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We're honored to invest in our community by awarding twenty-five $5,000 scholarships to college students at HACU-member institutions to help further their education.


This year, Café Bustelo asked applicants to share how their heritage, family, and community have impacted their desire and motivation to obtain a college degree; how they plan to give back to their community; and what they intend to accomplish with their degree in an essay in English or Spanish (800 words or less).


Since the scholarship began in 2014, $430,000 in college funds have been awarded to 86 Latino students nationwide through the partnership.


 ¡Felicitaciones! To our 2021 Scholarship recipients!


Arianna Akinwunmi
Frisco, TX

Aileen Arevalo
Van Nuys, CA

Steven Blancas
San Antonio, TX

Yareli Cervantes
Los Angeles, CA
(Social Work)

Sinai Cota
San Diego, CA

Elizabeth Diaz
Cutler Bay, FL
(Physical Therapy)

Bryan Escalona
Washington, DC

Charly Gutierrez Jimenez
Miami, FL
(Computer Science)

Ermilo Hurtado
Tucson, AZ
(Physical Therapy)

Daniel Jimenez
Miami Beach, FL
(Mental Health)

 Maria Lopez
Los Angeles, CA
(Public Administration)

Berenice Marquez
College Station, TX
(Ecological/Environmental Science)

Elena Martinez
Rosemond, CA

Juan Mendoza
Long Beach, CA
(Criminal Justice)


Ashlynn Noyola
Waelder, TX

Eric Ortega Rodriguez
Kerrville, TX

Aaron Perez
Houston, TX
(Chemical Engineering)

Rafael Rodriguez
Evanston, IL  

(Computer Science)

Anaomi Rojas-Lujan
Henderson, NV

Maritza Salazar
El Monte, CA

Sofia Sanabria
Coleta, CA

Marison Sanchez Castillo
Los Angeles, CA

Juliana Signor​​
Seaside, CA
Elizabeth Tapia​​
Los Angeles, CA
(Public Health)

Dessire Trinidad
Mayaguez, PR



2021 Scholarship Details

Café Bustelo® aims to invest in the Latino community by awarding scholarships to those who seek better futures for themselves, their families and their communities. We’re looking for motivated college students with a passion for community involvement and furthering their education.


The 2021 application period is between April 19, 2021 at 12:00 a.m. Central Time (CT) and July 5, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (CT).


¿Quieres ser parte de este desafío? By applying for our scholarship, you could receive one of twenty five $5,000 scholarships at any HACU-member institution!

Open to the following:

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students of Latino descent - Open to all majors  
  • Must be 18 years or older 
  • Currently enrolled at a HACU-member institution within the United States, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
  • Internet access and a valid e-mail address are required to apply.


How to Apply:

Go to to access the online application and guidelines.


Write an essay of 800 words or less (English or Spanish) on the following topic:

Describe how your Latino heritage, family and the community in which you grew up have impacted your desire and motivation to obtain a college degree. Additionally, describe what you intend to accomplish with your degree and how you will give back to your community.

iMucha suerte!




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