Link to: Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students
College enrollment rates are rising among Hispanic men and women in the United States. Recent data from the Pew Research Center shows that 2.2 million Hispanics between the ages of 18 and 24 were enrolled in a two-year or four-year degree program in 2015; this figure represents a threefold increase since 1993. This rise in postsecondary attendance is largely attributable to the nation’s growing Hispanic population and a sharp decline in the high school dropout rate among this demographic. According to the National Center of Education Statistics (NCES), the percentage of college students who identify as Hispanic rose from 4% to 15% between 1976 and 2012. Hispanic students reached a new milestone in 2012 when, for the first time, Hispanic high school graduates enrolled in college at a higher rate than their Caucasian counterparts. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates one in four college students will identify as Hispanic by 2020.
Link to: Scholarships for Hispanic and Latino Students
In looking at the tapestry of cultural diversity in Ohio, one growing Hispanic population deserves a closer look. Here are some articles and resources to help expand the awareness of the Hispanic influence in Ohio and how Boricuas in particular, otherwise known as Puerto Ricans, play an important part in our colleges, universities, and communities.
Did you know that 27% of Hispanics living in Ohio identify as Puerto Rican? They are currently the second largest Hispanic group in Ohio. Click here to link to the article. READ
Puerto Ricans in Cleveland, OH - A Brief history. Click here to link to the article. READ
Some 18% of Puerto Ricans ages 25 and older compared with 14% of all U.S. Hispanics have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree. Click here to link to the article. READ
The changes in population in Puerto Rico
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It was in 1994 that I immigrated to "El Norte" (The North).
This is what many Latin American individuals call this great land of opportunity. The choice was
not made by me, the choice was made by my father that saw an opportunity for growth. Coming
to a strange land meant leaving my identity (home). Oftentimes, people leave their children,
your life as a farmer, and the most fearful part about this migration is that you have no idea what
lays ahead. I remember running and crawling through fields of Arizona and swimming rivers of
Guatemala and Mexico. Running at night and sleeping by day.
According to the Boston Globe more than 6,000 people have died trying to cross the Mexico-
United States border. Young children, women, and young men have died trying to cross the
border. At times women and children are involved in rape and human trafficking, as well as
mules for drugs, but that’s another story. However, there are many that have made it to begin a
new life in the U.S.A. As the years pass, many individuals like myself live in shadows and not
exposed to a normal life in the United States because they are afraid of deportation.
According to PEW Research Center about 65,000 Unauthorized children graduate from high
schools all over the United States. Some of these students do not know that they are
Undocumented or Unauthorized individuals in the States, until a parent decides to share that
information with them. Now a young child full of deception, anger, and not connected, it is very
hard to understand the concept of immigrant. It is heartbreaking for them, at one point thinking
that college was an option, now it is a struggle to achieve or an impossible dream to catch.
Hence, where the DREAMERS notion comes to be talked about.
With all that has been said, there are so many students that are wanting to go onto a university
or college to make a better living, to get a better education, or to experience the whole “college
experience” that their peers talk about. Education currently serves to them a gateway to be a
better person that can contribute to society. Eleanor Roosevelt said “The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams”. Students had no choice. According to their parents,
they had to be here. How can these students be an individual of DREAMERS if we keep closing
the doors for them. So what does it mean to be Unauthorized?
Typically, a person has “no papers”. That means that you do not have a social security number.
Not having a social security number you have no way of working or being eligible for a driver's
license, nor can the student apply for federal student aid or FAFSA. The land of opportunities
has now turn into a land of struggles. However, the U.S. Government and the Obama
Administration has worked very hard to finally see some progress in the lines of Immigration
Reform. Finally, for some, prayers were answered, On June 15, 2012, the Secretary of
Homeland Security announced that certain people who came to the United States as children
and meet several guidelines may request consideration of deferred action for a period of two
years, subject to renewal called The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). To find out
more on eligibility visit the Department of Homeland Security’s page (DHS) for additional
information; eligibility, renewal of DACA, application, and what defines DACA.
Going back to helping students continue their education, I believe that education is huge
component of receiving DACA, as well as if an Official at DHS sees your education progress
that’s a big part of looking great on the application. One major part that I always encourage
students is number one, to apply for DACA (if you can be able to afford it) and number two is to
look for 2 year community colleges that can receive admissions to those students who are
DACA recipients or not. It is not that colleges do not want to admit students with situations as
this, it’s that some states do not allow for students to apply for admissions being Unauthorized.
Which then brings on the issue of applying for colleges. Nerdwallet has some great insights of
how to go about applying for college and as a DACA student. By clicking here you can find out
the steps on how to apply as a DACA or Unauthorized Immigrant student. Also, a great amount
of work has been done from non-for profit organizations that can help with students that are
DACA recipients or Unauthorized Immigrant Students that are looking to finance their college
An organization that is located in Palo Alto, CA helps students with finding schools that they
have partnered with to help students seek opportunities to go to college. The mission of
QuestBridge is a powerful platform bridging the nation's brightest, under-served youth and
leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities. We are an aggregator of
excellence. QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional
students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs, employers, and
organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these
exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students
attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.
Also, the best part of these colleges and universities is that they provide a great amount of
institutional scholarships. If you would like to know which schools are part of the QuestBridge
please visit: QuestBridge. It will provide much information on scholarships and as well as
opportunities to even apply. This is a great opportunities for students to get engaged in and also
it provides a gateway to help them understand that there is a way or a possibility that they can
as well go to college.
I hope that this has helped in making it more understanding of what Unauthorized individuals go
through and as well as the struggles of what some of the brightest students go through in
making a choice to go to school or not because policies put into place that hinder them from
going to college.
Alex Bonilla, MBA
Multicultural Recruitment Coordinator
The GOP wanted to talk differently about immigration in 2016. Instead they're trying to avoid talking about it at all.
To discern the differences between the candidates on immigration, TIME distributed a brief survey to declared and likely White House hopefuls. The questions focused on the fate of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S., a subject at the heart of the bipartisan debate over comprehensive immigration reform:
Words of wisdom from Latina leaders who are setting the course for tomorrow's leaders.
The Latina segment of our population, particularly second-generation Latinas, is well positioned to enter the ranks of powerful leaders in the U.S. As the fastest-growing female demographic, Latina women will represent one in six individuals in the U.S. by the year 2050. With increasing college enrollments, often leading to the pursuit of advanced degrees, this ambitious, resourceful, and bilingual segment is offering up many of tomorrow's leaders. Further, Latina entrepreneurs own an estimated 1,033,100 businesses as of 2014, generating $71.1 billion in revenue and employing over 400,000 workers. A powerful force to be reckoned with!
I collected these inspiring quotes from the book Today's Inspired Latina, scheduled for release on May 21, 2015. Having overcome language barriers, self-doubt, and restricted earning potential and career advancement, these strong women are a great example of how inspiration and perseverance can lead you to happiness and success in business and life.
1. "If the dream is there, work, save, and invest until it is your reality." --Ana Santos Vitel
2. "The single most beautiful gift you can give to others is your positive attitude." --Jacqueline Camacho-Ruiz
3. "Life will reward you, but not always by the route you expect." --Edna Rodriguez
4. "Keep looking forward because that is where you'll find opportunity." --Karina Garcia
5. "Have faith that there is something better in store for you." --Beatriz Cantu
6. "Success is not a destination; it is a journey we must constantly pursue." --Gabriela Reyna
7. "Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and welcome the beauty of life!" --Carla Sandoval
8. "If you believe in yourself, everyone around you will too." --Claudia Soto Urrutia
9. "Activate the abilities you already have and achieve your mission." --Dr. Ingryd Lorenzana
10. "Don't let fear stop you from achieving what you want." --Elizabeth Colon
11. "Believe in yourself, dream big, and trust in the universe." --Martha Leticia Romero & Silvia Romero
12. "It is when you have a crack in your heart that the light will come in." --Gabriela Rodil
13. "We can choose to be a character in a story written out by someone else or we can choose to be the author of our own story." --Ruby Garcia
14. "It is our duty and responsibility to become the best person we are intended to be." --Luz Marie Caro
15. "Making a difference is always possible, especially with persistence and dedication." --Gladys De La Mora
16. "Be in control of your life by living each day unhindered and unrestrained by the legitimate institutions that control you." --Luz Canino Baker
17. "It's important to keep moving forward, towards our goals." --Marie De Leanos
18. "Setting stepping stones will help us to walk and work towards our personal and career goals." --Nora Renteria
19. "Let go of who you are today to become who you want to be." --Paloma Greer
20. "The best investment you can make is in yourself." --Paulina Lopez
21. "Success doesn't come without education and hard work." --Sandy Martinez
22. "To be prosperous, one must achieve a healthy mind, body and lifestyle." --Vanessa Quintana
23. "Don't be afraid of the difficulties, don't let yourself down, put your trust in God, because he will always be with you." --Yenia Herrera Pernett
24. "Your voice needs to be heard." --Dolly Rosario
25. "The most wonderful thing about life is that you can always begin again. No matter what ups and downs you are handed in life today, you can always begin again tomorrow." --Raiza Mendoza
26. "Have passion and pride to be dynamic, distinguished, and extraordinary." --Mirna Lopez Freitag
Despite its recent gains, Ohio continues to lag the nation in educational attainment at the bachelor’s degree level.
"Success is not measured by how high you climb, but how wide you reach."
-Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr.
Dr. Juan is president of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute. During his tenure USHLI has worked in 40 states, registered over two million citizens to vote, published 425 reports on Latino demographics, and had over 650,000 participants in its leadership development programs.
As stated in the membership packet we will meet at Lincoln West this morning. The website events page is incorrect. Here is the address. 3202 W 30th Cleveland