The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards run annually and honor young Latino leaders with grants for their college education or to fund a community service effort.

The Youth Awards program is presented by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) and their sponsors. Latino high school seniors will have the opportunity to apply. If selected, the students will be honored during 10 regional ceremonies with an audience of influential community leaders, receive grants for their education or for an idea or project to impact their communities, and funneled into the award-winning LOFT (Latinos On Fast Track) program as they attend college and enter their careers.

The 2015 online application is available until October 15 and will be open to rising seniors (Students graduating in the Spring of 2016) who maintain an un-weighted 3.0 GPA. Award categories include, but are not limited to: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Engineering & Mathematics, Healthcare & Science, Innovation & Technology and Sports & Fitness. More categories are added each year and are subject to change without notice.

Three recipients are selected for each category (Gold, Silver and Bronze Medallion) in each of the regions. The Awards are divided into eleven different regions across the country: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Rio Grande Valley, San Jose and Washington DC. Students may apply to as many categories as they wish but only within one region.

Special award ceremonies are held at local colleges and universities. We invite local business, education, and community leaders to pay tribute to your accomplishments. If selected, attendance to the regional ceremony is absolutely mandatory. Travel to the regional ceremony will be at the recipient’s expense.

All recipients are also eligible to be selected as a National recipient. National recipients receive a laptop computer, and an all-expense paid trip to be recognized at the National Youth Awards ceremony. More information on the National Youth Awards will be posted on our website and be mentioned during all regional ceremonies.