Now we're in the most anxiety-producing part of the application process - writing the essay response. We know that many people struggle with the writing process. We also know that the requirement to respond to an essay question that:
Might require research, e.g., the National Fire Sprinkler Association requires you to do research on a specific law then state an opinion.
The pool for potential minority scholarship applicants is actually quite large considering that almost everyone in the United States can qualify for one minority scholarship or another. Even if a person's race or gender does not fit into the standard minority definition, there are some more non-traditional minority scholarships like a left-handed scholarship and a scholarship for those who are 4'10" tall or shorter. There are also several scholarships presented by associations who back gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students' rights as minorities.
Regardless of the fact that the Hispanic population now outnumbers that of African Americans in the United States, the percentage of Hispanics that attend college at any level remains alarmingly imbalanced.
Not only do many college and university programs, especially four-year and graduate, remain quite lacking in diversity, but statistics overwhelmingly show that Hispanics receive less scholarship and grant money and those that do pursue education beyond high school often stop at a technical or two-year degree.
For most Hispanic females, cultural norms may prove the staunchest adversaries. Hispanic women have traditionally stayed home and raised families, but contemporary women of all backgrounds want more. Girls, for this express reason you have untold scholarship riches. Minority female students with a passion for science, math, or computers have more leverage than almost any other demographic when it comes to winning money for college. That's power.
For the hands down largest ethnic minority group in America, Hispanics face formidable challenges when it comes to higher education. Those students that do not wrestle with English have other barriers to negotiate: cultural, social, familial, and economic. However tough these obstacles seem there is a ray of hope: there is a bounty of scholarship opportunities for Hispanics.