Mar 12, 2012

Applications Are Now Being Accepted for the 2012 Hispanic Youth Institute

The Hispanic Youth Institute (HYI) is a national pre-college program designed to support the college and career goals of underserved high school students.

With help from the Hispanic College Fund and numerous community-based organizations, HYI currently serves youth in three “regions” including Los Angeles CA, Silicon Valley CA, and Greater Washington DC.

The goal of the Hispanic Youth Institute is to increase college awareness among high school students through activities designed to improve self-confidence and reinforce the importance of a college education.

Toward this end, HYI annually sponsors university-based empowerment programs beginning with on-campus introductions to college for approximately 100 students selected in each region.

This summer, students from Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia will be invited to Marymount University for a four-day program beginning on August 1st, where they will learn to overcome both real and perceived barriers to college access.

Students lucky enough to be chosen for HYI will participate in college and career workshops, connect with local Hispanic professionals, meet college admissions representatives, and compete for scholarships.

Once they have completed the HYI on-campus component, students are enrolled in a year-round program that reinforces the key themes of college, career, and community.

To qualify students must

  • Reside in targeted communities or regions
  • Be of Hispanic descent or identify with the Hispanic community
  • Have a GPA of 2.5 or above Link

Students must apply electronically through the HYI website by no later than April 15, 2012. Three short essays are required, and you must be prepared to give the name of someone willing to be a personal reference.

For more information on HYI programs scheduled throughout the summer in other regions of the country, visit the Hispanic Youth Institute website.

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