Partnership between the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics & The Congressional Hispanic Caucus
The partnership between the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (WHIEEH) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHCI) was announced on October 1, 2014 [Press Release] to extend and provide students, teachers, educators, and organizations with important financial aid resources and key information on internships and fellowships. The agreement is aimed at advancing President Obama’s goal of America once again leading the world in college graduates by 2020 through key activities and tools created to support Hispanic students persist in college and enter the workforce, such as the WHIEEH’s Graduate! Financial Aid Guide to Success and NextOpp.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) was founded in 1978 by Hispanic members of Congress with the purpose of educating, empowering, and connecting the generation of America’s future Latino leaders. This nonprofit and nonpartisan organization focuses on three cornerstones:
- Educational attainment and college access
- Leadership development
- Access to networking with influential Latino leaders
Every year CHCI directly impacts students and young professionals by connecting these individuals to congressional internships, scholarships, and college readiness programs. The vision of CHCI is to make Latino leaders visible economically and politically in the United States.
CHCI NextOpp is a recently launched online version of the National Directory of Scholarships, Internships, and Fellowships for Latino Students. Next Opp allows students, parents, and educators to effectively and efficiently search, share information on profiles, save opportunities, and provides students with materials on college readiness. CHCI continues to work to gather information, opportunity, materials, and resources from many organizations and institutions to share and create a powerful online tool.
Resources from CHCI
The following resources found on CHCI’s website are provided below to help increase awareness on the useful information and opportunities that exist to support students in their efforts to enroll, persist in and graduate from college. Please feel free to share information, links, and opportunities to help teachers, students, educators, and parents become part of the team to ensure education, empowerment, and connection among the Hispanic family.
- CHCI Guide to Applying for Financial Aid and Scholarships [BILINGUAL] This guide provides students and parents with information about FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), loans, scholarships, and financial resources.
- CHCI Pre-College Planning Checklist for Parents & Middle School Students [BILINGUAL] This checklist allows for parents and students to start preparing for college as early as possible.
- CHCI College Preparatory Kit for High School Students [BILINGUAL] This kit helps high school students and parents with the entire college application and selection process.
CHCI’s 2014 Public Policy Conference
At this year’s CHCI Annual Public Policy Conference, Arne Duncan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, joins Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (TX-15), Chair, Congressional Hispanic Caucus and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Esther Aguilera, CEO & President, CHCI, and Alejandra Ceja, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics on the formal announcement of the partnership and ongoing collaboration.