Latinos in Technology Scholarship

Application Instructions

How to Apply

To apply for the Latinos in Technology Scholarship, you will be required to complete an online application. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you start gathering your required documents and begin the application process at least three to four weeks before the Wednesday, December 7 application deadline.

Step 1
Thoroughly review the scholarship Background, Eligibility Requirements, and Application Instructions for the 2017 Latinos in Technology Scholarship and bookmark or print the pages so that you can use these as a reference throughout the application process.

Step 2
Gather the supporting documents listed in the Required Materials and Guidelines section.

Step 3
Create an applySVCF account by registering for a username and password at applySVCF. Be sure to save your username and password!

Please note: You will be able to save and return to your application at any time (prior to submitting your application or the deadline) by using your log-in information.

Step 4
Complete the online application. The online application consists of four pages: 

  • Page 1 captures your personal and academic information, which is used to match you to scholarships for which you may be eligible;
  • Page 2 captures the activities (school, community or work related) that you have been involved in, and any awards or honors that you may have received;
  • Page 3 captures your and/or your family’s financial information;
  • Page 4 captures program-specific information to determine your eligibility for particular scholarships. This is also where you will upload all the required attachments and type your personal of 300 – 500 words addressing the following prompts:
    • Discuss your intended major and career goals within the specific STEM field that you are interested in and any factors that influenced your interest in that area.
    • Comment on your personal characteristics, the educational and extracurricular activities that have helped prepare you for a major and career in your specific field of interest within STEM.
    • Reflect on your personal journey (significant accomplishments, challenges and/or hardships) and any life lessons that you think will help you succeed in your stated major and profession.
    • Indicate why you believe you are a good candidate for the Latinos in Technology Scholarship.
    • Sign and date your personal statement.

Step 5
Upload required attachments. All required attachments must be saved in Word doc or PDF format. Each individual file must be labeled with your last name, first name and middle initial (if applicable) and a description of the item being uploaded. (For example, smith-john-b-personal-statement, smith-john-b-letters-of-reference, etc.)

Refer to the Required Materials and Guidelines section for complete information about acceptable forms of required attachments.\

Step 6
Review, edit where necessary and submit your online application.

Caution! Once you hit “SUBMIT” you will not be able to make changes or add attachments to your application, so make sure you have thoroughly reviewed your application for completeness and have uploaded the appropriate required attachments. Use the check-list provided for you in the Application Instructions section to ensure your application is complete.

Required Materials

Guidelines for Required Materials

Guidelines for Required Materials For The Latinos in Technology Scholarship

1. Online Application
Online applications must be complete to be considered. Fill out information on all fields. Do not leave any field blank, as all information is required to determine your eligibility for the scholarship for which you are applying. If the item does not apply to you, type N/A. You may upload an additional document for activities, awards and honors, and employment sections, if necessary. However, the attachment does not replace this part of the application and must follow the application format.

2. Letter of Reference
Upload a PDF of one signed and dated letter of reference as instructed below. Only one letter will be considered by the selection committee.

  • Letter must come from a college professor of STEM related class and must be on official school letterhead.

3. Academic Transcripts
Upload PDF’s of the transcripts as instructed below.

Request your transcripts early as it may take four to six weeks for these to be generated. Ask your school if they generate electronic official transcripts that can be turned into PDFs. Screen shots or Internet-generated transcripts will not be accepted.

  • Official college transcript(s) for all coursework completed.
  • Unofficial high school transcripts.

All students must submit PDFs and hard copy originals of their transcripts. To submit an official transcript, break the seal on your official transcript, scan and upload this document as a PDF, and mail the hard copy original(s) to Attn: Scholarships, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, 2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300, Mountain View, CA 94040.

4. Financial Need Documentation
Evidence of financial need must be submitted for all community foundation managed scholarship programs.

Do not assume you won’t be eligible for any federal or state financial aid. Many institutional and private scholarships require that you complete the FAFSA to be considered for these types of awards. If your or your family’s financial situation drastically changes, your financial aid office will have your FAFSA application on file and you will be able to request an appeal. By appealing a financial aid award, some students are able to secure thousands of dollars in additional grants and student loans.

U.S. Citizens and Legal U.S. Residents

  • 2017-2018 Student Aid Report (SAR). This includes the summary of your answers to the FAFSA and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Updated information regarding the FAFSA application can be found online at

DACA Students

  • 2017-2018 California Dream Act Application. This includes the summary of your answers to the application and your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Updated information regarding the California Dream Act Application can be found online at


Please remember to:

  • Complete all four sections of the online application
  • Format all of the required attachments into Word docs or PDF format
  • Label each required attachment with your last name, first name and middle initial (if applicable) and a description of the item being uploaded
  • Upload a signed and dated personal statement
  • Upload one letter of reference on letterhead
  • Upload the official college and unofficial high school transcripts
  • Upload financial need documentation (FAFSA and SAR, or CA Dream Act Application)
  • Submit the online application for the scholarship

Key Dates

2016 Latinos in Technology Scholarship

Monday, October 3, 2016

Online application opens

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Deadline for online application submission (for the 2017-2018 academic school year)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Notifications sent to students

Friday, May 5, 2017

Deadline for award recipients to submit Scholarship Acceptance and Agreement Form and enrollment verification to SVCF for payment processing

September – October 2017

Scholarship payments mailed to recipients' schools