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HBLI receives $75,000 grant to inform Latino students and parents about going to college.

Maricopa County, AZ-The Hispanic Border Leadership Institute at ASU has won a $75,000 grant from Lumina Foundation for Education to provide early information to Latino students and parents about going to college. Middle school, high school, and first-year community college Latino students along with parents will gain information about planning and preparing to enter college.

The "Getting Started to Go to College" project will provide over the next year and a half basic but essential early information to first-generation and low-income Latino students currently in middle and high schools about college academic preparation, selecting a college to attend, admission requirements, and application process. Parents will be given information in Spanish or English about how to find money to support their child's college education.

On accepting the Lumina grant, Leonard A. Valverde, executive director of HBLI said, "The McCabe funds will allow HBLI to work directly with Latino parents and students in South and Central Phoenix. Lumina support helps HBLI to start a new intervention to increase opportunities and hopefully result in a better future for Latino youth."

This grant was awarded as part of Lumina Foundation's McCabe Fund. The McCabe Fund supports organizations that enable students-particularly first-generation college students, low-income students and students of color-to broaden and make the most of their opportunities in postsecondary education.

The McCabe Fund provides modest, competitive grants for programs that work directly with students to improve access to postsecondary education. These programs expand successful models or propose new approaches that are ready to be tested in the field. Grant proposals were requested from a select group of organizations from across the country. The McCabe Fund grant program plans to award grants totaling $2 million between October 2002 and March 2003.

"We are optimistic that these grassroots initiatives supported by the McCabe Fund will help reduce the nation's college attainment gap by assisting organizations, such as HBLI, that help students achieve their potential by expanding access to an education beyond high school," said Martha D. Lamkin, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation.

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