In order to participate in the NOHHF Scholarships Program, New Orleans area high schools must show the following:
- Strong academics. Qualifying schools must have a reputation for strong academics, as evidenced by the SAT scores attained by their students, the percentage of graduating seniors who attend college and the like.
- Commitment to Hispanic students. Qualifying schools must have made a commitment to recruiting, enrolling and keeping Hispanic students enrolled, and must demonstrate a desire to increase their enrollment.
- Commitment to Hispanic studies. Qualifying schools must have made a commitment to teach the Spanish language (at two or more levels) and include other Hispanic related subjects in their curriculum.
- Matching funds commitment. The school must match the NOHHF Scholarships funds through direct financial aid from the school, equivalent work-study programs, or other sources or arrangements.