HPGM believes that continuing education is key to the advancement and upward mobility of Hispanics. Since 2004, HPGM has awarded scholarships to professionals pursuing graduate-level scholarships. In an effort to increase the graduation rates of Hispanic undergraduate students, HPGM began awarding undergraduate scholarships in 2016. To date, HPGM has awarded almost $350,000 in scholarships to 85 students throughout Wisconsin.

 

Applications for the 2017 scholarship program are now open!

Learn more:

Advanced Degree Program

Undergraduate Program

 

Past Winners

Interview with 2014 Scholarship Winner: Vanessa Vasquez 

Vanessa VasquezAs a first generation student born to immigrant parents, can you describe the process of applying to and being in college? What challenges did you face?

Unfortunately, my parents separated when I was very young so I was raised by my single mother with my three older sisters. I am the youngest out of a family of six. My mother is a hard working woman who worked two jobs to help support us. I was faced with personal setbacks at a very young age, by being raised by a single parent home in poverty. I don’t recall hearing the word college until 8th grade or maybe the start of high school. I knew that college was important, because college equaled a career and that meant a better socioeconomic status for my family and me. I hated seeing my mother work so hard to raise us. I knew college was important, but I had no clue what I wanted to major in or where to start. I didn’t actually start applying to college until my senior year of high school. Having worked as a college Admissions Counselor, I now look back and wonder how I ever made it to college when I now encourage my students to start thinking about college very early on and to start visiting schools as a junior. Read More

 

Interview with 2014 $10,000 Scholarship Winner: Juanita Garcia

Juanita Garcia

Please share you story about your decision to pursue higher education. Why do you think it is important for Hispanic students to pursue it?

I’m sure you have heard this response before, but my decision was clearly because I was the first in my family to go to college.  I set a personal goal for myself to obtain at a minimum a bachelor’s degree.  Pursing graduate level course work was the result of support from mentors along the way. I also wanted to set an example of the importance of education for my family.  Hispanics are the largest minority group in our country.  However, educationally we lag behind.  We are especially lagging behind in STEM professions.  Increasing awareness about the opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math is extremely important also.  Read more

 

If you would like to donate to the scholarship fund, please contact Kim Schultz at kim.schultz@hpgm.org or 414-223-4614.

 

Other Scholarship Resources Available to Hispanic Students:

Graduate

Undergrad

Featured Scholarship Opportunity

The Gates Millennium Scholarship

Funded by a $1.6 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, GMS was established in 1999, as a twenty year commitment, to provide greater access and opportunity to higher education for outstanding students from underrepresented backgrounds (1,000 selected each year; 20,000 in 20 year commitment).  The program promotes academic excellence and encourages students to pursue and complete an undergraduate education in all discipline areas and graduate education for those students pursuing studies in computer science, mathematics, life/physical science, engineering, education, public health, library science and/or information science. Read more