The rising generation of Hispanic youth is making incredible gains: we’re finishing high school and enrolling in higher education at higher rates than ever. But there are still significant disparities in our college graduation rates. The number one barrier to Hispanic academic success? Financial support.

SHPE is filling the gap for Hispanic students. Together with our scholarship sponsors—including longtime partners American Transmission Co., Boeing, Chevron, John Deere, Northrop Grumman, and Telemundo and newcomers Eaton Corporation and Lockheed Martin—we provided over $250,000 in scholarships to 156 recipients for the 2018-19 academic year. This was our most competitive year yet: we saw an incredible increase in the number of applicants, especially among Latina students.

Together with our scholarship sponsors…we provided over $250,000 in scholarships to 156 recipients for the 2018-2019 academic year

These scholarships are more than just financial awards, and they are making a difference.

“Growing up in a family of seven, money was always a struggle. I decided that I was going to Texas A&M and that I was going to pursue a degree no matter what it took,” said Miranda Barrow, the 2018-19 Chevron SHPE Scholarship Winner. Miranda is studying chemical engineering as a sophomore at Texas A&M. “This scholarship has greatly impacted my life and education, allowing me to pursue my dream without stressing about how I will pay for it. I am beyond thankful. Without this support, students just like me—who have worked so hard for their dreams—could not pursue them.”

Scholarships are a long-term investment in future leaders like Miranda. They instill a sense of belonging—making clear that we need a diverse, educated population. They motivate us to stay the course as valued members of the academic community. They help us see a bright future, one where we can make history as leaders in STEM fields and our communities.