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Cisneros Climaco Scholarship

1 winner$1,000
Application Deadline
May 30, 2022
Winners Announced
Jun 30, 2022
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school senior
Minimum GPA:

In the past couple decades, higher education enrollment rates for Hispanic students have risen dramatically, with an all-time record enrollment rate of 37%.

Oftentimes, the Hispanic student population finds themselves as the first in their families to navigate the exploration of higher education. College costs are high, but the Cisneros Climaco Scholarship seeks to encourage students to pursue higher education by providing scholarships for low-income Hispanic students in Florida. 

High school seniors who are planning to pursue trade school or college education can apply if they have a 2.5 GPA or higher and are from a low-income background. To apply, write a letter to yourself five years down the line, and include a description of your family’s Hispanic background.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Need, Boldest Profile
Published February 4, 2022
Essay Topic

Write a letter to yourself 5 years into the future. In addition, include two sentences describing your family’s Hispanic heritage.

300–500 words

Winning Application

Jesus Arenas
New College of FloridaAuburndale, FL
Dear Jesus, Take care of yourself, freshman 15 is a real thing so try to cut down on the pizza while you're in college. Do your best to eat the right things and most importantly, be consistent with your food habits. You have been working out these last couple of months so keep it up during college, the gains will come if you put in the time. Social life, this is the best time for you to put yourself out there and meet new people. There will always be another assignment to finish, don’t become a hermit. As long as it’s not affecting your grades, put in the effort to expose yourself to meet new people. In a few years, these students around you will become grown adults, at least most of them, so it is a great time to network and make friends. Hey, you never know, you might just find the one. Classes, I mean it’s the whole point of why you’re going there right? Like I said, don’t let them define your whole life but it is not an excuse to slack off either. Go to class, office hours too, study for finals, and if you can, get that A. All I'm trying to say is to work hard in college but not to the point that it affects your health and social life. Grades matter but in the end, it’s what you learned and the relationships you build with your professors that will help you the most, not knowing that answer to question 3 was C. No matter how hard things will get, because they will, remember that you're valuable. You have a crazy good memory, it’s a gift most others don’t have. You’re great with technology, you built a robot once, technology can be a leading edge for you. You have a lot of patience so if you ever feel like someone is pressuring you, stop. You will know when is the right time to strike. One last thing, remember to call your parents once in a while. I know it's easy to get lost in the world of school sometimes but they are the ones that got you here, don’t forget where you came from. Your mom made handmade worksheets when you were struggling to understand the English ones in kindergarten and still found time to make you chocolate de abuelita. Your dad taught you how to ride your first bike and then how to drive. They are the ones that immerse you in the culture of working hard and building a better future for yourself and others despite your limitations. The ones who came from another country but still built their lives out of nothing, and now are giving you the torch.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is May 30, 2022. Winners will be announced on Jun 30, 2022.

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