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John S. Martinez Scholarship: Now Accepting Applications!

John S. Martinez Leadership Scholarship: Now Accepting Applications! 

Washington, D.C. – The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) is now accepting applications for the John S. Martinez Leadership Scholarship.

NHCSL will award scholarships to a total of eleven (11) Hispanic public high school students that reside in the district of a Hispanic State Legislator. Each student will receive a one-time $3,000.00 grant to use towards their higher education and will be recognized in their community for their excellent academic achievements.  

“This unique scholarship not only helps offset the increasing costs of higher education but also allows students of Hispanic origin to highlight their perspectives of public service. Through the John S. Martinez Leadership Scholarship, we can acknowledge and celebrate the many successes of these students throughout the country.” –Representative Angel Cruz, President of the NHCSL.

This scholarship is in honor of the late John S. Martinez, a Hispanic leader who served as a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives and a Former President of the NHCSL. Comcast NBCUniversal has made this initiative possible through a generous grant which has allowed the NHCSL to continue its efforts in “Closing the Achievement Gap” for Hispanic students.

NHCSL highly encourages qualified students to log on to our website, www.nhcsl.org to submit an application. The deadline for applications is March 18, 2016.                                 

 

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The NHCSL is the premier national association of Hispanic state legislators working to design and implement policies and procedures that will improve the quality of life for Hispanics throughout the country. NHCSL was founded in 1989 as a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with the mission to be the most effective voice for the more than 350 Hispanic legislators. For more information visit www.nhcsl.org.

Pilar Garzon

National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators

444 North Capitol St. NW Ste. 404

Washington, D.C. 20001

P: (202) 434-8070 |F: (202) 434-8072

www.nhcsl.org 

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Scholarships For DREAMers, By DREAMers, 3rd National Round, Remains Open till February 15, 2016!

3rd National Round, Remains Open! – Apply by February 15, 2016

For More Info: http://www.thedream.us/

20 seconds- English PSA- Don Graham – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuA7UU4dqGY

 30 seconds- English PSA- Don Graham –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77dlQw43boY

19 Seconds- Spanish PSA- Gaby Pacheco – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRt72JW-G9g

 

30 seconds-Spanish PSA- Gaby Pacheco – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6_6XcYi5s0

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS

*for First Time College Students & Community College Graduates who Attend Partner Colleges

Latino Education & Advocacy Days (LEAD) Organization has again partnered with TheDream.US to help spread the word about college scholarships that are available to highly motivated DREAMers who want to get a college education but cannot afford it. Our scholarships will help cover your tuition and fees for an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges.  If you are chosen as a DREAM Scholar, you must be accepted to and eligible for in-state tuition (if applicable) at one of our Partner Colleges in order to receive the Scholarship. The in-state tuition requirement does not apply to DREAM Scholars who attend one of our private Partner Colleges or Kaplan University, as there are no residency restrictions for these colleges.  Scholars who wish to attend ASU Online must live in Arizona.

For a list of the partner colleges and descriptions please click here: Partner College List and Descriptions   

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FIRST TIME COLLEGE STUDENTS

This scholarship is available to high school seniors or high school graduates with demonstrated financial need who are first time college students and seek to earn a career-ready associate’s or bachelor’s degree at one of our Partner Colleges. Students who are currently enrolled in college are not eligible. Scholars are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants.  To be eligible to apply, you must:

·      Either graduate from high school or earn your GED diploma by the end of the 2015-2016 academic year or have already graduated or earned your GED diploma;

·   Have earned a high school un-weighted GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or an equivalent GED score);

·   Not have enrolled in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program or have earned college credits (excluding credits earned while in a high school pre-college, dual enrollment program, advanced placement testing, or through the College Level Examination Program CLEP);

·   Intend to enroll full-time in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program at one of TheDream.US Partner Colleges within one year of receiving the Scholarship;

·   Be eligible for in-state tuition if seeking to attend a Partner College that is a public institution;

·   Have come to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;

·   Be DACA or TPS eligible and have applied for or received DACA or TPS approval; and

·   Demonstrate significant unmet financial need.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE GRADUATES

The Community College Graduate Scholarship is available to community college students with demonstrated financial need who have earned their associate’s degrees and seek to complete their bachelor’s degrees at one of our four-year Partner Colleges. Students who are currently enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program are not eligible. Scholars are selected from a nationwide pool of applicants.

To be eligible to apply, you must:

·         Either earn an associate’s degree from an accredited community college by the end of the 2015-2016 academic year or have already earned your associate’s degree from an accredited community college;

·         Have earned a college GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale;

·         Not have yet enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program;

·         Intend to enroll full-time in a bachelor’s degree program at one of TheDream.US Partner Colleges in the 2016-2017 academic year;

·         Be eligible for in-state tuition if seeking to attend a Partner College that is a public institution;

·         Have come to the United States before reaching your 16th birthday;

·         Be DACA or TPS eligible and have applied for or received DACA or TPS approval; and

·         Demonstrate significant unmet financial need.

Find out more on our Frequently Asked Questions or Guidelines pages.

Our Scholars are selected by DREAMers and people from DREAMer-supportive organizations based on their academic achievement and motivation to succeed. Our Scholars commit to their own academic achievement and to help build a National Community of DREAMer Scholars which provides peer-to-peer support and mentoring to each other and future DREAMer Scholars. 

Visit www.TheDream.US for more information.

TheDream.US is a project of New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3), which provides fiscal sponsorship for innovative public interest projects focused on conservation, education, and global health.

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Standardized Tests

I so much agree with this — testing has become everything — and often promotes a type of a standardized “banking” system — where the power of disseminating knowledge fits into the early twentieth century industrial model of schools where students were socialized in assembly-like rows to be taught the status quo and not to be heard from (or if heard from – only through testing). With the promotion of standardized tests and quantitative methods that evaluate the performances of both teachers and students, there is a diminishing of the space for the creation of democratic bridges between what is being learned in the classroom and the challenges of democratic decision-making in our communities.

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Education that Advances Democracy

A column appeared today in the Daily Bulletin that I wrote before the charter school issue at Pomona Unified.  To their credit, Pomona Unified school board members denied a proposal by one of these independent for-profit acadamies to open a K-12 charter school in the district.  The article is timely since I will be speaking to these issues today at a Claremont Colleges’ conference of twenty liberal arts colleges from throughout the U. S. on community engagement.  The link to my column is below:

http://www.dailybulletin.com/opinions/ci_22493361/education-that-advances-democracy

or read the full text here.