The Latinas First Foundation believes that "Girls Can Be What They Can See." Through that mission, we provide opportunities and non-traditional scholarships for future Latina leaders, while also celebrating our Latina community's significant contributions to culture, history and community.
The Foundation was created in 2012 by Juanita Chacon and Meshach Rhoades to provide a critical network and support for Latinas to reach their highest potential through non-traditional scholarships.
Colorado plays host to incredible Latina leaders. The Latinas First Foundation is a unique organization that not only recognizes what these Latina leaders have accomplished, but also builds a community for other women to thrive. LFF is focused on the cultural and historical contributions of Latinas to the state of Colorado and to herald in a new generation of professional Latinas who provide immense value to our community. Whether you have just began your journey, are an Unsung Heroine or a Trailblazer, the Latinas First Foundation celebrates and welcomes you.
Eveline Vega graduated from Colorado State University in May 2018 and is living her dream as an environmental specialist. Her powerful words and story are the epitome of our mission:
"I received a Latinas First scholarship as a freshman in 2015. The Latinas First scholarship was a light in a dark tunnel for me. It convinced me that I could go to CSU and graduate from a 4-year university with a degree I'm very proud of. If we start to see ourselves as less then someone else, then we're already falling behind. I don't think a paper can define who we are. I would just like you all to know that every time you choose to invest in the future of a young Latina like myself, you are giving her the confidence, strength, and courage to believe in herself and that is a gift you all have given me and I can't thank you enough for that. I will find a way to accomplish all my goals and dreams because you all have taught me that I have what it takes to do that." Eveline Vega