This is part of a sponsored campaign with DiMe Media and Coca-Cola. However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Even though we didn’t have money saved up for my college education, I was always encouraged by my family to go and get an education. There was financial aid available and yes, I went to school mostly on school loans. As my kids grow up, my husband and I believe it is so important for our kids to have the ability to go to college. And part of that will be scholarships, we hope! As a family with Latino background, family is important and we will do our best to help our children succeed. Even though our kids are still young, my husband and I are starting to devise a plan.
Autumn wants to be a geologist or a medical scientist, while Carter wants to be a teacher. Our exchange student Jelly wants to be an engineer, while little Lola wants to be a veterinarian. Our kids all have big dreams, just like my husband and I did when we were younger…like we all do.
Coca-Cola understands the importance Hispanic families place on education and is coming together again with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to help Latino students achieve their higher education dreams and become future leaders. Coca-Cola is proud to continue a long-standing relationship of 35-years with HSF, the nation’s largest not-for-profit organization supporting Hispanic American higher education, helping Hispanic families prepare, plan and pay for college.
Coca-Cola’s #ForTheDream program empowers Hispanic families to prepare, plan and pay for their teen’s college education, and inspires Hispanic students to pursue their higher education dreams and become future leaders.
Although college enrollment has increased tremendously during the past two decades, this population lags behind other groups when it comes degrees earned. This might be fueled by financial pressure for some students to support their families before graduation. As part of its commitment to the Hispanic community, Coca-Cola HSF #ForTheDream National Scholarship Program aims to empower Hispanic families to put their teens in the fast track to higher education.
Coca-Cola is donating $150,000 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund to be awarded in college scholarships to qualifying students. Applications are being accepted until March 30th, 2016. Go to coke.com/ForTheDream to submit your application. Encourage your children! Encourage your friends!
While I know we still have a few years before our kiddos head off to college, we do have confidence that programs like #ForTheDream exist to help our children succeed. As Latinos, we take pride in our children’s educational success.