National Puerto Rican Day Parade Extends 2017 Scholarship Deadline


Applications now accepted through Friday, March 31. Download application form at

Organization To Grant Largest Number of Scholarships in Its History

February 23rd, 2017, New York CityThe National Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) has extended the deadline to submit applications for its 2017 Scholarship Awards Program, to Friday, March 31.

The extension is meant to allow current candidates extra time to gather all the documents needed to complete and submit their applications. At the same time more students will also get the opportunity to be part of the Program, which is surpassing the organization’s all-time record for total number and dollar amount of scholarships awarded in its history. For this reason, 2017 marks a significant milestone in the organization’s ongoing commitment to promoting the pursuit of higher education in the Puerto Rican and Latino community.

This year, NPRDP will present 100 scholarships of $2,000 each, for a total of $200,000, to exceptional students of Puerto Rican descent who are making a difference in their communities. Scholarship winners will also be able to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge event, where the organization will select the Princess, Prince, Duke and Duchess for the Parade, which celebrates its 60th anniversary.

To be eligible for the 2017 Annual Scholarship Program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

Be of Puerto Rican descent;
Have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better, or the equivalent high school grade;
Be a high school Senior, or Freshman through Junior in college, ages of 17 through 25;
Be enrolled in an accredited two or four year college/university, for college students;
Have a track record of doing volunteer work or community service;
Participate in an interview with a member(s) of the Scholarship Selection Committee.

Each Scholarship Application package must include: a completed application form; an essay; a written biography; two letters of recommendation, of which one letter of recommendation must be from the site where the student performs his/her volunteer work; official academic transcripts (sealed) and a photo. Letters of Recommendation should be requested from teachers, professors, counselors, mentors, clergy, community leaders, etc. The letters should highlight the applicant’s volunteer community service, length of the relationship with the candidate, and the specific contributions the applicant has made to the community.

To download scholarship applications, the public can visit
Candidates must submit completed applications, essays and biographies via-email to on or before Friday, March 31, 2017. Letters of recommendation and sealed transcripts should be sent together by regular mail before Friday, April 7, 2017, to:
National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc.
P.O. Box 975, New York, NY 10272
Materials submitted after this date will result in the disqualification of the applicant.

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade, and award winning artist of the musical “Hamilton”, Lin-Manuel Miranda, are collaborating this year in the production of a T-shirt specially designed for the Parade through TeeRico (available at T-shirt proceeds will benefit the NPRDP scholarship fund.

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