2 de diciembre de 2019.

Asimismo, ratificamos que los procesos de postulación para Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Ángeles, Miami, Nueva York, el norte de California, Phoenix y Washington, D.C., han CONCLUIDO por lo que no se aceptarán más solicitudes.

About Youth Awards

The Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Now entering its 21st year, the Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, and Technology & Engineering.

Gold, Silver and Bronze recipients are selected in each category and receive a one-time grant to fund their college education or to fund a community service effort that tackles a social issue. Students are then positioned as role models in their community at local ceremonies with an audience of business leaders, elected officials, local organizations and our sponsors.

Once selected, recipients will be celebrated at 10 regional ceremonies across the country including: Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Northern CA, Phoenix, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., and will become part of our broader HHF network of 100,000+ professionals and fulfill our unique cycle of leadership where we meet America's priorities in the classroom and workforce.

The Youth Awards program is the main pipeline to Hispanic Heritage Foundation's (HHF) system of talent that prepares and positions Latino youth through the award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program as they transition from high school, to college, to graduate school, and into their careers. Follow LOFT on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Application Deadline: December 2nd, 2019 for Puerto Rico only

Youth Awards Application


  • 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


  • Business & Entrepreneurship
  • Community Service
  • Education
  • Healthcare & Science
  • Media & Entertainment
  • Technology & Engineering


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


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