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Mexican Studies Scholarship Fund 2020

Program Overview

The Mexican Studies Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to highly motivated students. The scholarship program is intended to help current and future community leaders to advance their educational goals. Recipients will work closely with the Institute staff and community-based organizations to advance the Mexican and/or immigrant community. Criteria for selection are academic excellence, financial need, and commitment to service in the immigrant and/or Mexican community in New York, without consideration of immigration status.

Award Amount

Up to $6930 to current and prospective CUNY students.

Application Materials- Applicants:

  • Completed application form

  • Most recent transcript, can be an unofficial student copy

  • Two essays, 750-word max each

  • Resume

  • One recommendation letter

Important Dates

  • Fall 2019 - Application Opens

  • January 31, 2020, 11:59PM. EST- Application Closes

  • March - Semifinalist Group Interview

  • Late April- Awardees Notified

  • Late May- Award Ceremony, recipients must attend

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have graduated or will graduate from high school or have earned or will earn a high school equivalency diploma by the end of the 2019-2020 academic year

  • Intend to enroll full time in an associate or baccalaureate program at a CUNY Campus in Fall 2020 AND Spring 2021

  • OR If a Graduate Student, must intend to enroll full time in a master’s degree program either Fall 2020 OR Spring 2021

  • Must demonstrate significant financial need

  • Willingness to be a lifelong learner

  • Openness to share experiences and accomplishments to inspire other students

Conditions of the scholarship for Applicants

Failure to comply with the following conditions may result in the suspension or revocation of scholarship award and future eligibility.

  • Undergraduate students are expected to enroll full time (more than 12 credits per term).

  • Graduate students are expected to enroll full time for one semester (Fall or Spring).

  • Remain in good academic standing and maintain a GPA of 3.0.

  • Must take a course in either Mexican Migration and or Spanish Language at their home campus (course may have been taken in previous semesters prior to receiving scholarship)

  • Complete 200-hour internship in an affiliated nonprofit institution;

How to Apply

  • Applications must be submitted online. You will provide us with your demographic, academic, and financial information.

  • You will be prompted to provide your information as well as the name and email address of one recommender. We encourage you to start your online application as soon as possible. You will be able to save your application and continue later.

  • Please note that only complete applications submitted through the online system will be accepted. Late applications will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

NEW Applicants

New applicants and current scholarship recipients have different applications. Make sure you are using the correct application.

This application is for new applicants.

Application form

Recommendation letter form

The recommender must complete this form. Make sure you share this link with your recommender.

Returning Applicants (Current or Past Becari@s)

The Mexican Studies Scholarship Fund awards scholarship renewals of up to $6930 to current scholarship recipients. This application allows past recipients to reapply for additional year of funding. The selection criteria is the same as for new applicants. This is a closed and separate application process from new students applying to scholarship for the first time. Please note that students are not guaranteed funding. All students including current fellows must reapply.

Returning Application form

Recommendation letter form

The recommender must complete this form. Make sure you share this link with your recommender.

For further information please e-mail the scholarship program coordinator


Make sure you are writing the essay that corresponds to your application. New applicants and current scholarship recipients have different essay prompts. An application that does not have the correct corresponding essay will be considered incomplete. We advise you to have at least one person look over the essay to provide you with feedback.

New Applicants:

Two essays of 750-word max each

  • Professional Goals

    What is one thing you want to accomplish in college that would help empower the Mexican and or immigrant community?
  • Financial Need

    What economic factors are limiting you from pursuing your educational and professional aspirations? If you were awarded the scholarship what difference would it make in your aspirations to pursue a college education?

One Recommendation letter

Your recommendation letter will be submitted electronically by your recommender. A recommendation letter may be written from someone who knows you well and has served in one of these roles for you: a teacher, counselor, mentor, coach, employer, community leader, or religious leader. Your reference must be at least 21 years of age and must not be related to you. Recommenders will be notified by email by the applicant. Recommendations must submit their letter online on or before January 31st, 2019, 11:59PM EST.


A scholarship resume is a document that outlines all of your accomplishment in life to date. These accomplishments can be personal, academic, professional or extracurricular.

For additional help consult:


Unofficial transcripts are accepted in application.


Have more questions? Send us an email or call us at 347-577-4070, 347-577-4080.