Scholarships

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To provide support and encourage Hispanics to continue their higher education, The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber provides annual scholarship awards to qualifying applicants.

Since 1996, the Hispanic Chamber has awarded $1,222,850, in individually and corporate sponsored scholarships, to 497 Latino students throughout Oregon and SW Washington.

The Hispanic Chamber is a 501c3, non-profit organization. The federal identification number is: 93-1156358.

HMCC scholarship recipients
The Statistics: Why these scholarships are important:
Donations Make a Difference!

According to the 2000 U. S. Census, the number of Latinos in the U.S. has increased by over 57% during the last decade. In Oregon, the number of Latinos has increased by over 144%, representing 9% of our state population.

As the Latino population increases in Oregon, education remains a key issue. Nationally and locally, Latinos have the highest drop out rate. In Oregon, 13% of Latino students leave high school compared to 6.3% for all Oregonians.

Despite the high drop out rate, the number of Latinos attending college has shown increases, but the percentage of Latino students attending college is still less than the general population (20% for Hispanics vs. 37% for the general population). An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education identifies family income as a major obstacle to Hispanic college success.

Today, one of every four new workers entering the labor force is Hispanic. An educated Hispanic population is fundamental to the future productivity our local and national economy. For this reason, the Hispanic Chamber has chosen to support Latino students that are continuing their higher education.

For a downloadable PDF pledge form, please CLICK HERE!

 

Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund

As a result of support from the Hispanic Chamber, the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF), Meyer Memorial Trust, and individual donors, the Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund was established as an endowment at OCF to provide a long-term source of college scholarship for Latino students. To read more, please click here.

To make a donation to the Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund, please contact the Oregon Community Foundation at 503-227-6846 or email giftplanning@oregoncf.org.

 

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