Vamos Scholarship 2023-24

The Vamos Scholarship program grants scholarships to Hispanic high school seniors from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas who are pursuing higher education in the United States.

Those who enroll at the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley qualify for $3,000 annually, renewable for up to four years.

On the other hand, students opting for other institutions receive $5,000 each year, totaling $20,000 over the course of their studies.

VAMOS Scholarship

VAMOS Scholarship General Eligibility

The VAMOS Scholarship General Eligibility requirements are as follows, and the application opens on December 1, 2023:

  1. Scholarship Application: You must complete the scholarship application.
  2. High School Transcript: Submit an official high school transcript that includes your GPA, class rank, and class size.
  3. Resume: Provide a comprehensive student resume.
  4. SAT/ACT Scores: Include your SAT/ACT scores in the application.
  5. Income Tax Return: Submit your parent’s income tax return (redact SSNs) used for the FAFSA application.
  6. Student Aid Report (SAR): Include your SAR in the application.
  7. Financial Aid Award Letter: Provide your financial aid award letter.
  8. Letters of Recommendation: Obtain two letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, principals, or other professional staff.
  9. Pell Grant Eligibility: You must be eligible for the Pell Grant.
  10. Enrollment Plans: Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, public, or private four-year university for the 2023 Fall Semester.
  11. Essay (600 words): Write a 600-word essay that covers the following topics:
  • Personal statement
  • Your academic and career goals
  • Why you believe obtaining a higher education degree is necessary
  • Any obstacles or exceptional/difficult circumstances that inspired your pursuit of post-secondary education
  • Closing statement

HSF/VAMOS Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for the HSF/VAMOS Scholarship:

  1. Citizenship Status: Be a US citizen, legal permanent resident, or qualifying non-US citizen.
  2. Location: Be a high school senior residing in Hidalgo, Starr, or Cameron County.
  3. Academic Performance: Maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Pell Grant Qualification: Qualify for a Pell Grant.
  5. Enrollment Intentions: Plan to enroll as a full-time freshman at a four-year accredited institution in the USA, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, or Guam.
  6. Financial Aid Application: Intend to apply for federal financial assistance through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

VAMOS/UTRGV Scholarship Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Graduating Senior: Be a graduating high school senior from Hidalgo, Starr, or Cameron County with the intention to enroll at UTRGV.
  2. Citizenship Status: Be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen.
  3. Academic Standing: Rank among the top 25% of their graduating class.
  4. Financial Need: Demonstrate financial need and achieve Pell Grant eligibility as determined by the UTRGV School Funding Office and FAFSA.

Vamos Scholarship Application Process:

  1. Eligibility Check:
  2. Gather Required Documents:
    • Collect all necessary documents, which may include:
      • High school transcripts
      • Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligible non-citizen status
      • FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) information
      • Letters of recommendation
      • A personal statement or essay
      • Any other documents specified in the application guidelines.
  3. Complete the Application:
  4. Fill Out the Application:
    • Complete all sections of the application, providing accurate information about your academic achievements, extracurricular activities, community involvement, and financial status.
  5. Write Your Essay:
  6. Letters of Recommendation:
    • Submit letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or other individuals who can speak to your character, abilities, and potential.
  7. Submit Transcripts:
  8. Complete the FAFSA:
    • You may need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine your financial need. Be sure to include the Vamos Scholarship as a recipient of your FAFSA information.
  9. Review and Submit:
    • Carefully review your application for any errors or missing information. Once you are confident that everything is complete, submit your application.