Our Hispanic Scholarship Program provides merit-based college scholarships to local high school seniors in Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Wayne, or Yates County.
Between 2000 and 2015, the national college-going rate among Hispanic high school graduates grew from 22 to 37 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education. While education is an important issue for Hispanic families, economic factors remain an obstacle to college enrollment. The Ibero Scholars program addresses this immediate and growing need. Our program is funded by an endowment fund that was established 20 years ago with a $75,000 contribution from Kodak. The Rochester Area Community Foundation manages the fund, which provides nearly a dozen college scholarships to high school seniors every year. Our partners provide additional scholarships.
In 2019, the IBERO scholarship program provided 94 scholarships to students in partnership with over 30 organizations and private donors. The scholarships are merit-based and provide financial support in the range of $500 to $2,000. Student majors included biomedical engineering, business, economics, political science, and health.
In 2020, the Ibero-American Action League was able to maintain the number of scholarship donations necessary for 91 recipients, despite adversity from the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of scholarship recipients was average, similar to last year, with 94 recipients. Due to social distancing concerns, Ibero held its first virtual gala, which included CEO & president Angelica Perez-Delgado, Mayor Lovely A. Warren, county executive Adam Bello and former Ibero scholarship recipient Orlando Ortiz. Please click on the icon above to retrieve the Ibero-American Scholarship 2022 application.