Rene Matos Scholarship Program



Selected applicants will be notified after September 1 and names will be displayed on the NHCFAE Rene Matos Scholarship Program webpage.

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 do 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 received after the application deadline 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.


  • Complete the online application at: Application for Rene Matos Memorial Scholarship Program. Scholarships will be awarded based on the information contained on this scholarship application.
  • Upload a copy of the 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.
  • Upload an Official Transcript to the application 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. Upload the Letter of Recommendation to the application if you have more than one letter, combine them into one file and upload that file.

Scholarship recipient’s names will be published in the NHCFAE in FAAmilia magazine.

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.

2021 Recipients:

  • Ksiezna Torres
  • Christina V Maineri
  • Erica Conway
  • Katherine Morales
  • Tristan T Rodriguez
  • Nancy J Enriquez-Hernandez
  • Natalie Savinon Valenzuela
  • Hatsiry G Mendez
  • Rebecca M Nunez
  • Teresa Rivera Rios
  • Taniyah T. Holmes
  • Lore M Stevens