Latinos in Technology Scholarship

How to Apply

1. Starting Sept. 18, 2017, register and login to Apply SVCF, our online application system.

2. Complete your Apply SVCF profile; the system will use your profile information to determine your eligibility for scholarships.

3. If you are eligible, complete the online application. You’ll have to provide education information, extracurricular activity details and financial information.

4. Upload the required application documents, outlined at left.

5. Save, review and finalize your application, then submit by the Nov. 13 deadline!

Frequently Asked Questions

Access our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about using our online application system, scholarship award payments, and more.

Latinos in Technology Scholarship 2018 Timeline

Sept. 18, 2017
Application opens

Nov. 13, 2017
Applications due

Dec. 18, 2017
Notifications sent to students

Jan. 8, 2018
Deadline for recipients to submit Scholarship Acceptance and Agreement Form, along with verification of declared major

January-February 2018
Recipients will work with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley to be considered for internships

June 29, 2018
Deadline for recipients to submit their 2018-19 financial adi award letter, fall 2018 class schedule, and claim scholarship payment

July-October 2018
Award payments sent to recipients' schools

Questions?

Questions about applying?

Contact 650.450.5487 or
scholarships@siliconvalleycf.org

Hispanic FoundationFor Latino(a) students who have a declared major in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related field 

Scholarship Amount

Up to $30,000 (paid over three years, provided renewal eligibility requirements are met)

Number of Scholarships

Up to 100 one-time and renewable scholarships

Scholarship recipients will also be provided internship opportunities with Latinos in Technology Scholarship corporate funders from Silicon Valley

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Background

The Latinos in Technology Scholarship was established by the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, a public foundation dedicated to inspiring community philanthropy and engaging people to invest in the educational achievement and leadership development of a thriving Hispanic community in Silicon Valley. This program will give up to 100 Latino students the support they need to graduate from college; an educational opportunity they would not have access to otherwise. Additionally, scholarship recipients will be considered for summer internships with sponsoring corporate investors. By implementing this program in Silicon Valley, HFSV will be able to directly address the local education gap among Latinos as well as begin to close the high tech employment diversity gap.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be of Latino or Hispanic origin (as defined by U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Have a declared major in and been accepted into a STEM program
  • Current college student entering their junior or senior year in the 2018 academic school year and planning to enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. Preference will be given to full-time and rising junior students.
  • Graduate of a high school in the following Northern California counties: Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Santa Cruz County, Solano County, Sonoma County and Yolo County;
    • OR, a Graduate of a high school not in the above counties, but enrolled at a college/university within the 11 listed counties.
  • Minimum cumulative college grade point average of 2.5
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • United States citizen or eligible non-citizen (eligible non-citizens include United States legal residents and students who have obtained Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)

Required Application Documents

In addition to the Apply SVCF application form, you are required to submit the following application documents to be considered for the Latinos in Technology Scholarship.

1. Personal Statement

Submit your personal statement into your Apply SVCF online application and in 300-500 words address 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 STEM major and profession.

  • Indicate why you believe you are a good candidate for the Latinos in Technology Scholarship.

2. Financial Need Documentation (PDF)

Evidence of financial need must be submitted to Apply SVCF for all SVCF Managed Scholarships accordingly:

  • U.S. Citizens and Legal U.S. Residents: Upload your 2018-19 OR 2017-18 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 fafsa.ed.gov.
     
  • DACA Students: Upload your 2018-19 OR 2017-18 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 dream.csac.ca.gov.

3. Academic Transcripts of Grades (Submit both PDFs and hard copies)

Upload PDF versions of your transcripts to Apply SVCF AND mail hard copy originals (unless your school provides official electronic transcripts) to:

Attn: Scholarships
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040

  • High School Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcript(s)
  • College Transcripts – Submit official transcripts for all college coursework completed

4. One Letter of Reference

Only one letter will be considered by the selection committee and must:

  • Be written by a college professor of a STEM related class
  • Be on official school letterhead

There are two ways to submit your letter of recommendation. 

  1. Obtain the letter of recommendation from your recommender and upload it yourself to your Apply SVCF application.
     
  2. Have your recommenders submit the letter themselves. First, include the name and email address of your recommender in your Apply SVCF application (be sure to ask recommender before providing their information). Then, we will email your recommender and request that they submit their letters to SVCF directly. 

Note: Regardless of your submission method, it is your responsibility to ensure letters are submitted by the deadline. Letters of recommendation which were written for other scholarship or college applications can be used, but must be for the current year.