LULAC National Educational Services Centers, Inc. (LNESC)

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Charting a Forward Path: Cooperation, Unity, and Broadband Access

The 85th annual LULAC National Convention & Exposition took place in New York City earlier this month. Each year, over 20,000 participants attend this premier Latino convention, including top leaders from government, business, and the Latino community. The theme for this year’s convention was “The Power of Latino Unity,” with many opportunities to celebrate this unity as well as our diverse culture. This event was a chance to learn more about the challenges that remain for our people and to recognize the triumphs we have achieved together.

This year’s convention featured numerous seminars and workshops on critical topics, a job fair, and special events and leadership development activities for LULAC young adult members. During the five-­‐day convention, participants representing Latino communities from across the country discussed the pressing issues facing our community, and most importantly, directed our path forward. Nissan Motor Company also hosted the LNESC Appreciation Reception at the convention, where we recognized many of our corporate partners like Nissan, AT&T, Shell, P&G, Target, US Army, Verizon and McDonald’s just to name a few, for their consistent support and sponsorship of our organization’s educational programs. Even First Lady Michelle Obama graced us with her presence this year and gave special recognition to the work of LNESC.

Since 1973, LNESC, LULAC’s educational arm -­‐ has provided educational programming services to more than 18,000 Hispanic students per year at fourteen regional centers and has provided approximately a million dollars in scholarships to Hispanic students each year. “At LNESC, we believe in building a solid education foundation for our youth to ensure they succeed and become leaders in their communities,” states Richard Roybal, Executive Director of LNESC. Digital learning can enhance traditional classroom learning by igniting student curiosity and fueling scholastic inquiry. Access  to modern connectivity in our classrooms means that students and   teachers have access to new and innovative methods that enrich the learning experience while simultaneously helping our students develop the digital literacy skills they need to succeed in tomorrow’s world. And along the way, broadband connectivity delivers access to technology-­‐assisted,individualized lessons, interactive educational games, online quizzes, and other resources that complement classroom learning. That is why modernizing our nation’s E-­‐Rate program will allow the subsidizing of broadband access into schools and public libraries plays a vital role in education.

This is an especially critical issue for our Latino students. Brimming with potential, intelligence, and talent, some of America’s Latino students nonetheless have unique challenges that too often keep them from achieving their academic goals. Lack of reliable access to broadband is frequently one of those challenges—which is also true for many other minority students, including those in rural schools. From our position at the forefront of this issue, it’s clear that the focus must remain on ensuring that all students have access to broadband connectivity if they are to access the resources and develop the skills they will need for the 21st century. Today’s young people are tomorrow’s leaders. Every community must work together to make sure that our young people have equal opportunity to overcome challenges and succeed.

By Elia Quintana, Director, Corporate Relations & Development, LNESC


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LNESC Announces ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program Recipients

June 9, 2014

LULAC National Education Service Centers Inc. Announces ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program Recipients

Washington, D. C. –The LULAC National Educational Service Centers, Inc. (LNESC) is announcing the ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship program national recipient, Stephanie Diaz of El Paso, Texas, and twelve local awardees from across LNESC’s program sites. Ms. Diaz will receive a four-year $20,000 scholarship to pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and will attend the LULAC National Convention in New York, NY in July.

“The ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program will not only provide me with financial aid to afford an engineering education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but also a source of motivation to help other Latinos acquire an education. I hope to inspire other potential engineers who, like me, come from a humble background, to remain perseverant and work innovatively toward a future in STEM,” stated Diaz.

Local scholarship recipients will receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship to pursue engineering degrees at U. S. post-secondary institutions. The 2014-2015 ExxonMobil/LNESC Scholarship Program recipients are:

Thuria Abdelaziz, Texas A&M University, Chemical Engineering
Cristian Alonso, Cornell University, Mechanical Engineering
Jered Dominguez-Trujillo, Vanderbilt University, Mechanical Engineering
Michael Hammond, University of Pennsylvania, Chemical Engineering
Yerania Hernandez, Texas A&M University, Computer Engineering
Oscar Lozano, University of Texas at El Paso, Biomedical Engineering
Juan Maldonado, University of Texas at Austin, Chemical Engineering
Abraham Medina De La Cruz, University of Texas at Austin, Computer Engineering
Giselle Miller, University of Notre Dame, Electrical Engineering
Fernando Rodriguez, University of Houston, Mechanical Engineering
Roberto Rosas, University of Houston, Mechanical Engineering
Erika Soto, Columbia University, Mechanical Engineering

“We were extremely impressed with the quality of applicants for this year’s program. These students are not only at top of their class but highly involved in the community and extracurricular activities,” said LNESC Executive Director, Richard Roybal. “As we continue to grow our STEM based programs to expose minority students to real-world STEM applications and professionals, we are now proud to provide high-achieving students with scholarship opportunities through our partnership with ExxonMobil.”

According to the Pew Research Hispanic Center, a record-setting 69 percent of Hispanic high school graduates enrolled in college last year. Despite the attainment gap narrowing, however, Hispanics continue to lag behind their counterparts in obtaining a bachelor’s degree, especially in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.

Since 1973, LNESC has focused on creating a menu of developmentally appropriate educational initiatives. These model programs are designed to help the organization reach its mission of providing the highest quality education programs needed to help members of the Hispanic community become life-long learners and leaders. Through these efforts, LNESC has contributed to the academic success of 500,000 promising Hispanic and disadvantaged students and has provided more than $20 million to nearly 26,000 students.

More information about LNESC and its programs can be found at www.lnesc.org.

About Exxon Mobil Corporation
Exxon Mobil Corporation, the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company, uses technology and innovation to help meet the world’s growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world. ExxonMobil engages in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, with a focus on math and science in the U.S., promote women as catalysts for development, and combat malaria. In 2013, together with its employees and retirees, ExxonMobil, its divisions and affiliates, and the ExxonMobil Foundation provided $269 million in contributions worldwide. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contribution programs is available atwww.exxonmobil.com/community.