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 Cafe 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 Cafe Bustelo and Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) are thrilled to provide nine students with a Cafe 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. Here two of the winners' inspiring stories:
Kevin Santana's (pictured) journey to the United States with his family was long and difficult. Financial challenges brought his family a series of unfortunate events when he was a child. However, the mentor ship of a lawyer, the love of his mother and the opportunity to meet other immigrants inspired him to seek out higher education. Kevin is a first-generation college student who will pursue a law degree at Florida International University to become an immigration lawyer.
Araceli Agustin Gomez came from an indigenous community in Oaxaca, Mexico, and grew in a low income Latino home. She had to work in the fields at the age of 13 years old, where the inhumane working conditions and the constant encouragement from her parents to go to college, motivated her to pursue education. However, college is something that Araceli's parents can't afford. Her perseverance, dedication and the financial aid have given the opportunity to study an Agricultural Business major in the California State University in Fresno.
Let's help this next generations pursue their educational dreams!