National Puerto Rican Day Parade Announces 2022 Scholarship Program

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Photo courtesy of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc.

The National Puerto Rican Day Parade announced its 2022 National Scholarship Program and will be accepting applications through March 26. For the sixth consecutive year, the NPRDP will award 100 scholarships valued at $2,000 each to exceptional students of Puerto Rican descent who are making a difference in their communities.

The National Puerto Rican Puerto Rican Day Parade (NPRDP) is held annually along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan on the second Sunday in June to honor the nearly 4 million people of Puerto Rican descent and the more than 4 million people of Puerto Rican birth or heritage residing in the United States.

In 1995, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization, was formed from its predecessor, the New York Puerto Rican Day Parade, when Dr. Ramon S. Velez and the parade board envisioned a national concept to demonstrate the cultural pride of our community.

Today, the NPRDP’s new organizational structure has expanded its scale of action beyond the parade itself, including promoting cultural awareness and education through its scholarship program.

“Since 2014, we have awarded over $1.2 million through the NPRDP scholarship program, and we are proud and excited to continue supporting students in our community in their pursuit of higher education,” said Louis Maldonado NPRDP Board Chair, through a press release. “Recent winners have represented over 20 states and Puerto Rico, and we expect to broaden participation even further in 2022.”

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be of Puerto Rican descent;
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better, or 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.

The scholarship application is available at www.nprdpinc.org. Candidates must electronically submit their completed applications and upload essays, academic transcripts, and other requirements by Saturday, March 26, 2022.