By 2030, one in five people in Georgia will be Hispanic, and Latinx already make up over 27% of the school population in Gwinnett. While there are significant improvements in graduation rates (currently at 64%) it is still the third lowest in the nation. The greatest barrier to top-notch academic performance and higher graduation rates may be money.
WHAT WE DO
1- Educational Grants
-We provide educational grants to our member organizations so they can allocate scholarships to Latinx students starting in middle-school.
-Scholarships recipients, receive $1,000 each and are currently enrolled in a youth program through one of our member agencies.
These grants are available only to member organizations and specific partner programs that are Latino-serving and Latino-led.
2- Educational Scholarships
-Through specific funds, we offer annual $1,000 educational scholarships to Latinx students across the state. These scholarships are open to the public. Some scholarships are available to help pay for arts and sports enrichment, some are dedicated to high-school students. If you are interested in receiving updates when the call for applications opens, please sign up to receive our alerts and newsletter here.
All scholarships can be used to cover educationally related expenses such as books and tuition as well as unrelated educational expenses that can impact attainment, attendance and student potential, like transportation, food, clothes and shelter.
Many studies show significant relationships between income and wealth and educational attainment. Locally, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution found the highest graduation rates for Hispanic students across the region’s 10 largest school districts are in Forsyth and Henry counties, 76% and 75% respectively, which happen to also have the highest median household incomes among Hispanic families.
Confirming this finding, school districts with higher median incomes among all residents typically have higher graduation rates.
The correlation is clear, the poorer the family, the less likely to be able to afford food, transportation, academic enrichment, after-school programs, warm clothes, etc. When we add immigration to the equation, the intersection at which our community is, calls for urgent action.
For Latinas, while nationally, one in 5 women are Hispanic, Latinas hold only 2%-3% of ALL jobs in STEAM. A new fund, providing scholarships to Latinas in S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) will be launched in 2018. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting this fund.
Funding for scholarships is generously provided by our Latinx Giving Circle, a group of individuals in Georgia providing a monthly or annual sustaining gift to be re-invested in the community.
2017 grantees include the Hispanic Organization for Promoting Education (HoPe) and Ser Familia, arts and sports scholarships were awarded to eight (8) families.