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The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students

Administering Organization

Triangle Community Foundation


The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students provides college scholarships to immigrant Hispanic youth so they can become productive, well-educated members of our society.

The Fund awards annual scholarships to students enrolled in undergraduate programs at public and private accredited colleges, universities, or community colleges in North Carolina.  The scholarship is not available for graduate or post-graduate education.  The scholarship can be used to cover the costs of tuition, required fees, books, room and board, or other expenses (such as a laptop) with prior approval.  Scholarship values will be determined based on the funding available and payments will be sent directly to the educational institution on the student’s behalf, not to the student directly.

The Tomorrow Fund was established at Triangle Community Foundation in July 2009 as a donor advised fund to make higher education more accessible to talented NC Hispanic students from low-income families through grants to post-secondary institutions.  In 2011, it was determined that the fund could better fulfill its mission if converted to a scholarship fund.


To be eligible to submit an application, students must be:

  • Self-identified as a Hispanic/Latino immigrant or first-generation U.S. citizen.  As defined by the U.S. Census, “Hispanic or Latino” refers to a person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race.  Legal documentation is not required.
  • From a low-income background
  • A first generation U.S. college student in his/her family
  • Able to demonstrate and maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA
  • A graduate from a North Carolina high school (attended for at least two years)
  • Admitted to a North Carolina accredited college, university, or community college, preferably enrolled fulltime
  • Receiving institutional funding from their post-secondary institution.  Institutional funding is defined as scholarships, grants, or work-study funded directly by the school and does not include federal or state funded financial aid.
  • Able to demonstrate a remaining unmet financial need/gap of $15,000 or less.  Unmet need is defined as Total Expenses less Total Support and Expected Family Contribution.  Students must also demonstrate that they have pursued all possible sources of funding available, including loans, other scholarships, and state/federal grants (if applicable).
    This scholarship is to be used to supplement the student’s financial aid package after all possible awards are made to the student.  An institution should demonstrate that they are providing some level of institutional funds for any student applying for Tomorrow Fund support.  Students cannot be supported by this scholarship if, after all aid is applied, including support from The Tomorrow Fund, the remaining unmet need exceeds the student’s and his/her family’s ability to pay.

    All nominees must have a true likelihood to remain enrolled throughout the entire academic year and must have the ability to cover expenses after all aid has been applied.  Exceptional students who must attend part time, but can still meet the financial obligations and make progress toward their degree may be awarded under special circumstances.

    Click here to view the scholarship guidelines.


    One-time scholarships will be valued at $1,000 - $15,000 per student. Scholarship recipients must re-apply each year in order to be considered for future funding.

    How To Obtain An Application

    New for 2015:
    Applications must be submitted using the Foundation’s new online system.  Click here to begin the application process.  You will be prompted to create a profile, upload your completed application documents outlined below, and provide the name and email address of your recommender.  Recommenders will be notified by email through the system and will be asked to submit their recommendations online on or before May 1st, so we encourage you to start your online application as soon as possible. 

    Applications must include:

  • One Student Profile and Statement Form, typed and complete.
  • One Financial Aid Verification Form completed by the Financial Aid Office and submitted online by the applicant.
  • A copy of the student’s Financial Aid Award Letter or a detailed summary of the financial aid package for the 2015-2016 academic year.
  • A copy of the first two pages of the family’s last submitted Federal Tax Return (form 1040a or Form 1040ez), preferably for 2014.  If a tax return is not available, proof of income from an employer may be submitted in lieu of tax returns.
  • A letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, academic advisor, or mentor.  Recommenders must be non-family members and will submit their recommendations through the online portal.
  • An official college transcript must be submitted for any student already enrolled at the post-secondary level (rising sophomore or above).  An official high school transcript must be submitted for any incoming freshman.  Transcripts must be postmarked by May 1st and mailed to:

    Triangle Community Foundation
    Attn: The Tomorrow Fund
    324 Blackwell Street, Suite 1220
    Durham, NC 27701

    The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students Scholarship Committee reserves the right to select the final recipients from the pool of applicants.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Applications received after the deadline or submitted via postal mail or email will not be accepted.

    Students will be notified of the committee’s decision no later than July 30th, 2015.

    Application Deadline

    Applications must be submitted online by Friday, May 1st, 2015.