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Health and Support Services 
Pride Scholarship Application

Latinos Salud is proud to offer the Health and Support Services Pride Scholarship to members of the LGBTQ/A+ community who are pursuing higher education for a career in helping professions such as nursing, social work, psychology, or public health, and who intend to work in South Florida upon graduation. Latinos Salud’s scholarship is available to LGBTQ/A+ high school seniors for their freshman college year, and to continuing college / university students. 

Our Pride Scholarship will award up to $2,500 per year for college Freshman and Sophomore years, and up to $5,000 per year for the Junior and Senior years.

The selection committee considers multiple factors when assessing scholarship applicants, including academic performance, financial need, personal goals, likelihood of progress toward a degree, and the applicant’s identification with and concern for the well-being of the region’s LGBTQ/A+ community.

 

The selection committee is especially focused on those whose lived experiences and identity equip them to serve LGBTQ/A+ community members disproportionately impacted by medical and mental health conditions. Each candidate who applies is evaluated on the criteria listed below as well as the totality of their situation.

Key dates:

May 15th, 2024      Applications are due.

June 2024              Finalist interviews

July 5th, 2024        Scholars selected. All applicants notified of status. 

Mid-August 2024   Award checks disbursed

Thanks for submitting!

Attach a recent photo
Upload documet
Attach your FAFSA report.

Exhibits (optional supplemental material). Attach up to 10 pages of exhibits of achievement in scholarship, leadership, community service or other activities.

List any and all other scholarships that you have received to date. (Include amount of grant awarded.)

Attach transcripts
SAT and/or ACH scores

Short Essays: Pick two of the questions below, and answer in the two boxes provided. Limit each response to 250 words or fewer, keeping within the space provided. Start by noting the number of the question you are responding to, followed by your response. 

1. Describe how your family background has influenced the way you see the world.

2. Profile a person on event that has influenced you and explain how this made an impact on your life.

3. Discuss an ethical dilemma you have faced, how you resolved it, and its importance to you.

4. How will the major you have chosen exemplify the goals of this scholarship program?

5. Are there any circumstances about which you want the selection committee to be aware?

6. Why do you consider yourself a worthy applicant of this scholarship?

Full essay: Pick one of the questions below, and answer in the two boxes provided. Limit your response to 750 words or fewer, keeping within the space provided. Start by noting the number of the question you are responding to, followed by your response. 

The intent of this section is to give you the opportunity to distinguish yourself from other applicants. 

1. What is your specific goal in pursuing this academic path, and your career after graduation? That is, exactly how do you envision that your major and your experiences as an LGBTQ/A+ community member will equip you to best help other LGBTQ/A+ persons like yourself in South Florida? 

2. What event or situation informed your decision to pursue this academic path, and shape your goals for your career after graduation? How does serving LGBTQA community members specifically in South Florida fit into this vision for your future?

Application Requirements and Criteria:

  • Applications are due May 15th, 2024. Must be accepted to enroll in or continue their academic career at an accredited college or university in South Florida’s Miami-Dade or Broward counties. (Attach your Letter of Acceptance from the college / university in your package).

  • Must demonstrate an intention to pursue a career in a helping profession such as nursing, social work, psychology or public health. (After the freshman year, this intention must be reflected in the chosen major and courses taken.)

  • Submit responses to the application questions, and other documents required.

  • Strong preference for applicants who include a copy of their Federal Student Aid report, known as FAFSA. (Application available at
    https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa)

  • Letter of recommendation encouraged. (See guidelines).

  • Must remain enrolled during the Fall and Spring semesters, taking at least 9 credits per semester for a minimum two full academic semesters after each scholarship award.

  • Must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Must schedule a meeting with senior staff at one of Latinos Salud’s locations before the start of the academic year, to describe personal motivations and goals within the chosen helping profession. The purpose of the meeting is to seek opportunities to help the scholarship recipient with mentorship, and/or internship opportunities, potentially leading to employment at Latinos Salud upon graduation.

  • Attend one of Latinos Salud’s signature or Gala events each year, and represent the purpose and mission of the scholarship. (The scholar will not pay to attend the event).

  • Create a 30-60 second video each scholarship year, thanking Latinos Salud’s Health and Support Services Pride Scholarship for the award, and describing the ways it is assisting with your academic progress and career goals.

  • Post the video to the scholar’s social media pages / sites, and agree to be featured in the Latinos Salud’s social media and announcements.

Scholarship Recipient Expectations:

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