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2010-11 CHCI Fellowship Class Raises $8,000 for CHCI Scholarships

Each year, participants in CHCI’s Fellowship Program are asked to raise money to help fund scholarships as a  way of expressing appreciation for the opportunities given to them and ensuring those opportunities are available to future students.  On Tuesday, April 26, the 2010-11 CHCI Fellowship Class partnered with Capital Yacht Charters to host its scholarship fundraiser.  With all proceeds benefitting CHCI scholarships, the class set an impressive goal to raise $10,000 to help “Keep the Promise” to the next generation of Latino leaders. 

“We met the challenge head-on and approached it from several directions.  Through online fundraising on chci.org and by hosting a successful event, all of the fellows did their part in contributing to our $10,000 goal.  Though we fell slightly short of our ambitious goal, we raised more than $8,000, which proved to be the most successful class fundraiser in history,” said 2010-11 CHCI Public Policy Fellow Alyssa Padilla.

The event gathered the fellows, alumni, and prominent Latino leaders for an evening cruise on the Potomac River.  It provided an opportunity for individuals and organizations to contribute to deserving students while networking with a powerful Latino community. 

“In the end, it felt great to be doing our part to help those still in college—the next generation of Latino leaders.  We hope these monies will help them on their journeys to realize the dream of a college education,” said 2010-11 CHCI Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Higher Education Graduate Fellow Miguel Lopez.

The fellows presented the proceeds to CHCI as their class gift at a graduation ceremony held at the Library of Congress.

Since its inception in 2001, CHCI's Scholarship Program has invested nearly $3.3 million in the Latino community, awarding approximately $2.9 million in scholarships to over 1,000 students and distributing $400,000 worth of in-kind computers and software to community college and first-year undergraduate scholarship recipients.  Last year, scholarship applications doubled indicating an increasing need for more financial support to serve Latino youth.  Learn more about the Scholarship Program.