Lumina Foundation Awards $11.5 Million to Boost Latino Student Success

The Indianapolis-based Lumina Foundation has announced grants totaling $11.5 million to thirteen partnerships working to increase college graduation rates among Latino-American students.

With financial and technical support from Lumina, Excelencia in Education, and the Foundation Strategy Group, the partnerships have been working for the past six months to refine and develop projects aimed at increasing postsecondary education attainment for more than two hundred thousand students. The new funding will enable the partnerships to leverage community leadership across sectors in the design, implementation, and sustainability of college preparation, access, and success strategies for Latino students.

Made through Lumina's Latino Student Success initiative, the grants are part of the foundation's commitment to increasing the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. According to the foundation, Latinos are the fast-growing student population in the nation and are expected to hold half the nation's jobs by 2025.

"Lumina's Latino Student Success effort enables us to focus on a task that is at once a serious challenge and a priceless opportunity — increasing college attainment for more Latino students," said Excelencia in Education president Sarita Brown. "This effort will not only enhance the lives of Latino students but will help to ensure a bright future for all Americans."