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Overcoming Adversity Cariño Scholarship

Funded by
3 winners, $5,000 each
Application Deadline
Jun 30, 2024
Winners Announced
Jul 31, 2024
Education Level
High School
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
Education Level:
High school student

The majority of students who come from communities of color and/or are low-to-moderate income often times are not given the same resources and opportunities that others are afforded. As a result, this discourages and drives talented and passionate youth away from ever pursuing a higher education to break generational poverty and ultimately their dreams.

Additionally, language barriers, fears of deportation, limited job opportunities, responsibility of supporting family members, and being the first to pave a path in higher education are all obstacles that immigrants face. This is outside of other trials and stigmas that often serve as barriers in breaking generational cycles Education is a key component to helping youth develop financial responsibility, leadership, teamwork, and long-term economic stability helping their families and communities and improve their overall well-being.

This scholarship aims to serve and support students who have demonstrated the ability to overcome adversity and fight for their success.

Any Latinx high school senior student from the state of Washington who has a history of overcoming adversity may apply. Preference for those who do not qualify for federal loans/grants/ DACA. Students pursuing a 2- or 4-year undergraduate degree or planning to attend a trade school may apply.

To apply, tell us about the adversity you have overcome, how this experience has affected your character and worldview, how this experience has affected your empathy, and how you support those in similar adverse situations.

Selection Criteria:
Ambition, Drive, Impact
Published February 14, 2024
Essay Topic

What adversity have you overcome and how has this shaped your character and changed your view on the world? How has this experience made you more empathetic of others and how do you support those experiencing similar situations?

600–1000 words


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Jun 30, 2024. Winners will be announced on Jul 31, 2024.