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 2020, in partnership with local and regional higher education institutions, HDF awarded $689,000 in scholarships to 325 students.
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.
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
John and Adela Ochoa Memorial Scholarship
Jesse G. and Rebecca R. Rodriguez Memorial Scholarship
Lorenzo and Juanita Orozco Memorial Scholarship
Mac and Velia Salazar Family Scholarship
Maria Fierro Memorial Scholarship
Mr. and Mrs. Aniseto & Felipa Herrera
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