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About Us

The Latin American Educational Foundation is proud to celebrate 72 years of providing access to higher education for Hispanics in Colorado
Hispanics and Latinos are the fastest growing, underrepresented community in the nation. The workforce requires more education than ever. As a community, it is our responsibility to increase the number of Hispanics who complete degrees in higher education. Today, access to higher education is critically important in order to advance the economic and social status of the Hispanic and Latino community, as demonstrated by the following statistics:
  • 72% of Hispanic/Latino students in Denver drop out of school, the worst rate in the country.
  • 40% increase in tuition rates at Colorado's universities and colleges in the past five years.
  • 7,000 Scholarships have been awarded to Colorado students through LAEF, totaling $7 million.
These figures show an alarming trend in the lack of advanced education for Hispanic students. A significant barrier to this is the increasing cost of higher education. LAEF addresses these issues by providing programs which increase access to higher educational opportunities for Hispanic and Latino students. 
 
The Latin American Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1949.