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Grants will support college readiness, scholarships for Hispanic students in Wichita

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at 8:57 p.m.

A $10,000 grant from the AT&T Foundation will help a local nonprofit fund scholarships and a college readiness workshop for Hispanic high school students in Wichita.

The Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation plans to use half of the award to help 135 low-income juniors prepare for post-secondary education through its “Tu Futuro: Through Education & Leadership” workshop, set for 2013.

The remaining $5,000 is earmarked for five scholarships, to be awarded to high school seniors next year.

Foundation president Yolanda Camarena has said she hopes to continue increasing college readiness and decreasing dropout rates among area Hispanics with the help of donations and grants, like those given by AT&T.

“We have to ensure that these students are prepared to develop a career, not just a job,” Camarena said in an interview with The Eagle last month.

The foundation — a nonprofit arm of the Wichita Hispanic Chamber of Commerce — took over the chamber’s scholarship program last year. In May, it gave 39 scholarships totaling $46,565 to seniors, more than doubling its 2011 awards.

The foundation plans to reach out to area high schools seeking students to apply for the awards and workshop. Qualified applicants should be of Hispanic heritage and enrolled in Wichita’s public or private schools.

For additional details about the workshop or scholarship opportunities, talk to your child’s high school guidance counselor.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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