Community Minute: Scholarships And Academic Assistance For Latino Students In D.C. | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Community

Community Minute: Scholarships And Academic Assistance For Latino Students In D.C.

Play associated audio

Between 1980 and 2009, the dropout rate for Hispanic students dropped from more than 35 percent in to more than 17 percent.* In an effort to further reduce that percentage, one organization is working to provide academic and financial support to Hispanic students in the District.

The Latino Student Fund Scholarship Program (LSF) was founded in 1994 by community leaders, educators and parents who recognized the need to combat dropout rates in the Latino community. LSF administers a scholarship program to provide Latino students with necessary funds to attend a private or charter school to and to participate in higher education. In addition to the scholarship program, LSF operates a tutoring program to provide supplemental academic support to at-risk and underprivileged Latino youth. In the tutoring program, each student is tutored individually, and parents and family members of the student are offered two levels of ESL classes. LSF also provides workshops, speakers and informational services to students and their families. In 2011, LSF supported 94 students in grades PreK-12, representing over $100,000 in supplemental financial support.

For more information, contact:
Latino Student Fund

P.O. Box 5403
Washington, D.C. 20016
202.244.3438
programs@latinostudentfund.org

*Statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics.

This Community Minute is part of American Graduate on WAMU 88.5. "American Graduate:  Let’s Make It Happen," a public media initiative supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities across America address the dropout crisis.

NPR

From Bond Girl To Medicine Woman: Jane Seymour's Big Break

The actress is best known for her role as Dr. Quinn, the physician on the American frontier. But her big break came years before, when she played 007's tarot-reading love interest in Live and Let Die.
NPR

'Into The Wild' Author Tries Science To Solve Toxic Seed Mystery

Jon Krakauer has long been haunted by how Christopher McCandless died in the Alaskan wilderness. In a scientific journal, he and a chemist show that the seeds McCandless consumed can contain a toxin.
NPR

5 Things You Should Know About Ben Carson

The pediatric neurosurgeon performed pioneering operations on conjoined twins and has never held public office before. Here's what else you might not know.
NPR

The Promise And Potential Pitfalls Of Apple's ResearchKit

Apple's new mobile software platform is designed to help collect data for medical research, but concerns have been raised about privacy and informed consent.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.