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With more Hispanic students than ever before attending college in the U.S., they and their families often run up against a harsh reality—college can be prohibitively expensive for many. That’s why Colgate, in partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, is pleased to lend a helping hand with its Haz La U (Make the U) Scholarship program, which will award 21 educational grants—including one $15,000 scholarship and 20 $2,500 grants—to Hispanic students nationwide.

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It’s easy to apply for the scholarship. Go to the Haz La U homepage and access the application. Among the criteria for eligibility, students need to have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be first-year students at a 2- or 4-year institution. They must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, and they need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The deadline to apply is January 20, 2014, as awards will be given for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Parents, encourage your high school senior to maintain his or her strong GPA and apply for the Haz La U Scholarship, along with the many others available through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. The future is theirs—let’s help Colgate and HSF help them “Make the U!”

Editor’s Note: This article is one in a series presented in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and designed to help parents prepare to send their kids off to college, brought to you by Colgate.