According to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of Latinos enrolling in college increased 24% in 2010. With this increase in college-bound Latinos comes a greater demand for resources to guide them through the enrollment process, as well as information on where they can find scholarship opportunities.
Fortunately, Latino families can find many new websites and organizations geared toward helping them navigate the system. Below are several online resources to help college-bound Latinos successfully create their path to higher education.
This free, bilingual webinar series kicks off this Friday, June 29th, at 10:30 EST. Education expert Mariela Dabbah will be sharing valuable tips and resources to help Latino students and their families get on track for college. You only have to register once to enjoy all four webinars, which start Friday, then continue in the fall. Topics in this series include, “Mastering the College Application Process,” “Acing Scholarship Applications,” and “Finding Mentors and Building a Support System.”
A comprehensive site created to provide Latino families with a single online resource to help guide them through the enrollment process and beyond. Students and parents will find free, bilingual information and tools to help get them on track for college. Special features include the New Futuro College Plan which helps students create a 10-step “roadmap” to get into college, or win scholarships at their free workshops. Parents will be especially interested in the New Futuro College Scholarship Trackerand its huge selection of scholarships for Latino students. The site offers valuable articles and videos to help motivate and inform its viewers. The company is also involved in a number of neighborhood outreach programs.
This Facebook group is for parents and students interested in academic success and preparing for college applications. It is composed of individuals who are ready and willing to answer any questions regarding academic success in middle school and high school, as well as information on college applications, financial aid, and college admissions standardized tests. Take the time to scroll through the posts. You’ll find good information on preparing for college, as well as lots of opportunities for high school students.
Created by college students, Collegeology Games is a website whose mission is to create a series of educational games that help students prepare for college. Through their Application Crunch game, students learn how to “juggle their time between academics, extracurricular activities, work, and service while competing for college applications and scholarships.” The site has recently launched Mission: Admission, a Facebook app designed to help high school students understand the strategies and skills needed to apply to college.
This organization is dedicated to accelerating Latino success in higher education and they promote education policies and institution practices that make this possible. Through data-driven analysis and research, as well as programs and initiatives, Excelencia in Education works with colleges and universities to help them establish programs to better serve their Latino students and guarantee their success. Parents and students can find a list of these institutions on their website.
Monica Olivera Hazelton, NBC Latino contributor and the founder and publisher of MommyMaestra.com, a site for Latino families that homeschool, as well as families with children in a traditional school setting who want to take a more active role in their children’s education. She is the 2011 winner of the “Best Latina Education Blogger” award by LATISM.