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Latina League gives scholarships to local first-generation students


Boulder County group is in its 20th year supporting students. 

Boulder High senior Xitlaly Longoria’s mom left her family and everything she knew when she moved here from Mexico so her children could have a better education.She said making her mom proud by becoming the first in her family to go to college was her motivation to overcome obstacles, including figuring out the college application process and how to pay for higher education.

With help from scholarships, including one from the Boulder County Latina League, she’s headed to the University of Colorado Boulder in the fall with plans to study accounting so she can help the Latino community with financial issues. She credited her success to support from Boulder High’s Adelante! program and several Latino leadership groups.

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Boulder County Latina League Awards 59 Scholarships
                         By Ester Quintana Matheson, Board Member


The Boulder County Latina League (BCLL) just awarded 59 scholarships to Boulder County Latino students. For two decades BCLL has been awarding scholarships to Latino students who greatly need financial resources and encouragement to continue their education in community colleges and universities. In the last 20 years the League has awarded 480 scholarships totaling over $480,000.

BCLL is a non profit organization which was founded by women and continues to be run by a diverse group of women who are dedicated to helping these first generation students further their education and achieve their dreams. Their areas of study include the social sciences, education, medical, engineering and math. Their GPA’s are phenomenal.

As the saying goes, “It takes a village”. Indeed, it takes the concerted effort of many people including the parents, grandparents, teachers, mentors, matching scholarships from various universities, and loyal supporters and donors who believe that this is the right thing to do. We could not do it without them.

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BCLL Co-founder Ester Quintana Matheson at YMCA Award 

BCLL Co-founder Ester Quintana Matheson at Nuestra Cultura  

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