HDF Trade/Certificate Scholarship Program

The purpose of this scholarship fund is to support talented Hispanic high school students who are focused on pursuing a career in a manufacturing trade or technical profession.

Students eligible for assistance must be:

  1. Be of Hispanic/Latino heritage
  2. High school senior, or currently enrolled in a trade or certificate program at Metropolitan Community College, Johnson County Community College, or Kansas City Kansas Community College, and:
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 2.0 (unweighted),
  4. Plan to pursue a manufacturing or trade degree (Associate in Applied Science or certificate trade program), and
  5. Attend or have attended a Greater Kansas City metropolitan area high school for the last three years prior to graduation.
  6. Graduating or have graduated from a Greater Kansas City metropolitan area high school or obtain a general equivalency diploma (GED) from a local organization. (The Greater Kansas City metropolitan area is generally defined as Clay, Jackson,
  7. Platte, Johnson and Wyandotte counties.)
  8. Community service and extracurricular activities are a plus.

Supplemental Questions
  1. What was your GPA the fall semester of your senior year?
  2. Please answer the following essay questions (maximum 150 words each):
    • A. Why do you think a trade/technical program is the right path for you? How would the HDF Scholarship help you achieve your career goals?
    • B. Do you have any barriers to paying for college courses? If so, please describe these barriers.
    • C. Tell us a little about yourself. What drives you to succeed? What strategies will you use to ensure your success as an HDF Scholar?
  3. Please list the name and contact information of a character reference. Please inform this individual that you are providing this information here and that an HDF staff member may contact them.