Getting Into College

What you need to do to be successful when applying to college: Many students wonder what they need to do be successful in the college application process. These links will help guide you in the right direction with resources from national and statewide organizations.

Parents and family members play a critical role in student success

"We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history and Latino parents need our support," says Frank Alvarez, CEO and president of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. "Thanks to our partnership with the Ad Council and Grupo Gallegos, we believe that ... our toolkit for parents will encourage and inspire parents to take a more active role in encouraging their children to go to college. Given the growing Latino population demographic and the disparities in educational attainment, we affirm that this is a national issue that must be embraced by all of us." 

The “Your Words Today” campaign is a multiyear, multimedia bilingual advertising campaign launched by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Ad Council to connect Hispanic parents and families with information and tools they need to help their children prepare for and go to college. Visit, or call 1-877-HSF-8711 to order a free informational toolkit. The toolkit i ncludes information about HSF and corporate and community partners, the scholarships HSF provides, and resources for students to stay in college and succeed in achieving a college education. Available resources include workshops, seminars and publications – many provided in both English and Spanish.

Town Hall Meetings from the Hispanic Scholarship fund are bilingual sessions where students and their families receive information about the value and affordability of a college education. In two-hour evening programs, bilingual outreach staff members cover the essentials of college preparation, the financial aid process, the steps involved in applying for scholarships, and the expected family contribution. College representatives are usually present and can speak with students and parents about any questions they have regarding admissions and financial aid process.

For a calendar of HSF events, go to



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