Charlotte. The charitable organization LAWA, Latin America Work to Achieve (Latin Americans Work for Achievement) formerly known as The Latin American Women’s Association of Charlotte, has opened the portal for online scholarship applications and will be accepting applications through April 3, 2022.
“By joining the efforts of the organization and in collaboration with many partners, LAWA has been able to impact the lives of young people in more ways than one,” noted Silva Ray.
In 2021, LAWA awarded 37 scholarships worth $109,500.
LAWA awards scholarships annually to students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree regardless of their immigration status.
Over the years, LAWA has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to nearly 300 students.
“Our commitment to the community is stronger than ever,” the CEO added.
Interested parties may apply for scholarships at www.lawanc.org/schlarship-program.
Scholarship applications for recent high school graduates, scholarship renewals, and new applicants currently enrolled in an accredited post-secondary program.
Applicants must be of Hispanic origin, specific to heritage, nationality, ancestry, or country of birth of parents or grandparents prior to arriving in the United States.
Petitioners must have graduated from high schools located in Mecklenburg, Concord/Cabarros, Gaston, South Iredale/Morrisville, or Union counties in 2022 or be permanent residents of those counties.
Applicants must have been accepted into an accredited vocational school, community college or university to attend as a full-time student for the 2022-2023 academic year.
Those who have been awarded a LAWA scholarship in the past and it has not been renewed, their applications will not be accepted.
Contributions will be matched
An external panel of experts will review each application taking into account academic achievement, socio-economic status, community service, participation in clubs, jobs, sports, churches, and the like.
Scholarships are renewed annually three times. Grant amount of one thousand dollars.
LAWA scholarships are matched in equal amounts to scholarship funds from Queens, Wingate, Johnson C. Smith, Carolina (CU), Belmont Abbey College, and South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) for award-winning students attending these institutions of higher learning.
LAWA’s mission is to enhance the education and quality of life for Latinos in the Charlotte area through scholarships, academic and cultural programs.
The organization has been supporting Latin American students’ access to higher education since 1992.
On February 26, LAWA held its 30th annual party at the Marriott City Center, raising more than $100,000.