Armstrong Awards $150,000 in Scholarships to Latinos
(September 14, 2011) The Armstrong Atlantic State University Hispanic Outreach and Leadership at Armstrong (HOLA) program has awarded $150,000 in scholarships to 18 Latino students to help cover tuition and related costs for the 2011-2012 academic year. The grants—ranging from $2,500 to $16,000—are awarded to students who demonstrate financial need and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.
The Goizueta Scholars Fund provides annual, need-based scholarship assistance to Latino students at Armstrong. The Goizueta Foundation in Atlanta, which supports the program, has awarded Armstrong three grants totaling more than $1.9 million to advance Latino education on campus.
“Thanks to the support and vision of The Goizueta Foundation, Armstrong is able to assist deserving Latino students in our region and across the state by providing higher education opportunities to young men and women, who are often the first in their family to attend college,” said Melody Rodriguez, HOLA founder and director.
Armstrong also provides a comprehensive Latino outreach, recruitment, progression and graduation initiative on campus. Many of the students who qualify receive multiple scholarships over the years, helping to increase retention and graduation rates. Additionally, HOLA provides leadership development and cultural activities to enrich the experiences of Latino students at Armstrong.
“As part of this effort we have also focused on building community partnerships to reach more high school students earlier in the pipeline to help them be prepared for college and understand what is required and expected of them when they arrive on campus,” said Rodriguez.
The 2011-2012 Armstrong Goizueta Scholars are:
Eduardo Daniel Amador, Hilton Head, S.C.
Erika Angeles, Statesboro, Ga.
Jesus Arroyo, Decatur, Ga.
Giulianna Calvo, Atlanta, Ga.
Major: Pre-med biology/chemistry
Adela Casas, Lyons, Ga.
Juan de La Cruz, Swainsboro, Ga.
Alejandra Duran, Fairburn, Ga.
Major: Pre-med chemistry
Diana Gonzalez, Savannah, Ga.
Laura Gonzalez, Savannah, Ga.
Yeni Gabriela Jacob, Thomasville, Ga.,
Major: Pre-med biology
Eduardo Mares, Atlanta, Ga.
Major: Business Economics
Nancy Moreno, Blakely, Ga.
Ricardo Muñoz, Quitman, Ga.
Cindy Piedra, Duluth, Ga.
Major: Early Childhood Education
Alejandra Reyes, Prosperity, S.C.
Mariana Reyes, Savannah, Ga.
Major: Business Economics
Esmeralda Rivas-Torres, Douglas, Ga.
Miguel Rodriguez, Tifton, Ga.
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