Eligibility requirements

To be considered for a HOLA Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a US-based high school senior of Hispanic and Latinx descent (for example, Mexican American, Cuban American, Brazilian, etc) of an accredited organization.
  • Plan to attend a two or four-year college or university in the US.
  • Plan to pursue an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, business management, marketing, or have a declared major.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and a passion for helping your community within your school, neighborhood, family or any organizations.
  • Demonstrate leadership at a school or in the community.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Require financial assistance to attend college.
  • U.S. citizen, permanent legal resident, or DACA.

How to apply

To apply for a HOLA Scholarship, submit your application online by March 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) with the following items: 

Two letters of recommendation. At least one letter must be from a faculty or staff member at your school. Letters of recommendation should be original and should not be duplicates of college recommendation letters. (Letters must be on letterhead.)

Résumé. Your résumé should include the following information:

  • Extracurricular activities (school and community related)
  • Honors, awards, or recognition that you have received (school or community related) 
  • Work experience

Transcript. Include a copy of your current academic transcript. (Official or Unofficial copies will both be accepted.)

Two Essays.

  • In no more than 500 words, describe how you plan to engage in the technology industry in your future career. (If you have done exemplary work using technology during high school, please describe that also.)
  • In no more than 250 words, demonstrate your financial need for this scholarship.

All materials MUST be submitted through the online application link below before the deadline of March 15, 2022 at 11:59 PM (Pacific Time). Emailed or mailed documents will not be accepted. For questions on eligibility or the program please contact: HOLAscholarship@microsoft.com. For technical issues with the online application, please contact Seattle Foundation Scholarships Team: scholarships@seattlefoundation.org

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Microsoft HOLA scholarships are funded and administered by Microsoft and cover up to 100 percent of recipients' tuition costs. HOLA Scholarships are funded and administered by members of the HOLA (Hispanic/Latinx Employees at Microsoft) organization and are renewable 1-time awards of US $5,000. Only high-school seniors are eligible to apply for a HOLA Scholarship; scholarship recipients can apply to renew their scholarships for up to four years. Only students who are currently enrolled in a four-year college or university are eligible to apply for Microsoft College Scholarships.

No. The HOLA Scholarship is open to high school seniors only; however, scholarship winners can apply to renew their scholarships for up to four years.

Yes. Scholarship applicants must be planning to pursue a bachelor's degree, but students who plan to begin their degree program at a two-year college are welcome to apply.

Yes. If you cannot obtain an official transcript from your school, you can send an unofficial transcript with your application. However, if you are selected as a finalist, you will be required to submit an official transcript.

Yes. One-time recipients can reapply for an additional fund the following year.

No. Only recipients of HOLA Scholarships are automatically considered for internships. Information about applying for the Microsoft High School Internship Program is available on the High School Internship Program web page.