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HDF Scholarship Program

From the beginning, the Hispanic Development Fund has focused on a critical need that emanated directly from the community: developing a scholarship program to empower Hispanic students to attend and graduate from college. It was also considered important from the very beginning to make this a community-wide effort, relying on other Latino nonprofit organizations to assist with the review of applications and pooling of resources. Additionally, the scholarship effort stressed to all students the importance of giving back to the Latino community and engaging as community leaders. In 1984, HDF awarded its first scholarships by giving $100 each to 100 students through a separately named Hispanic Scholarship Fund. In 2021, in partnership with local and regional higher education institutions, HDF awarded $788,150 in scholarships to 405 students.


2021-22 HDF Scholarship Application will open December 1, 2021.

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To qualify for an HDF Scholarship, students must be of Hispanic/Latino Heritage along with the following requirements.

Graduating/have graduated from a Greater Kansas City metropolitan area high school or obtain a general equivalency diploma (GED) from a local organization. (The Greater Kansas City metropolitan area is generally defined as Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, Johnson and Wyandotte counties.)

Attend/have attended a Greater Kansas City metropolitan area high school for the last three years prior to graduation.

Accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university and working toward an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree.

Enroll or be enrolled as a full-time student. (A minimum 12 credit hours for undergraduate and 9 credit hours for graduate.)

For students looking to apply to our Trade School/Certification Program Scholarship click here.


Scholarship applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

Proven academic merit as reflected in GPA and answer to essay question.

Demonstrated need for financial assistance as exhibited by family's gross income, size of family, and other financial need.

Demonstrated community involvement as reflected in the application.

Named Scholarships

Ad Astra Scholarship

Alfredo and Amalia Murguia Family Scholarship

Colombian Cultural Association Scholarship

Contigo Centro Legal Scholarship 

Country Club Bank Scholarship

Cuauhtémoc Sanchez and Rosario Gómez Family Scholarship

Dr. Florez Health Professional Scholarship

EAKC Brightening Your Future Scholarship

Flor Maria Rigsby Memorial Scholarship

Hispanic Bar Association of Greater
Kansas City Scholarship

Inspire KC

John and Adela Ochoa Memorial Scholarship 

Jesse G. and Rebecca R. Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship

Julie Ontiveros St.John/Deborah Douglas Gutierrez Memorial Scholarship

Licha la Luchona Scholarship

Lorenzo and Juanita Orozco Memorial Scholarship

Mac and Velia Salazar Family Scholarship

Maria Fierro Memorial Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. Aniseto & Felipa Herrera
Family Scholarship

Mr. Brian Herrera Education Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. John & Rita Herrera Family Scholarship

The Pell Project Scholarship

Union Cultural Mexicana Social Club Scholarship

University of Central Missouri Cesar E. Chavez

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