In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Colgate has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to provide graduating high school seniors with an opportunity to win educational grants. The Haz La U (Make The University) scholarship is given to 31 Hispanic students every year to help them on their path to higher education. For eight years this scholarship has recognized Hispanic students for their leadership, community service experience and academic excellence.

One of the scholarship recipients, who is featured in the video below, spoke to me about how this scholarship has positively impacted her life and her future.

Jennifer Muñoz  is a current student at Chaffey College and learned about this scholarship as a high school senior through the AVID program. Jennifer admits that she didn’t think she could pay for college but had a desire to help her community in the future. She states that learning about scholarships and grants helped her believe that “it’s possible to attend school now!” She mentioned that there’s a “freedom” in attending college and realizing all her possibilities for the future.

One of the requirements for the scholarship is to describe your community service experience. Jennifer says that her experience in high school helped shape her educational goals for college. She enjoyed working with children in afterschool programs and now wants to continue helping her community once she finishes her degree. Actually, Jennifer now has expanded her desire for higher education and wants to obtain her Ph.D.! Thanks to the Haz La U scholarship her confidence in continuing college has grown and as she states, “I feel more in control of my future now.”

The deadline for applications is on October 15th. Please share with an aspiring student so they can also take control of their future!

Learn more about this scholarship here and see Jennifer’s story below: