The Latin Scholarship Fund was created to help more young people of Latino heritage to achieve their college ambitions. For more information, see www.latinsf.org
Launched in 2005, the Latin Scholarship Fund’s (LSF’s) primary purpose is to seek out financially disadvantaged, yet academically successful, U.S. students of Latino heritage and help them turn their dreams of a college education into a reality.
Studies have shown that high drop-out rates and other discouraging statistics tend to dominate policy debates over Hispanic educational achievement in the United States. However, the news isn’t all bad when it comes to the classroom showing of the nation’s largest minority group.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), for example, a larger proportion of U.S. Hispanics are now attending college. Nine years ago, 22 percent of 18- to 24-year-old Hispanics were enrolled in colleges and universities, up from 16 percent 20 years earlier.
Moreover, the NCES reports that the number of Hispanic students graduating from college has been increasing rapidly for years. During the 1980s, the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics rose 68 percent. Over the next decade, the number rose 105 percent. That’s faster than for any other racial/ethnic group. Similarly large increases occurred at higher degree levels during the 1990s, with a 128 percent jump in master’s degrees, and a 76 percent increase in doctoral degrees.
The LSF was created to bolster just such trends, and provides this assistance by administering the charitable contributions of both private and corporate sponsors. The demographic information of target population and numbers served is as follows:
- A high school graduate of any age
- A U.S. citizen of Latino heritage, or a Latino permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired)
- Either gender
- No income maximum
- Target population is national in scope
For more, see www.latinsf.org