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About the Scholarship

Since 1982, USHLI has awarded over $1.3 million in scholarships and internships to students from disenfranchised groups. Most notably, the Dr. Juan Andrade Jr. Scholarship for young Hispanic Leaders seeks to recognize Hispanic students who share Dr. Andrade’s lifelong commitment to servant leadership. Application deadline November 30, 2020 @ 11:59 PM CT

Recipients will receive a non-renewable scholarship:

          • An academic scholarship ($1,000 for a 4-year institution or $500 for a 2-year institution) for undergraduate students.

Scholarship Qualifications

Applicants must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full-time undergraduate students, in an accredited four-year or two-year institution in the U.S. or U.S. territories, and demonstrate a verifiable need for financial support. At least one parent must be of Hispanic ancestry. Non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply (DACA or Undocumented). Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students for the Fall 2021 – Spring 2022 academic year. This includes high school seniors, college freshman, sophmores, and juniors up to age 25.

All recipients will be notified by January 20, 2021.

Scholarship Requirements

Essay Questions

  • Tell us about your background – In 500 words or more, submit a self description including your family history (parents/guardian, siblings), life and/or work experiences that have influenced you. Finally, describe your most significant achievement? Did you overcome any obstacles or challenges? If so, how?
  • Leadership Essay – Submit a 500-750 word essay on the future of Latinx (Hispanics) in America, the kind of leadership needed, and any role you hope to play in providing such leadership. How will this benefit your community? What can USHLI do to help you achieve your goals?
  • Optional Essay – What else would you like to share with us that is relevant to your application being selected for this scholarship?

Required Documents

  • Portrait Picture – Applicants must submit a recent photograph (high-resolution, color, size: 2.5 x 3.5 ratios, PNG, JPG, or GIF). The picture should be suitable (headshot) for use in any printed literature announcing the recipients. Selfies are not accepted.
  • Resume – Applicants must submit a one-page resume in PDF format of their work experience, academic accomplishments, and other relevant information.
  • Unofficial Transcript – Applicants must submit the most updated transcript (College freshmen please submit your high school transcript). All transcripts must be uploaded as a PDF document in the application.


  • Letters of Recommendation – Applicants must submit two (2) letters of recommendation that meet the following requirements: letters should focus on the applicant’s leadership abilities and past academic performance, while also indicating an ability or desire to effectively serve their community. The application will require you to submit your references’ contact information. Once your application is submitted, an email will be sent to your references with instructions on how to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  We require one (1) reference to be from an academic source and one (1) reference to be from a professional or community service setting. Examples may include but are not limited to Teacher, Advisor, Supervisor, Employer, Coach, etc. All letters of recommendation are due December 15, 2020.


    • Adrian Calderon

      Hello, freshmen through juniors in college can apply for the scholarship. funds will be sent directly to your instituion during the fall 2020 semester (Aug/Sept 2020)

  1. Corina

    Hello, what about undergraduate degrees that take five years to complete? Can college students in their fourth year, who will be full-time undergraduates during the 2020-21 school year but will graduate in May 2021 apply?

  2. scorona428

    The application asks for the college contact person. Several of our high school seniors have not made a decision as to what college or university they will be attending next fall. How should they respond to this question?

    • Adrian Calderon

      Hello, please have them reply with the information for the institution they will most likely attend. If they are selected, the award is sent out in August/September 2020 so we can update their profile over the summer

  3. curtislo

    to whom should the letter of recommendation letters be addressed to?

    ex) Dear USHLI,
    ex) To the scholarship committee for the Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. Scholarship for Young Hispanic Leaders,

    What is the best way to address the LOR’s?

    • Adrian Calderon

      If you included the the email address for your letters of recommendation, they should have received an automated email with instruction to upload their letters of recommendation.

  4. Abel

    I’m becoming a high school senior this school year of 2020-2021. Should I be applying to this scholarship this year or next? Most colleges I am applying to release their admissions decisions after the due date of this scholarship.

    • Adrian Calderon

      Yes, this is your first year of eligibility, please list the most likely school you will attend. If you are selected, we can update your information before you receive the first of two disbursements

  5. Ailyne M

    Hello, I am currently filling out the application and it is asking for a College Contact Person for Scholarship Disbursement, and my school does not have a specific person, but rather an entire department contact. Is that okay?

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