WASHINGTON, January 31, 2012 - Excelencia in Education today announced new grants from the Ford Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, totaling $950,000, to support its ground breaking national initiative, Ensuring America's Future by Increasing Latino College Completion. 

"Latinos will have to almost triple the number of degrees earned currently for America to return to world leadership in college completion by 2020," said Sarita Brown, president of Excelencia in Education.  "These grants will help Excelencia continue to fulfill its unique role providing actionable research and engaging stakeholders across America to implement strategies and tactics that result from that research."

The $200,000, 18-month grant from the Ford Foundation will enable Excelencia to strengthen national Ensuring America's Future efforts to inform and engage stakeholders in the use of tactics and strategies to increase Latino college completion.  Additionally, the grant will support work to inform, identify, organize, and expand efforts to close equity gaps in college completion in Colorado and the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas.

"Excelencia continues to fill a critical role, bringing together key partners from across the nation to get everyone working the same direction on Latino college completion," said Ford Foundation program officer Douglas Wood.  "Our support for their work will strengthen those efforts while also helping focus on the issue in some key geographies."

The $750,000, 12-month grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will help Excelencia make data on college completion more transparent, enable Excelencia to evaluate a financial aid delivery model that can lead to increased college completion, and support Excelencia's work engaging stakeholders in selected states to address Latino college readiness and completion in their efforts.

"We are deeply grateful for the continued support from the Gates foundation and this new investment from the Ford Foundation," said Brown.  "Their leadership in enhancing the work of our Ensuring America's Future initiative demonstrates the importance to America of increasing degree completion among Latinos."

For more information, visit www.EdExcelencia.org

Excelencia in Education is a Washington, D.C.-based national non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education.




Release Date
Mon, 01/30/2012 - 12:00am