Latin American Educational Foundation

Providing access to higher education for Hispanics in Colorado since 1949. For 72 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
Males
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

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 and Latino community and have found excellence in their academic careers.

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria.

-Colorado resident

-Hispanic/Latino heritage and/or actively involved in the Hispanic/Latino community

-Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA

A review committee will select recipients based on financial need, leadership potential and character, and service to the community.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Karl Diaz-Sanders is an LAEF alumni. He graduated from CU Denver in the fall of 2015 with a major in Psychology. He made the Dean's List and won the Outstanding Undergraduate Class of 2015 Award. Karl appreciates the support of the LAEF scholarship because he found a sense of community. Karl appreciated the opportunity to attend college because this changed the trajectory for his family, as others were inspired to go to college like him. As a first-generation Chicano student from Pueblo, his path was not easy. When he was applying to different scholarships, he was hoping to get funding to help pay for college. He applied and was selected to receive funds from LAEF. When Karl found out that he was awarded the LAEF scholarship, he felt that somebody believed in his potential. He appreciated the exposure he had to cultural practices and other opportunities. He refers to LAEF as part of a family, and not only a transaction, where a student receives checks and never hears from the organization. "LAEF cared about my future, encouraged me to be impactful and never forget where I came from. Thank you for supporting me, I wouldn't be where I'm at today without your help."

Community Outreach

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Families
Immigrants/Newcomers/Refugees
Young Adults (20-25 years)
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

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.

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Evidence of Program's Success

LAEF has been a great impact on my overall educational experience. Sending me to college, was my parents
DREAM. My parents wanted to see me go to college and receive an education. But they were not sure how
they would be able to provide financially for me to attend college. I DREAMED of going to college. But was
not sure how or if I would even get there. Financial stability became an obstacle. Thanks to the LAEF
scholarship, that financial barrier was lifted off my shoulders and for the past 5 years allowed me to
continue furthering my education. LAEF has provided beneficial networking, connections, and partnerships.
Over the years, being a recipient I have learned the importance of networking, creating partnerships, and
building connections, as well as the impact these can have in one's academic experience. There have been
events, conferences, and workshops built to help recipients work on their networking and professional
development skills. Recently LAEF along with ALPFA Denver put on "The Skill of Self-Confidence" workshop
that was a great opportunity work on my self skills in the workplace. LAEF also gave me an important
element, an mentorship. Julia Reeder, has been my mentor for about almost 5 years now. Very grateful for
the support, guidance, and bond we have built. My first semester MSU Denver was difficult,. It was a culture
shock, I struggled the first couple of weeks, and almost dropped out. I did not feel like I belonged, had a
seat at the table. Had self doubt and low self confidence in my ability to succeed in college. Julia believed
in me and helped me realize that I deserved to be here, I deserved a seat at the table. She has been
amazing! Providing the support and guidance I needed throughout my college experience. Thanks to LAEF!
-Citlalli Loma, LAEF alumna 2022

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