DeVry University Challenges Latino Youth to Speak Out on Higher Education

DeVry University Challenges Latino Youth to Speak Out on Higher Education

Essay Contest Awards $10,000 Cash Prize toward a College Degree


Oakbrook Terrace, IL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–July 27, 2007–To celebrate the importance of education among the Latino community, DeVry University has launched a national essay competition that challenges Latino youth to answer the question, “What is the Value of a Higher Education and How is it Important to the Latino Community?”

DeVry University has teamed with, one of the fastest growing social networking sites for Latinos, to ask Latino youth about the role education plays in their lives and their community in 750 words or less. The grand prize winner of the competition receives a $10,000 cash prize to use toward their college education. In addition, nine other finalists will each receive a $1,000 cash prize to use toward a college degree program.

DeVry’s “MiGente con Mente” essay contest is further evidence of the school’s commitment and connection to the Latino community.According an annual survey by educational trade publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education of the “Top 100 Degree Producers” of bachelor’s degree graduates who are students of color, DeVry University is the number one producer of Hispanic graduates earning bachelor’s degrees in the field of Computer and Information Science and Support Services in the United States. For this category, DeVry University campuses in California, Illinois, Florida and Texas ranked first, fourth, eighth, and twenty-seventh, respectively, in the June 2007 report.

According to David J. Pauldine, President of DeVry University, “Over 13 percent of our students are Latino, and we know first-hand that they place a high value on obtaining an advanced degree.” Pauldine said that the $10,000 award is an opportunity for a Latino family to defray some of the costs associated with earning a college degree. “Getting contestants focused on the important role education plays in their lives is the first step. The essay contest accomplishes that. Then, the awards made to winners will help remove a barrier to going to college,” Pauldine added.

The competition is open to future college students nationwide. The essay deadline is August 19, 2007. Submissions details are available by going to

According to DeVry and MiGente, a number of Latino role models among civic, community and educational organizations will help to promote the opportunity to the public. is a social networking site that targets first, second and third generation Latinos, ages 16 to 34. Peter Bassett, a spokesperson for, said “A partnership with DeVry University is natural one for MiGente because of their high number of Latino students, and their efforts to bring Latino-focused programs and events to their campuses.”

He points to the fact that for DeVry graduates system-wide between October ’05 and June ’06, 91% of those in the active job market were employed in their fields within 6 months of graduation at an average salary of $41,000. “Just like any family sending their children off to college, Latinos want to know that the resources they invest will result in meaningful employment,” Bassett adds.

The MiGente con Mente essay judging panel includes educational representatives from participating DeVry University campuses. The judges will narrow submissions down to ten essays which will be posted online for public voting from September 15 to September 19th. In addition to the $10,000 cash grand prize, nine finalists will be awarded $1,000 each to use toward a college education.

A winner will be announced on September 26, 2007.

For additional information on the MiGente Con Mente essay competition or on DeVry University, visit

About DeVry University

As one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in North America, DeVry University provides high-quality, career-oriented associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in technology, healthcare technology, business and management. More than 48,000 students are enrolled at its 86 locations in 25 states and Canada, as well as through DeVry University Online. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA). DeVry University, a division of DeVry Inc. (NYSE:DV), is based in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, visit

About, a Community Connect Inc. company, is a leading online niche social networking website for the Hispanic community. As the fastest growing online community targeting English-speaking Latinos with nearly one million unique visitors per month, those who share similar bi-cultural experiences are given a platform to meet one another and make their voices heard.’s content reflects members’ needs and interests, with dedicated pages for professional networking and dating. Additionally, the site provides a culturally rich environment bringing members the latest updates in news, music, politics, entertainment, style and much more.’s proprietary technology platform provides members with the most user-friendly tools to connect with their community.

DeVry University Challenges Latino Youth to Speak Out on Higher Education