STATE – The Hispanic Business Council Scholarship Foundation of NJ, Inc. (HBCSF) is currently accepting applications for the annual scholarship and stipend awards for course required materials for current college and college-bound students of Hispanic heritage for the 2013-2014 school term. The HBCSF, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has a mission to advance the educational aspirations of Hispanic students to become professionals, leaders and valued citizens of the community.
Open to New Jersey residents of Hispanic heritage, the current application can be accessed through www.hbcsf.org. Applications and all required information must be postmarked by Thursday, Feb. 28. HBCSF will award a minimum of $40,000 in scholarships and stipends. Scholarships up to $4,000 each will be disbursed directly to the college or university of the student’s choice during the 2013-2014 school term.
A student must remain enrolled full-time at an accredited college, university, community college or technical school in the United States and maintain a 3.0 GPA. In addition to tuition scholarships, HBCSF also awards $1,000 stipends for books and other course required materials. Scholarship recipients will be required to complete 80 hours of community service between June 2013 and June 2014.
Interviews and the final award selection will be completed in April 2013 and the scholarships will be presented at the Foundation’s 22nd Annual Scholarship Gala to be held at The Estate at Florentine Gardens in River Vale on Thursday, May 30. The annual gala serves as the major fund-raiser for the HBCSF.
Several sponsors are instrumental in providing funding for the scholarship and stipend awards. Platinum sponsors are Quixote Dunes, Inc. and Wells Fargo Private Bank. Gold sponsors are Berkeley College, Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC, and Unilever followed by silver sponsor Lowenstein Sandler Attorneys At Law. Bronze level sponsors are Booz | Allen | Hamilton, Luhrs & Associates, New Jersey Accounting Services, Inc., PNC Bank, Prudential, PSE&G, The Center for Better Smiles, LLC, and U.S. Financial Services, LLC. In-kind sponsor is Edward Chase Images.
Since 1993, HBCSF has awarded $365,500 to 139 students throughout the state.
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