Community Focus: Scholarship to help students statewide

Local non-profit is fundraising for it's yearly scholarship fund (KOKH).

A local non-profit is working to give students from across the state money for college. The Latino Community Development Agency scholarship is open to students from across the state. The goal is to make college more accessible to Hispanic children in Oklahoma, and the amount of money that's given away depends on donations.

The cost of college continues to increase, and the long standing non-profit is doing its part to give dozens of scholarships to Oklahoma students.

“Our scholarship is very open, so it could be just for tuition, room and boarding, books. so, anything will definitely help a student,” Patty DeMoraes-Huffine, Director of Prevention Programs at the Latino Community Development Agency.

Here is the breakdown of the Latino Agency scholarship fund:

To qualify, students need to be high school seniors in an Oklahoma high school that are of Hispanic heritage, but they are not required to be able to speak Spanish.

They do need a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and their family must not make more than $100,000 a year.

The non-profit is looking for donors, and even volunteers to help choose who will get the scholarship money.

“Whoever wants to do it, actually is great. If anyone wants to come and see what kind of kiddos we get because their stories will touch your heart, “says DeMoraes-Huffine.

The Latino Agency is still working to reach its yearly $30,000 scholarship fundraising goal.

Other documents need to be included as a part of the scholarship application, including an essay. The deadline is fast approaching. It is due by Wednesday February 28.

If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, you can click here. If you’d like to make a donation to this scholarship program or to volunteer, you can click here.

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