Rene Matos Scholarship Program

APPLICATION FILING PERIOD: February 15 - May 1, 2014

The Rene Matos Memorial Scholarship was established in the name of a very motivated and dedicated man, who epitomized the dream to succeed, while helping others along the way.

Even from his humble beginnings as an air traffic controller in Puerto Rico, Rene displayed a talent and personality that could not be contained there. While he was in Puerto Rico, Matos never curbed his desire to advance in his career. Already gifted in what he did as a controller, Rene wanted to so more; not only for his own career, but for other Hispanics as well. He educated himself and eventually moved up in the ranks as a top manager at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in New Jersey. It was Rene’s drive diligence and determination that earned him that position.

Rene Matos was the NHCFAE President from 1989-1992. Rene was proud of his heritage and it was apparent in all his efforts in the Coalition. His sole purpose was to see other Hispanics succeed. We honored his dream by establishing a scholarship in his name.


  •  Must be a US Citizen or a permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico.
  • Applicants must be accepted or attending an accredited college, university, or vocational/trade school at the time the scholarship is awarded.
  • Applications postmarked later than the expiration will not be accepted.  Faxed applications will not be accepted.
  • The NHCFAE Scholarship Selection Committee evaluates applicants on the following criteria:
    • Financial Need
    • Academic Achievement
    • Student Activities
    • Honors/Awards
    • Community Involvement
    • Leadership
    • Personal Qualities and Strengths
  • All decisions by the Scholarship Selection Committee are FINAL.


  • Download the application form by clicking Application for Rene Matos Memorial Scholarship Program. Leave no blanks; if an item does not apply, indicate with “N/A”.  Incomplete applications will not be processed.  Be sure to sign and date the application in the space provided. You may use another sheet of paper answer some of the questions.
  • Submit a copy of the following Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Financial Report submitted to the college, university or vocation/trade school where you are or will be enrolled.
  • Submit an official transcript (sealed) of recent high school/college/vocational or trade school and a verification of enrollment must accompany your application.  Please have school compute and annotate GPA on official transcript based on 4.0 (unweighted).  First year graduate students are to send their undergraduate transcript.
  • Letter of Recommendation (dated within past year) is to be submitted from a school official who can verify your academic honors and/or awards; student activities; and community involvement as well as discuss your potential for future success.  It should address qualities such as motivation, self-confidence, leadership and commitment.  The name of the school with an address and telephone number of the official writing the recommendation should be included.
  • Scholarship winners names will be published in the NHCFAE’s Annual Conference Program.
  • Selected applicants will be notified after September 1, 2014.


Send the complete application to:

NHCFAE Scholarship Selection Committee
P.O. Box 23276
Washington, D.C. 20026-3276


If you have any questions regarding the Rene Matos Memorial Scholarship Program, please email to and a reply will be sent to your e-mail address.