2016 Scholarship Application is now available.
Select the link above to download the file.

The privately created Central Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for Latino students living in Central Oregon to complete their post high school career/degree goals. Each year, the Central Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund (COLSF), with the help of generous community sponsors, awards college scholarships to students of Latino heritage.

Through the generous support of the Oregon Community Foundation & the Central Oregon Latino Partnership Project the COLSF was formed in 2012 as a 501(c)3 non-profit.  With the support of local residents, businesses and organizations from both the private and public sector, we are helping to create a lasting impression in our community. 

Historically, academic scholarships for Latino youth in Central Oregon are generously made available in collaboration with the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber’s program in Portland. Scholarship dollars are matched dollar for dollar by 9 colleges and universities in the state. Central Oregon’s local scholarship committee is currently working with Central Oregon Community College to provide the same opportunities for our youth that choose to attend college school closer to home.

Thank you to our community partners and volunteers for
making education in Central Oregon a priority.

Portland Metro
Hispanic Chamber
of Commerce

The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Portland, Oregon, has been instrumental in supporting the Central Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund in 2012 & 2013.  Scholarship awards to Central Oregon students were matched by HMC.  2014 Awards are presented in Portland the month of May. To provide support and encourage Hispanics to continue their higher education, The Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber provides annual scholarship awards to qualifying applicants. Since 1996, the Hispanic Chamber has awarded $1,222,850, in individually and corporate sponsored scholarships, to 497 Latino students throughout Oregon and SW Washington.

Gingers Kitchenware logo
Gingers Kitchenware. Local small business owners Jaime & Ginger Aguirre value and support educational programs in Central Oregon.  The Central Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund compliments their support of the Central Oregon Community College Foundation and academic scholarships to deserving area students.

Communications, Inc.

Combined Communications, Inc. is locally owned and operated.  Sales Manager Christine Limburg volunteers her time to support the COLSF as the scholarship chair.  Combined Communications operates WILD 107.7, Clear 101.7FM, 1110KBND.AM, ROCK98.3FM, 99.7 Mountain Country & Central Oregon Magazine.

Bank of the Cascades
AJ Losoya, Business Banking Relationship Manager, is an active member of the community and serves on the boards of Latino Partnership Program and the Redmond School District.

The Partnership to End Poverty was one of the founding partners in the creating the Central Oregon Latino Scholarship Fund. An initial gift of $5,000 from The Partnership was matched with $5,000 contributed by the Oregon Community Foundation. Four students from Central Oregon received awards at a statewide ceremony in 2012, sponsored by the Metropolitan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Portland, which distributed $140,000 statewide.

Supporting the college aspirations of Latino youth is an important anti-poverty strategy. In Oregon, Latinos account for 20.3 percent of all K-12 students, but only 7.0 percent of post-secondary students according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Nationwide, about 82 percent of Anglo-American students graduate from high school, compared to 66 percent of Latinos. This demographic faces a significant cultural hurdle in successfully enrolling in post-secondary education due to the fact that nearly half of Latino parents have not previously attended college.
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