Our History…

During the 1940s, a group of men and women from Colorado’s Latino community came together to create an organization to ensure their children and future generations of Latinos would be able to obtain an education. 

LAEF was founded in 1949 and since has established itself as a leader in meeting the higher educational needs of Latino/Hispanic students in Colorado. In the past 69 years LAEF has awarded over 6,000 scholarships and our successes are seen daily throughout our community.

Today, LAEF is the oldest and largest Latino/Hispanic 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 Latino/Hispanic students in attaining their college degrees