How to Apply to Spring LITS Cohort
1. Starting January 1, 2021, register and login to Apply SVCF, our online application system. Applications are due April 13, 2021
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 you application, then submit by the due date.
6. If you applied to the Fall cohort, please DO NOT re-apply to the Spring cohort.
Latinos in Technology Scholarship Spring Cohort Timeline – 2021
January 1, 2021
April 13, 2021
January – June 2021
Recipients will work with the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley to be considered for STEM internships
September 30, 2021
Due date for recipients to sign and submit Scholarship Acceptance and Agreement Form, along with enrollment verification documents. These documents and forms are needed before SVCF can mail scholarship award payments.
For Latino(a) students who have a declared major in a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-related field
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
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.
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
Students with the following enrollment statuses are eligible to apply:
Current college students entering their junior or senior year at a 4-year undergraduate college or university in the 2021 - 2022 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.
Current community college students transferring to a 4-year undergraduate college or university in the 2021 - 2022 academic school year and planning to enroll on a full-time or part-time basis. Preference will be given to full-time students and students with sufficient course credits to be classified as a rising junior (60 semester units or 90 quarter units).
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 3.0
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)
Note: DACA recipients who are also A.B. 540 students are eligible to apply
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 application and in at least 500, but no more than 850 words, address all of 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 accordingly:
U.S. Citizens and Legal U.S. Residents: Upload your 2021-22 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 2021-22 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. Unofficial or Official Transcripts of Grades (Submit only PDFs)
Upload PDF versions of your unofficial or official transcripts to Apply SVCF under the appropriate transcript field or Confirmation tab at the end of the application.
Only mail a hard copy if your school will not issue unofficial or official transcripts directly to students. Hard copy transcripts can be mailed to the address below:
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300
Mountain View, CA 94040
If your school provides official electronic transcripts, they can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
High School Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcript(s)
- NOTE: High school transcripts are required to verify graduation from school within the qualified counties; the GPA is not considered or scored during the selection process.
- College Transcripts – Submit unofficial 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.
Obtain the letter of recommendation from your recommender and upload it yourself to your Apply SVCF application.
- 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.