In order to create new and expand existing educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students, the U.S. Department of Education announced June 26 it will award $12.2 million in grants to 19 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, or HSI’s.
HSI’s are defined as colleges or universities with an undergraduate Hispanic enrollment of at least 25%.
The grants, according to the department, are designed to assist schools in faculty and curriculum development, academic tutoring and mentoring, and in other areas.
”We know that Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group pursuing higher education, but we need to improve the graduation rate for Hispanic students and provide opportunities for them to achieve their higher education goals,” said education secretary Arne Duncan in a news release.
Schools receiving the grants are primarily located in California and Texas, boasting five schools each. Awards range from $456,387 to $775,000.
- Arizona Western College, Arizona
- Gavilan College, California
- Canada College, California
- Pasadena City College, California
- Santa Monica College, California
- Ventura College, California
- Wilbur Wright College- City Colleges of Chicago, Illinois
- Union County College, New Jersey
- Passaic County Community College, New Jersey
- Eastern New Mexico University- Roswell, New Mexico
- Luna Community College, New Mexico
- City University of New York- Lehnman College, New York
- John Dewey College, Puerto Rico
- Bayamon Central University, Puerto Rico
- Galveston College, Texas
- Laredo Community College, Texas
- Texas State University- San Marcos, Texas
- The University of Houston- Downtown, Texas
- The University of Texas at El Paso, Texas
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