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Latin American Women's Association to become

Latin Americans Working for Achievement

The Latin American Women’s Association- an educational nonprofit- announced today that it will be changing its name to Latin Americans Working for Achievement.  The name change reflects the organization’s commitment to expanding educational opportunities in the Latin American community, while retaining the colloquial abbreviation, LAWA. 

“As the Latino community has evolved in the south, particularly in Charlotte, the needs and challenges that LAWA addresses have changed as well.  We welcome the diversity that this growth brings, and believe that Latin Americans Working for Achievement better encompasses our expanding population and mission”

 – Violeta Moser, Executive Director

Latin Americans Working for Achievement celebrated their 25th anniversary this year, a hallmark in the Charlotte Latin American community.  Through tutoring, cultural programs, and scholarships, LAWA served roughly 500 community members this year. 


Scholarship Award Ceremony

Latin Americans Working for Achievement (formerly the Latin American Women’s Association) is hosting an award ceremony for higher education scholarship recipients.  The ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 10 at the Mint Museum Randolph. 

Among the scholarships awarded is the Deborah Aguiar-Velez Scholarship, in honor of a community member that passed away last year.  In lieu of flowers, her family requested that donations were made to LAWA, among other local organizations.  The scholarship will be awarded each year to an outstanding female student pursuing a career in the STEM fields, following the footsteps of Mrs. Aguiar-Velez. 

Another award is the Marand Scholarship, sponsored by Francisco Alvarado, the founder and CEO of Marand Builders.  Mr. Alvarado hopes to give back to the Charlotte community where he began his company.  The scholarship was awarded to three students pursuing careers in engineering. 

Philanthropic support in Charlotte has continued to grow, demonstrating the Latino community’s commitment to higher education.  For the 2017-18 academic year, LAWA was able to award $40,500 to Charlotte students.

In total, twenty-two students will be awarded scholarships on June 10 for their outstanding academic achievements, cultural heritage and financial need. 

Advancing Education

LAWA offers a continuum of tutoring, mentoring and socio-cultural development programs, and higher education financial support for elementary, middle and high school students in the Charlotte Region. Our ultimate goals are to close achievement gaps, improve Latino students’ high school graduation rates, and increase the number of Latino students that go on to receive degrees in higher education.