LAEF Scholarship

LAEF Scholarship Information & Frequently Asked Questions

Applications and recommendations must be completed online through the application website between January 1, 2016 and February 15, 2016 at midnight MST. Late, mailed, faxed, or emailed submissions will not be accepted.


  • It will take a significant amount of time to gather information and complete the application. Applicants and recommenders should not wait until the last minute to start and/or submit an application or recommendation
  • LAEF has developed an Application "How-to" Guide which walks you through the application, this can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • Applicants will be required to submit documents that will be used to verify their eligibility:
  1. Transcript;
  2. Official ACT/SAT scores;
  3. Financial documents – Most recent Tax Returns (last 3 pay stubs or w-2s or taxes for student and/or Parents);
  4. Essay(s) – not to exceed 1,000 words or 3 pages doubled spaced- 1 essay for first time applicants and 2 for renewals;
  5. 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • The application does not need to be completed in one session; it can be saved and resumed. However, the complete application with supporting documents and recommendations must be submitted before the deadline of February 15, 2016.

  • As part of the application, students must obtain 2 letters of recommendation. One from a representative at their high school or college (principal, teacher, guidance counselor, coach, etc.). and the second from anyone else that is not a member of your family– (employers, mentors etc.);
  • Recommenders must be at least 21 years of age and cannot be related to the applicant;
  • The recommender will be required to complete a confidential recommendation online through the LAEF application system;
  • Recommenders will receive an email with instructions and login credentials when the student identifies them as the recommender on their application.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the application filing period?
Application will be available on January 1, 2016
Deadline February 15, 2016 at midnight

How do I apply for the LAEF Scholarship?
Visit the LAEF Website:

When will recipients be notified?
If you are selected as a scholarship winner, you will be notified via mail in early May.

Who is eligible to apply for scholarship
High school seniors and undergraduate students are eligible to apply;
Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA;
Colorado resident (permanent Colorado address);
Hispanic and/or actively involved in the Hispanic Community.

Will a scholarship award affect my Financial Aid?

Do I have to submit additional documentation?
Yes, in addition to the application requirements listed above, applicants will be asked to submit:
Current Photo (optional), Resume and List of Extracurricular Activities

How does LAEF award my scholarship money?
If selected as an LAEF Scholarship recipient, LAEF will mail your scholarship check directly to your college in two different 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. If you transfer school, it is your responsibility to inform LAEF in a timely manner so that you 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, book or other qualified, miscellaneous educational expenses.

Where can the LAEF scholarship be used?
LAEF scholarship recipients must attend/intend to attend any 2 or 4-year non-profit, accredited college or university in the United State and must intend to complete an Associate's or Bachelor's degree.

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, however, you will be required to submit a copy of your college transcripts to show your current GPA.


LAEF Scholarship Application How-To Guide

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