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Latinos in Technology Scholarship

Scholarship Sponsored by Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Value: $18,000
Awards Available: 1

Although Latinos represent 28% of the total population in Silicon Valley, only 3% are in the high-tech workforce. With 39% of the K-12 student population identified as Latino, we know their talents and perspectives have the potential to transform STEM fields. We seek to do more than level the playing field. We aim to change it.

Supporting Latinos in Tech

Since the start of the program in 2016, we have supported 545 scholars to date and awarded over 800 scholarships. The Latinos in Technology Scholarship supports Latino college students in 3 ways:

  • Financial. We financially support third and fourth-year undergraduate Latino students who have declared a major in a STEM-related field at a 4-year university with scholarships of up to $6,000 renewable for up to 3 years for a total of up to $18,000.
  • Professional Development. Latinos in Technology scholars have the opportunity to participate in our Career Launch Academy, Conexiones Mentorship Program, and other career prep and professional skill-building workshops to develop themselves as young professionals.
  • Internships. We actively work to pipeline our scholars into summer internship programs with our investors.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be of Latino or Hispanic origin
  • 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 upcoming 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 transfer to a 4-year undergraduate college or university in the upcoming academic school year and plan to enroll full-time or part-time. Preference will be given to full-time students and students with sufficient course credits to be classified as rising juniors (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

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