In order to deal with the underrepresentation of Latinos in higher education, we must set high expectations and provide creative and culturally appropriate programs to serve this population. The Indiana Latino Institute, Inc. (ILI) has created an education initiative to increase the number of Latino students attending college and graduating with a 2-year or 4-year degree. The ILI education program provides educational opportunities for students and their parents to familiarize themselves with the requirements for entering higher education and makes available the resources necessary to better navigate the U.S. educational system.
Thanks to the support of various private foundations, ILI has supported Latino students, their parents, adults, and non-traditional students through the education program “Careers for the Future” which offers the following opportunities:
Education Case Management Program
College & Career Counseling
Community Service Scholarships
For more information about any of ILI Education Programs or to make an appointment, please contact one of the ILI Staff at 317-472-1055.
ILI organizes educational fairs in partnership with various high schools in Indianapolis. The fairs encourage Latino students and their families to learn about colleges and universities in Indiana, including admissions process, financial aid information, and career exploration. In addition, local organizations provide educational and recreational resources and information on how to become a volunteer. During the education fairs, students will have the opportunity to pre-apply for the ILI Summer Internships and obtain an application for the ILI scholarship.
ILI SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
The ILI Summer Internship offers opportunities to students allowing them to explore careers requiring a college degree through the support of a professional who serves as a supervisor and mentor motivating youth to obtain a college degree. Those who are chosen to participate in the internship will shadow a professional for 100 hours throughout the summer having the opportunity to learn about the career in which they are interested, while at the same time helping them reinforce or change their desired career.
Requirements for pre-applicants:
Attend to the ILI Education Fair or 1 of the Prepare! College Preparation Workshops
Fill out a pre-application ONLY at the ILI Education Fair or any of the Prepare! Workshops
Students in the 12th grade and students planning or currently attending 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year in college
(17 – 25 years old).
Must have applied and admitted to any Indiana college or university by June 30, 2014
All applicants must enroll at least part-time for the fall semester 2014 at any Indiana College/University
Please click on the link below and READ the Summer Internship - 2014 Eligibility form
SUMMER INTERNSHIP – 2014 Eligibility Form - CLICK HERE
EDUCATION CASE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The ILI Education Case Management program provides one-on-one individual support to a limited number of Latino youth and their families by identifying needs and strengths while developing a holistic plan to help youth ENTER, CONTINUE, and ultimately GRADUATE with a college degree from a 2-year or 4-year higher education institution.
Case manager serves as a college/career coach for students
An action plan is developed with the student to set specific goals to ensure class enrollment, retention, and college graduation.
Follow up calls and home visits are provided to track students’ progress on action plan and address needs that may prevent them from continuing their college education.
Referrals to social services are provided including leads to employment opportunities and assistance with resume building, job etiquette, and mocking interviews.
COLLEGE AND CAREER COUNSELING
Parents and students can call to set up an appointment with one of the ILI Education Program staff for an individual college and career counseling session. Parents and students will learn important educational resources such as:
Scholarships Available in Indiana (Review of Requirements & Copies of Applications will be provided).
Financial Aid Process (FAFSA)
Review of Other College Preparation Programs to Help students Access a College Education
Discuss Opportunities to Finance a College Education Through a Savings Plan, Effective Budgeting, and Employment Opportunities.
College Admission Requirements, Private vs. Public Colleges, Tuition Costs, and Academic Plans
Explore Student’s Career Interest & Opportunities to Participate in Internships, Volunteer Work, & Community Service (to help understand career interests).
Create a Plan for High School Graduation, College Enrollment, and College Graduation
All Students will Receive Follow up Calls to Track their Progress and to Provide Additional Assistance if Needed.
The Indiana Latino Institute scholarship was created as a means to address the underrepresentation of Latinos in post-secondary education. The goal is to encourage Latino students in Indiana to pursue higher education and engage in community service. In order to accomplish this goal the ILI will provide scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year.
Eligibility - Applicants Must:
- Students applying to or currently enrolled at any college or university in the state of Indiana
o Student must be planning to enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester
o Student must be a high school senior, college freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior
o Student must be between the ages of 17 and 25
- Demonstrate academic achievement (minimum 2.5 GPA on 4.0 scale)
- Demonstrate financial need (complete financial need form)
- Document ongoing community service involvement
- Preference given to Latino students residing in Indiana who are first-generation college or non-traditional students
All application materials including the essay, letters of recommendation, official transcripts and all other requirements must be postmarked and mailed to the address below by May 31, 2014.
Award letters will be sent to scholarship recipients by June 30, 2014.
Send Applications to:
Attn: Indiana Latino Institute Scholarship Committee
Indiana Latino Institute
401 W. Michigan Street, Suite, 100
Indianapolis, IN 46201
Questions about the scholarship should be directed to Danielle Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (317) 472-1055
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION 2014-2015 – CLICK HERE
COMMUNITY SERVICE SCHOLARSHIPS
The Community Service Scholarship Program (CSS) requires a commitment of at least 100 hours or more to be completed in 4 months during the fall, spring, OR summer semesters. Participants of this program will become “Interns” collaborating with ILI staff in a variety of projects. Interns will have some flexibility setting up their schedules so they can simultaneously attend college. All interns will receive a scholarship at the end of the semester, which will be deposited in their college account upon completion of their required hours.
Must have participated and successfully graduated from the ILI Summer Internship Program in any given year (from 2007 to 2014).
Must be between17 – 25 years old
Must be enrolled in college at least part-time (3 credit hours) at the time of applying
Invitations to apply to the CSS program will be sent to a limited number of students base on the eligibility criteria and aptitudes.
If you meet all the eligibility requirements and wish to be considered, please call one of the ILI Education Program staff and request an application.