Application for the 2021 HOPE College Leadership Program is now closed.

HOPE College Leadership Program

The HOPE College Leadership Program is a hybrid leadership development program that fosters a network of support for College Latinas to ensure they have the resources necessary to complete college, enter the workforce, and contribute to their communities. The goal of the program is increased graduation rates, soft skill development, and successful workforce integration.


Launched in 2016, the program has engaged 160 participants to date. The HCLP has a college completion rate of 63% within 5 years, compared to the national average of 58% within 6 years.


  • Latina (self-identified as being Latina)

  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate college student or graduate student

  • First-generation college student (defined as parents do not have a college degree)

  • Must have a demonstrated commitment to community

  • Must submit a complete application packet for consideration

  • From a key priority area - see website for the full list


  • Must attend the Young Professionals Summit

  • Must participate in all bi-monthly webinars

  • Complete individual and/or group assignments

  • Expected to advocate on behalf of Latinas

  • Contribute to Friends of HOPE Network

  • Volunteer or intern with HOPE


HCLP is tuition-free. HOPE will cover the registration cost for the mandatory Young Professionals Summit and will provide flight vouchers/travel reimbursements for students traveling more than 100 miles (adhering to future COVID-19 protocols). Participants are expected to pay other conference registration fees & transportation costs.

Application Requirements & Timeline: 

Students have the option of applying to one of two cohorts based on their regional location. Cohort 1 will begin training sessions the first week of August and scheduled in accordance to Pacific Standard Time. Cohort 2 will begin training sessions the second week of August and scheduled in accordance to Eastern Standard Time. 

The following are required as part of your application: 

  • Application Profile

  • Headshot (preferably high resolution .png or .jpeg). No selfies are accepted.

  • Short Bio (in 3rd person highlighting your academic accomplishments)

  • Short Response Questions

  • Participant Agreement

Timeline for application:

  • Application Opens: May 1, 2021

  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2021, 11:59 PM (PST)

  • Deadline to submit emails of support to June 30, 2021– 11:59 PM (PST)

  • Accepted students notified by July 15, 2021 11:59 PM (PST)

  • Program sessions begin: August 2021


To further support the educational attainment of Latinas, HOPE will invite participants that meet all program requirements to apply for a $1,000 scholarship.

Program Calendar

Program Components

Virtual Training Sessions

Virtual training sessions that build the soft skills most desired by today's workforce, including time management, problem-solving, effective communications, teamwork, leadership, among others.

OP-ED Civics Project

The 2021 project will focus on enhancing the civic participation of college students. Program participants will be tasked with drafting an op-ed about a specific policy issue in their communities.

Latina Leaders Sessions

Joint cohort sessions, HCLP participants will be invited to participate in Latina Leadership Sessions.  Participants will interview Latina Leaders from diverse work sectors and learn from their leadership stories.

YP Summit

YP Summit gathers college students from across the country for a professional development conference. Scholars will have the opportunity to serve on the planning committee.


For questions or more information on the HOPE College Leadership Program contact:

Diana Amaya
Director of Programs

(213) 595-2489