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ADVISORY…for Wednesday (October 30)
About the Event:
According to a Pew Hispanic Center report, Latinos are far more likely to be enrolled in two-year colleges than any other group. About 40 percent of Latino 18- to 24-year-old college students attend two-year institutions compared to about 25 percent of white and black students in that same age group. In a united effort with the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) Foundation, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the nation’s leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education, is launching a scholarship fundraising campaign to help Latinos at LACCD’s nine campuses transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
HSF and the LACCD Foundation will kick-off the campaign with a reception to honor the Honorable Sylvia Scott-Hayes, the first Latina to serve as president of the LACCD Board of Trustees in its 30-year history.
HSF/LACCD COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIP BACKGROUND:
HSF and LACCD Foundation created the HSF/LACCD Community College Transfer Scholarship in the name of Sylvia Scott-Hayes to recognize her steadfast mission to increase the number of students transferring to four-year institutions, and pursuing a college degree. Scott-Hayes has demonstrated exemplary leadership on educational, environmental and diversity issues, and has been instrumental in establishing LACCD as a gateway to opportunity for all students seeking a college education. This new scholarship program keeps with HSF’s mission to double the rate of Latinos earning college degrees by 2010.
The amount of money raised this year will be matched two-to-one with funds granted to HSF from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Scholarships to LACCD students will be awarded as $2,500 scholarships to students who are transferring to four-year institutions.
— The Honorable Sylvia Scott-Hayes, member, LACCD Board of Trustees
— The Honorable Warren Furutani, president, LACCD Board of Trustees
— The Honorable Jose Huizar, member, Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education and former HSF Scholar
— Dr. Mark Drummond, LACCD Chancellor
— Julia Juarez, regional director, HSF Southern California
Time and Place:
Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2002, 5 – 7 p.m.
San Antonio Winery
737 Lamar St.
Downtown Los Angeles
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation’s leading organization supporting Hispanic higher education. HSF was founded in 1975 with a vision to strengthen the country by advancing college education among Hispanic Americans, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. 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. Headquartered in San Francisco, HSF has opened offices in Southern and Central California, Texas, New York, Georgia and Illinois. In addition, HSF launched the Washington, D.C.-based Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute to generate public partnerships in support of its work. During its 27-year history, HSF has awarded nearly 54,000 scholarships in excess of $89 million to Latinos from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have attended more than 1,300 colleges and universities.
The largest community college district in the country, the LACCD educates more than 130,000 students each year, offering educational opportunities at nine colleges in the Los Angeles area. Approximately 50 percent of LACCD’s student body is Hispanic.
Christina Simon, 213/452-4925
Estela Lopez, 213/481-0548