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The Hispanic Center Scholarship Fund

«The application period runs yearly, from January 15th through April1st.»

One or more scholarships will be awarded annually to a resident of Berks County who will be pursuing post-secondary, under graduate education at an accredited institution and whose ethnic background originates from Mexico, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Central America or South America. Graduate students are not eligible to apply.

Scholarship applicants shall exhibit a strong commitment to academic achievement or demonstrate a special talent in the humanities or a vocational trade, and be actively involved in school and/or community activities. The intent is to acknowledge and encourage those individuals who have demonstrated a level of personal responsibility necessary to attend and succeed in a continuing education institution, and who have a financial need. Preference will be given to individuals attending continuing education institutions located within Berks County, but individuals furthering their education outside of Berks County will also be considered. The scholarship is available to high school seniors as well as adults who are furthering their education.

This is not a renewable scholarship, but past recipients may reapply each year and will be reconsidered along with all other applicants. Please note that some of the Berks County colleges might match awards given from this fund. Additional match money may also be given from other sources.

As a requirement, you must submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA) by March 1st, and complete your application to the Hispanic Center's Scholarship Fund by April 1st. We strongly suggest candidates to fill our application online by using the following links:

Application and guidelines for traditional students

Application and guidelines for non-traditional students

To access these applications you may also visit the Berks County Community Foundation's website, at www.bccf.org. When you log into their webpage, click on "Scholarships" at the top of the page, select "Search scholarships", scroll down until you find the box called "Search by keyword"; and type "Hispanic Center" and click on "Find scholarships". Once you complete these steps, you will be directed to the Hispanic Center Scholarship applications for traditional and non-traditional students. (Read the criteria to determine for which of the two forms you qualify.)

To apply for the Hispanic Center Scholarship, please submit electronically:
  • a completed application
  • a record of your grades
  • a short essay
  • information about the school you will be attending
  • a letter of recommendation from an individual who can provide information about your character

For additional information on the Hispanic Center's Higher Education Program, click HERE.


FAFSA APPLICATION(.pdf) requires Adobe Reader

Before filling the FAFSA

View all other scholarship opportunities managed by the Berks County Foundation by clicking HERE!

Centro Hispano 501 Washington Street, P.O. Box 8652 Reading, PA 19603
Tel: (610)376-3748 | Fax: (610)372-2619 | Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

[The Centro Hispano Daniel Torres is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization registered with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Bureau of Charitable Organizations. The official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll-free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.