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We are opening the doors to higher education for Hispanics in North Carolina.


 




 
 
Newsletter
July 2015

In First Person:

"As a first-generation American, I have witnessed firsthand the power of education and how it can mold the future of North Carolina. My continued support for The Tomorrow Fund is more a selfish act than a selfless act. Why? Because I want to live in a state and country were Latino youth are prepared to face the struggles and the rewards of being active citizens in this great nation of ours.
   Thank you, Tomorrow Fund, for offering youth in North Carolina the tools necessary to become the leaders and citizens of the future."
by Lizette Watko
NEWS!
White House Initiative
Invitation
   
   The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students has been invited by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics to apply for special recognition as a "Bright Spot in Hispanic Education."
   September marks the 25th anniversary of the Initiative.  To commemorate this occasion U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and the Initiative launched the "Anniversary Year of Action: Fulfilling America's Future.
    If selected, the Fund will be featured in September by the Initiative and the Secretary in a special catalog of Bright Spots in Hispanic Education. 
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  Earlier this summer the Fund launched a Networking Hub group on Facebook and invited past and present recipients, as well as students from area nonprofits to join. The Hub posts daily information regarding college advice, job postings, internships, and other information of interest to young adults from financially-challenged backgrounds.  
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  The Fund hopes to launch its new Google Hangout: "College on Air" this fall! This interactive, online program will feature a line-up of expert speakers on topics relevant to first-generation college students and college-bound high schoolers. If you have an "expertise" you feel would be helpful for these students, and you'd like to be a featured speaker, please contact us: tomorrowfundhs@gmail.com
Stay tuned for further details!

$128,000 awarded
18 students
10 institutions
 
Thanks to the generosity of our donors,
the Scholarship Selection Committee has awarded
$128,100 in scholarship funding to 18 Hispanic/Latino students across North Carolina. Seven of those 18 students are new recipients.

There are a total of 10 institutions of higher learning represented. For privacy reasons we do not publish student names and individual scholarship amounts granted, however, listed below are the total amounts awarded at each institution:
 
Meredith College: $25,000
Guilford College: $15,000
Queens University: $12,000
Salem College: $16,300
Davidson County Community College: $7,400
Lenoir-Rhyne University: $20,700
North Carolina State University: $12,000
Pfeiffer University: $8,000
UNC- Chapel Hill: $7,000 
Wingate University: $8,000
 

Going deep, not wide


Last year we witnessed our largest graduating cohort of students. Ten of our recipients graduated, while six undergraduates reapplied for funding. It was the perfect time to implement some changes.

 

In June 2014, the Scholarship Selection Committee decided that, rather than invest smaller amounts in a greater number of students, we would "go deep rather than wide" and award larger scholarships to fewer students. By doing this, we were able to make a more significant impact on our recipients’ financial aid gaps. In most cases, we were able to completely bridge their remaining gaps.

 

The goal of the Tomorrow Fund has always been to bridge the gaps faced by low-income students after all other financial aid has been applied to their accounts.  If we were to only bridge 50% of a large gap, students from limited/low financial backgrounds might be unable to provide the remaining 50% on their own. This could result in debt accrued at their institution with their transcript or diploma withheld until that student clears his/her debt. By providing larger scholarships, we can better assist students in addressing their financial aid gaps and help them toward degree completion.

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Our ability to address financial aid gaps each year is directly tied to how much we fundraise. We are working hard to forge more partnerships, broaden our donor base, and expand awareness of our work. You can easily help in any number of ways by

  • continuing your support
  • increasing your support,
  • telling others about our work
  • inviting us to talk to your friends, professional networks, clubs, churches, or other groups
  • introducing us to your company's philanthropic programs (such as matched giving)
  • winning the lottery and sharing it with us!

I'd personally like to thank you for your
support this past year.
The Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students is successful because people believe in our work and donate.

 

Lastly, I'm thankful for our Advisory Board - a group of highly committed volunteers. These are all very busy civic and business leaders, and yet they are committed to improving Hispanic/Latino students' lives across our state.

Diane Evia-Lanevi
Board chair

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