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 2019, in partnership with local and regional higher education institutions, HDF awarded $629,975 in scholarships to 323 students.

Application

The HDF Scholarship Program awards college scholarships to full time students from the Greater Kansas City area.

The 2020 HDF Scholarship application is now open. Click here to apply.

  1. To apply, click on the “Sign Up” button in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  2. Students will first need to complete the GKCCF Scholarship General Application. By doing so, you are also eligible for other scholarships offered by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Last year alone, HDF Scholars also received over $60,000 in additional scholarships.
  3. Once students complete the GKCCF General Application and demonstrate they meet the HDF Scholarship criteria (see below), they will need to complete the HDF Scholarship Application.

We will be accepting applications until March 1, 2020 (11:59pm)

Questions? Contact the Hispanic Development Fund at info@hdfkc.org.

Eligibility and Evaluation

To qualify for an HDF Scholarship, students must:

  1. Be of Hispanic Heritage.
  2. 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.)
  3. Attend/have attended a Greater Kansas City metropolitan area high school for the last three years prior to graduation.
  4. Accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university and working toward an associate, bachelor, or graduate degree. (Applicants attending vocational or trade schools are ineligible.)
  5. Enroll or be enrolled as a full-time student. (A minimum 12 credit hours for undergraduate and 9 credit hours for graduate.)

 

Scholarship applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Proven academic merit as reflected in GPA and answer to essay question.
  2. Demonstrated need for financial assistance as exhibited by family's gross income, size of family, and other financial need.
  3. Demonstrated community involvement as reflected in the application.

Matching Institutions

Our post-secondary partners help foster our mission by matching the scholarships that we award, leveraging more than 90 percent of our scholarship funds annually. 

   

*HDF Scholars are responsible for checking with the financial aid offices at their respective universities to determine the amount the institution will match.*

Named Scholarships

The Hispanic Development Fund recognizes that many individuals and organizations in our Kansas City Metro area want to support Hispanic students in pursuing a post-secondary education. Many of these individuals and organizations have chosen to contribute their funds to the HDF Scholarship Program in order to provide a scholarship in honor of an individual, organization or company.

This is one of the many ways that HDF engages our community in the collective power of philanthropy – it does not require thousands of dollars to support our students. Thus, when you apply for a scholarship through the HDF Scholarship Program you are automatically considered for a scholarship from the entities listed below.

  • Colombian Cultural Association Scholarship 
  • Country Club Bank
  • Flor Maria Rigsby Memorial Scholarship
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City
  • Image de Greater Kansas City
  • Jesse G. and Rebecca R. Rodriguez Scholarship
  • Latino Arts Foundation
  • The Pell Project
  • Mac and Velia Salazar Memorial Scholarship
  • University of Central Missouri Cesar E. Chavez
  • Unión Cultural Mexicana de Kansas City

History

From the beginning, HDF 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 nonprofits 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 of 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. The initial goal was to obtain enough funds to award $30,000 in scholarships annually. Subsequently, a merit and need-based method for reviewing applications was established to ensure the most deserving students received scholarships.  

From 1984 to 2008, the Scholarship Program was administered by LULAC-LNESC. During this time, many knew the HDF Scholarship Program as the "Hispanic Scholarship Fund" or the "LULAC-LNESC Scholarship". The 20-plus years that the scholarship was administered by LULAC was critical to the growth of the Scholarship Program, and the LULAC counselors were key in engaging students and families on the importance of post-secondary education and completing scholarship applications.

The work that was done early on by these counselors in schools across the metro with a high concentration of Latino students is still work that we continue to do today. We know the importance of seeing potential HDF scholars one-on-one in their high schools as a way to inspire and engage students in reaching their post-secondary dreams.

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Benefactors 

  • H&R Block Foundation 
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trustee Donor-Advised Fund
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ramón and Sally Murguía
  • Mr. and Mrs. Rebecca and Phillip Smith

Leaders

  • DST Systems, Inc.
  • Hallmark Cards, Inc.
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Greater Kansas City
  • KCP&L
  • Donnelly College
  • The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas

Familia 

  • Francis Family Foundation
  • Gabriel Hernandez
  • Capitol Federal 

Scholarship Partners  

  • Arvest Bank 
  • Brotherhood Bank & Trust
  • Colombian Cultural Association
  • Dunn Family Foundation
  • Michael & Marlys Haverty
  • Kansas City Kansas Community College
  • McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Margaret H. & Keith Pence
  • Research College of Nursing
  • Rockhurst University
  • University of Kansas Endowment Association
Donors   
  • Arvest Bank 
  • Mr. and Mrs. Gilberto Abreu
  • Patricia Bernal
  • Mr. & Mrs. Richard T. Boeshaar
  • Mr. Miguel A. Carranza & Ms. Christine Thiesfield-Carraza
  • John Cowden
  • Rose M. Farman
  • Daniel L. Fowler
  • Lakresha D. Graham
  • Mr. & Mrs. David Hathman
  • Jesse Hernandez
  • Patricia J. Kelly
  • Mr. Thomas Kodera & Ms. Shirley Scritchfie
  • Randy Lopez
  • Miguel Luevano
  • Mr. Darren Melton & Mrs. Lisa Felzien-Melton
  • Elvira Mendez
  • Paula Mier
  • Maria Mora
  • Ricardo Morado
  • Paula K. Morehouse
  • Mr. & Mrs. Bernard A. Orman Jr.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Chuck Raplinger
  • Raymond Rico
  • Marco & Susan Roldan
  • Catherine R. Thompson
  • Paul J. Thompson
  • Mr. & Mrs. Richard Volin
  • Mr. & Mrs. Leonard C. Williams
  • Mr. & Mrs. James H. Wolf 
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Top Sponsors

  • Ewing Marion KAUFFMAN Foundation
  • UMKC

Benefactors

  • IME BECAS
  • Ramón & Sally Murguía

Leaders

  • DONNELLY COLLEGE
  • Hallmark
  • KCP&L
  • THE ARCHDIOCESE OF KANSAS CITY IN KANSAS
  • W.K.Kellogg Foundation Trustee Donor - Advised Fund

Scholarship Partners

  • Avila University
  • Brotherhood Bank & Trust
  • Capital Federal
  • Gabe Hernandez
  • Garcia Immigration Law Firm, LLC
  • JUNTOS Center for Advancing Latino Health
  • Kansas City Public Schools
  • KU Endowment Association
  • Lathrop & Gage LLP
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Metropolitan Community College Foundation
  • Paleterias Tropicana
  • Councilman Jermaine Reed
  • Rockhurst University
  • University of Saint Mary
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Top Sponsors

  • IME-Becas
  • Ramón & Sally Murguía
  • Margi & Keith Pence
  • Denise & Tony Salazar
  • Rebecca & Phillip Smith
  • The Sosland Foundation
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trustee Donor-Advised Fund

Platinum Sponsors

  • The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
  • Donnelly College
  • Edward F. Swinney Foundation, Bank of America, Trustee
  • Francis Family Foundation
  • H&R Block Foundation
  • Hallmark
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • KCP&L
  • Sprint Foundation

Silver Sponsors

  • Russell & Carolee Atha
  • Avila University
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City
  • Capitol Federal®
  • Garcia Immigration Law Firm, LLC
  • Solorio & Avila Law Firm, LLC
  • University of Missouri - Kansas City
  • University of Saint Mary

Bronze Sponsors

  • Amerigroup Kansas
  • Children’s Mercy
  • Country Club Bank
  • El Centro, Inc.
  • Guadalupe Centers, Inc.
  • Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools
  • Kansas City Public Schools
  • Kansas State University
  • KU Endowment Association
  • Mattie Rhodes Center
  • Metropolitan Community College
  • Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  • Park University
  • Matt & Mayra Raplinger
  • Councilman Jermaine Reed
  • Rockhurst University
  • Mr. Carlos Salazar
  • Shawnee Mission School District
  • Truman Medical Centers
  • UMB Bank
  • University of Missouri

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Greater Kansas City Community Foundation Scholarships
Deadlines Vary

There are over 150 local scholarships to apply for
Apply at https://gkccf.academicworks.com

Hispanic Scholarship Fund 
February 15, 2020 Deadline

For Hispanic high school seniors and undergraduate students
US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
Apply at https://www.hsf.net/scholarship

KC Scholars 
February 28, 2020 Deadline

For current 11th grade students
Be lawfully present in the U.S. or DACA eligible and DACA applied/approved
Apply at https://apply.kcscholars.org/

 

 

The DREAM US Scholarship
March 1, 2020 Deadline

For DREAMers who came to the country before November 1, 2014
Apply at http://www.thedream.us/

Donnelly College – Henry W. Bloch Scholarship 
March 6, 2020 Deadline

Full tuition & fees at Donnelly College and UMKC
Apply at https://www.donnelly.edu/admissions/aid/scholarships

Metropolitan Community College (Penn Valley) – Henry W. Bloch Scholarship
March 6, 2020 Deadline

Full tuition & fees at MCC – Penn Valley and UMKC 
Apply at https://mcckc.edu/foundation/scholarships/bloch.aspx

UCM Cesar E. Chavez Scholarship 
March 1, 2020 Deadline

For graduating Hispanic high school seniors wanting to attend the University of Central Missouri
Apply at https://www.ucmo.edu