LULAC National Scholarship Fund

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Established in 1975, LNESC and LULAC created the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF) to help youth in underserved communities make the dream of college enrollment a reality. LNSF is a unique partnership between grassroots advocates and corporations that fund educational opportunities for deserving youth across the U.S. Every dollar raised by local LULAC Councils is matched by corporate partners secured by LNESC, increasing the amount given in both the council and corporate names. This model results in a true grassroots/corporate partnership for the empowerment of the Latino community. Former recipients of LNSF scholarships are now leaders in fields of business, science, government, and education. A rigorous selection process assures the expectation that future recipients will demonstrate the same level of excellence.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for a scholarship:

  • Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident, or be granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).
  • Must have applied to or be enrolled as a full-time student in a college or university, including 2-year colleges, or vocational schools that lead to an associate’s degree. Graduate students must have applied to or be enrolled as a part-time student in a college or university.
  • A student will not be eligible for a scholarship if he/she is related to a scholarship committee member, the Council President, or an individual contributor to the local funds of the Council
  • Locations: In 2021-22, sixty-four (64) LULAC Councils participated from the following:  Arizona, Arkansas, California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin.  
    A list of the 2022-23 participating LULAC Councils available March 1

Award Criteria

Applicants are eligible for the following three types of scholarship awards:

National Scholastic Achievement Awards ($2,000)
The student has a GPA of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent

Honors Awards ($500 to $2,000)
The student has a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale or equivalent

General Awards ($250 to $1,000)
Grades and academic performance will serve as indicators; however, emphasis may be placed on the individual’s motivation, sincerity, and integrity, which can best be revealed through a personal interview and in the personal essay. Need, community involvement, and leadership activities will also be considered.


Applicants must submit the following in order to be considered for an LNSF scholarship:

  • Completed and signed LNSF application form
  • High school or college transcript, including cumulative GPA
  • Verification of admittance or enrollment from the institution the student is attending or planning to attend (i.e. – letter of acceptance, letter from the registrar, or a transcript)
  • Typed, or neatly printed, personal essay of not more than 500 words

Key Dates

Student Applications

  • Application available February 15
  • List of participating LULAC Councils available March 1
  • Application due to participating LULAC Council by March 31
Participating LULAC Councils
  • LNSF Partnership Agreement available February 1
  • LNSF Partnership Agreement deadline March 1

Program Impact

For the last program year, sixty-four LULAC Councils in collaboration with LNESC’s corporate partners awarded nearly 900 students from across the U.S. $574,000 in scholarships. From the previous cohort of recipients, approximately 80% continued or completed their studies at a post-secondary institution. Since the inception of the scholarship program in 1975, the LULAC National Scholarship Fund has awarded approximately 32,000 students more than $18 million in scholarships.

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