META Foundation Releases Its 2012 Scholarship Application and Adds 20 New Scholarships for Southern California Hispanic Students

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Scholarships Available to Community College Students and Continuing Undergraduates at Four-Year Universities

"As the fastest growing population, Hispanics have a unique opportunity to have an impact on the future of California and the rest of the country,” said META Co-Founder, Joe Cervantes.

META Foundation (Making Education the Answer) releases its 2012 scholarship application and adds 20 new scholarships as part of its commitment to provide scholarship and mentorship to Hispanic students in Southern California.

META is the only local nonprofit organization devoted to providing scholarships exclusively to Hispanics. Students in the META program are more than doubling graduation rates. Nationally, 40% of Hispanics earn a degree within four years, compared with 90% of META scholarship students.

"Making sure Hispanics earn a college degree is critical. As the fastest growing population, Hispanics have a unique opportunity to have an impact on the future of California and the rest of the country,” said META Co-Founder, Joe Cervantes. “It is disturbing that Hispanics don’t attend college at the rate of mainstream America. Undeniably, this causes a socio-economic gap that will continue unless the trend is reversed by organizations such as META,” added Cervantes.

META is funded by private donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations. To learn more, make a contribution, or apply for the program, visit http://www.meta-foundation.org.
META SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Four Year META Scholarship: This scholarship provides students up to $7,500, payable over four years, to entering college freshman attending four-year colleges and universities or students attending community college with plans to transfer. Recipients of the Four Year META

Scholarship will also be provided mentorship, internship placement, access to workshops and career guidance.

To be eligible to apply for the general META scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be applying, accepted or enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education as a full-time undergraduate student pursuing an academic discipline at a four-year college.
  • Must be an incoming freshman
  • Must have a 3.00 GPA or higher and be in good academic standing.
  • Must come from families at or below 60% of the area's median family income, based on family size.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Resident of Hispanic origin (defined as having one Hispanic parent or two Hispanic grandparents) residing in the 50 states or Puerto Rico.
  • Preference is given to students who have demonstrated leadership or mentoring qualities through their record of involvement and participation in civic activities in school or in their communities.

META Scholar: The META Scholar Award provides a $500 stipend to either four year or community college students who have plans to transfer to a four-year university. The Award is not-automatically renewable, but former recipients are eligible to reapply. Recipients will also be provided with mentorship, internship placement, access to workshops and career guidance.

To be eligible to apply for the META Schlolar Award, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be applying, accepted or enrolled at an accredited institution of higher education, pursuing an academic discipline, at EITHER a four year college or a two-year community college with plans to transfer.
  • May be an incoming freshman at a two-year university or a continuing student
  • Must have a 3.00 GPA or higher and be in good academic standing.
  • Must come from families at or below 60% of the area's median family income, based on family size.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen of Hispanic origin (defined as having one Hispanic parent or two Hispanic grandparents) residing in the 50 states or Puerto Rico.
  • Preference is given to students who have demonstrated leadership or mentoring qualities through their record of involvement and participation in civic activities in school or in their communities.

Application deadline is April 30th, 2012
Students who qualify will be considered for both scholarship programs.

META is a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 organization, providing mentorship and scholarships to Hispanic youth in Southern California with the vision of increasing the opportunities for Hispanics to become successful business and community leaders. For more information please visit http://www.meta-foundation.org

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