Providing access to higher education for Hispanics in Colorado
LAEF has the proud distinction of being the oldest Hispanic non-profit organization in the state of Colorado. In the 1940s, a group of men and women from Colorado's Latino community, who had struggled for years as field and factory workers, came together to ensure that their children would get the education necessary to avoid the same struggles and to make a better life for themselves. Through these community organization efforts, LAEF was founded in 1949. Today, LAEF's mission remains the same: provide access to higher education for Hispanics in Colorado. Our vision is to advance the educational leadership and economic status of all Hispanics to improve the greater community. Our overarching goals are to increase the number of students from Colorado who attend and graduate from college through scholarships, community collaboration, and support programs and to reduce the financial barriers to accessing college.
Continuing a tradition of excellence since 1949, LAEF has established itself as Colorado's premier organization in providing for the educational needs of Hispanic students. During its 68-year history, the organization has grown from awarding 7 scholarships in 1949, to now, having served over 6,000 students with scholarships and support programs for their education needs.
"Being chosen as a recipient of this scholarship is a blessing to both my family and I, as it eases the financial burden for all of us. With the aid of this scholarship, I will be able to focus more on giving back to the community instead of financial concerns. Your generosity is a great help to me and my family in my pursuit of a college education." - Sarah Branch-Boyle, Durango, University of Colorado.
"Thank you very much for investing your time and money in my future. I hope that one day I will be able to give something back to those who have assisted me in achieving my dreams." Luis Covarrubias, Fort Lupton, Colorado State University