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30 Years of LAWA

This is a special year for the organization as we celebrate 30 years of working together to advance the education and quality of life of Latinos in the Charlotte Region. Thank you for your support and friendship throughout the three decades. It is because of sponsors', donors', and many other supporters' generosity and dedication that LAWA has provided more than 1 million dollars in scholarships and touched the lives of hundreds of Latino families.

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1992

Created

First scholarship program to support higher education for the Latino Student with 150 members.

2008-2011

Established

Padres Y Padrinos: First volunteer-based tutoring program for ESL students

Awarded

Bank of America Neighborhood Excellent Initiative; and Hispanics and Philanthropy Grant

Created

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High School Series Program

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2016-2018

Established

The Duke Energy, Marand Builders, Violeta Moser, and Sarah Wolff private scholarship funds

Awarded

28 Scholarships

Celebrated

25th Anniversary; changed name to Latin Americans Working for Achievement

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2019

Established

The Stefan and Cindy Latorre, NorthStar Energy, CenturyLink, Norberto, and Iracema Sanchez Private Scholarship Funds

Catherine and Wilton Connor Scholarship Fund

Vicky Rosado de Romero Scholarship Fund

Celebrated

LAWA Executive Director named Opportunity Champion for work done in the category of Child & Family Stability by Leading in Opportunity

Awarded

30 Scholarships

2012-2015

Awarded

$40K Grant from Sisters of Mercy for Padres Y Padrinos

First Annual

Sabor Latino Culinary Event

Created

Partnership with CPCC, Wingate, SPCC, and Queens

2020

Created

New High School Series and scholarship partner Johnson C. Smith University and new ancillary program for college hacks

Awarded

34 Scholarships; $82,500 in scholarship grants ($1,000-$5,000)

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2021

Established

Centro Medico Latino Scholarship Fund

Awarded

37 Scholarships; Reached over $1 million in scholarship grants

Created

New High School Series and scholarship partner Belmont Abbey College and Scholarship matching with Carolina College