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Mexican Studies Scholarship Fund 2022


Deadline to apply is February 28, 2022 11:59 PM. EST

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 $7,500 to current and prospective CUNY students.

The Mexican Studies Scholarship program features:

  • A series of professional development workshops;
  • Access to prominent CUNY alumni, faculty, and staff;
  • Special invitations to exclusive events throughout the year;
  • Opportunity to be a part of our Mentorship Program.

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 2021-2022 academic year;
  • Intend to enroll full time in an associate or baccalaureate program at a CUNY Campus in Fall 2022 AND Spring 2023;
  • 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);
  • 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.

Special Features: The Mexican Studies Scholarship Fund offers several special features:

  • A series of leadership workshops;
  • Opportunity to participate in a 200-hour internship in an affiliated nonprofit institution;
  • Special invitations to exclusive events throughout the year;
  • Access to a one year long Mentorship Program;
  • Pay it forward by hosting one CUNY Becas promotional workshop;
  • Opportunity to write a blog post about their CUNY Becas experience, to be featured on the Institute website and in monthly newsletter;
  • Access to prominent CUNY alumni, faculty, and staff;
  • Opportunity to become an Institute fellow, limited scholarship that cover remaining years until graduation.

Important Dates:

  • January 25, 2022- Application Opens
  • February 28, 2022, 11:59PM. EST- Application Closes
  • March 15, 2022, 11:59PM. EST-Recommendation Letter Deadline
  • March - Semifinalist Group Interview
  • Late April- Awardees Notified
  • Late May- Award Ceremony, recipients must attend

How to Apply:

  1. Submit online application;
  2. Upload required documents;

    Most recent transcript (unofficial transcripts are accepted)

    Two essays, 750-word max each (new applicants only, see "Supporting Documents" section below)

    Resume (pdf format)

  3. List your recommender on your application;
  4. Contact your recommender to submit your recommendation letter (link can be found below);
  5. Submit your completed application for review (expect a confirmation email after successfully submitting your application).


We encourage you to start your online application as soon as possible. You will be able to save your application and continue later. Late applications will not be considered. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


The Mexican Studies Scholarship Fund awards scholarship renewals of up to $7500 to current scholarship recipients. This application allows past recipients to reapply for an 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 MEXICAN STUDIES SCHOLARSHIP FUND for the first time. Please note that students are not guaranteed funding. All students including current fellows must reapply.





Make sure you are writing the essay that corresponds to your application. New applicants and current 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?


All Applicants:

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 March 15th, 2022 11:59PM EST.

Updated resume

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


Unofficial transcripts are accepted in application.


For more information, view our Application Guidelines. Have more questions? Send us an email or call us at 347-577-4070, 347-577-4080.