New Youth Scholarship Application


LAWA Scholarships are financial awards that support FULL-TIME students seeking to attend and complete certificate programs, associate, or bachelor’s degrees.

•LAWA Scholarships are given annually to eligible Latino(a) students accepted by accredited vocational schools, colleges or universities of their choice.
•LAWA Scholarships are renewable for up to four consecutive academic years.
•LAWA Scholarships are competitive and the selection criteria is based on student’s financial need, academic merit, and community involvement.
•The scholarship money is intended ONLY for tuition.


2023 High School Graduates:  Any student of Hispanic origin, defined as the heritage nationality, lineage, or country of birth of the person or the person’s parents or ancestors before arriving in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau .) The student must be graduating from a high school located in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell and Union counties in the state of North Carolina or has graduated from a high school within a year located in the counties above, and must be accepted to any accredited vocational school, college or university to attend as a full-time student for the entire academic year.


Complete the 2023 New Scholarship Application below online. Some documents may be sent via electronic mail to *We suggest that you complete all of the pieces of the application prior to uploading as the application form must be completed in one session. 
CLICK HERE to view the questions before you complete the application.


1)  Must be of Hispanic origin as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau above.

2)  Must be a high school graduate or have graduated within a year from one of the following counties: Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Gaston, Iredell, or Union.
3)  Must have an unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher (school transcript will need to be submitted).
4)  Must submit parent(s) proof of income.


*Total of 3 letters (more information below).

Must send two letters of recommendation from either two teachers, or one teacher and one administrator.
The following must be included in the letter of recommendation from either a teacher or administrator.        

a) Relationship to the applicant          
b) How long has the recommender known the applicant
c)  Description of the student’s academic achievements and merit for a LAWA scholarship        
d) Teacher's, professor’s, counselor’s or advisor's name, title, email address, phone number, signature, and date          

A student’s community involvement after-school, in clubs, sports, working, or volunteering at church, as a tutor, babysitter, translator, etc. is very important. One letter not from a teacher or administrator for a total of three letters of recommendation. The following must be included in the letter of recommendation about student’s volunteer or community-related activities (not from a teacher or administrator).        

The following must be included in the letter of recommendation from an adult who knows the student’s after-school involvement (not from teacher or counselor)    
a) Relationship to the applicant          
b) Volunteer or community related activities and examples of applicant’s demonstration of leadership        
c) Reference’s name, title, email address, phone number, signature, and date          

Must send a personal essay (typed, Times New Roman, double spaced, must not exceed 2 pages) discussing the following:          

a) Career aspirations          
b) Community involvement and personal or academic interests          
c) Academic achievements          
d) Reasons for applying for the scholarship          
e) Any obstacles overcome during school years (if applicable)

**Must be available for a personal interview, if requested.


Please upload all required documents.
Documents should be scanned from original copies and saved as PDF files.
Gather all required documents before starting the application.
Start as early as possible.
Please save all documents sent in a folder on your computer.

You may send letters of recommendation electronically to  


We use your personal information only for the grant selection process.  No information is shared with other parties outside of the LAWA organization.