The Hispanic Scholarship Fund Opens Chapter at Yale

As part of a national initiative encouraging academic achievement among Hispanic Americans, Yale University recently welcomed a new student chapter of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) promoting academic excellence among Hispanic students.

“This event, which increases our presence at leading U.S. universities, is a celebration of the one year anniversary of the launch of the HSF Scholar Chapters,” said HSF President and Chief Executive Officer Sara Martinez Tucker. “These chapters give HSF the opportunity to provide our scholars with resources and support, as well as with leadership opportunities and access to HSF scholars and alumni across the country.”

Yale’s HSF Scholar chapter is made possible through the partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation, which funded the launch of the HSF Scholar Chapters program. In 2001 HSF Scholar chapters opened at Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin. There are currently 11 HSF scholars at Yale.

The program has been successful in matching numerous Hispanic students with past participants through the organization’s Alumni Mentoring program. The mentoring program was designed to help HSF scholars and Hispanic students make the transition from college to professional life, underscoring the program’s mission to support students in achieving their career and leadership goals following graduation.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the nation’s leading Hispanic educational organization. It was founded in 1975 to strengthen college education among Hispanic Americans, the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. Today, HSF provides more college scholarships to the Latino community than any other organization, in support of its mission to double the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees. The organization has awarded more than 45,000 scholarships totaling nearly $60 million to Latinos from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, who have attended more than 1,300 colleges and universities.

Yale’s new chapter was made possible by the Goldman Sachs Foundation’s $1 million grant to HSF in the fall of 2001. The mission of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, established in 1999, is to promote excellence and innovation in education worldwide, and to improve the academic performance and lifelong productivity of young people.

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