Since 1984, The Puerto Rican Heritage Society has awarded scholarships to high school graduates who pursue a higher education. We are proud to be part of their future. In 2023, for the first time ever, 7 scholarships were awarded totaling a record $14,000.

The Puerto Rican Heritage Society (PRHS) Scholarship Program, the “Héctor Méndez Scholarship” will continue its affiliation with Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation (MSPF)-Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House. PRHS will award scholarships, based on the availability of funds, to graduating high school seniors. One additional open scholarship, the “Luz G. Amadeo” Scholarship, is awarded to a non-Puerto Rican student who meets the eligibility criteria and has financial need.

The 2023 scholarship recipients pose for a picture with the Puerto Rican Heritage Society board.


Students must reside in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas and must be Puerto Rican or descendant from Puerto Rican parents and/or grandparents (with the exception of the Open scholarship). Scholarship recipients must attend any two or four year college/university or vocational/technical school for the school year starting August/September (immediately, after graduating from high school). The selection of scholarship recipients is based on the students’ GPA (minimum 3.0), scholastic achievements, leadership qualities and essay. The essay will be evaluated on the students’ ability to express themselves with a clear sense of direction, creativity, correct usage of spelling and grammar.

How To Apply:

The scholarship application must be obtained through the student’s school counselor and must be returned to the counselor. This procedure provides the opportunity for the student to have access to other scholarships available through the Bexar County Scholarship Clearing House. The student must request the application at the beginning of the school year, as MSPF has a limit of 2 nominations per school and for the open scholarship-1 nomination per school. The application is not available through the Internet.

When To Apply:

PRHS opens the scholarship application period during the fall semester of each school year. Awards are then given out the following spring semester.

Funding For Scholarships:

 PRHS relies on donations from our members and the public to provide student scholarships. The amount of scholarships awarded each year are dependent on donations received. If you would like to contribute to our scholarship fund, click the link below.