Wednesday, November 30, 2011

National Hispanic Merit Scholarship

This is a fabulous award that is granted to special, qualifying candidates to help pay for college tuition. Some of the eligibility requirements include:
  • Must be Hispanic or Latino
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Be pursuing or plan to pursue your first undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Must apply for federal financial aid using the FAFSA
  • Be enrolled or plan to enroll full-time as an undergrad or graduate student at a U.S. accredited institution in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam.
The amount awarded can be anywhere between $1,000-$15,000, but the average is about $2,500 for students attending a four year institution and $1,250 for students attending a two year institution. This money can go towards tuition, fees, books, and other academic-related supplies, including room and board and transportation expenses related to school, and can even be applied to a program to study abroad, as long as you remain enrolled in your home university, the program occurs during the normal academic year, and you will be receiving U.S. college credits towards your degree.

You can apply online for this scholarship here by going to the scholarships link and click apply online. Once you click that, you will be directed to the students application site. If you're new, you'll have to register and create an account. They do not accept paper applications, so if you want to apply for a scholarship, you must do so online. There is no fee to apply for the scholarship, so what's stopping you? Go online now and try to get one.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chicano Love Poems

Chicano poetry is a type of American literature that is primarily written about Mexican Americans and their way of life in society. The term "Chicano" is a term that identifies people of Mexican descent who are born in the United States. Chicano love poems can express love, admiration, and appreciation. They make references to Mexican-Americans and many times talk about their culture, stereotypes, and how they want to be defined.

Following I will show you an example of a Chicano love poem:

{Start}
Bashert
I am the catch
in your throat;
the wordless cry,
unexplainable.

I am the cloud
that follows you;
raining
at the slightest provocation.

I am the scar
that has
become a flower.

I am the pilgrim
you brought home;
the Jew you hid
from the fire.

I am your dark sleep.

I am your dream
of finding someone whose arms
will hold you
when daylight comes.
{End}


That is a poem written by Lisa Alvarado. She is one of several famous poets that write Chicano love poems. There are some more out there that are equally, if not more, great. Check out and see what else you can find out there.