ILI is committed to increasing the number of Latino high school and college graduates in Indiana.  Education-focused programming includes, but is not limited to, the following:

1. College Access

  • College Preparation Workshops & Presentations
    ILI presents information to students and parents about college readiness, scholarships, financial aid, workforce development, and other topics related to the college preparation process. 
  • Indiana Latino Education Summit
    ILI provides information to high school students about how to successfully prepare for and complete the college access component of the college process. A motivational session, workshop presentations, and college and opportunities fair is provided for attendees.

2. College Retention and Completion

  • College Coaching
    ILI works with students to assess student and family needs, address barriers, and identify and focus on strengths. ILI helps students navigate college processes, financial aid, career exploration, and provides referrals to general social service agencies for other needs.
    College Coaching Application
  • Scholarships
    ILI awards need and merit-based scholarships to students who show academic excellence and community service involvement. Preference is given to applicants who are Latino first-generation college students. Applications are due May 31, 2018.
    James Waters Scholarship
    ILI Scholarship Application 2018-2019
  • Leader Scholarships
    ILI provides professional development to Latino college students by offing an opportunity for students to intern at ILI and assist with all components of the organization’s work.
    2018 ILI Admin Intern Application

3. Professional Development

  • Internship Program
    ILI secures community partners to host interns over the summer. The internship includes real world experience as well as assistance from ILI staff who guide students to develop their resume and conduct career research projects. ILI provides interns with a scholarship upon completion of the internship. Student applications are due March 31, 2018.
    2018 Student Internship Application
    2018 Internship Site application
  • Fellowship Program
    ILI secures corporate partners to host fellows who college seniors or graduate students. The fellowship includes real world experience and character and leadership development trainings. Fellows are paid directly for their time. Student applications are due March 31, 2018.

4. System Change

  • Advocacy
    ILI works to inform community leaders, elected officials, education professionals, and community organizations about the challenges and opportunities that exist for college bound Latino Hoosiers. ILI also creates movements and informs the public about initiatives at the grassroots level.
  • Indiana Latino Higher Education Consortium
    ILI works with college and university leaders to influence system change to increase Latino enrollment, retention, and completion rates at Indiana higher education institutions.