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7 North Carolina Counties



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Over $1 Million



More than 27 years ago, a small group of women from Spanish-speaking countries  formed an organization in Charlotte to help young Latinos gain critical access to higher education and careers. LAWA continues to provide scholarships through a competitive process based on academic achievement, financial need and community service. A volunteer committee consisting of college and university faculty, area educators and former LAWA Scholars conducts "blind reviews” of every application without knowledge of student names or personal information. LAWA thanks these educators and our sponsors for their dedication to this impactful program! 





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Johnson C. Smith University, Queens University of Charlotte, South Piedmont Community College, and Wingate University. have partnered with LAWA for over five years to support Latino students! 


The universities match LAWA scholarships for students enrolled at South Piedmont Community College, Wingate, Queens, or John C. Sm.  The public display of collaborative support towards the Latino student's tuition promotes community building and higher education access. 

Congratulations to our 2021 LAWA Scholars

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Hear from our scholars...





"I firstly want to say that I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the First National Bank Scholarship. I want to express my gratitude towards LAWA for its dedication to its scholars and now welcoming me, a new scholar who is now a part of LAWA as well. This scholarship means so much to me as it will help ease my financial burden for higher education this upcoming year and will allow me to move on with my undergraduate studies in Political Science and Philosophy. I will be able to finish my last year at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and I have all of you to thank for. I promise I will make the best out of my senior year in college to grow personally and professionally. Again, thank you so much for the amazing opportunity and generous financial aid."


“I am filled with gratitude and joy to receive such an award, all thanks to Lowe’s and the “Latin American Working for Achievement” for not only acknowledging me but putting their trust and believing in me. I would also like to thank my family are an essential piece to the puzzle of my life and without them, I have no idea where I would be, their proper guidance has led me to become the student and person I am today. LAWA is considered a huge part in the lives of not only me, but in many other Hispanics and others of Latin origin, because they believe all of us should have the right to continue our education. Many of us want to improve our way of lives and college is the first step which I’m grateful for LAWA to help us in our journey. Thank you LAWA for helping the regional Hispanic community, it is an honor, and congratulations to the others who received this award, well deserved and an honor to be amongst you all. Thank you.  "


"I am truly honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Catherine and Wilton Connor Scholarship through LAWA. I thank you endlessly for your generous financial support towards my higher education. The funding will allow me to continue my education at the UNCC where I will become a social worker in hopes to help out those in my community. Thank you again for your thoughtful and generous gift" 


"I want to give thanks first and foremost to my family and give glory to God for allowing me to venture on this journey throughout life. But I also want to give a million 'thank you's' to Centro Medico Latino and LAWA for making my dream to become a physician assistant a lot more attainable. I really do appreciate everything that LAWA has done for the latino community by rewarding these scholarships, because of their help, they're sparking a hunger for success for many latino generations to come. I cannot wait to get involved with the organization and help younger students the same way they helped me prepare for my future. Muchísimas gracias!"


2020 LAWA Scholarship Ceremony