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Frequently Asked Questions

ELIGIBILITY

 

To be eligible for the Youth Awards, you must:
  • Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2021
  • 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 2021-2022
  • Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
  • If selected, attendance to the virtual ceremony is mandatory
  • Be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA

No. Our Youth Awards program is only open to rising high school seniors who will be graduating high school in the Spring of 2021.

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: LOFTnetwork.org

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

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.

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.

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

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

 

Letter of Recommendation

Download Letter of Recommendation (PDF, 166kB)

SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT

Download School Transcript (PDF, 140kB)

Essay Questions

Download Essay Questions (PDF, 164kB)

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

APPLICATION

The deadline to apply is December 6th, 2020.

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The 2020 categories include, but are not limited to: Business & Finance, Education, Engineering, Entrepreneurship, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Social Justice and Technology.

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

Yes. The more categories you apply to, the more chances you have of winning.

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. You will also receive an email with your Youth Award ID. Please note, if you apply to multiple YA categories, you will have multiple YA IDs.

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

  1. Completed Youth Awards Application
  2. Letter of Recommendation
  3. School Transcript (official or unofficial)

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

If your school will only mail school transcripts or letters of recommendation directly to colleges and grant giving organizations, then ask them to mail them to us, email us at yadocs@hispanicheritage.org or send it directly to us electronically at https://hhfawards.hispanicheritage.org/2020/forms/upload-docs.php.

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

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.

AWARDS

  • The regional award recipients will be selected and informed in January. Virtual Awards Ceremonies take place during February/March. You must agree to participate in the Virtual Award Ceremony to be eligible to receive your award.
  • National Youth Award Recipients are announced in late March.

Yes, this is a one-time grant.

HHF will notify recipients at least two weeks prior to the virtual ceremony.

  • Youth Award recipients will receive up to a $1,000 educational grant to use for their college education or to fund a community service effort.
  • National Youth Award recipients will be celebrated at the National Youth Awards ceremony.

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

DOs and DON’Ts

 

DOs
  • Do read all instructions.
  • Do complete the application (Upload your letter of recommendation & school transcript).
  • Do apply for more than one category.
  • Do put your YA ID on all your documents, this includes your letter of recommendation and school transcript.

 

DON’Ts
  • Don't skip any steps.
  • Don't rush through your application.