In the early 1990’s a group of low income individuals with business aspirations had the dream of implementing a program that would offer higher education opportunities to low income Latino students who might also face other legal challenges that prevented them from having access to financing in order to continue their education. For many years, Latino leaders from different fields of community development kept meeting to continue working on the process of figuring out a program that would allow the fulfillment of the original vision. The Latino Economic Development Center and its membership, took the responsibility of creating a vehicle that would allow the fulfillment of such vision. Today that vision has become the Latino Scholarship Fund of The Minneapolis Foundation.
For application guidelines and forms, please call the Latino Economic Development Center, 612-724-5332 or
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or come to LEDC's office.
2011 Scholarship Recipients:
Based on decisions made by the Latino Scholarship Fund Selection Committee on 4/10/2011, 8 young students were chosen to receive a $3,000 scholarship each. The process to select recipients was extremely difficult as 92 high quality applications were received that not only showed academic quality, but also a deep understanding about the strong commitment these students have with their communities.
The “George W. Linares Scholarship” was awarded to Yessica Diana Rodriguez, who graduated from St. Paul Central High School and is attending the Augsburg College. The “Ramiro Hernandez Marquez Scholarship” was awarded to Veronica Martinez Rubio, who graduated from Wellstone International High School and is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College. The “LEDC Scholarship” was awarded to Ruth Anariba, who graduated from Yellow Medicine East High School in Granite Falls, and is attending Minnesota State University-Mankato.
The following students received the “IME Scholarship” to continue their higher education: Juan Manuel Cruz-Aguilar, who is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Computer Support and Network Administration; Maria Magdalena Sanchez Palomares, who is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Graphic Design and Visual Communication; Adriana M. Casillas, who is attending the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities for Wildlife Biology; Omar Gaona-Roman, who is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Computer Support and Network Administration; and Gerardo Dominguez, who is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College for Photography.
2010 Scholarship Recipients:
The George W. Linares Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was awarded to Luis H. Hernandez. Luis graduated from Johnson Senior High School in St. Paul, and is planning on attending St. Mary’s University studying computer engineering and nuclear technology.
The Ramiro Hernandez Marquez Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was awarded to Yolisbeth Sanchez Ruiz. Yolisbeth graduated from Broadway High School in Minneapolis, and is planning on attending MCTC studying child development.
The LEDC Scholarship, in the amount of $3,000, was awarded to Gerardo Dominguez. Gerardo graduated from El Colegio and attends MCTC to study law enforcement.
2009 LEDC Scholarships Recipients:
The George G. W. Linares Scholarship was awarded to Jesus E. Juárez Reyes, who graduated from Robbinsdale Cooper High School in New Hope, Minnesota and is attending Augsburg College to continue his education. The amount of this scholarship is $3,500.
The Ramiro Hernández Márquez Scholarship was awarded to Sara Lizbeth Alarcón Vargas, who graduated from El Colegio Charter School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College to study Photography. The amount of this scholarship is $3,500.
José Luís García graduated from Winona Senior High School in Winona, MN and is attending Winona State University to study Accounting. The amount of this scholarship is $3,250.
Gloria Berenice Castillo Alvarez graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis, MN and is attending Southwest Minnesota State University to study Political Science. The amount of this scholarship is $3,250.
Saraí Román graduated from Harding High School in St. Paul, MN and is attending Saint Benedict College to study Pre-Law and Education. The amount of this scholarship is $3,250.
Irvin Perez graduated from Edison High School in Minneapolis and is attending the University Of Minnesota School of Business to study Finance. The amount of this scholarship is $3,250.
Laura Griselda Pastrana Campos graduated from Broadway High School and attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College to study Psychology. The amount of this scholarship was $3,250.
2008 LEDC Scholarships Recipients:
The George G. W. Linares Scholarship was awarded to Irma Marquez, who graduated from Saint James High School in Saint James, Minnesota. She is now attending Gustavus Adolphus College.
LEDC Scholarships were awarded to: Alejandro Reyes, who graduated from Shakopee High School in Shakopee and is attending Gustavus Adolphus College; Ana Gonzalez, who graduated from Harding High School in Saint Paul and is attending Augsburg College; Adriana Echeverria, who graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and is attending Augsburg College; Greysi Ocampo, who graduated from Chaska High School in Chaska and is attending Normandale College; Marlen Mendoza, who graduated from Roosevelt High School and is attending Minneapolis Community and Technical College; Edgar Ullaguari, who graduated from Lincoln International High School in Minneapolis and attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College.
2007 LEDC Scholarships Recipients:
The George G. W. Linares Scholarship awarded to Mario Aguilar-Olivar, who graduated from Hopkins High School in Minnetonka and attending the Carlson School of Management.
LEDC Scholarships were awarded to: Juventino Meza Rodriguez, who graduated from Arlington High School in St. Paul and is attending Augsburg College; Alondra Velazquez, who graduated from Roseville Area High School in Roseville and is attending The College of St. Catherine; Leny Briones, who graduated from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis and is attending The College of St. Catherine; Wendy Carina Sosa Bustillos, who graduated from Edison High School in Minneapolis and is attending MCTC; and Irene Dominguez-Galarza, who graduated from Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis and attended The College of St. Catherine.
2006 LEDC Scholarships Recipients:
Hanani Cárdenas,and Pedro Ruíz, who both attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College, received the first two LEDC Scholarships.
One student's story
I’m going to go back to the day that I applied for this scholarship. I remember filling it out and making sure that all the information was there, then the time came for the essay. The essay was a question that went somewhat like this: What does education mean to you? What does it mean to your family? And How do you Plan to give back to your Latino community?
It was a question that made me think so much about myself and my future. I sat for a long time, thinking of an answer that would sum up all of my feelings about this question. It was not an easy question because there are many different factors that I believe contribute to the value of education and why it is so important. One obvious reason is because Education IS the key for our future. We need educated individuals in this generation to build our new future to make it better for the next generations to come. Another reason why it is important to me personally is because I am the first generation in my family to go to college. This is a great milestone that I know my family is really proud of. Education will give me the opportunity to continue pursuing my dreams in order for me to help others. I want to be a positive role model but most importantly a great leader for my community and family. My ultimate goal is to help the Latino community in my future.
I always knew I wanted to go to college. My parents made it clear that education was the only way I would have a better life with a job that is not in a factory. Not saying that labor work is in any way inferior, it’s a respectable and honorable job, I know because my parents are factory workers; but nonetheless the truth is that labor work was not what my parents or I wanted for me because there is more out there than that. My parents were not fortunate enough to go to college because of lack of financial circumstances, but they have worked hard so that my brother and I would have that opportunity; and god knows I am taking full advantage of that opportunity they have given me. For that reason I have been brought up with education being a priority.
I am sure that all of the scholars here today feel the same way and many of us have identical views on education. I am very proud of every single one that is here tonight. I can also bet that we have had similar struggles. Being a Latino in this country is not easy for many because we have to be able to break the stereotype that Latinos have. We have to work twice as hard to accomplish our goals. We have to prove many wrong because of the image that many have of us. It’s not fair but the reality of that matter is that the stereotype exist. I believe that no matter the stereotype anyone can do it. It just means that you may have some bumps in the way, but those experiences are the ones that will make you a better person because the strong people are the ones that can get back up and continue their path. I’m saying this from experience. No es facil. It’s has been hard.
I arrived to the United States at age nine. Without a word of English I entered fourth grade. It was a scary sight I tell you; I mean just imagine being in a classroom wanting to make friends and be able to adapt to your new school but not being able to because of the language barrier. It’s something we have all been familiar with for most of us who’s Spanish was their first language right.
In behalf of myself, the LEDC, and the scholars, I want to thank every person who has made this a continual success. All of those who have donated their time, hard work, and money to this wonderful organization, THANK YOU! Thank you so much for those who have believed in us because it really means so much to us. Every small contribution helps and makes a difference in our lives.
In conclusion, filling out the application was not the hard thing, but answering the question was the part that was challenging. That’s how things in life are: The hardest and most rewarding things in life are the things that you need to work hard for. What you can get from education depends on how much you are willing to put into it. I encourage all to always push yourselves to do your best in everything that you do because one day your hard work will be rewarded, just like today.