The Institute of Hispanic Culture (IHCH) is now accepting applications for scholarships that will be granted to high school, college, and medical school students for the 2020-2021 academic year. Scholarship funds will be up to $ 2000.00

GOAL: The goal of the Scholarships Committee is to reflect the Mission of The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston, which is:

  1. To celebrate and empower the Hispanic Community by promoting arts, culture and education.
  2. To help Hispanic students fulfill their higher education aspirations in any field of expertise.


  1. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, legal residents of the U.S.A., or DACA elegible non-citizens as defined by F AFSA. Students with student visas are not eligible.
  2. They must be residents of the greater Houston Metropolitan area and be enrolled or anticipate to enroll in an accredited junior college, college or university in Texas.
  3. High school students need to submit an official transcript from their high school(s) time they submit their application. College or junior college students may submit a copy of their transcripts from all colleges or universities they have attended. An official transcript will be required if selected.
  4. Graduate students may submit a copy of their transcripts. An official transcript will be required if selected.
  5. With each application, the student should enclose two letters of recommendation written in the form provided by the IHCH in two sealed envelopes signed on the back by the recommending instructor.
  6. High School students must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or its equivalent if GPA is based on a scale of 4. If GPA is based on a scale of 5, students must have an grade point average of 3.3.
  7. High school students whose transcript does not show a GPA score or class rank should get a written statement from a school official indicating what the student’s GPA is, the rating scale that has been used and the student’s class rank. Such statement must be on school letterhead paper.
  8. College or junior college students must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or its equivalent. Students from colleges or universities that do not  include a GPA score on transcripts (Rice University, for example) must write their GPA equivalent to the standard national GPA on the application form.
  9. The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to require evidence of financial need (e.g.income tax returns).
  10. Applicants must participate in an interview in English or Spanish. In addition, students will be required to write and submit a short essay in English or Spanish (maximum 300 words).
  11. College students must take at least 9 hours per semester during the semester they use the scholarship.
  12. High School applicants must have completed three years of Spanish or the equivalent (such as CLEP, AP, IB, and SAT II). Preference will be given to High School students who have completed AP or IB Spanish courses.
  13. Preference will be given to College students who have a minimum of three college Spanish courses or who have received credit for Basic and Intermediate level Spanish and are pursuing Spanish Advanced courses.
  14. All college students must have declared their major or minor by their sophomore year.
  15. To be considered for another one-year scholarship, previous IHCH scholarship recipients must reapply and comply with all the conditions listed under General Requirements.


Scholarship recipients are encouraged but not required to do volunteer work with th e IHCH and to participate in the IHCH programs and events during the term in which the scholarship is used. The duration and conditions of their volunteer comitment will be determined by the student and the Scholarship Committee.


  1. Applications may be submitted by mail, postmarked no later than May 30th , 2020.
  2. For the application to be accepted it must be fully completed and it should include:
    • Transcript(s) Official transcript will be required if selected.
    • (2) letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes, with the signature of the
      person writing the recommendation on the back of the envelope.
    • Financial Information – FAFSA report or income tax report.
    • Copy of college aceptance letter or proof of enrollment for the 2020-2021
      calendar year.
  3. Scholarship awards must be used for the 2020-2021 academic year .


  1. Applicants will be judged on the basis of academic excellence, community engagement, extracurricular activities and financial need.
  2. Scholarship funds will be sent directly to the Financial Aid Office of the Texas college or university where the student will use it.
  3. Scholarship money will be returned to the IHCH if the intended program of study is not completed.
  4. In order to receive the award, the scholarship recipients must attend the awards reception (Date to be determined). Only absence due to unforeseeable circumstances will be accepted. In such case, a representative must be present to the award ceremony or the scholarship award will be forfeited.
  5. Non-completion of the course requirements by the student may be subject to legal sanctions.
  6. Scholarship application forms may be obtained either from The Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston webpage (, the high school counselor’s office, or the financial aid office of the attending junior college, college or university. Applications must be submitted to:

Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston
Attn: Scholarship and Awards Committee
3315 Sul Ross St., Houston, Texas 77098

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