Blog: Latino Ed Beat

Initiative Seeks to Improve Latino College Participation Rate

One way to cover the achievement gap between Latinos and other students is to look at programs seeking to close the gap. One such initiative was launched this week by the Lumina Foundation, which is awarding $7.2 million in grants toward efforts to increase Latino participation in postsecondary education. The money will be distributed over a four-year period to nonprofit organizations in 10 states.

“Through these partnerships, we aim to build bridges among leadership groups already working to improve Latino college student success,” Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis said in a release posted on the organization’s website.

The organization is running a national “Goal 2025 movement,” with the aim of boosting the number of Americans with postsecondary degrees to 60 percent by the year 2025.

Organizations in the following states are set to receive the grants: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. The Latino grant program will include financial literacy training, efforts to improve the transition from K-12 to college and developmental classes for students not ready for college-level work.