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Hartford Youth Scholars: A Path To College and More

Alejandra Velasquez, one of the city students in the Hartford Scholars programs.

Alejandra Velasquez, one of the city students in the Hartford Scholars program which has a high school graduation rate of 100% and 87% of Scholars attend a 4 year college..

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Bessy Reyna/Special to CTLatinoNews.com

Bessy ReynaWalking into an auditorium full of seventh and eighth graders on a beautiful sunny and warm April Saturday morning, I expected the students to match my mood—wanting to be outdoors enjoying our first real spring day.  But to my surprise, these students immediately wanted to engage the writer and immigrant before them and thoughts of spring evaporated in the flurry of questions with which these amazing students peppered me....

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How Mentorship Is Helping More Latino Men Earn College Degrees

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Photo credit: www.collegescholarships.org

The number of Latino men enrolling in college increased 75 percent between 2005 and 2014, from 718,500 to 1.26 million. Yet compared to Latino women, these young men make up a disproportionately small percentage of college students. In 2014, Latino men made up just 43 percent of Latinos enrolled in college to Latinas’ 57 percent. The disparity at the graduate level is even more pronounced.

As Hispanic students make up a growing portion of the nation’s students, colleges and advocacy organizations are looking for ways to reduce that disparity, and in the process, grappling with how to serve a student body with needs that look nothing like ...

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Eastern Connecticut State University Selected To Offer Undocumented Students Scholarships

Photo credit: Amazing Minds

Photo credit: Amazing Minds

This fall, undocumented students can apply for a new scholarship to help fund their bachelor’s degrees at Eastern Connecticut State University.

The scholarships — up to $20,000 per year for out-of-state students and $7,250 for in-state students — will be fully funded by TheDream.US, a national scholarship fund that has partnered with Connecticut and Delaware to launch the scholarship program.

 

Starting this fall, high school seniors or graduates from Connecticut, Delaware and 16 other states, where “Dreamers” are prohibited from paying cheaper in-state tuition or enrolling in the state’s colleges and universities altogether, will be eligible for “opportunity scholarships” at Eastern and Delaware State University...

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