NCLR Announces 2012 NCLR–Best Buy Children’s Foundation Scholarships for Latino Students

April 19 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                Contact: Kathy Mimberg
April 18, 2012                                                                                                                                       (202) 776-1714


Washington, D.C.—The Best Buy Children’s Foundation and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) are proud to launch the sixth NCLR–Best Buy Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship Program. The scholarship will award a total of $25,000 to four graduating Hispanic high school seniors from throughout the United States. The deadline for submissions is Friday, June 1, 2012, and the winners will be announced in July.

“We all know that a college education opens crucial doors in life, so we are committed to helping Latino youth gain access to such an important tool,” said Delia Pompa, NCLR Senior Vice President for Programs. “One of the difficult challenges that we face is the rising cost of tuition, which keeps so many Latino students from continuing their education and securing a stable future. The scholarships offered by the partnership between the Best Buy Children’s Foundation and NCLR are a perfect example of the types of solutions that we need. Educational resources like these make all the difference in helping Latino youth achieve their dreams for a better life, for themselves and for their families.”

In 2012, four scholarships will be awarded to students who submit essays demonstrating exemplary leadership and civic engagement through the use of social media and/or technology in their communities:

  • One first-prize “Liderazgo” scholarship in the amount of $15,000
  • One second-prize “Excelencia” scholarship in the amount of $5,000
  • Two third-prize “Adelante” scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each

Online applications and essays will be accepted via NCLR’s Líderes website. Applicants must submit an essay detailing their roles as leaders and advocates for the Latino community. For more information, and to apply online, please visit the NCLR–Best Buy Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship Program page.

The NCLR Líderes Initiative promotes the NCLR–Best Buy Emerging Latino Leaders Scholarship Program, which aims to increase the educational attainment of Latino youth by providing scholarships to graduating high school students who have been accepted into postsecondary education institutions for the 2012–2013 academic year. Líderes is a national youth leadership program designed to increase opportunities for Latino youth that will maximize their influence as leaders in the United States.

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.


Issues: Children and Youth, College Ready, Education, High School Graduation, Líderes Initiative, Youth
Geography:California, Far West, Midwest, Northeast, Southeast, Texas