Students from LHS in Northern Essex’s Early College Partnership Program, January 2023.


For the 2022-2023 academic year the Massachusetts Hispanic Scholarship Fund (MAHSF) worked with Lawrence High School (LHS) where we began our outreach, education and scholarship programs. In January, we had a fantastic opportunity to engage with students at LHS.  We worked with the students to understand their plans and challenges in attending college, while educating them on not only MAHSF’s scholarship but other relevant Hispanic-oriented scholarships available to them. 

These seniors have been taking college courses at Northern Essex Community College as part of Northern Essex’s Early College partnership program, where students take high school and college courses during their school year at no cost.  Some students have taken up to 8 college courses since their Junior year and have earned college credit as a head start in their pursuit to attend college in the Fall of 2023. 


On May 25, 2023, the Massachusetts Hispanic Scholarship Fund (MAHSF) was proud to award a $4,000 and $2,000 scholarship to our outstanding inaugural scholars at the Lawrence High School Alumni Association Scholarship Banquet.  The two Lawrence High School (LHS) students will be moving on to college in the Fall

Ashely was our 2022-2023 MAHSF 4-year college scholar receiving a $4,000 award.  Ashely will attend UMass Lowell in the Fall of 2023 and major in Nursing.

Yuberky was our 2022-2023 MAHSF 2-year college scholar receiving a $2,000 award.  Yuberky will attend Northern Essex Community College for one year in the Fall of 2023 and matriculate to UMass Lowell in the Fall of 2024 and major in Nursing.

Scholarship Program

  • Annual $4,000 scholarship for a 4-year college or $2,000 scholarship for a 2-year college starting with a single applicant, commencing with the 2022-2023 class
  • Focus is on Hispanic High School Seniors attending an accredited two or four-year college or university starting in the Fall of the same year as the award
  • Rotated across key Massachusetts cities/towns each year via high school awards night working in conjunction with the HS
  • Targeting the largest Hispanic communities with the greatest need in Massachusetts
  • Criteria:
    • Must be a graduating senior
    • Must be at least one-quarter Hispanic/Latino[1]
    • Attending an accredited two or four-year college or university
    • Complete 300-500 word personal statement essay
    • Meet GPA requirement
    • Demonstrate financial need
    • Undocumented or DACA-eligible students accepted

[1] Hispanic/Latino is an ethnic category, not a racial category, and you may be of any race but you must be from a family whose ancestors came from at least one of these countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay, Venezuela or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

High School Outreach & Education

As part of the above scholarship, outreach to the focused high school on some key scholarships that are often underrepresented or unknown, but are fairly simple to apply and attain.  The idea is to work with guidance counselors and set up information sessions for parents/guardians and students on key Hispanic scholarships to consider including:

  • Seniors, Fall: Massachusetts Hispanic Scholarship Fund
  • Juniors, September/October: College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program
  • Juniors & Seniors, Fall & Spring: Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Youth Awards
  • Juniors, Seniors & Enrolled College Students: Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)
  • Juniors & Seniors: Other Scholarships