The Latino U Scholars program was recognized as a 2019 Example of Excelencia Finalist by Excelencia in Education. Examples of Excelencia is the only national effort to recognize programs that use evidence-based practices to accelerate Latino student success in higher education. Excelencia in Education, a national nonprofit organization in Washington, DC, aims to accelerate Latino student success in higher education.
Our Founder & CEO, Shirley Acevedo Buontempo, was recognized in Washington, D.C., as one of five 2019 AARP Purpose Prize winners. The AARP Purpose Prize honors extraordinary individuals over 50 who tap into the power of life experience to build a better future for us all. “AARP Purpose Prize winners and nominees are role models. They are makers and doers who are out there creating new solutions that make the world a better place for people of all ages.”-AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins
“We at the College Board depend upon collaborations with our dedicated partners on the ground to help us make college dreams a reality for every student who has earned the opportunity. For low-income, first-generation Latino youth, few organizations have met the challenge with such staggering success as Latino U College Access — no wonder with Shirley Acevedo Buontempo at the helm. A community hero and educational visionary, Shirley represents the very best in the field.” —Angela Maria Garcia, Executive Director, College Planning, The College Board
“Efforts like Latino U College Access that help Hispanic students complete the FAFSA and access college, greatly contribute to those students achieving their full educational potential, securing their families’ future, and strengthening the American economy.” —Marco Davis, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics