Throughout its history, HACE has continuously provided scholarships to support students' educational goals. We aim to invest in the Latino/a/x/e community by awarding scholarships to college students with drive and passion. We support college students who want to further their education and have a passion for community engagement. Supporting education is a crucial part of the HACE mission in helping the Latino/a/x/e succeed in every phase of their careers.


  • Current full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the United States
  • Of Hispanic and/or Latino/a/x/e heritage
  • Demonstrate financial need 
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA
  • Open to ALL majors
  • Scholarship winners required to record testimonial videos (to state impact of receiving the scholarship and encourage donations for future scholarships)
  • Past recipients are not eligible to reapply

Applications are closed for the Dr. Ervin "Vinny" Caraballo Scholarship 





Congratulations to the 2023 Scholarship Recipients! 

  • Lizbeth Lopez Ayona, Minneapolis Community Technical College, MN
  • Lizbeth Lopez, Lake Forest College, IL
  • Vanesa Perez-Cabrera, Manchester University, IN
  • Alfonso Porras, The University of Texas at San Antonio, TX 
  • Isabelle Boni, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Jessica Aguilar, UC San Diego, CA
  • Jimmie Warren, Utica University, NY
  • Jocelyn Lopez, Loyola Marymount University, CA
  • Maritza Salazar, University of Southern California, CA
  • Mateo Maya, American University, CA
  • Victoria Veloz-Vicioso, Mount Saint Mary College, NJ
  • Amber Olmos, California State University, Dominguez Hills, CA
  • Elderson Mercado Rivera, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, PR
  • Gerardo Torres, Saint Xavier University, IL
  • Olga Rodriguez, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • Emily Martinez, San Jose State University, CA
  • Gabriel Banda, University of Texas at Austin, TX
  • Natividad Perez, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL
  • Angel Maldonado Estrada, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, MN


About Dr. Ervin "Vinny" Caraballo

Dr. Caraballo was a driving force in HACE’s programming and growing impact on the Latino/a/x/e community. He served on the Board of Directors from 1996 through 2003. Dr. Caraballo provided leadership and guidance as a member for the 25th anniversary committee in 2007. In 2013, he led HACE’s efforts in the research and publication of the HACE Pulse Survey. In 2015, Vinny helped shape HACE’s vision for the future by participating in the Strategic Planning Committee.  Above all, he served as a mentor and role model to HACE’s current President & CEO, Patricia Mota. Dr. Caraballo truly embodied HACE’s mission.


Dr. Caraballo's leadership, guidance, and presence are greatly missed. His life trajectory and accomplishments truly exemplify that of a great servant leader. In 2017, HACE established a scholarship celebrating Dr. Caraballo. HACE is proud that his rich legacy will continue to inspire lives for years to come via the HACE Dr. Ervin “Vinny” Caraballo Scholarship Fund.