El 14 de Octubre, muchos estudiantes tomaron el examen PSAT. El PSAT es el Examen de Aptitud Escolar Preliminario. El examen tiene secciones sobre lectura, matemática, y escritura. El examen se ofrece una vez al año cada Octubre. El examen se toma en el noveno y décimo grado como una práctica para el examen del grado once. En el grado 11, el estudiante toma el PSAT por última vez y es en este examen que estudiante puede ser elegible para varias becas. El PSAT no se puede tomar después del tercer año de secundaria (High School). El PSAT es un examen que prepara el estudiante para el examen SAT (que se utiliza para la admisión a las universidades). Por eso si un estudiante no toma el PSAT antes de completar el grado 11, entonces van directamente a tomar el SAT. Los estudiantes se pueden inscribir para el examen PSAT en su escuela. Es posible tomar el PSAT en el octavo grado, pero tendría que ser organizado a través de la escuela del estudiante.

According to the Education Department:


  • Of every 100 Hispanic children who enter kindergarten in the USA, 63 will graduate from High School and only 10 will obtain a Bachelor’s by the age of 29.

 According to the College Board:


  • Educational attainment has increased for all groups except Hispanics.

 According to Sallie Mae:


  • Among Hispanic students, 86% believe that college is an investment in their future.
  • Among Hispanic parents, 54% believe that college is an investment in their children’s future.
  • Among Hispanic families, 58% rule out certain colleges because of cost.
  • Hispanic students were more likely to consider living at home or attending a community college than White or African American parents in order to save on college costs.
  • Hispanic students were more likely to consider postponing college or attending college part time than White students.
  • Hispanic families were less likely (34%) to borrow for college costs than the total population (47%).
  • Of those Hispanic students who did take out educational loans, 49% stated that if the money had not been available they would have had to delay or not attend college whereas only 28% of White and 26% of African American students stated the same.


Hispanics and higher education fact sheet released by loan provider. (2008,

           September 17). Hispanic Outlook, p. 51.






NSHMBA has added the following universities to its University Partnership Program roster:

* University of Pittsburgh

* Ohio State University

* Chapman University

* University of San Francisco

* Rollins College

* University of New Mexico

The University Partnership Program helps Hispanic students pursuing their Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in business by working with some 33 college partners to look at outstanding Hispanic student applications. In addition, the program has awarded more than $1.3 million in financial assistance for MBAs. For more information:



The Alliance/Merck Ciencia (Science) Hispanic Scholars Program is a new partnership to improve Hispanic student access to higher education and degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  The Program provides scholarships at two levels:High School Seniors — $42,500 Scholar Package.  Promising Hispanic students attending high school in Brownsville, TX; Elizabeth, NJ; and Los Angeles, CA are invited to apply to become one of ten Alliance/Merck Ciencia Scholars that will be selected in the Spring of 2009 AND College STEM Majors — $2,000 Scholarship.  Hispanic college students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and Puerto Rico pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in a STEM field major are invited to apply for a $2,000 one-time scholarship of which 25 will be awarded in the Spring of 2009.

For more details: http://www.alliancescholars.org/applications/


A child whose parents are college educated has a personal advisor to help him/her through the maze of college applications, applying for scholarships, deciding on the right school, and the confusion of applying for student financial aid. How then do first generation students get through the complication? Worse, a Hispanic first generation college student who has parents with no idea of the college process, no idea of the process here in the United States, and don’t speak the language?


J.B. Schramm is the founder of College Summit. College Summit is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to minority students as they apply to college. Schramm remembers fellow high school students who were just as good as he was for a colelge education, but did not apply and did not go. In turn, he has helped many other students not lose motivation as they see their fellow friends not bother with higher education.


College Summit has partnerships with colleges to offer summer workshops for college seniors as well as supporting them throughout their senior year. They also hold an annual college fair. Students are usually recommended to the program by faculty who recognize them as good students but with lack of college aspiration or financial issues.


The Colllege Summit program has excellent results in that 79% of its students enroll in college and 80% graduate from college! Nationally, college enrollment has increased 4% between 2006-2008, but College Summit participating schools had an increase of 15% college enrollment.


College Summit focuses on four key points:

  • A high school diploma is not the final reward
  • College is not just for select students
  • Minority students typically turn to teachers, not college advisors, for college info
  • Students need to develop peer networks that pursue college education


College Summit will partner with colleges who in turn offer seminars and workshops to college students over an extended period of time that works with them on writing a college essay, breaking down college admissions costs, applying for financial aid, overcoming college entrance exams, and even seeing what a typical college course is all about.


Stern, G (2008).College summit-Helping minority students navigate the road to college. Hispanic Outlook.


YOU CAN FIND MORE INFO ON COLLEGE SUMMIT HERE: http://www.collegesummit.org/







 Educational Attainment: Percentage of Adults with Associate Degee or Higher, 2006


GROUP                      AGES 25-29               AGES 30 AND UP

Total                            34.9%                          34.3%

Asian American            66.2%                          54.1%

White                           41.2%                          37.3%

Black                           23.8%                          24.1%

American Indians          17.7%                          21.2%

Latino                          16.0%                          17.8%


Percentage of People, Aged 25-29 With At Least An Associate Degree, 2006, Race & Gender


GROUP                      MEN                            WOMEN

Asian American             63%                             69%

White                           36%                             46%

Black                           20%                             28%

American Indians          16%                             20%

Latino                          13%                             20%


  • Between 1995 and 2005, the number of minority students enrolled in colelge increased by 50% to 5 million students. The number of white non-minority students only increased by 8%. Minority students now make up approximately 29% of all college students.
  • Hispanic student college enrollment increased by 66% for more than 1.7 million students.

 Information taken from:

Jaschik, S (2008, October, 9). Falling behind. Inside Higher Ed, Retrieved 10/09/2008, from


More Hispanic College Trends

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Hispanic College Student Trends in 2006 continued: 

  • Hispanic students come from more educated families in 2006, but that Hispanics continue to be at the bottom in terms of parental education at four year institutions.
  • In 1971, 69.6% of first-generation Hispanic college students were from non-college educated parents but in 2005 the level was down to 13.2%.
  • In comparison, in 1971 37.3% of non-Hispanic whites were from non-college educated parents but in 2005 the level was down to 13.2%.

According to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA as cited in: 

Redden, E (2008, October, 16). ‘Portrait’ of latino freshman. Inside Higher Ed, Retrieved

October 16,2008, from http://www.insidehighered.com/layout/set/print/news/2008/10/16/latino.










 Hispanic College Student Trends in 2006:


·         One in five Hispanic college freshmen are concerned about how to pay for their education.

·         The top reason for Hispanic students in chosing their college was financial assistance offered.

·         The number of Hispanic students attending college has increased, but the number of male students is steadily decreasing.

·         Hispanic college students are most likely to attend a school that is within a 50 mile radius of home, but the number of students going beyond the 50 mile radius is also increasing.

·         Of Hispanic students, 34.8% will apply to five or more colleges whereas the number of non-Hispanic students who will apply to five or more college is only 23%.


According to the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA as cited in:


Debolt, D (2008, October, 16). Hispanic Freshman Report Being Increasingly Concerned About College

Costs. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Retrieved 10/17/2008, from http://chronicle.com/daily/2008/10/5156n.htm.

I am extremely honored to announced that this Friday I will be named as one of CAMACOL’s Successful Hispanic Women of the Year 2008.

Sallie Mae has several scholarships that are geared toward minority students. Be sure to check out these interesting funding sources:


Harvard University seeks to attract candidates, especially those from underrepresented ethnic minority groups, and those committed to addressing the underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in university administration, to administrative careers in higher education. Applicants must have at least five years of work experience. The 2008-09 Administrative Fellowship Program seeks applicants with B.A. degree and backgrounds in athletics/sports management, information technology, alumni affairs and development (conference planning and/or fund raising), research (behavioral sciences), finance, human resources (employment and compensation), or library science and management.
For more info: http://www.oap.harvard.edu/afp/


Hispanic college students who have dreamt of living in our Nation’s Capital or working for their Member of Congress may now apply for the 2009 Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program. Since 2004, the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) has been sending qualified Hispanic college students to Washington, DC for a six-week internship through the Ford Motor Company CHLI Leadership Program.

For more info: http://www.chli.org/news/19076/CHLI–Ford-Motor-Company-Provide-Opportunity-for-Hispanic-College-Students-to-Intern-in-Washington.htm


October 23, 2008

Hispanic Scholarship Fund/Macy’s Scholarship- UP TO $5000!Sophomores and Juniors, apply now!
Deadline Date: Friday, November 14, 2008

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) and Macy’s have partnered to provide financial resources to assist outstanding Latino undergraduate students. This scholarship is open to students attending selected universities. The award amount is $5,000 to be disbursed in Fall 2009.

Selected students may have the opportunity to participate in a summer internship with Macy’s in the Summer of 2009.

* Be of Hispanic heritage *
 Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired).
* Have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale *

Must enroll FULL-TIME in the 2009-2010 academic year as a Junior or
Senior at one of the following universities:
o Baruch College
o Columbia University
o New York University
o Texas A&M University
o University of Arizona
o University of Florida
o University of Georgia
o University of Texas – Austin *

Must apply for federal financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
For more details: http://www.hsf.net/print.aspx?id=2274

Award Amount: $40,000

The Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowship is open to U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals who are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. You must demonstrate superior academic achievement, be committed to a career in teaching or research at the college or university level, and be awarded your Ph.D. or Sc.D. no earlier than November 30, 2006 and no later than November 28, 2008 in an eligible research-based field from a U.S. educational institution. Preference will be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: Alaska Natives (Eskimo or Aleut), Black/African American, Native American Indians, Mexican American/Chicanas/Chicanos, Puerto Rican, Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian/Micronesian).


Prep program for minority students who want to go to law school! Get more info here:

Click on Outreach Grants for Recruitment
Click on the Grants tab
Click on LSAC Minority Program Grants
Scroll down to Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program


Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund

Talbots Women’s Scholarship Fund, a program of the Talbots Charitable Foundation, will award $100,000 in scholarships to women determined to finally get that college degree. Five women will each be awarded $10,000 scholarships, and 50 women will each be awarded $1,000 scholarships. All applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school. Only applicants seeking a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university are eligible to receive a $10,000 award. Scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and previous achievements for women who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago.


October 16, 2008

Navigating today’s job market can be a daunting task for new and recent grads. LOFT (Latinos on Fast Track) can help direct you to great paid internships and job opportunities through our network of corporate and foundation sponsors. LOFT partners with some of the biggest names in the public and private sector like MTV Networks, Fannie Mae, Abercrombie & Fitch, the Home Builder’s Institute, Home Depot and JP Morgan Chase. They systematically identify and propel emerging Latino professionals into industry specific jobs and stay in touch every step of the way, providing essential training and preparation through tutorials, workshops and educational materials–making sure you’re ready before you begin. LOFT even keeps up with you during your experience to see how you’re doing and distribute a LOFT Newsletter to keep you plugged in to other exclusive opportunities. LOFT’s goal is to advance the presence of Latino management in America’s workforce–not only in an effort to prepare young Latino leaders like you for future success, but also to galvanize a powerful cultural impact in a professional world ripe for Latino leadership. Here are some of the great benefits:
  • Free Lifetime Membership
  • Paid Internship Opportunities
  • Job Placement Opportunities
  • Interview and Business Etiquette Training
  • Professional Networking
  • Informative Newsletters

UNESCO has opened the application process for its intake 2009 Young
Professionals Program (YPP). The program is extremely competitive, and
is expected to be particularly so this year as UNESCO did not offer it
last year. Each under-represented member state is allowed to submit
twelve candidates for further consideration by UNESCO, of which only
ten will be selected worldwide for this program.

Applicants must be under thirty years of age as of 31 December 2008.
UNESCO is headquartered in Paris and an excellent knowledge of English
or French is a requirement. UNESCO considers knowledge of both working
languages (French/English) as a strong asset. The most competitive
candidates will be conversant in at least two of the six UN languages
(English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).
This year, UNESCO specifically has expressed an interested in
candidates that have an advanced university degree in the following

* Education (Science Education)
* Environmental Sciences (Environment or Ecology and/or World Life
Management focused on environmental planning for sustainable
* Discrimination and Racism (law degree and/or political sciences
and/or sociology; focus on human rights)
* Cultural Expressions and Creative Industries (cultural
expressions with focus on creative industries)
* Information Services (Information technology with a focus on SAP
software in Human Resources)
* Audit/Internal Oversight (auditing and/or risk management,
and/or informational technology; accounting)
* Communications (communications and/or media studies with a focus
in media management)
* Relations with Member States (International Relations and/or
Political Science with a focus within the Arab world)
* Human Resources (business administration with focus in Human
Resources Management)
* Treasury (accounting and/or financial analysis; ACCA
(Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) certified an

UNESCO will make its selection based on excellence, achievement, and
commitment to UNESCO’s mandate. A relevant first professional
experience can be an asset. After assessing all applications, the
UNESCO Bureau of Human Resources Management will invite a number of
candidates to Headquarters in Paris for interviews and language
examinations. The selected candidates will be recruited with a
one-year contract at the P-1 level (approximately $45,000 tax-free).
During the first 12 months of employment within a Program Sector, a
Field Office, or an Administrative Service of the Organization, the
Young Professionals will be given the opportunity to expand their
knowledge of UNESCO and the UN System, and to acquire the relevant
skills related to UNESCO’s fields of competence and its
administration. A renewal of contracts will depend on the careful
examination of performance during this probationary period. Those,
whose performance will have met the required standards, will be
offered a subsequent extension of appointment, becoming regular UNESCO
staff members.

The U.S. National Commission for UNESCO serves as the coordinating
body for the applications of U.S. citizens. Only U.S. citizens should
apply to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO; other nationals
should apply through their respective countries. The National
Commission will recommend twelve American candidates whom they feel
should be sent forward to UNESCO for further consideration.

Three hardcopies and one electronic (PDF, word) copy must be received
by the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO by 11:59 PM Eastern on
Wednesday, November 19, 2008. Please FedEx or DHL material to:

U.S. National Commission for UNESCO
2121 Virginia Avenue, Suite 6200
Washington, DC 20037
Electronic material can be emailed to DCUNESCO@state.gov

Note: Members of the National Commission*s YPP review committee may
decide to interview via phone top candidates, so please ensure that
you include accurate contact information in your application.

The Research and Conferences Internship at the International Forum for Democratic Studies is open undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in democratization and international affairs. The forum internships, which are unpaid, provide students an excellent opportunity to improve their knowledge of democratization and international affairs and develop and improve their research, writing, and computer skills. For info:


Harvard Educational Review

Latino/a Students Undergraduate Experiences

Symposium in the Harvard Educational Review

Proposals due October 20, 2008

The editors of the Harvard Educational Review invite students, researchers, practitioners, administrators, and policymakers to submit proposals for manuscripts appropriate for publication in a forthcoming symposium that will focus on the undergraduate experiences of Latino/a students.

The symposium will focus on the experiences of Latino/as in higher education to call attention to the needs and interests of this growing population of students in the United States whose educational opportunities and successes will help determine the future of our nation. This symposium underscores our conviction that ensuring equality of opportunity as well as equality of success requires looking beyond the college gates to the experiences of students inside these institutions. We seek to inform educational policies, practices and future research that will help promote college access and persistence to degree for Latino/as as well as advance their individual development and learning.

We seek two types of submissions for this symposium:

  • Scholarly submissions may include qualitative or quantitative studies, theoretical pieces, or essays, and should not exceed 9,000 words. We ask scholars to include implications for policy and practice in post secondary education as well as K-12 schooling where applicable.
  • Personal essays by current or former Latino/a undergraduates should address important aspect(s) of their undergraduate experience, and should not exceed 3,000 words. We ask students to construct narratives that will be instructive to those wishing to have a positive impact on Latino/a student success.
We seek studies and commentaries on Latino/a students social and academic experiences in a variety of institutional contexts, including, but not limited to, two-or four-year institutions, Hispanic-serving institutions, historically black colleges, and predominantly white institutions.

Proposals of up to 500 words should be submitted, along with author CVs for scholarly submissions, by October 20, 2008 to HER_manuscripts@gse.harvard.edu. Authors whose proposals are accepted will be invited to submit full manuscripts for consideration by February 18, 2009. Please direct all queries to HER_manuscripts@gse.harvard.edu.


The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarships are designed to encourage and support outstanding students from 7th grade through graduate school who have a breadth of interests, work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need.


The Echoing Green Fellowship is open to emerging social innovators who want to start or have recently started an organization that tackles seemingly unsolvable social challenges with groundbreaking solutions. You must be at least 18 years old to qualify for this award. Your organization must be original, independent, autonomous, and in a start-up phase. The plan must also result in a sustainable organization. Applicants must make a full-time commitment to the project’s development for two years. Applicants also do not need to be U.S. citizens. Check it out:


The National Hispana Leadership Institute is holding it’s annual conference in Orlando, Florida this year in November. This well respected and recognized organization will offer you various professional development opportunities, but more importantly will allow you to mix and mingle with the largest army of Latina leaders throughout the United States. Book your participation today! Early registration special rates expire 10/15!




This is one of the greatest opportunities ever that if you even have the slightest interest, you should apply. This is an experience that will open doors for you no matter where you go or what you do.


The ultimate experience in international affairs can be found at the United Nations. Internships are available on a part time or full time basis for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students. Internships are not salaried, but the experience is priceless. Check it out:


The United Nations Building in New York City

The United Nations Building in New York City



Minority Access Inc. is a nonprofit organization that has several programs and services that may be helpful to you. They will help you get into Biomedical fields through scholarships or internships or coaching; they offer internships to a variety of both public and private sector orgnaizations; recognize minority role models; and hold an annual conference. Take a look:


Management Leadership for Tomorrow offers several programs and services to minority students who are working their way towards becoming top leaders in business. One of their programs specifically helps students get into top notch MBA programs. Check out their website:


A very smart young Latina I know attended this summer fellowship and let me tell you, it looks great on a resume! If you are interested in public service or the International arena, PLEASE consider applying for this fellowship. It is WELL worth it!


I’ve never been able to attend this conference, but many close friends have- so please try to attend! The conference brings together a large group of Latinas to motivate, educate, and provide a prime opportunity to build lasting and beneficial relationships. This two day conference will have more than 50 presenters discussing professional development, personal growth, wealth-building and solutions to social issues. For registration information:



May 13, 2019


CTU and McDonald’s celebrate a student milestone as a second-generation Archways to Opportunity™ funding recipient achieves her personal goal of earning a college degree. https://www.prweb.com/releases/colorado_technical_university_and_mcdonalds_honor_legacy_archways_to_opportunity_program_graduate/prweb16278788.htm?fbclid=IwAR2fizUs5zK1-SCo8MlMTS274SGC9aGRc2_ba7auQll2gpYw9SnmFxmP1kA

Enjoy my latest article from the Doral Family Journal: https://doralfamilyjournal.com/networking-yes-for-college/


Follow this link and explore the possibilities: https://www.legion.org/scholarships/baseball.

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