Hispanic Development Fund (Current College Students)

For more than 38 years, the Hispanic Development Fund Scholarship Program has encouraged Hispanic/Latinx youth to attend college and accomplish their personal goals by awarding more than 4,900 scholarships totaling over $8 million to Kansas City-area students.

To qualify for an HDF Scholarship, students must:

  • Be of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage.
  • Graduating/have graduated from a Greater Kansas City metropolitan area high school or obtain a general equivalency diploma (GED or HiSET) from a local organization. (The Greater Kansas City metropolitan area is generally defined as Cass, Clay, Jackson, Platte, in Missouri. Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.)
  • Attend/have attended a Greater Kansas City metropolitan area high school for the last three years prior to graduation.
  • Accepted or enrolled in a fully accredited college or university and working toward an associate, trade/certificate, bachelor, or graduate degree.
  • Enroll or be enrolled as a full-time student. (A minimum 12 credit hours for undergraduate and 9 credit hours for graduate. Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed for part time enrollment.)
  • U.S Citizenship/Residency is not required to apply.

Scholarship applications are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Proven academic merit as reflected in GPA and answer to essay question.
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance as exhibited by family’s gross income, size of family, and other financial need.
  • Demonstrated community involvement as reflected in the application.
  • Applications are reviewed anonymously by the scholarship review committee.

For more information about the Hispanic Development fund, click here

Varies (average award is $1,000)
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a past HDF Scholarship Program recipient?
  2. If so, what year(s) did you receive the scholarship?
  3. If you selected other, what years did you receive the scholarship?
  4. If you are a graduate student, where did you earn your undergraduate degree, and in what major?
  5. If you are a graduate student, what is your anticipated graduation date?
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