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White House Selects Latino Scholarship Directory as Hispanic Education Bright Spot

The National Latino & American Indian Scholarship Directory produced by Latino Literacy Now includes more than 2,000 sources of financial aid providing more than 200,000 scholarships totaling almost $1 billion that is available to Latinos and American Indians. The White House honored the scholarship directory as a Hispanic Education Bright Spot in three key areas, including access and completion of college and encouraging Latino students to pursue careers in STEM.

Carlsbad, CA, October 07, 2015 --( The National Latino & American Indian Scholarship Directory has been selected by the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education.

The selection of the scholarship directory was announced on Sept. 15, 2015 in Washington, DC and is included in a national online catalog with 230 other programs investing in education for Hispanics.

The National Latino & American Indian Scholarship Directory was honored in three key areas for its work:
* College Access for Latino Youth
* Efforts to Help Latino Youth Complete College
* Programs to Encourage Latinos Into The STEM Fields

The scholarship directory includes over 2,000 sources of financial aid available to Latinos, with a combined total of almost $1 billion. Over the years, corporations including McDonalds, Chrysler, General Motors and Wal-Mart have supported the scholarship directory. In November 2015, the scholarship directory will become available electronically on a major new website.

"Today, when student loan debt in the U.S. is over $1 trillion and when more than three million Latinos are attending college, it is critical to promote a scholarship directory that gives Latino students access to all the resources available to get an education without mortgaging their future," said Andres Tobar, co-publisher of the scholarship directory.

More than 200,000 students have had access to the scholarship directory since it was first published in 1997. It has been distributed in hard copies, CDs and DVDs to national Latino organizations, including National Council of La Raza (NCLR), League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP).

The scholarship directory was initially published by NAHP when Andres Tobar was its executive director and Kirk Whisler was the directory’s publisher. Today, Tobar and Whisler continue to work together under the auspices of Latino Literacy Now, a 501c3 organization chaired by actor and director Edward James Olmos.

To become involved in this effort, please contact Andres Tobar by email at
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