About the Youth Awards

Entering its 19th year, the Youth Awards is a leadership program that searches for Latino high school students who excel both inside and outside of the classroom. Awardees receive a one-time grant to use for their college education or to fund a community service effort which tackles a social issue. Three recipients (Gold, Silver and Bronze) are selected in different academic categories in ten regions across the country. Students are then positioned as role models in their community at local ceremonies with an audience of business leaders, elected officials, local organizations and our sponsors. 2018 regions include:

Los Angeles
New York
Northern CA
Washington DC

The Youth Awards program is the main pipeline to Hispanic Heritage Foundation's (HHF) system of talent that prepares and positions Latino youth through the award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program as they transition from high school, to college, to graduate school, and into their careers. Follow LOFT on Facebook and Twitter.

Eligibility -

  • Must be graduating from an accredited high school in the Spring of 2019
  • Must have an un-weighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Be of Hispanic Heritage including (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
  • Planning to enroll full-time in a bachelor's degree program at an accredited higher education institution in the fall directly after your graduation from high school
  • If selected, attendance to the regional ceremony is mandatory. Travel to the ceremony will be at the recipient's expense
  • Completed online application including a letter of recommendation, transcript and essay questions
  • Be a Permanent Resident, DACA, U.S. Citizen or Eligible Non-Citizen

All recipients are also eligible to be selected as a National recipient. National recipients receive a laptop computer, and an all-expense paid trip to be recognized at the National Youth Awards ceremony. More information on the National Youth Awards will be posted on our website and be mentioned during all regional ceremonies.