Raised by families who value the importance of continuing school, Hispanic students, the newest kids on the higher education block, are having a profound influence on the college admission process. From the Mexican border to Minnesota, from California to the Carolinas, most are first-generation college students who are feeling the absence of family members who already mastered the stressful process of entering college. Thousands are forced to navigate the system alone, where of course the cost of college is a chief concern. BeingGirl has put together a tiny Hispanic scholarship sampling. If you are interested in entering one of the STEM fields —science, technology, engineering, and mathematics —opportunities for financial help abound. According to a 2005 study, 22.7% of Hispanic students entering college that year were interested in the STEM fields compared with 18% of white students. Never before have there been as many diverse groups dedicated to insuring that anyone who wants to, can have the opportunity to continue her education through Hispanic scholarship. Consequently, never before has there has been a better time to be a successful, well-educated person. Good luck! FOR ALL AREAS OF INTEREST College Scholarship Program of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (887) HSF-INFO www.hsf.net Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship Awards (202) 543-1771 www.chci.org National Association of Hispanic Federal Executives Scholarship (703) 787-0291 www.nhheafnetwork.org FOR NURSING Breakthrough to Nursing Scholarships for Ethnic People of Color (212) 581-2215 www.nsna.org National association of Hispanic Nurses Scholarships (202) 387-2477 www.thehispanicnurses.org FOR DENTAL HYGIENE American Dental Hygienists Association Institute Minority Scholarship (312) 440-8944 www.adha.org FOR MEDIA National Association of Hispanic Journalists Scholarships (202) 662-7145 www.nahj.org FOR ARTS, DESIGN, ANIMATION, ARCHITECTURE Worldstudio Foundation Scholarships http://scholarships.worldstudioinc.com/ FOR NASA National Hispanic Explorers Scholarship Program (800) 644-4223 www.hispanicfund.org FOR COMPUTERMicrosoft National Scholarships (425) 882-8080 www.microsoft.com/college/scholarships/general.asp FOR HIGH ACHIEVERS LULAC Honors Awards http://lulac.org/programs/education/scholarships/ Don't forget to investigate what Hispanic scholarship opportunities your particular state is offering. California, Florida, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Ohio, Idaho, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and North Carolina are among the states who reach out to Hispanic students. Ask your guidance counselor for help in finding out how to obtain this government information. Also, if your family is from Cuba or Mexico or Puerto Rico or Central America, you might be eligible for financial aid subsidized by recent immigrants. Read about hispanic scholarship and get helpful tips and ideas at BeingGirl.com.