Recognizing socio-economic disparities between the Latino and other communities in Marion County, the Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) and its partner postsecondary institutions (Ivy Tech Indianapolis, IUPUI, and Marian University) are undertaking a five-year initiative that will reduce poverty by significantly increasing postsecondary education attainment and strengthening career pathways and placement in good jobs for Latino students.

This $2.5 million Lilly Endowment grant investment will help scale down generational cycles of poverty by directly assisting thousands of Latino high school students enroll in postsecondary programs, creating career opportunities and experiences for hundreds of college students, training four cohorts of peer student recruiters and leaders, strengthening Latino professional organizations and mentoring opportunities on campuses, and graduating from college programs and fulfilling the career goals of hundreds more Latino students.

At the initiative’s end, the enhanced pathway to good jobs will show more than a 15 percentage point increase in Latino high school graduates enrolling in college; a 70% college completion rate among the initiative’s cohorts; more than 7,500 Marion County Latino high school students to have received college admissions and financial aid information; 2,500 parents will be engaged, 48 students (four cohorts of 12 students in each) would be trained and serve as peer leaders at the three institutions; up to 24 cohort students will have completed degrees and will be gainfully employed, enrolled in graduate school, or transferred to a four-year institution; 3-5 thriving chapters of Latino professional associations with upwards of 2,500 Latino college students engaged, scores of professional mentors connected; framework and lessons learned from the initiative will be published, and the expertise gained by ILI will help strengthen student experiences and career preparation at other Indiana institutions. Strengthening pathways for Latinos from high schools to careers, through postsecondary institutions, will increase educational attainment and family income level, driving poverty downward for generations to come.


Applications for the 2021-2022 school year are currently closed.



For questions about this program, please reach out to Ashley Anderson, Director of College & Career Programs, at