New Grants Look to Promote Latino Student College Success


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Attaining an education is one of the key social determinants of health. For many Latinos, getting an education beyond high school prevents them from obtaining a higher quality of life. While more and more Latinos are enrolling in two- and four-year universities, the gap in achievement is still vast between them and their white peers.

Excelencia in Education, a non-profit organization founded to accelerate higher education access for Latino students, was recently announced as the recipient of a $1.5 million in grants from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation and Lumina Foundation to “expand strategies that accelerate Latino student success in higher education.”

“This important collaboration highlights Lumina’s continued commitment to accelerate Latino student success in higher education as a key strategy to reach Goal 2025 and significantly increase the number of Americans with high-quality educational degrees and other postsecondary credentials,” said Tina Gridiron, a Director in the office of Lumina’s Chief Strategy Officer.

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The funding will be used to support collaboration with Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs). Excelencia in Education has been charged with advancing awareness and implementing effective, evidence-based practices that will help increase Latino student success in college.

“Increasing Latino degree completion, while enrolling more Latino students in colleges and universities and closing the existing equity gaps in attainment, is the focus of this work,” said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education in a news release.

The grants will also be used to develop “acceleration plans for Latino college student college completion” and to work with emerging HSIs to find ways to better improve Latino student success.

“We are pleased to support Excelencia in Education and believe investing in Latino student success will help level the playing field to secure a better future for all Americans,” said Amy Kerwin, Vice President of Community Investments for Great Lakes.

Read more about the funding project here.

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