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Our History

The Latin American Educational Foundation was founded in 1949 by a group of dedicated men and women determined to ensure that future generations of Hispanics would have access to higher education and make a better life for themselves.  

Since its inception, LAEF has awarded nearly 7,000 scholarships to Colorado Hispanic's and Latino college students and their successes can be seen throughout the community. LAEF has established itself as a leader in meeting the higher educational needs of Latino/Hispanic students in Colorado. LAEF focuses on providing scholarship funding for students to mitigate financial barriers, offers on-going support to students and families, and create about opportunities to pursue higher education. 

Today, LAEF is the oldest and largest Hispanic and Latino scholarship organization in the state of Colorado. Our initial goal has never wavered as LAEF continues to focus on increasing the number of Colorado students who graduate from high school and college.

LAEF has found success in reaching these goals through:

  • Our continuous growth of our scholarships program
  • Establishing community collaboration efforts
  • Developing support programs for Hispanic and Latino students in attaining their college degrees