Fidel Vargas, Hispanic Scholarship Fund president and CEO, said his group wants to award scholarships to young immigrants lacking permanent legal status.
Vargas said Friday the fund is in the midst of finalizing the policy for young people who have had their deportations temporarily suspended through an executive order of the President.
Vargas told a lunch crowd of mostly Latinos that his group gives out about $30 million a year in scholarships and is trying to increase that amount to $100 million.
Currently, a student must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to receive a scholarship from the fund. Vargas said the group received 85,000 applications this year and only 25,000 applicants qualified.
Citing data from what was formerly known as Pew Hispanic Center, Vargas said 69 percent of Latinos who graduate from high school go on to college, compared to 64 percent nationally.
In 2012, the Hispanic scholarship fund gave 5,116 scholarships, up 11 percent from the previous year, according to the group’s website.