Student Blog:

Denisse G.

As a first generation student, you might feel at a disadvantage to the rest of your peers. However, a first generation student is just a label. You are the only person that can define your experiences, so don’t let that label stop you from seeking options and opportunities. Ever since I arrived to Cornell, I wanted to study abroad, be pre-med and major in plant sciences. I was following everything I thought I needed to do in order to become a naturopathic doctor. Since I had this mentality, I attended the meetings that discussed studying abroad. It was certainly possible to study abroad. My plan was to study for a summer or semester. To prepare myself, I needed to plan ahead the following semesters. Financially, studying abroad is not out reachable during a semester because there are no further charges than the original tuition payment.
The real problem here was me. I was reaching out and preparing my future the way I thought needed to be done. Still, I didn’t stop to focus on myself.

Outcomes and Success

Since our launch, Latino U has had tremendous impact reaching thousands of students and parents eager to receive much needed information and guidance. Our bilingual, culturally-relevant programs focus on increasing Latino youth’s access to college resources and guiding them through the process from their senior year of high school until college graduation.


In three years, over 1,900 parents and students have attended out information sessions delivered in local high schools and community centers throughout the year.


Volunteer College Coaches and Near-Peer Mentors provide students with support and guidance applying and succeeding in college.

  • 86% of students who participated in volunteer college coach programs have successfully enrolled in and are attending 4 year private colleges.
  • 100% of students attending 4 year private colleges received 75% to 100% financial aid and scholarship support.
  • $1,000 Scholarships awarded to students for much needed dorm and school supplies.
  • Our Latino U Scholars are now attending:
    • Bates College, Binghamton University, Boston U., Cornell U., Fordham U., Iona Coll., Mercy Coll., Pace U., Princeton U.,


Student workshops and prep sessions guide students by providing one-on-one student support.

From 2013-2016 we have assisted:

  • 271 students with College Essay Writing and SAT/ACT Test Prep
  • 263 students with the completion of FAFSA applications.



We Are Latino U!

First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative shares good wishes for Latino U Scholars:

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Help students through ongoing and one-time volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer at Latino U College Access and make a difference in a student’s life by helping them reach their college goals and fulfill their potential.



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Help to change a life and make college dreams a reality. Latino U College Access relies on the generous donations of individuals like you, and receives philanthropic support from private foundations and corporations to help Latino youth receive a higher education and a chance at an exciting future.


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