Hispanic League Scholarship Program

About the Hispanic League Scholarship Program

The Hispanic League, in keeping with their mission to improve the quality of life for Hispanics/Latinos through promoting community inclusion, education, health and multicultural understanding, has established this program to provide scholarships for deserving students. Last year alone we were able to award 36 scholarships to some extraordinary students looking to continue their education!

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible to apply?

What is the program key?

What if I am a returning applicant?

When is the application period?

When is the recommendation deadline?

Should I submit all of my information before I request a recommendation?

What are the selection criteria?

What are the details of the award?

Which school should I list on the application if I have not made a final decision?

How do I change my college choice?

How do I know if my application is complete?

I uploaded a document that no longer displays on my application.  Do I need to submit it again?

Where and when should I send my supporting documents?

How and when will I receive notification?

What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?

How and when are checks issued?

Are scholarships taxable?

Who administers this program?

Who do I contact if I have other questions?

 

 Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for this scholarship:

  • Be high school seniors, high school graduates (including GED), or undergraduate students who have been accepted into a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States (excludes graduate studies)
  • Be past or present Forsyth County, NC, English Language Learner (ELL) or classified as a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students. Here is an explanation of the classification:

       ***When you first enrolled to go to school in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System you were tested to see if you had Limited English Proficiency (LEP).  If you were LEP, then you became classified as an English Language Learner (ELL) and should have been given the opportunity to be placed in an English as Second Language (ESL) class.  Not all parents decided to place there children in ESL classes but they still qualify for the Hispanic League scholarship even if they only took the LEP Test.

       ***To verify that you were LEP or ELL there will be a form that is part of the scholarship application. You can either take it back to the school where you were originally tested and took ESL  OR you can send it to the WS/FC School Administration New Comer Center to verify in your records that you were tested as LEP.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE FORM. The number to the Newcomers Center is 336-747-6804.

 

  • Be NC residents
  • Be of Hispanic/Latino origin
  • Be present on Spanish Nite, to be held April 16, 2016, to receive their award and attend the Scholarship Orientation on March 6
  • Demonstrate academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 2.7
  • Plan to attend or admitted to a regionally accredited college or an institution of higher education in the fall of the year the award is offered (excludes graduate studies).
  • Must have financial need

 Note:

  • US Citizenship is not required
  • Family of current Hispanic League Board and Scholarship Committee are not eligible for these scholarships
  • There is no age limit for applicants
  • Applicants may be former recipients of Hispanic League scholarships

What is the program key?

HispanicLeague (one word, no spaces)

 

 What if I am a returning applicant?

Returning applicants should start a new application by entering the 2016-17 application URL: https://aim.applyists.net/HispanicLeague. Once you have started the new 2016-17 application, then you will be able to access it from your homepage.

 

When is the application period?

October 15, 2016 through January 15, 2017

 

When is the letter of recommendation deadline?

January 1, 2017

Recommendations must be completed by the deadline to result in a complete application. 

 

Should I submit all of my information before I request a letter of recommendation?

You should request a letter of recommendation as early as possible to insure there is sufficient time for the recommendation to be submitted by the deadline of January 1, 20167 

 

What are the selection criteria?

An independent selection committee named through International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. will evaluate the applications and select the recipients considering:

  • 75% - Financial need
  • 20% -Academic achievements and records
  • 5% - Community involvement/Essay content/Letters of Recommendation

Decisions of the selection committees are final and are not subject to appeal.  No application feedback will be given.

 

What are the details of the award?

  • Scholarships in the amount of $2,000, $3,000, and $4,000 will be awarded annually based on criteria listed above and are not renewable.
  • The number of awards given depends on the number of complete, qualified applicants, and available funds.
  • Students may reapply each year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.
  • The scholarships will be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies and equipment required for course load at regionally accredited, two or four-year colleges/universities in the United States.
  • Students may transfer from one institution to another and retain the award.

 

Which school should I list on the application if I have not made a final decision?

You should list your first choice on the application.  If your final decision is different, we must be notified at the Scholarship Orientation.

 

How do I change my college choice?

You can update your final school choice on the ‘My Profile’ page at https://aim.applyists.net.  If you are chosen to receive an award, it will be your responsibility to make sure your college is updated at least 30 days prior to the check issue date stated in the award notification so your check can be issued accordingly.  This will not update forms that have already passed the deadline but all awards are issued based on the ‘My Profile’ page.

Note: Add donotreply@applyists.com and contactus@applyists.com to your email address book or “safe senders list” so these important emails are not sent to your junk mail folder. Do not ‘opt out’ of any email sent from donotreply@applyists.com or contactus@applyists.com. You may not receive vital information regarding your scholarship applications. Your email address will only be used to communicate with you about your scholarship applications or other opportunities administered by ISTS for which you may be eligible to apply.  We will not provide your email address to any third-parties. 

 

How do I know if my application is complete?

  • Allow five to seven business days after uploading documents for your online status to update.
  • You may monitor your status of each required form and attachment on your home page at aim.applyists.net.
    • Not Started - the form has not been requested or started
    • Started – the form has not been submitted
    • Submitted - the form has been submitted
    • Not received - the attachment has not been received
    • Processing - the attachment has  been received and is being processed and verified
    • Accepted - the attachment has been verified and accepted by ISTS
    • Requested - the form request has been created, but the form has not been started
    • Complete - all required forms and attachments (if applicable) have been received and your application will be considered for the scholarship
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to monitor the progress of all application requirements to make sure the application is complete.  The status ‘Complete’ will display on the ‘Home’ page when all forms have been submitted and all documents have been verified.

 

I uploaded a document that no longer displays on my application.  Do I need to submit it again?

Previously uploaded documents that are no longer displayed with a status on the ‘Home’ page have been rejected.  The most common reasons for a rejected document are as follows:

  • The document uploaded is not one of the accepted file types. (.pdf, .tif, .png, .gif, .jpeg, .jpg .bmp, .xps and .zip are acceptable file formats.)
  • The .zip file uploaded did not contain acceptable file formats.
  • The document uploaded was not the document requested.
  • Not all pages of the document were contained in the file.
  • We cannot open the file. The file may be corrupted or password protected.

Refer to the upload section of your application for the details of the required documents and upload a new file that meets the criteria stated.

Note: If you are unable to upload your documents, please contact the Hispanic League office at (336) 770-1228, and they will assist you.

 

Where and when should I send my supporting documents?

The required supporting documents must be uploaded to your online application by the application deadline.  If you do not follow the upload instructions exactly your application may not be considered.  Documents that meet the criteria required for the scholarship application, and uploaded by the deadline, will be processed and considered on time. Documents are processed within 5-7 business days from receipt.

Note: If you are unable to upload your documents, please contact the Hispanic League office, and they will assist you.

 

How and when will I receive notification?

Note:  Your email address will only be used to communicate with you about your scholarship applications or other opportunities administered by ISTS for which you may be eligible to apply.  We will not provide your email address to any third-parties. 

 

What are my responsibilities if I am chosen as a recipient?

  • You must enroll at a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States as a full time undergraduate or part time student working toward a degree in the fall of the year in which the scholarships are awarded.
  • Continue the entire academic year without interruption unless approved by the Hispanic League.
  • Deliver your scholarship check(s) to the proper office at your institution.
  • Notify ISTS should your check not arrive within 30 days of the issue date.
  • Provide 20 hours of volunteer service in the community as requested on the application.  Please have organization sign the form found on the ISTS website.
  • Update your progress report as requested on the ISTS website.
  • Stay connected with your sponsor and attend Scholars and Sponsors Events

 

How and when are checks issued?

Checks will be issued by July 1 for the Fall semester, and by December 1 for the Spring semester. Checks will be sent to each recipient’s mailing address and made payable to the institution named on the profile page. You must complete the acceptance form in order for your check to be issued.

The Scholarship Award is for the Fall and Spring Semesters only.  For further clarification contact the Hispanic League office 336-770-1228.

              

Are scholarships taxable?

Tax laws vary by country. In the United States, scholarship funds used exclusively for the payment of tuition or textbooks are normally not taxable. The scholarship recipient is responsible for taxes, if any, that may be assessed against your scholarship award. We recommend consulting your tax advisor for more guidance.  You may also consult IRS Publication 970 for further information (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf).

 

Program Administration

To assure complete impartiality in selection of recipients and to maintain a high level of professionalism, the program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. (ISTS), a firm that specializes in managing sponsored scholarship programs.

 

The contact information for International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc:

Corporate Headquarters:

1321 Murfreesboro Road Suite 800

Nashville, TN 37217

 

Questions

For additional information regarding the scholarship program click here to contact ISTS, or call or toll-free at 855-670-ISTS (4787). 

 

 

There is additional information required to complete your application packet. It is your responsibility to request these materials.

 

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE APPLICATION

 

Business Scholarship Sponsors for 2015:

  • Allegacy Federal Credit Union
  • The Atkinson Law Firm*
  • BB&T
  • Carolina Placement, Inc.
  • Compare Foods
  • Law Office of Alan Doorasamy, Sr.
  • Food Lion*
  • Hanesbrands, Inc.*
  • Hispanic League*
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Mike Lewis Law
  • Modern Nissan*
  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center*
  • Opico Capital
  • PepsiCo*
  • Reynolds American*
  • Salem College
  • South Atlantic Packaging Company
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Truliant Federal Credit Union
  • Wells Fargo
  • YMCA of NWNC
  • Hispanic League Zumbathon

Family Scholarship Sponsors for 2014:

  • Ferrmin Bocanegra
  • Javier & Yngrid Chacon
  • David Mounts
  • Dr. Joy McLaughlin
  • D.E. "Woody"  & Helen Clinard
  • Allison Norton-Rimron & Pat Rimron
  • Diane and Jim Iseman
  • Jose Ramon & Silvia Rodriguez 
  • Liz Romo Kelly
  • Sandoval-Smith, Nancy Miller & Elisa Lucarelli
  • Thomas Shown

Community That Cares Scholarship Patrons:

  • Wayne & Mari Jo Turner
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church
  • Holy Family Knights of Columbus
  • New Atlantic Contracting Incorporated

 *Supreme Sponsors

 

 

 Business Scholarship Sponsors for 2014:

  • Allegacy Federal Credit Union
  • The Atkinson Law Firm*
  • BB&T
  • Carolina Placement, Inc.
  • Compare Foods
  • Law Office of Alan Doorasamy, Sr.
  • Food Lion*
  • Hanesbrands, Inc.*
  • Hispanic League*
  • Liz Romo Kelly & Greenlight Leasing
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Mike Lewis Law
  • Modern Nissan*
  • Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center*
  • PepsiCo*
  • Reynolds American*
  • Salem College
  • Salem College Fleer Center
  • South Atlantic Packaging Company
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Truliant Federal Credit Union
  • Wells Fargo
  • YMCA of NWNC
  • Hispanic League Zumbathon

Family Scholarship Sponsors for 2014:

  • Ferrmin Bocanegra
  • Javier & Yngrid Chacon
  • D.E. "Woody"  & Helen Clinard
  • Allison Norton-Rimron & Pat Rimron
  • Diane and Jim Iseman
  • Sandoval-Smith, Nancy Miller & Elisa Lucarelli
  • Thomas Shown

Community That Cares Scholarship Patrons:

  • Wayne & Mari Jo Turner
  • Holy Cross Catholic Church
  • Holy Family Knights of Columbus
  • New Atlantic Contracting Incorporated

 *Supreme Sponsors

 

 

Scholarship Sponsors for 2013:

  • Allegacy Federal Credit Union
  • The Atkinson Law Firm
  • BB&T
  • Compare Foods
  • Law Office of Alan Doorasamy Sr.
  • The Dummit Law Firm
  • Food Lion
  • Forsyth Medical Center
  • Hanesbrands, Inc.
  • Hispanic League
  • Liz Romo Kelly & Greenlight Leasing LLC
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLC
  • Mike Lewis Attorneys
  • Liringis Chiropractic
  • Modern Nissan
  • PepsiCo
  • Reynolds American
  • Salem College
  • Salem College Fleer Center
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Truliant Federal Credit Union
  • Wells Fargo
  • YMCA of NWNC

Family Scholarship Sponsors for 2013:

  • Guillermo & Luisa Elena Alvarez
  • Ferrmin Bocanegra
  • Javier & Yngrid Chacon
  • James & Dianne Iseman
  • Allison Norton-Rimron & Pat Rimron

Community That Cares Scholarship Patrons:

  • Anonymous
  • BB&T
  • Haluri "Luly" Beckles
  • Mickey & Susan Caroon
  • Michael Cottingham
  • Lawrence Gray Chiropractic
  • Paul & Addy Jeffrey
  • Norman & Maria Justice
  • Jamie Huss & Gregg Jambeck
  • Carlos & Letticia Iruela
  • Pauline Morris
  • Daisy Rodriguez
  • Wayne & Mari Jo Turner
  • James B. Wilson
  • Francisca Zamora