The Latino culture is very rich and has many positives. But at the same time there are many who can fall through the cracks and can't get past all the obstacles. Unfortunately, the way I was raised pushed me to want to get out of my house as soon as I could. I lived with my mom, who was a single mom with 4 kids and because she was always working didn't really have the time to spend with us or be a very loving parent. I started working under the table when I was 14 and as soon as I could got married and was out of house, pretty much just to get away from that very sad home life. As soon as I got married I started having my children and concentrated on being a good mommy and a good wife. With such low military pay and 4 little girls under 5 to care for, there was no money to continue school or even for a part time course. Instead I put all that on the back burner for "one day when they grow up".
It doesn't have to be like that for our youth though, and if anything, those of us who have struggled need to push the younger generation so that they can have much brighter futures. Coca Cola and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund have been working together for over 30 years to get our kids into college. Their goal is to have one college degree in every Latino household by the year 2025. The Coca-Cola Company, HSF and participating retail partners have joined forces to award more than $300,000 in scholarships during Hispanic Heritage Month with the Destapa Su Futuro/ Uncap Their Future scholarship program.
From now through October 31, students 16 and above can apply for a scholarship by visiting the HSF application site and by answering three thought-provoking essay questions. Students must reflect on how their heritage affects their career goals, the importance of education in their lives and their community service experiences.
If you are a student 16 years old or older, you may qualify, visit the link and apply today. Don't wait until the last minute.
As part of Destapa su Futuro, consumers can also visit participating retailers to learn more about how to apply for scholarships in their area including:
- Selected Publix Super Markets stores in the South Florida region
- Tony's Finer Foods in Illinois
- Kum & Go LC in Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South
- Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana.
- Greater Houston Retailers Association (GHRA) in Houston, Texas
- Atlanta Retailers Association (ARA) in Atlanta, Georgia
- Stop & Shop Supermarkets throughout New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode
- Island, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.
- Selected independent stores in California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Oregon,
- Washington, Indiana, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah
- Selected West region retailers, such as Superior Grocers, Gonzalez Northgate Markets,
- El Super, Vallarta Supermarkets, Cardenas Markets and Food City
Find out more about this collaborative effort by visiting www.hsf.net/cocacola. You can also help by getting involved and helping to spread the word. With less than two weeks left to go until the end of the application period, it's time to push and get as many kids to apply as possible.
There are a many kids that will fall through the cracks just like I did, if they can not afford college. It's time to break the cycle and help Latino students achieve their dreams. It's opportunities like this that will help many, many reach their goals and get the education they deserve.
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Coca-Cola and Latina Bloggers Connect. However all opinions stated are 100% my own.