LOS ANGELES -- The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), the nation's largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, is kicking off the summer with their annual Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) programs; a series of four-day, overnight conferences for outstanding Latino high school juniors, which will take place in four cities across the U.S.
Each city will host 150 Latino high school juniors, who are selected through a competitive application process. This college empowerment conference is designed to give these young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success.
Attendees will enhance their leadership abilities and start their own professional networks by participating in college and career workshops, living on a college campus, and interacting with college students and professionals who serve as their mentors.
The average GPA of last year's combined cohort was 3.7, and participants have gone on to some of the nation's best colleges. Additionally, 10 have been selected as GMS Scholars and many others are awaiting news of on their applications for HSF Scholarships.
"The Youth Leadership Institute changed my perspective on college, encouraging me to set higher goals and have the confidence to achieve them," Ivan Delatorre said of his experience in last year's YLI program in Los Angeles. He will be attending University of California, Los Angeles in the fall.
"We want to prepare the student for what it will be like on a college campus and expose them to a network of leaders with insights and wisdom to share," Fidel A. Vargas, President & CEO, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, said. "With the continued support of our Presenting Partner Wells Fargo, we are able to empower more exceptional students than ever, nurture their leadership skills, and prepare them to be leaders in their communities."
"Wells Fargo has been a proud supporter of the work that the Hispanic Scholarship Fund does. The Youth Leadership Institute is just one more way that HSF is making higher education more available to students across the country," Georgette "Gigi" Dixon, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Wells Fargo, said. "This continued partnership with HSF gives us the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of so many young people and continue to emphasize the importance of education."
The YLI series will launch this July at the University of California, Davis, reprise at The University of Texas at Dallas, then Marymount University in Arlington, VA, and, finally, The University of Chicago. Below please find the complete schedule:
- July 9-12 -- University of California, Davis
- July 23-26 -- The University of Texas at Dallas
- July 30-August 2 -- Marymount University at Arlington
- August 6-9 -- The University of Chicago
For more information about the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the YLI programs please visit: HSF.net