Araceli Agustin Gomez came from an indigenous community in Oaxaca, Mexico, and grew in a low income Latino home. At the age of 13 years old, she had to work in the fields with her parents. However, the constant encouragement from her parents to go to college and the inhumane working conditions she experienced, motivated her to pursue education. College is something that Araceli's parents can't afford, but with perseverance and dedication she became an Agricultural Business major in the California State University in Fresno.
According to a 2014 National Journal poll, 66% of Hispanics who got a job or entered the military directly after high school cited "the need to help support their family" as a reason for not enrolling in college. The Café del Futuro scholarships aim to ease some of these financial issues, and give the opportunity to exemplary Hispanic students to create even more contributions and accomplishments.
This year, Café Bustelo and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) are thrilled to provide nine students with a Café del Futuro Scholarship in the amount of $5,000 each. Selected from 550 applicants, the winners submitted essays that explained how their Latino heritage inspired them to succeed and give back.
Let's help to young people to achieve their dreams!