HSF Education Summit 2010

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About HSF's Mission


About Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's preeminent organization supporting Hispanic higher education. Founded in 1975 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, HSF's vision is to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans. In support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees, HSF provides the Latino community more college scholarships and educational outreach support than any other organization in the country.

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The Challenge We Face

Latinos are America's largest racial/ethnic minority and the fastest-growing demographic of the young work force. Between 2000 and 2005, the Hispanic population in the United States grew from 12.5 percent of the overall population to about 14.5 percent. ... 

Unfortunately, Latinos have the lowest high school and college completion rates of any racial or ethnic group.

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The Importance of Latino Higher Education

America's long-term economic security and social stability require that we break the cycle of under-education among Hispanic Americans. With the U.S. facing increasingly stiff global competition, the nation needs a strong professional workforce that can contribute innovations essential to keeping America at the forefront of the international economy.

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HSF’s Impact on Breaking the Cycle of Hispanic Under-Education

HSF has had an impact on the under-education of the Hispanic community by providing clear solutions. HSF provides financial support for Latinos going to college and educates students and families about the resources available for paying for college outside of HSF. ... 

HSF provides more college financial aid to the Hispanic community than any other organization in the country, with $195 million in scholarships granted to date. HSF offers financial aid to graduating high-school seniors, community-college students seeking to transfer to four-year universities, continuing university students seeking to complete their degrees and to students in graduate and professional programs. ...

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University Scholarship Programs

Established in the spring of 2006, and funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment Inc. The goal of this program is to develop supporting relationships within the university community to improve the enrollment and retention of Latino students and increase their college graduation rate ... The primary objective of the UA is to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation of Latino students .... Read More

About HSF Scholar Chapter

The role of the HSF Scholar Chapter Network is to promote academic success and student engagement among Latino college students by encouraging them to serve as role models and leaders in their communities. 

Each chapter has a student coordinator trained by HSF who receives guidance on curriculum and programming to assist Latino students on their campus succeed.        Read More