The Latin American Education Foundation (LAEF) has established itself as a leader in meeting the higher education needs of Hispanic students in Colorado. In its 69 year history, LAEF has awarded over 6,000 scholarships totaling over $6,000,000. Our recipients’ successes are seen throughout the community.


  • The LAEF Scholarship Application requires several written components and uploaded documents.  Please do not wait to get started, this will take a significant amount of time to complete.  You can complete the application in multiple sessions.
  • Applicants and recommenders should not wait until the last minute to start and/or submit any required materials.
  • An LAEF Scholarship Application “How To Guide” with step by step instructions can be located at the bottom of this page


  • All Colorado residents – regardless of legal residency status or citizenship
  • Hispanic origin or actively involved in Hispanic community
  • Cumulative high school or college GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • High school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate students


Applicants are required to submit the following via the online application, which will be used to verify their eligibility.

  • Unofficial Transcript
  • Official ACT/SAT scores
  • Current photo
  • List of extracurricular activities
  • Written statement(s) – not to exceed 1,000 words each, one for first time applicants or two for renewing applicants
  • Financial documents – for the person claiming the student
    • Student Aid Report (SAR) if FAFSA was completed; or…
    • 2020 tax return
    • Only if tax return is unavailable, we will accept last two pay stubs or 2020 W-2
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    • One letter must be from a representative at your high school or college – principal, teacher, guidance counselor, etc.
    • One letter must be from another source, personal or professional – employer, mentor, coach, etc.
    • Recommender  will receive an email with instructions when the student identifies them as the recommender on the application
      • Recommender must be at least 21 years of age and not related to the applicant
      • Recommender is required to complete a confidential recommendation through the online LAEF application system
  • How do I apply for the LAEF Scholarship? 
  • When is the application open?
    • Application opens on Friday, September 21, 2020
    • Application deadline is on Tuesday, November 20, 2020
  • This scholarship application is for what academic year?
    • This application is being reviewed, and funds awarded, for the 2020-2020 academic year.
  • When will recipients be notified?
    • All applicants will be notified of a decision via the e-mail address that you provide on the scholarship application.  You will receive decision notification no later than April 1, 2020.
  • Who is eligible to apply for a scholarship?
    • All Colorado residents – regardless of legal residency status or citizenship
    • Hispanic origin and/or actively involved in the Hispanic Community
    • Cumulative high school or college GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • High school seniors, college undergraduate and graduate students
  • What documentation do I need to submit to apply?
    • Unofficial Transcript
    • Official ACT/SAT scores
    • Current Photo
    • List of Extracurricular Activities
    • Written Statement(s) – one for first time applicants, two for returning applicants
    • Two Letters of Recommendation – one academic and one personal/professional
    • Financial documents for the person claiming the student.
    • 2020 Tax Return
      • Only if tax return is unavailable, we will accept last two pay stubs or 2020 W-2
  • What if I am legally independent?
    • If a student is legally independent you will be required to provide proof of emancipation or independence.  Specific instructions can be found in the online application, or please contact our office if you have further questions on this topic.
  • If I am already in college, do I need to submit an ACT/SAT score or high School GPA?
    • No. If you are already in college, you do not need to submit ACT/SAT scores or high school transcripts.
  • Will a scholarship award affect my Financial Aid?
    • Receiving an LAEF scholarship could affect your financial aid, depending on your individual circumstances.  Please consult with your financial aid office to see how receiving this award could impact your overall financial aid packaging.
  • How does LAEF award my scholarship money?
    • LAEF will mail your scholarship check directly to your college in two equal payments. Half for fall semester and half for spring semester
      • For example: if you are awarded a $500 LAEF scholarship, your school will receive $250 in the fall and $250 in the spring.
    • You must complete the verification form by the stated deadline (this form will be sent after you are awarded)
    • If you transfer schools, it is your responsibility to inform LAEF in a timely manner so that your scholarship award is sent to the correct school.
  • What does the LAEF Scholarship cover?
    • LAEF Scholarship funds can be used toward tuition, room and board, books or other qualified educational expenses.
  • LAEF Scholarship can be used at which educational institutions?
    • LAEF scholarship funds can only go to a United States 2 or 4 year, non-profit, accredited college or university and must be using these funds to complete an Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Graduate degree. LAEF also funds can also be applied at some Colorado trade/technical schools. Please contact the office if you want to verify that your institution is eligible. Students may use the LAEF Scholarship to cover costs of an international or experiential learning program that is provided in conjunction with their academic institution.
  • As an LAEF Scholarship recipient I was asked to do a Scholar Presentation at my high school.  How do I show I completed this requirement?
  • Print and fill out the Scholar Presentation From 2020-19. You can e-mail this form back to [email protected]
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