*** National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2020 Scholarship ***

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National Puerto Rican Day Parade 2020 Scholarship 

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade was established to create national awareness of Puerto Rican contributions. NPRDP’s mission is to empower the Puerto Rican community through promoting culture, education, scholarships, and civic engagement. To this end, a Scholarship Awards Program was established and is open to students in all of the United States and U.S. territories (including Puerto Rico). This year, NPRDP will award one hundred (100) $2,000 scholarships to exceptional Puerto Rican High School Seniors and full time two/four years accredited Puerto Rican College undergrad students who are making a difference in their community.
Applicant shall be:

• of Puerto Rican descent
• demonstrate Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) of 3.0 or better or the equivalent high school grade
• be High School or College/University (undergrad) students between the ages of 17 and 25
• be enrolled in an accredited two/four year College/University (Freshmen through Junior) or a senior in High School
• have proof of volunteer/community service
• undergo an interview with the Selection Committee

Evaluation Guidelines

The following factors are considered when evaluating scholarship applicants. No one factor is dispositive. The factors provide guidelines for the Selection Committee to consider the totality of the applicant's candidacy:
• Applicant’s educational achievements
• Applicant’s achievement in the community
• Applicant’s volunteer/community service
• Applicant’s understanding of the Puerto Rican culture
• Applicant’s extracurricular activities
• Membership in organizations, clubs, societies, etc.
• Applicant’s understanding of society & his/her participation therein
• Applicant’s ambition

Mandatory Guidelines (Please read and have all information ready to apply)

An application will be considered complete after receiving all of the information listed below:

Complete this application form (you must have all documents ready to attach once you start filling out the form):
a. Your biography (250 words or less) - May be submitted in English or Spanish
b. Headshot
c. Two Letters of Recommendation. Letters of recommendation can come from teachers, professors, counselors,
mentors, clergy, community leaders or other significant people in your life, excluding family members. One of the letters must from an individual that can speak to your community service, whether volunteering in your school, neighborhood
or church. Both letters should describe the experience with applicant and length of the relationship.
d. Submit the form only when you have completed the full form to be able to save your responses. All responses may
be submitted in English or Spanish.
e. Responses to two essay questions (500 words or less per question) – may be submitted in English or Spanish.
1. Describe how Puerto Rican culture has influenced you and how you apply the lessons you have learned from that
cultural influence in your life. Describe your interactions with people and the community. Share with us one Puerto
Rican hero/heroine (excluding family members and current celebrities) that inspires you and why.
2.. Please share your knowledge regarding the efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico. Discuss your thoughts on the role of
the diaspora, as well as potential ways our full community (both in Puerto Rico and stateside) can continue
mobilizing and working in synergy to rebuild both economically, structurally and/or systemically.

Requesting Transcripts (you will not be able to submit the transcripts through this form)
• Official Academic Transcript (schools can e-mail or mail transcripts directly to NPRDP)
• Transfer students shall submit all transcripts

Sealed transcripts should be emailed to scholarships@nprdpinc.org or can be mailed to:

National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc.
ATTN: Scholarships
P.O. Box 975
New York, NY, 10272


All applications must be submitted electronically through this form along with the letters of recommendation, by Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Sealed transcripts should be emailed to scholarships@nprdpinc.org or can be mailed to:

National Puerto Rican Day Parade Inc.
ATTN: Scholarships
P.O. Box 975
New York, NY, 10272

Transcripts MUST BE POSTMARKED no later than Saturday, February 29, 2020. Applications, letters of recommendation and official transcripts received after this date will be disqualified, no exceptions.

Additionally, applications received by the deadline will be disqualified should any of the following conditions occur:
(1) recipient provides false information on application;
(2) recipient is not enrolled in a full-time accredited 2 or 4 year college or university;
(3) recipient is not of Puerto Rican descent;
(4) applicant fails to provide high school/college transcripts, two letters of recommendation, essay, written bio, and head shot photo.

If selected as an NPRDP scholar, a recipient living in the Tri-State area must attend two of the NPRDP events such as: Presentation of the Scholars, Cultural Ambassador Program /Enrichment Day, and the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Exceptions made on individual basis. If recipient is a family member or is affiliated with a NPRDP board member, full disclosure of said relationship must be made, and your application will go through an additional review process for consideration.



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