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The Latin American Educational Foundation is proud to celebrate 68 years of providing access to higher education for Hispanics in Colorado

Hispanics 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 community," as demonstrated by the following statistics:

  • 72% of Hispanic 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;
  • $5.2 billion would be added to the Colorado economy if underrepresented children graduated at the same rate as the status quo by 2020;
  • 6,000+ Scholarships have been awarded to Colorado youth through LAEF, totaling more than $6 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 students.