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The Latino Community Foundation of Colorado, in partnership with Hispanics in Philanthropy, is investing in the educational success of Latino students in Colorado by addressing the issue of "summer melt," — when college-intending students fail to enroll in the fall after high school graduation. 

The project seeks to serve students across the Denver Metro area and puts them on the path to post-secondary educational success. Research shows that students who have a positive transition experience between high school and college raise their probable outcome of attaining a post-secondary degree. 

The project provides grants, totaling $210,000, to five organizations that will develop transition/bridge programs to increase the number of students matriculating in college: Adams County School District Education Foundation; Girls, Inc.; Latin American Educational Foundation; Mapleton Education Foundation; and Mi Casa Resource Center.

Unfortunately, 40% of Latino youth who graduate from high school and are accepted to college or trade school do not show up on their first day of class in the fall. These organizations will assist 1,000 Latino high school seniors to successfully transition from high school to college.  The project will also work with families and provide community support so that Latino students not only enroll in college/trade school but graduate with a post-secondary degree. Funding for this project was made possible from generous contributions by Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative Fund, Hispanics in Philanthropy, Rose Community Foundation, Western Union and individual donors.

Did you know that on average, bachelor’s degree holders earn nearly twice as much as high school graduates and more than double the wages of workers without high school degrees? 

HIP to College is proud to be partnering with the following community organizations, school districts and scholarship foundations:

Each of our partners have started to implement their individualized plans for communities they serve.  To read more about this pilot project, click here.