Project Connect

The ASI Project Connect offers many opportunities for students of all backgrouds, this includes undocumented students. Project Connect Recruitment and Retention Resource Center is an Associated Students program that exists to empower and involve the student body to promote higher education and facilitate graduation for low income and historically underrepresented communities. This program strives to impace the future generations of San Francisco State University students by sharing with them our university life and experience.

Project connect offers scholarship workshops, opportunities for community involvement and even internships. Their office, if you want to talk to a Project Connect member or get involved, is upstairs to the right of the stairs in the Cezar Chavez Student Center if your facing Jack Adams Hall (their door is surrounded by green paper and TONS of flyers).  Anyone at SF State can apply for these opportunities.

Click here for the link to their many opportunities.



These next scholarships are slightly more specific in that they narrow down selection to major choice. This is why I have attached a multiple scholarships in this post.

1. The American Physical Society (APS) Minority Scholarship aims to help increase the number of under-represented minorities obtaining degrees in physics.  The scholarship  provides funding and mentoring to minority physics students ($2,000 for undergrads), helping them  enhance their education and for successfully prepare for a variety of careers. Requirements:

  • Any African-American, Hispanic American, or Native American U.S. citizen or permanent resident who is majoring or planning to major in physics, and who is a high school senior, college freshman, or sophomore is eligible to apply.
  • You must attach two recommendation forms from math or science teachers/professors, SAT/ACT scores, official transcripts, and a personal statement.


2. The Actuarial Foundation provides the Actuarial Diversity Scholarship to promote diversity through an annual scholarship program for Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American and Pacific Islander students. This scholarship award recognizes and encourages the academic achievements of full-time undergraduate students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession (mathematics, statistics, economics, accounting, etc.). Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Intent of perusing a career in the actuarial profession
  • Must have at least one birth parent who is a member of one of the following minority groups: Black/African American, Hispanic, Native North American, Pacific Islander.
  • Will be (or is) a full time undergraduate or graduate student.
  • 2 letters of recommendation (must be able to e-mail), completion of application, official transcripts, and personal statement.

If you would like to view the requirements and selection process click here.

If you would like to begin the application (there is a preliminary eligibility test asking about your background) click here.

3. The Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) is providing a scholarship of up to $6,000 to encourage young minority women to pursue an education and later a career in the geosciences (geology, meteorology, geosciences, earth science, Physical science, oceanography). It provides financial aid and matches the student with a mentor in the same field who will offer guidance and support. Deadline June 30th. Requirements:

  • Must be a woman who is African-American, Hispanic, or Native American
  • A full-time student who is pursuing an undergraduate degree in the geosciences (geology, geophysics, geochemistry, hydrology, meteorology, physical oceanography, planetary geology, or earth science education) at an accredited college or university.
  • A contributor to the larger world community through her academic and personal strengths
  • The application calls for a statement of academic and career goals, two letters of recommendation, high school and college transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores.


4. The Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship of $5,000 is awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) it is available to an upper-division undergraduate or graduate student of public administration, (governmental) accounting, finance, political science, economics, or business administration (with a specific focus on government or nonprofit management). The purpose of the Minorities in Government Finance Scholarship is to recognize outstanding performance by minority students preparing for careers in state and local government finance. Deadline February 22, 2013.


  • Belong to one of the following groups (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau): Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Hispanic or Latino.
  • Citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada.
  • Recommendation by student’s academic advisor, department chair (undergraduate students), or dean of the graduate program (graduate students).

To read more about GFOA click here or apply

Low GPA?

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Inc.(CHCI)  is an organization that is solely devoted to developing the next generation of latino leaders, their programs serve more than 1,500 young Latinos annually.

CHCI is currently providing a scholarship for undergraduates or graduates attending a four year University who have a desire to continue their community service activities in the future. The best part about this scholarship is that there is NO GPA requirement. As long as you’re Latino, have excellent leadership skills and a passion for your community; you are eligible to apply.

The application deadline is April 16th, 2013, award amount is $2,500

Click here to apply and learn more about CHCI’s scholarship.

Chicana/Latina Foundation Scholarship

Each year the Chicana Latina Foundation (CLF) awards merit-based scholarships to Latina college students, valued at $1,500 dollars each. This year they offering 40 scholarships.

This scholarship opens in the beginning of 2013 and the deadline is march. This scholarship is excellent if you’re looking to get an award as well as involved with the Chicana/Latina community while learning valuable leadership and policy skills (continue reading). Candidates must:

  • Be a woman of Chicana/Latina Heritage
  • Be enrolled in a college, and have lived at least two years, in one of the Norther California counties listed (includes San Francisco)
  • Be enrolled full time, and 2.5 GPA
  • Commit to attending the CLF Leadership institute (one weekend after being selected)
  • Commit to 10 hours of community service for CLF after being selected

This all-in-one scholarship sounds like a pretty sweet deal! Apply

Chemistry and Community

This scholarship is provided by ACS the American Chemical Society. ACS is a congressionally chartered independent membership organization, which represents professionals in the field of chemistry.  This scholarship specifically targets the Latino community. However, it is more selective than the ones mentioned in the previous posts, in that the only students eligible to apply are majors in the field of chemistry. WAIT! Before you scroll down chemistry is a larger field than you think the majors accepted include:

  • Agricultural Chemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Ceramic Science/Chemistry/Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Technology
  • Environmental Science/Engineering (must be chemistry-based)
  • Forensic Science/Chemistry
  • Food Science (not nutrition)
  • Industrial Chemistry
  • Materials Science or Petroleum Engineering
  • Nanotechnology or Nano Science
  • Paper and Pulp Technology
  • Toxicology

Take a look and learn how to apply

Are you and undocumented (AB540) student? If so ASI has got you covered!

The Associated Students Incorporated knows what their doing when it comes to scholarships.

The ASI scholarship award is available from september 1st 2012 to February 15th 2013. Each award is worth up to $1,000. You must be at minimum enrollment of part-time status, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.

One personal statement essay and one letter of recommendation.

Application PDF

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

HSF is a non-profit organization who works to increase the number of Hispanic college graduates by providing scholarships and assistance to students and their families. This is a great website if your not-so-sure on a major or interest. This scholarship has more relaxed requirements:

  • Be a community college, undergraduate or graduate student
  • Be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or an eligible non-citizen
  • Have plans to enroll FULL-TIME at a two or four year U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands or Guam in the upcoming academic year.
  • Be pursuing first undergraduate or graduate degree

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Scholarship

Here’s a unique site for scholarships. I say unique because it caters to only a select few schools, therefore boosting your chances of getting this award.

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities awards scholarships to students who are currently enrolled or plan on attending an HACU member or partner college or university (SFSU). Applicants must meet specific program requirements in order to be eligible. Awards range, based on the program, from $500 to $2,000 a year. HACU provides an online scholarship resource list.

Applications for the 2013-2014 academic year will be available at in spring 2013 and can be completed on-line. You may also contact for more information.

Interesting fact:

Of every two people added to the nation’s population between July 1, 2008, and July 1, 2009, was Hispanic. There were 1.4 million Hispanics added to the population during the period.
Source: U.S. Census Breau

A Surprising Truth

A Surprising Truth

45% and thats a record. If this statistic surprises you (as it should) then you might think we need to do something about it. I propose we continue the growth of the college going Latino community. This blog is designed to give Latino students a resource to go to for scholarships and even advice on financial aid.  Throughout this project I will be posting scholarship info for the Latino community, specifically San Francisco State enrollees. In my next updates I will grab info for SFSU’s very website. Stay tuned.