Since our founding in 1973 by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), LNESC has served over 500,000 disadvantaged students, sent over 150,000 students to college, and awarded over $20 million in scholarships to make college a reality for students living in some of the country’s poorest communities. Our educational programs break down the barriers that exist between high-need students and high school diplomas, college degrees, and jobs in highly skilled fields in science, engineering, and math
According to recent data from the Pew Hispanic Center, our hard work is paying off. For the first time, the number of 18- to 24-year-old Latinos enrolled in college exceeded 2 million and reached a record 16.5 percent share of all college enrollments. We are now, for the first time, the largest minority group among the country’s four-year college and university students. This trend is due, in part, to the success of organizations like LNESC and our work to build private and public partnerships for the benefit of high-need students.
LNESC was recently awarded 12 federal Upward Bound and Talent Search grants to provide thousands of students with academic and college access counseling. These programs are essential components of LNESC’s strategy to close the achievement gap in the Hispanic community. Nationally, 91 percent of Upward Bound participants who graduate from high school enroll in a post-secondary degree program the year of their graduation, compared to 41 percent of students not in an Upward Bound program.
Throughout our history, LNESC has achieved amazing results working in a wide range of educational areas; including college access, literacy, and scholarship assistance.
Through our network of 14 Young Readers programs, LNESC provides cutting edge literacy programming to k-2nd graders. Our Young Readers network leverages passionate teachers, technology, and engaged corporate partners like P&G, Target, and Verizon to improve reading outcomes for high need students with limited reading time outside the classroom.
Since 1975, LNESC has awarded over $20 million in scholarship support to disadvantaged students across the nation. Through the LULAC National Scholarship Fund (LNSF), LNESC works with corporate partners and LULAC Councils to ensure money isn’t an obstacle to higher education. According to Eluterio Vargars, one of our Verizon LNSF scholarship recipients, “The scholarship has been helpful not only to me but to my family as well. As a first generation college student, my family has always struggled financially with putting us through a higher education. This scholarship has helped in so many ways that I can’ t even explain.”
Thanks to LNESC’s hard work, there are more students excited to read in Miami, FL, more students entering their freshmen year at universities across the nation, and fewer parents wondering how they will pay for college. While we take pride in these accomplishments, we know there is still work to do. Many students are still in need of guidance, inspiration, and resources to make their educational dreams a reality and as we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we will continue to make these students our top priority.