Thursday, November 03, 2005

The Sallie Mae Fund National Bus Tour Stops in NYC Area to Address Need to Educate Latinos on College Financial Aid Options
Paying for College Tour Empowers the Growing Latino Community to Achieve Their Dreams Through Higher Education

WHAT: The Sallie Mae Fund Paying for College Tour will be in Metro NYC to help local Latinos close the financial aid information gap that has been restricting college attendance. The mobile tour bus will be parked in sixteen area locations, where Latino students and their families can access information on scholarships, grants, loans and federal aid in both Spanish and English, through the vehicle's computer resource center, as well as attend an interactive workshop on financial aid to be presented by college graduates. One scholarship will be given out at each workshop to a youth in attendance!

WHY: (additional local and national statistics available)

In the state of New York, only 16-percent of Latinos over the age of 25 hold college degrees. New York County's Latino population is over double the national average at 27.2-percent.
1 in 2 Bronx County residents are Latino (48.2-percent of the population).
Nassau County's Latino population has increased by 172-percent in the past 10 years -the largest increase of any demographic - according to the US Census.
New Jersey will see the number of Latino high school graduates increase 50-percent in the next 10 years, yet only 16-percent of Latinos over the age of 25 hold college degrees.
Forty-three-percent of Latino young adults and more than half (51-percent) of Latino parents reported, in a national study commissioned by TSMF, that they were not aware of a single source of college financial aid.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9 THRU Saturday, November 19

(6 local school stops scheduled for schools' students only - the 10 below are open to the public)


11/9 6:30 - 8:30pm: Uniondale High School 933 Goodrich St, Uniondale
11/10 6:30 - 8:30pm: Valley Stream Central High School 135 Fletcher Ave, Valley Stream
11/12 12:30 - 2:00pm: Sonderling High School 1st St & 6th Ave, Brentwood
11/14 6:00 - 8:30pm: Environmental Studies High School 444 W 56th St., New York
11/15 6:00 - 8:30pm: Bronx School for Law/Eagle Academy 224 E 163rd St, Bronx
11/16 6:00 - 8:30pm: Truman High School 750 Baychester Ave, Bronx
11/17: 6:00 - 8:30pm Passaic Community College Tech Ctr. 1 College Blvd, Paterson
11/18: 8:30 - 9:15am Univ. Academy Charter High School 275 West Side Ave, Jersey City
10:45am - 1:30pm James J. Ferris High School 35 Colgate St, Jersey City
11/19: 10:00am - 12:30pm Mary McLeoud Bethune Life Center 140 MLK Dr, Jersey City

WHO: -Local Latino students and families (at each workshop, one lucky student will be awarded a scholarship for attending)
-Daisy Alfaro and Orlando Espinosa, TSMF national spokespeople
-Local financial aid and admissions counselors and partners from schools and youth-serving organizations

The Sallie Mae Fund, a charitable organization sponsored by Sallie Mae, achieves its mission-to increase access to a post secondary education for America's children-by supporting programs and initiatives that help open doors to higher education, prepare families for their investment, and bridge the gap when no one else can. For more information, visit ###

Source: Posting in the NAHJ Region 2 listserv
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