When I applied for college, I was concerned about how I’d pay for school. I was advised by my college counselor to complete the FAFSA, and I did. But in the pit of my stomach I knew it would not be enough. That I may not be able to pursue a bachelors degree like I planned.
My initial hunch was right. After months of waiting for my financial aid package from UMass Amherst, my soon-to-be alma mater, I finally called the financial aid office and was informed that they never received my FAFSA.
“We can’t give you aid without it,” the rep stated blanky.
I hung up and burst into tears.
Fortunately, I was able to pull it together in time. Turns out, I never selected UMass Amherst as a school to receive my paperwork. My loans were stacked and I still needed more funds. That’s when the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) came to my rescue. I learned of the scholarship via the new student counseling center at UMass Amherst. Soon, I applied for a scholarship and was awarded enough money to pay for my first year of school. And off I went to college in August of 1996 (eek!).
How many Hispanic students experience similar financial strain and anxiety when applying to college? Too many, even though they don’t have to. The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is still in existence and stronger than ever. They’ve partnered with Coca-Cola to provide even bigger financial scholarship awards to Hispanic college students. How much? How about $300,000 worth.
From now until October 31, 2012, The Coca-Cola Company and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) are encouraging students ages 16 and above to apply now for a scholarship. Students can apply for a scholarship at HSF by answering three essay questions. In these questions, they must reflect on how their heritage affects their career goals, the importance of education in their lives, and any community service experience.
Get to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and apply today! You have until October 31. Let the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and The Coca Cola Company come to your education’s rescue.
This post is compensated and in collaboration with Coca-Cola and Latina Bloggers Connect.