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Latin American Educational Foundation

Providing access to higher education for Hispanics in Colorado since 1949. For 70 years LAEF has remained committed since to serving Latino/Hispanic youth of Colorado, awarding nearly $7 million in scholarships to 7,000 students, and we look forward to continuing our success for years to come!

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Scholarships

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Females
Hispanics
Males
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Young Adults (20-25 years)

Description

The goal of the Latin American Educational Foundation Scholarship is to award funds to qualified students who have demonstrated a commitment to the Hispanic community and have found excellence in their academic careers.

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria.

-Colorado resident

-Hispanic Heritage and/or actively involved in the Hispanic community

-Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

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Evidence of Program's Success

In her own words: Araceli Fuentes, Sophomore at CU-Denver with a major of Biology and Pre-Med.

Your contribution to my education means the world to me and my family. I am a proud first generation student at the University of Colorado-Denver. I am thankful to have the opportunity to pursue my education and serve as a medical professional. A dream my parents had and never had the opportunity to fulfill. I look forward to contribute to my community and help other students reach their dreams. Thank you for trusting and believing in me and my aspirations.

Community Outreach

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Families
Hispanics
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

LAEF reaches out to our local communities, working with families to educate them on the process of accessing higher education. We provide presentations in English and Spanish covering topics from college applications to financial aid processes:

Students Presentations:
- How to write an effective scholarship essay
- Can I really afford college?
- Tips for successful scholarship applications

Family Presentations
- Understanding the entire financial aid process
- How can I support my student in college?
- Resources for paying for college

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Evidence of Program's Success

In the past year we have reached over 700 families in the Denver Metro Community and all over the state of Colorado. We have received tremendous feedback from our presentations, and have received phone calls from parents wanting additional information once their child has attended one of our presentations. Growing out of a need by the community to find a trusted resource they can depend on. Requests for our services have more than doubled in the past year.

"I wish I had known about the resources for my first daughter who attended college. I know exactly what I need to do in order to support my daughter succeed and finish her degree. Thank you LAEF for educating parents to best assist our students in the college going process." -LAEF Scholar Mother

Mentoring Program

Class

Youth Development 

Beneficiaries

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Hispanics
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Description

Student Mentoring -

The Latin American Educational Foundation, in conjunction with its Young Professionals Board is committed to supporting and encouraging college persistence and graduation among LAEF scholarship recipients through the LAEF Mentoring Program.

Goals:
-Connect with LAEF scholarship recipients with their LAEF peers and LAEF Young Professional Board members.
-Help LAEF scholarship recipients integrate effectively into their colleges/universities by connecting them with resources and organization that are designed to support their success.
-Support LAEF scholarship recipients in successfully matriculating through, and graduating from college in four years.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Oliver Martinez-Reyez is a Junior at the University of Denver majoring in Accounting and Finance. Oliver's LAEF mentor is Evony Copper. Evony has helped Oliver in developing leadership skills, interview skills, negotiating skills and many other vital skills for success. Evony is a social and mental support for Oliver.

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