Esperanza Scholarship Overview

Each year, a part of our mission is to improve the academic achievement of Hispanics in Greater Cleveland. Esperanza grants scholarships to students entering or continuing their college education. The number of scholarships granted is based on scholarship dollars raised each year with our most recent scholarship class consisting of 100 deserving and dedicated students. Scholarship applicants are evaluated based on their academic achievements, quality of personal statements, recommendation letter, individual interviews, volunteerism and family income. Our scholarship recipients attend a variety of institutions from local schools in Cleveland and southern Ohio to schools in New York, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and more. All scholarships are provided through generous sponsorships from local businesses, organizations, and private donors.

Over the years, this scholarship celebration has turned into our annual Fiesta of Hope luncheon, which, in addition to presenting the year’s scholarship recipients, serves as an important fundraiser for Esperanza. The event features personal stories from selected scholarship recipients, Esperanza staff and board, and a presentation of the recipients.
Deadline for application and all required documents is March 16, 2020.

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Scholarship Application Qualifications

 First-time Applicants:


  • Student must be graduating from high school and be
    • Enrolled full-time in college and/or university for the fall semester of 2020.
    • A resident of Cuyahoga County. (HPOA applicants may also reside in Lorain County).
    • Hispanic or have at least one parent who is Hispanic.
    • An American citizen or Permanent Resident. DACA Eligible students are also eligible to apply.
  • Submit Student Aid Report (SAR) to prove the FAFSA was filed. DACA eligible students must provide tax return.
  • Attend Student/Parent Orientation on May 27, 2020 and Fiesta of Hope on June 5, 2020 if selected.
  • Maintain a minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.5 (4.0 scale) at the time of application.**
  • Provide a copy of either the SAT or ACT results (unless attending the Thomas Jefferson New Comers Academy).
  • Family Income must not exceed $60,000 per year. Applicants whose family income is higher than $60,000 will be evaluated on a case by case basis.**

Renewal Applicants: If you received the Esperanza scholarship last year, you are eligible to apply to renew your scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year.***


  • Be an Ohio resident
  • Participate in Esperanza’s College Mentoring Program
  • Volunteer a minimum of 8 hours with Esperanza in the calendar year
  • Have a minimum overall G.P.A. of 2.0 (4.0 scale) at the time of application and maintain it for fall and spring semesters.
  • Enrolled full-time in a college/university as an undergraduate student in the fall semester 2020.

    **Esperanza reserves the right to evaluate special circumstances.
    *** Please keep in mind that your scholarship renewal is contingent upon funding and your award amount may differ from last year.

Timeline for Applicants:

January 16, 2020 Application opens

March 16, 2020 - Application Deadline

Early-April - Schedule Scholarship Interview (You will be contacted by email if selected for interview)

April 18, 2020 - Scholarship Interview Date

May  27, 2020 – New Student /Parent Orientation session 

June 5, 2020- Fiesta of Hope 

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