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Recipients have been chosen click here to view the list and attend the virtual ceremony.

About the Youth Awards:

The Youth Awards was founded in 1998 by the Hispanic Heritage Foundation. Now entering its 23rd year, the Youth Awards honors Latino high school seniors who excel in the classroom and community and for their excellence in various categories including: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Engineering, Green Sustainability, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, Public Service & Social Justice, and Technology.

Gold, Silver and Bronze recipients are selected in each category and receive a one-time grant to fund their college education or to fund a community service effort that tackles a social issue.

Once selected, recipients will be celebrated in 10 virtual ceremonies and will become part of our broader HHF network of 200,000 professionals and fulfill our unique cycle of leadership where we meet America’s priorities in the classroom and workforce.

The Youth Awards program is the main pipeline to Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) system of talent that prepares and positions Latino youth through the award-winning Latinos On Fast Track (LOFT) program as they transition from high school, to college, to graduate school, and into their careers. Follow LOFT on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

2021 Youth Awards Ceremonies:

  • Red Region – CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, VT
    Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at 7pm EST
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  • Orange Region – AL, AR, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN
    Thursday, February 24, 2022 at 7pm EST
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  • Teal Region – CO, ID, KS, MT, NE, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA, WY
    Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 7pm MST
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  • Yellow Region – AZ, NM
    Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 7pm MST
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  • Green Region – FL, GA
    Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 7pm EST
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  • Blue Region – DC, DE, KY, MD, NJ, PA, VA, WV
    Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 7pm EST
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  • Tan Region – AK, AS, GU, HI, PR, VI
    Saturday, March 12, 2022 at 7pm AST (3pm AKST, 1pm HST)
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  • Pink Region – IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
    Thursday, March 15, 2022 at 7pm CST
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  • Burgundy Region – OK, TX
    Tuesday, March 17, 2022 at 7pm MST
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  • Purple Region – CA, NV
    Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 7pm PST
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  • Be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2022
  • Must have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale or 7.5 on a 10.0 scale
  • Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2022-2023
  • Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines)
  • If selected, attendance to virtual regional awards ceremony is mandatory
  • Be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA

Need Help?:

  • Watch our video tutorial of the Youth Awards application process here
  • Check out our FAQ section to find out more here
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