Inland Valley Hispanic College Fund taking scholarship applications

The Hispanic College Fund has opened up its student applications for the 2010-11 scholarship season.

More than $2 million will be awarded in scholarships to about 500 Latino students from the United States and Puerto Rico.

Entries will be open until Feb. 16.

This is the 17th year the Hispanic College Fund has supported Latino students through its scholarship program. The organization has awarded more than $15 million in scholarships to about 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Last year, the fund received 38,000 applications for about 600 available scholarships.

To qualify for the scholarships, undergraduate and graduate students must:

Maintain a 3.0 out of 4.0 grade-point average.

Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico.

Be enrolled full time at an accredited university for the 2010-2011 school year.

Must demonstrate financial needs.

Certain scholarships are restricted by major.

Scholarships range in amount from $500 to $10,000. The money can be used to cover tuition and academic fees and expenses.

For more information, visit www.hispanicfund.org.

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