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Education is where it’s at and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund has been doing it’s part since 1975 to empower Latino families toward successfully completing a higher education through scholarships and various other resources.
As a life long learner, I know the value education can bestow on anyone ready to learn and grow. Unfortunately, not all education is created equal and the road toward a college degree can be challenging and costly. Thankfully there are organizations like the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to help along the way.
As a daughter of Mexican immigrants, and first generation American, I know the struggles associated with being a first generation college student, all too well. Thankfully I was blessed with supportive, hard working parents who taught me to be inquisitive about my options, push toward my dreams, and to aim higher than anything they could have dreamt for themselves. As all parents, they wanted better for their children, which is part of what drew them to the States and the American dream.
And what a dream it has been. My parents both grew up in blue collar homes and settled into blue collar jobs themselves. And while they would’ve been proud if any of their three children ended up with blue collar lives, they encouraged us to push past what was, to what could be, and we all hold white collar jobs now. Not that white collar jobs are better than blue collar jobs, it’s simply about truly knowing and embracing that you have a choice to be whatever you want to be.
Unfortunately choice takes effort, and when it comes to higher education, it also takes money. Trying to navigate all of that is hard enough, but when you add possible language barriers (like my parents who speak Spanish), financial constraints, and the general learning curve that comes from being the first in the family to pursue something new, it can all seem very daunting.
Thankfully organizations like the Hispanic Scholarship Fund are here to help with over 150 types of scholarships, which to date have resulted in over $470 million in scholarships. They also provide various resources along the way to not only aid in successfully completing your educational goals, but in providing access to internships & mentoring opportunities with other organizations to help provide a well rounded start.
As a girl from humble beginnings, who’s seen the value of manual labor through my parent’s eyes and through my own hands as a migrant farm worker, I not only owe my BA & MS to my parents, teachers, and counselors who took time with me along the way, but to organizations like the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for helping this one time newbie, navigate all the paperwork, bills, and hurdles that popped up along the way. So thanks Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. for helping expand the Hispanic Scholarship Funds mission as an official partner.
And if you, or someone you know could benefit from a scholarship and/or access to educational resources, please have them check out the Hispanic Scholarship Fund ASAP as applications close at the end of March.
How has the Hispanic Scholarship Fund helped further your education dream and/or that of your family’s?
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